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Get your ASC Merchandise Before Christmas!

The secret is finally out – the new ASC line of merchandise is available to purchase for Christmas!

Over the past few months we have been working hard on creating a new line of merchandise with a design completely unique to ASC. We are now delighted to be able to share the design with our members!

The inspiration for the design came from a photograph taken by ASC member Suzanne Faithful (correction, it was actually budding photographer, 12 year old Rory Faithfull!). The fantastic shot shows a packed start line from the record breaking Sunday of the 1st Weekend Series which saw 22 boats turn out for the races. The fleet was not only one of the biggest fleets seen for a club dinghy race in many years, but the biggest ever turn out for an ASC race!

We are delighted to be able to offer t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and a 1/4 zip in a variety of colour in both adult and kids sizes. The first run of merchandise will be done in time for Christmas delivery, so make sure you place your order by Sunday November 29th to avoid disappointment!

Should you miss the deadline do not worry! We will be doing another run at Easter and another in time for Summer and the racing season.

Purchasing ASC merchandise is a great way to support the club and allows us to keep our membership fees low and help the grow, develop and our members more!

If you are interested in purchasing our merchandise, please download out catalogue and order form, and send your order to abersochsailingclub@gmail.com by Sunday 29th November.

Happy shopping!

ASC Week 3&4 Round-Up

Unfortunately we have been at the mercy of the weather gods for the past two weeks meaning we have not been able to get on the water as much as we would have liked the last two weeks! The weather has claimed the last 2 midweek pursuit races, much to the disappointment of our sails after an incredibly successful first pursuit race in week one. We remain cautiously optimistic that this week’s will go ahead and with any luck, we might be able to catch up with a lost race!

Last weekend saw the inaugural Lockdown Trophy, a series created for one year only in place of the Abersoch Regatta, which was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19. Saturday brought us gorgeous sunshine and plenty of heat – but not wind – meaning racing was cancelled for the day.

However, the sunshine did mean that the conditions were perfectly set for our mid-season socially-distanced prizegiving to celebrate the achievements of our sailors thus far. In the absence of our Commodore, our Vice-Commodore Ben Teague stepped in to hand out the honours (a posh way of saying mugs with sweets in!) which were greatly received by all.

The conditions drastically changed on Sunday with clouds, rain and big waves complimenting a lovely 13 knots of breeze for our 9 entrants. The day was dominated by Tony Taylor in his AC75 Laser Pico Race who took 3 wins from 3 races to finish in a commanding 1st place. Ffion Wood also sailed brilliantly in testing condition and despite a thump on the head from the boom took 2 2nd place finishes and a 3rd place to come 2nd overall in her Laser 4.7. Charlie Whittaker and Lucy Gates in their RS200 also snuck onto the podium in 3rd place overall following a great 2nd place finish in race 3.

This weekend saw the 3rd Weekend Series up for grabs. Yet again, Saturday was lost to the wind gods. Sunday was a slightly different affair with a strong 15 knots of breeze providing some more challenging conditions for our sailors. Race 1 was convincingly won by Sarah Downes in her Laser 4.7 who mastered the conditions to finish ahead of husband Charles in 2nd. Our VC Ben also managed to take his first top three finish of the season. Following a rare good start and an outstanding first beat, we were wondering whether he would finally replicate his form of past years. However, an obligatory capsize at the bottom dashed his hopes and he had to settle for 3rd.

Race 2 was won by Charles followed by Jake Faithful in his Aero 5 and Ben in his Laser (despite another capsize!). Overall it was a weekend of Downes Domination with Charles taking 1st place overall followed by Sarah in 2nd. Jake Faithful also took a well deserved 3rd place finish.

As always, a big thanks to Sue and Paul for all their efforts these past two weeks helping organise the racing. A big thank you to Christian Blanchard who kindly volunteered his time and rib to help out with safety cover last weekend too, we owe you a beer! We would also like to extend our gratitude to all the fantastic volunteers who have spent their evenings on the beach at high tide ensuring all the boats are pulled up and remain safe. I believe two boats were saved and pulled from the breakers before being pulled up the sand dunes to safety. Without your selfless efforts there would have been some upset faces on the beach the next day!

