The Dinghy Day sailing on Tuesday 19th January started quite quietly, but within an hour of us arriving the wind increased, and as it was from the south, the waves in the bay were challenging. Despite the conditions, four of our best dinghy sailors gave the social watchers an entertaining afternoon.
The pictures prove that everyone was determined to make 2021 better than 2020. We abided by all the rules and guidelines regarding all the recent COVID local regulations. What we achieved was fantastic….exercise, fun, mental rehabilitation,…and the pleasure of just being together!
Final Dinghy Day of 2020
A culmination of just about everything we have had on Dinghy Days since we started after the summer.
Eleven sailors and ten “socialisors“…a great turn out. All suitably socially-distanced!
The conditions were very difficult, big swells, some breaking waves, the wind going round in circles, no wind, and then massive gusts! We had boats planing, capsizing, running up onto the beach, and above all, some impressive sailing and skill from everyone who took part.
Another lovely Dinghy Day at El Portet…first time on a Wednesday.
As the wind was offshore, the sea was flatish, but the wind was gusting strongly, which once again created conditions for some demanding sailing.
As the afternoon progressed, the sun came out and my bridge was fully occupied with social members of which two walked (one pregnant + 2 small dogs) to the the Pepper Pot Tower (and further) before returning to my bridge. So Dinghy Day has turned into sailing, social and walking!
We had a Dynamic Dinghy Day on Tuesday 24th November – with a strongish wind and a lumpy sea, but we decided to give it a go…..
Our 420 (Wally) and two Lasers were out. This was only possible because of Peter and Peter running the offshore safety boat, whilst the Bosun ran the inshore boat.
The CBYA Dinghy Section have now completed the return of our boats and storage box to Paradise Beach after the recent mandatory removal for the Ayuntamiento beach cleaning project. We now have two Lasers, Wally (420) and Louise, all back on the beach together with the storage box, so we are more or less back to normal. The benefits of the clean up were the development of improved communications with the Town Hall, and a lot of maintenance being completed on the boats.
All due to a lot of hard work by a few: Dave, John, Garry, Les, Fernando, and the support of many others, new members and old. A BIG thank you to you all! You are a great team.
A much tidier beach!
The conditions were demanding, but the participants were fantastic!
Thanks to all of you who attended our first Dinghy Day of the new season.
Welcome to new members and returning ones, as well as all the regular helpers who without them we would never function. We all know who they are, so I will not name them, but thanks to them all.
We had a great day, lovely weather with a wind going round in circles, so very demanding for the helms people.
We managed to get 4 boats out, the 2 Lasers, Wally (the 420) and the catamaran, Alicat. Peter Bird, in his safety boat, was kept busy with a few capsizes, but generally all the boats were in and out many times with different crews.
You, the members, make such a great day…the weather helps, but I thank you all for your full participation. A total of 25 sailing and non-sailing members were present throughout the day.
All ended up on my “Bridge” for drinks, snacks and chats.
See as many of you as possible at the next Dinghy Day in 2 weeks’ time on 13th October.