Dinghies

‘Shoe Stopper’ at .. CBYA Dinghy Day on 1st October.

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Literally Neal’s sandals, lost two weeks ago, were found being used as ‘blocks’ under a trailer wheel!!

(If you want to join us and fear for your shoes, don’t worry – this was a one-off).

Yelly sailed again, plus our two Lasers. We had an onshore wind, so Dave Peachey kindly towed us all out.

Our new CBYA member Vincent Vanderhasselt was sailing well in quite high winds and managed to right himself …from a capsize – we spectators waiting our turn were impressed!!

By popular demand we have changed the next Dinghy Day on 15 October to start at 14:00.

Hope to see you there….

We have some fabulous footage of all the dinghy fun taken from a drone!! If you want to see it you will have to access our CBYA Facebook Group. (Contact me if you want access).

Amanda Topson

It’s Dinghy Season Again!!

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It’s Dinghy Season Again!!

The CBYA dinghy season started successfully on Tuesday, 17 September, with CBYA members sailing on the beautiful El Portet bay, with sunny weather, even if the wind was a bit patchy!

Our 420 and Lasers have received loving maintenance over the summer months and are now sporting new sheets and shackles.

Andy Symons – Bob Gordon’s right hand man – demonstrated how to rig and de-rig the dinghies to less experienced members. Everyone had plenty of time on the water, and since we had an on-shore wind – plenty of tacking experience in getting out. And since the wind changed direction whilst we were out, we also had plenty of tacking experience coming back in!!

Dave and Jenny Peachey manned the rescue boat, together with Rod Simpson, providing us with encouragement and advice whilst so doing.

Jane and Paul Fraser, CBYA members were sailing their own PICO together with family visiting from the UK. Jane rented a paddle board and was seen far out to sea accompanying her husband on the PICO!

A great time was had by all, and afterwards we had our usual refreshments at the bar before heading off home.

Dinghy sailing will continue this Autumn on Tuesdays every other week, weather permitting. It is a great way to gain sailing experience and beginners are welcome. Come and join us!!

Amanda Topson

Yelly Rides Again!

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This week the CBYA Dinghy Section made another giant step forward in its recovery from the vandalisation of our boats last year…..

Richard Evett, Dave Peachy & Bob Gordon have repaired, and re-launched, our Flying Fish dinghy “Yelly”!!

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What to do if you capsize on a Laser

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU CAPSIZE….

Generally you can feel when the boat is going to capsize. If you can sense it early enough, you may have time to quickly ease the mainsheet, and scramble over the side, placing your weight on the centerboard just as it reaches the horizontal position (be careful not to fall into the sail, as you may tear a hole in it, or worse off, hurt yourself).



Don’t put all your weight on the end of the centerboard, as this may cause unnecessary stress on the fin and hull. Rather, put your feet on the centerboard close to the hull, grab the deck where it meets the hull, and lean back. As long as the mainsheet is eased, it should pop back up fairly quickly. When it does, quickly get back into the cockpit, sort out the ropes and tiller, get your bearings, and head off once again.

If you would like more information, click HERE.

Bob Gordon

Dinghy Co-ordinator

An Exciting Day on the Water

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Dinghy Day – Tuesday 8th January 2019

The sun was shining, the sky was blue, there was a gentle breeze and all was true. Although a little chilly, conditions were perfect.

Dave Peachey turned up with a new inflatable dinghy and new outboard, which he had apparently purchased 5 years ago, but never used. After some initial problems with the outboard bracket, all was sorted out, and he brought the boat round to the El Portet dinghy hard. By that time, we had launched our ‘borrowed’ safety boat, and Paul Maudsley was out on the water warming up the outboard.

After a short time of making some rigging adjustments to Wally, Richard Evett took his first trip with CBYA crew members who wanted to learn, but were not experienced sufficiently to sail on their own. He repeated this several times over the next couple of hours, and several members benefited from his experience and tuition.

We then rigged one of the Lasers and after some ‘gentle persuasion’ Dave agreed to give it a go. He went out twice and came back with a ‘big smile’ and a lot more confidence.

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Dinghies on the First Day of 2019

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15+ CBYA dinghy sailors braved the traffic and crowds to gather at El Portet beach on New Year’s Day to sail our dinghies. The special fee for those sailing was a bottle of cava! They weather was ideal – sunny, warm and light breezes. We launched the 420, a Laser and a safety boat, and a good time was had by all.

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The CBYA Dinghy Section Sails Again!

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The CBYA Dinghy Section re-launch on Tuesday 4th December was a BIG success. The weather and sailing conditions were ideal, and over thirty members turned up to support the event.

We launched both Lasers, and the 420 (without a gib due to the lack of a luff wire), and Tristan brought his wife (Diana’s) inflatable around in support. Richard also brought Tricky D, with Peter Knowles as crew.

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Two Laser Dinghies donated to the CBYA!

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Having read about the recent kind donation to the CBYA of the Stern dinghy (click HERE for details) ,  Dirk Mittman contacted us to advise that he would like to give his Laser dinghy to the CBYA as well. A working group comprising Dave Peachy, Rod Simpson, Chris de Boer and Hugh Epsom duly collected the dinghy, and transported it to safe storage location until we can restart the CBYA dinghy section.

We have also acquired another Laser which was formally owned by Diana Jarvis!

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Successful Stern Dinghy Collection Project

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As a direct result of the local press coverage of the vandalisation of the CBYA dinghies at El Portet beach (https://cbya.org/malicious-attack-on-cbya-dinghy-section/#more-7697), the CBYA has been given a Van de Stadt “Stern” dinghy by a very kind, keen sailor named Herr Modersohn. We arranged a working party to collect the boat and relocate it to temporary safe storage until we can arrange a new secure location from which to operate the dinghy section.

The collection and relocation operation was carried out with military precision by the  following CBYA volunteers:

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Successful Dinghy Relocation

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Many thanks to all CBYA members who came along to help with the dinghy relocation on Friday 25 May. They have now all been removed from the El Portet beach, and have been relocated to a temporary secure location whilst we review our options, and related costs, for relaunching the CBYA Dinghy Section.

If anyone has any suggestions regarding an alternative, secure location where we can store our dinghies, trailers, a safety boat, an outboard motor and other associated equipment, and easily launch, sail and recover our boats, please let us know by clicking HERE.