The ASC Team

(Jan, Ben, John, Joe, Andy, Georgia, Sue and Emma)

ASC Week 2 Round-Up

After a sensational opening weekend, ASC have enjoyed another fantastic week of sailing out in the bay! Once again, we saw some great turnouts with a total of 17 entries for the midweek Commodore’s Cup Pursuit Race followed by 19 entries for the 2nd Weekend Series.
After a wet and windy Wednesday, the first-ever ASC pursuit race was pushed back to Friday where we were met with champagne sailing conditions. 17 boats set off in pursuit of Harry and Xavier in their Laser Pico in sunshine and a 11 knots. As the race got closer to the hour time limit, the fleet got closer and closer to the lead boats setting up an exciting finish.
With Nick and Lucy Heginbotham bearing down on them in their Merlin Rocket, leaders John and Alice Edwards managed to hold them off to take 1st place. Nick and Lucy took a close 2nd before Tony Sampson, racing his first ASC race in his Solo, managed to hold of Charles Downes and Charlie Ball for 3rd. The pursuit race was a great success and the change in format from fleet racing was welcomed by all. The next pursuit race will be raced on Wednesday as part of the Commodore’s Cup series.
The champagne sailing continued into the weekend with wall-to-wall sunshine both days. Yet again we were oversubscribed with keen sailors wanting to get out and race meaning some had to unfortunately miss out again. To avoid disappointment next week, please remember to sign up for this week’s racing which is now live on WebCollect.
After an initial postponement Saturday morning, the wind picked up to test the ‘upper limits’ of the risk assessment and provide some challenging conditions for our sailors. 13 brave starters set off for the first race which was won by Nick and Lucy in the Merlin, followed by Tony in the Solo and Charlie Whittaker and Lucy Gates in their RS200. Race 2 was convincingly won by Nick and Lucy followed by Charles Downes in his Laser in 2nd and Tony in 3rd.
Despite a sketchy looking forecast, we were greeted by a delightful 8-10 knots of breeze on Sunday afternoon and a perfectly set course. The results of race 3 and 4 were identical with Charlie and Lucy taking two commanding 1st place finishes followed by Nick and Lucy in 2nd and Charles in 3rd. This was enough for Charlie and Lucy to claim the overall 2nd Weekend Series win by the skin of their teeth on net 5 points, followed Nick and Lucy in 2nd who also finished on net 5 points with Charles in 3rd on net 6 points. This was a resounding win for Charlie who forgot to pack his spinnaker on his way to Abersoch despite insisting he put it in the boat. Congratulations to all!
A special mention to Ottie Pritchard who helmed her first races with Dad, James as crew. She sailed fantastically on Sunday and ended up sailing to a well-deserved 10th overall. Well done Ottie!
Special mentions should also go to Andy Teague who won the ‘I Beat My Son’ Trophy to add to the novelty armbands he collected last weekend (I think you might need a bigger trophy cabinet!), as well as son Ben who spectacularly missed the toe straps mid tack and went for a swim whilst battling with Charles much to the hilarity of PRO John Edwards!
Following the spectacular opening weekend, we are pleased that we had the same demand for racing this week. Perhaps more importantly, we were delighted to see beaming smiles on the faces of so many sailors, both young and old, who sailed with us this week. We hope you have had as much fun as we have watching!
As always, we would like to say a big thank you to Paul on the safety boat as well Andy, Sue, Jan and John who were all part of the race and beach team. We would also like to say an extra big thank you to Alice Edwards who was out snapping some fantastic shots of everyone on the water. She has taken some phenomenal photos out on the water this weekend and has captured smiles, sailing and plenty of (Ben and Andy) swimming. And finally, yet again thank you for all your fantastic support this week and we hope to see you next week for more action!
The ASC Team
(Jan, Ben, John, Joe, Andy, Georgia, Sue and Emma)

