Volunteers and Trustees - A Personal Perspective

“What is the essence of life? To serve others and do good.” - Aristotle

You have to be bold to volunteer. You never quite know precisely what you will be doing or with whom. But it is a choice. They say “Never volunteer for anything”. But only on ‘Dad’s Army’ and ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’. The sentiment rarely seems true in real life, most especially in the face of uncertainty and danger. There were volunteers at Chernobyl and, of course, the RNLI is mostly supported by volunteers. The hordes of ordinary folk - including WSC members - answering the recent NHS clarion call just proves the point.

Blackthorn rules...but not for much longer! (Update)

Submitted by steve

The weather for sailors is notoriously unpredictable, but one of the more regular occurrences in the (technically) chaotic meteorological cycle is the one we are experiencing at the moment, known as ‘blackthorn winter’, from the hedgerow plant which produces the sloes for that most magical of (actual) winter drinks...


Your General Committee and the Trustees of Weymouth Sailing Club CIO want to reiterate information that has been sent out in the past week

There is no reason for you to access the yard or clubhouse at this current time unless it is absolutely critical.

We have people keeping an eye on the yard, moorings and clubhouse on a daily basis.

Power to both yards has been disconnected, although no boat should be plugged into the mains when not in attendance in any case.

We’ve received notice from the RNLI that they have limited resources and will not attend leisure craft call outs.

So where are these lucky people off to? Now find out!

Submitted by steve

The National Firefly Championship – 1957 and 1958

I joined the Royal Navy in 1953. After a year spent at Dartmouth Naval College and on the Cadet Training Ship I was sent to Cambridge to get an Engineering Degree. Half way through my degree course I was promoted to Sub Lieutenant, which entitled me to a uniform allowance of £125. As I did not need to wear uniform for another eighteen months I thought this was an ideal opportunity to buy a boat so I bought a second hand Firefly for £95, which I kept at my home club, Herne Bay, on the North Kent coast. This gave me eighteen months to replenish the uniform budget. I can’t remember whether I did that or whether I finished up as the scruffiest officer in the Navy.


Following H.M. Government's latest advice which is also endorsed by our governing body the RYA and the rowing clubs umbrella organisation the CPGA.

I regret to inform you, that all organised club events on and off the water have been postponed indefinitely.

The bar and galley will not open until further notice.

I will of course update you if this situation changes.

If you require assistance or help, please do not hesitate to contact me.

We are all family and must look after each other.

Stephen Dadd
Commodore WSC

A “new” race mark.

Submitted by Tim Day

Some of you may have noticed the yellow buoy on the harbour side. The Harbour Master informs me this is a replacement for the buoy we know as D or Destroyer. The new buoy is part of an improvement scheme for the degaussing range. It will be laid when the weather improves!

Youth on Boats - February Update

Over February the YOBs have been busy both on the social and sailing front. Freshwater Park was the venue for an enjoyable afternoon of bowling with a range of styles, skill and excuses all on display. It was great to be able to field three teams - enough to create plenty of laughs, banter and competition!

Cones, caissons, concrete blocks - Europe's first offshore breakwater and why it took so long to build it.

Submitted by steve

On Thursday 5 March I shall be giving a presentation to members of the Institute of Civil Engineers on the construction of the Cherbourg breakwater, to which sailing and rowing WSC members are cordially invited. The talk will start at 1830 and refreshments will be served beforehand.

Winter Walk on Sunday 23rd February

Submitted by sin269

9 walkers plus 2 dogs set off from the Marquis of Lorne, Nettlecombe , last Sunday and despite the gale had a good 6-7 mile walk along the valley to Powerstock and West Milton. We climbed up a little around Knoll Hill to Loders and back along the disused railway line to Nettlecombe. The pub provided a good Sunday lunch. Photo of group by the weir in West Milton.
Next and last Winter Walk on Sunday 15th March from Weymouth Sailing Club with lunch at WSC afterwards. More details later from Caroline.
Jill Vines

Weymouth Harbour of Yesteryear - talk by Brian Jackson on Friday 6th March

the Galley and Bar will be open at 6pmSubmitted by steve

We are fortunate to have been able to persuade Brian Jackson, an acknowledged expert on local history whose career as an engineer began with the Cosens steamship company, to come and talk about Weymouth harbour in the great age of steam - including a close look at the WSC premises, which included two of the Cosens slipways, now buried under the yards.

The talk, which will be illustrated from Brian's unique collection of historical photographs of the port, begins at 7.30pm and will last around an hour.The Galley and Bar will be open at 6pm, and we look forward to seeing you there.

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