Solicitors, Legal executives, their families and trainees have organised yacht racing and cruising events under the golden shark burgee of the LSYC.
ISC - Cowes - 1994
6th June 2021: Sea View, IoW: Annual Match against The Bar Y.C.
We try to sail against the Bar Yacht Club every year and this year we did so on 6th June at Sea View Yacht Club in their historic Mermaids in June 2021. Sea View Yacht Club, Esplanade, Seaview, Isle of Wight, PO34 5HB.
This is a great day's racing in the historic Sea View Mermaids in good company. It is three boat team racing and the boats each need 3 crew although they can be sailed by 2 at a push. So that is 9 places plus a couple of reserves in case anyone needs to drop out.
We didn't win but we had a good days sailing with several new members taking part.
The team - RTI - Cowes - 2021
Eight club members lead by Commodore Nick Lightbody chartered Brendan McMahon's First 40.7 Fandango with semi-retired Pro yachtsman Tony Wetherell as our coach and the owner on board keeping an eye on his boat.
Jaimie Whiteley (Gamlins, North Wales) helmed with Andrew Keltie (ex Baker McKenzie) on mainsheet, Adrian Stables (Sole Practitioner, Langport), Gerrit Frerk (Digital Startup, London), Sue Dennehy (Lexis Nexis, London) handling the cockpit and Phil Downie (Yorkshire) & club Treasurer Finbarr Leahy (MOD) handling the sharp end. Sadly Elizabeth Sullivan (Ineos, Portsmouth) had to miss the race with a school bubble son self isolating at home.
The 0630 start was in very light airs with an ebbing tide taking us westwards from the Royal Yacht Squadron starting line. Gradually the breeze filled in from the south then the south west as forecast.
The first boat to round the Needles Light was the big CAY70 Trimaran Power Play at 08:12. We sailed well to round the Needles at 08:51 with the bulk of the 1200 boat fleet behind us and about 60 boats ahead.
A long spinnaker reach and a fetch in light winds against a foul tide took us past St Catherine's Light at 11:12 where the 60 footer Venemous was firmly aground on Jeremy's Rock a couple of hundred yards off the shore, followed by a broad reach past Ventor and across Sandown Bay before rounding Bembridge Ledge at 13:05.
The final part of the course past Seaview, Ryde, Fishbourne and Osborne House to the finish at Cowes was a speed testing reach & fetch against a foul tide as some gambled and lost going a little too close to Ryde Sands whilst other gambled and won.
The race was won on handicap for the second year in a row by ex Olympian Jo Richards crewed by ex LSYC member David Rickard sailing the 18 foot Eeyore, the smallest boat in the fleet.
We finished just before 15:00 having had an excellent sail and celebrated with fish & chips and prosecco on the boat in Cowes Yacht Haven.