1st Weekend Series Round Up

1ST WEEKEND SERIES ROUND UP
WOW! What an UNBELIEVABLE way for ASC to kick of the 2020 season!! If this weekend is anything to go by, COVID-19 certainly has not killed the momentum ASC has been gathering over the past two seasons. In total, we had an outstanding 26 ENTRIES for the 1st Weekend Series and saw plenty of new and familiar faces having fun on the water.
We woke up on Saturday to champagne sailing conditions across the bay with sunshine and a gentle 10-12 knots of breeze. A then record-breaking 14 entries lined up for a fabulous first day of sailing.
Race 1 was won by Ian Middleton in his Laser. Nat Pritchard-Jones and Jake took a fabulous 2nd place in their RS Feva closely followed by John Edwards in his Moth. Race 2 followed in a similar fashion with Ian finishing in 1st with John in 2nd and Nat and Jake in 3rd.
Saturday also saw the first awards of the season won. The Waddington Cup, awarded to the winner of the first race of the season, was won by Ian Middleton whilst the novelty armbands, awarded to the first capsizer of the season, were heroically won by PRO Andy Teague who went for a swim over the side of Sharky whilst retrieving a buoy at the end of the day. Many congratulations to both!
The champagne sailing continued on Sunday with very similar conditions. Remarkably, Sunday saw an outstanding 21 ENTRIES on the start line, eclipsing the ASC record set just the day before! This took us to the COVID regulation maximum of 30 people and unfortunately meant we had to turn entries away.
Race 3 was won by Nick and Lucy Heginbotham in their Merlin Rocket followed by Ian Middleton in his Laser in 2nd and Charles Downes, also in his Laser in 3rd. Nick and Lucy continued their good form by winning Race 4 followed by RS Aero 5 2802 and Charles Downes in 3rd.
Ian Middleton finished 1st overall in his Laser, retaining the 1st Weekend Series followed by John Edwards who finished 2nd in his Moth. Perhaps the best result of the weekend was Imogen and Ottie Pritchard who sailed to a fantastic 3rd place in their Topper Topaz. The girls sailed consistently throughout the weekend and their efforts have been handsomely rewarded. Many congratulations to all our prize winners!
A special mention should also go to all the fabulous youth sailors that hit the water, many for the first time with ASC. We were all very impressed by the high standard of sailing we saw. Most importantly, we hope you had fun and are excited to hit the water with us again.
As a committee, it is fabulous to see the club growing and that there is a demand for low-cost dinghy racing in Abersoch. We cannot remember a time where there were so many boats out for club racing in Abersoch – this is a tremendous achievement and a real testament to the fantastic club we have built. We are sorry to those who had to miss out on racing on Sunday – we would have loved for you to join us on the water but unfortunately, COVID regulations meant our hands were tied. Please remember to book your slots for Wednesday’s race on WebCollect early to avoid disappointment.
We would also like to say a big thank you to Paul on the safety boat and Sue on the beach for helping make this weekend happen. We would also like to say an extra big thank you to PRO Andy who not only put on some fantastic racing but has run through brick walls to get everything in check for this season.
And finally, thank you for all your fantastic support this weekend and we hope to see you Wednesday for the pursuit race!
The ASC Team
(Jan, Ben, John, Joe, Andy, Georgia, Sue and Emma)

2020 Season Preview

If a year ago you had said to us that the 2020 season might not happen due to a global pandemic, we would have presumed you had drunk too much on the bar crawl. Despite it looking rather touch and go as to whether we could hold any racing a few weeks ago, we are delighted the regulations allow it and cannot wait to get back on the water.

 

We usually like to say the coming season will be bigger and better than the last. This year we have to make an exception to this, however, we are determined to not allow it to knock the momentum ASC had gathered over the past 2 years.

 

Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold our hugely popular junior race training this year which will be missed by the club’s junior members. The same can be said about the social calendar, though the sore heads the morning after will certainly not be! The Long Distance Race has also been dropped from the programme this year, but will certainly resume in 2021.

