Next Class Events

Hi all fellow Osprey sailors, We are busy finalising arrangements for the 2018 Tata Steel Sailing Club Osprey Open 2018 which is the first class event of 2018. Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions are now available on the Tata Steel SC website. Please could you save & print the image and then place on your club noticebioard. If you want me to send you a paper copy then please give me a postal address and I’ll send one through . Looking forward to seeing you this year on the circuit, Andrew Osprey 1336 – Cariad Y Mor

Tata Steel Open

Blithfield Open

Blithfield SC are hosting the second class open meeting of 2018 on 28th & 29th April

Blithfield Open

Mounts Bay Open

The Mounts Bay Open is taking place on 5th & 6th May and it will be the third class event of the season.

Mounts Bay SC Open

Carsington SC Open

Carsington SC is hosting the fourth class open meeting of the 2018 season on 2th & 27th May

Carsington SC Open

Report and photos by Alan Henderson

The Osprey class launched its 2017 class coaching programme at Blithfield SC, on Friday 30 March. This coaching day was immediately followed by the class’s Welsh & Midlands Championship at Blithfield on the Saturday and Sunday, and gave competitors a good day of practice and tips to help get warmed up for the season.

 

The day was led by top coach Tim Rush [above right], who gave participants a good variety of exercises and onshore briefing. An unusual exercise was practicing spinnaker launching on a tight or beam reach, which could be tricky in the moderate breezes.

He then ran starting exercises, follow my leader, and gave participants excellent feedback on their rig and sail settings after the day’s sailing. Tim also gave feedback on spinnaker setting on the way back to the shore.

This was the first of the Osprey class’s programme of coaching days, which are provided free to class association members. 

The next will be at Poole Yacht Club, which later in the year will be hosting the Osprey Nationals, on 10 to 13 August, so Osprey sailors have the perfect opportunity to get to know this venue. The Poole coaching day will be on 23 June, again immediately before the Poole open meeting. 

The third coaching day will be at Castle Cove SC on Friday 7th July, with local coach Adam Bowers, who is current Osprey Nationals champion crew. This precedes the Castle Cove open. 

The Osprey Class Association is keen to welcome both newcomers and old hands to the coaching days, and it funds the class coaching programme as a way to help people quickly make progress in getting the most out of their boats. 

The Osprey is a fast single trapeze dinghy, with symmetric spinnaker. Boats are available in all construction types from wood, to GRP to the latest epoxy FRP Mark V Ospreys, and at all budgets. Older boats are very competitive in this class, which appeals to people of different ages and weights, and includes many lady helms and crews. 

So next coaching days are

23 June, Poole YC

7 July, Castle Cove SC

Put them in your diaries. More information about the class is at www.ospreysailing.org.uk , or Sail Osprey Facebook page.