 

Despite this, we still have a jam-packed August of sailing for our members to look forward to. We have retained all the weekend series, with the addition of the new Lockdown Trophy which runs over the weekend of August 15th and 16th, as well as the Wednesday afternoon series which last year saw a staggering 21 boats enter!

 

As always, we kick off the season with the 1st Weekend Series on the 1st and 2nd August. Last year saw the Middleton family take home a 1, 2 with Ian winning in a D-Zero closely followed by son James in a Laser Radial. John and Alice Edwards rounded off the podium clinching third place following a race 4 win. Both day’s sailing starts at 2:00PM and are back-to-back races.

 

If you wish to sail, please remember to sign up via our new online booking system on WebCollect and familiarise yourself with the ASC COVID Risk Assessment before you hit the water. For more information please contact Andy Teague

 

There are also plenty of other prizes up for grabs. The Waddington Cup, awarded to the winner of the first race of the season, is to be hotly contested as always. Last year’s winner Ben Teague is unable to be in Abersoch for the opening weekend’s sailing meaning we might see a new name on the trophy for 2020. The novelty armbands, awarded to the first capsize of the season are also up for grabs. Our Commodore Jan Frickle took home the prize last year and will be keen not to repeat the feat this year!

 

ASC certainly have plenty to look forward to in 2021 and it certainly looks set to be a memorable socially distanced season!

ASC COVID UPDATE

Dear Members,
Following changes to Welsh Government guidelines on Monday 13th July, outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people that are organised and supervised by a responsible person for sports and other leisure activities and classes have been permitted.
Having been in frequent contact with RYA Cymru Wales and relevant local authorities, the ASC committee deem that is safe for us to go sailing. Thus, we are pleased to release the 2020 Sailing Programme.
It can be found on our website by following the link below:
The programme has been scaled back from previous years to include only racing. Unfortunately, this means there will be no junior race training, open or social events for the forthcoming season.
We are currently in the process of finalising the systems and procedures needed to ensure the club’s activities are COVID secure. This will include an online booking system via WebCollect and a full risk assessment of the club’s activities which will be available on the club’s website shortly.
More information will be released to members in the coming week via email.
If you are planning on getting in some practise before the season starts remember to be prepared, be considerate and be responsible.
We cannot wait to see everyone back on the water!
The ASC Committee
More information on RYA Cymru Wales’ Return to Boating guidelines can be found below:

3rd Weekend Series and Pub Crawl Social

The Friday night before the 3rd Weekend Series started, the annual ASC pub crawl took place in the Vaynol. Following the traditions set last year, the social was again a walk to the pub and crawl out of it rather than a visit to multiple destinations! The turnout was fantastic with just short of 40 members (that is half the club!) lining the Vaynol’s bar, manned by incoming Social Sec Georgia Panayi as well as sister Sophia. The night was thoroughly enjoyed by all, some more than others (we’re looking at you Jamie Teague), and the event will most certainly be back on the social calendar next year.

The following day saw 8 intrepid sailors hit the water. Gusts were at times north of 25 knots. We would have had more out had it not been for the annual pub crawl in the village the night before!! There have been calls to move the race to the afternoon next year following the pub crawl which I think will be a very good idea. Performance of the day goes to Bronwen Stuttaford sailing her Pico. In what must be the most challenging conditions she has ever sailed in managed to finish the first race. Joe and Ged Dickinson also had a great race and also found the conditions challenging. Nat Pritchard Jones in his Feva had a fantastic race with his mother Debbie as crew. Daft Debbie was determined to get the Kite flying but suffered from the sheets shredding her hands but had a smile a mile wide and said they had a great time. John Edwards single-handed in a Mirror Dinghy put us all to shame when he got to the windward mark and put up the kite!! Mike and Ali Casey finished one race even with a capsize.

Well done to all who sailed and many thanks to the team on the water for the race and getting us all back to shore safely.

Long-Distance Race Round-Up

Sunday 11th August saw the first-ever ASC long-distance race taking place. Despite a difficult Westerly offshore breeze, OOD Andy Teague set an exciting course spanning from the Islands to Llanbedrog head, incorporating plenty of exciting reaches much to the excitement of the 10 starters.

The race started in an unconventional manner with a Le Man-style start. All competitors had their boats in the water ready to go and with one big blast of the hooter, they were away! The lighter, shifty conditions close to the beach meant there was plenty of separation between the fleet by the first mark. Ian Middleton sailing a D-Zero and Charlie Ball in his Laser got away quick and established themselves a solid lead. They battled around the bay, however, Charlie came out on top by 42 seconds with Ian finishing in second place. However, the performance of the day has to go to Tom and Nat Pritchard-Jones in their RS Feva XL. In their first-ever ASC race (which also happened to be the first time, they had ever sailed together!), they took a fantastic third place!

The race also saw a hotly competitive battle between 3 RS200s which ended with all 3 boats finishing within 49 seconds of each other. John and Alice Edwards finished in 4th as the first RS200 whilst an incredible last beat saw Ben Teague and Ottie Pritchard (who was sailing an RS200 and an asymmetric boat for the first time) hunt down Mike Casey and Mark Lind, beating them by 7 seconds.

After the disappointment of last year with the race getting blown off, the first instalment of the ASC Long-Distance Race was one to be remembered and was enjoyed by all. Bring on next year!

Result can be found below:

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The 2019 Season Round up

2019 is our second season which started on the 27th July with the 1st Weekend Series.  There were 12 entries in this series, in which Ian Middleton came 1st showing there is life in the old man still, with his son James being beaten into second place.  John and Alice Edwards came third.  A special mention goes to Jan Frickel who won the first capsize of the season and also to Andy Panayi who took line honours in race 2.

Also more importantly it was great to sea Charles and Sarah Downes on the water.

The winner of the Waddington cup (winner of the first race of the season was Ben Teague.

The second Weekend Series had 11 entries and was won by Charles Downes.  Charlie Ball came second followed by Luke Mullholland in third who sailed extremely well.  Sarah Downes came 4th but did manage a podium place in race 3.

Mid week Series Race 1 and 2 will hopefully be raced sometime in the month.  However race 3 and 4 were sailed with Georgia Panayi taking 1st place in the first race followed by Ben Teague and then James and Ottie Pritchard in their rocket fuelled Topaz.  In the second race Team Pritchard came of the start line taking no prisoners and had 1st place in their sights.  The conditions for the midweek races saw many capsizes but everyone had a great sail.  Team Pritchard taking 1st place in the second race puts them in 2nd place with everything to play for, in the rest of the series.  There was controversy and a potential protest was muted by the bad loser Ben Teague when leading had to avoid Luke when he fell out of his Laser which resulted in another capsize to which he felt robbed!!  of 1st place.  Never mind, has Ben mentioned he won the Waddington Cup!!

As the season unfolds we will continue to update you all.  In the meantime many thanks for your continued support.  It has been great to see so many people support the club on the water and off the water.  Thanks goes to all who have been on the Patrol boats and been Race Officer.  Special thanks to Chris Hunt in the first Week for his help.

Today as I write this it is very windy here in Abersoch with the forcast of 40mph winds however we have managed to clean the Ribs down ready for another week of fun on the water.

Beach Curry and Paella Night

On Thursday night (8th August) Abersoch Sailing Club hosted a Beach curry and paella night with Andy Teague as the resident chef.  After our shout out on Radio 2 just after the 8am news, the event went global which resulted in a surge of Social Members wanting to be part of this great little club and not to mention the chance of tasting the award winning Thai Green Curry and the Paella rustled up on the beach by our resident Galloping Gourmet!!

The weather was kind to the Club members who managed to get tickets to this gastronomic extravaganza which was followed by a game of highly competitive rounders organised by the Pritchard girls.

Many thanks to all who helped make the night happen.  Our next social event is the legendary Village Pub Crawl on Friday 16th August starting at the Vaynol at 8pm.