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

Ospreys came to the class’s Northern stronghold, Kielder Water SC, for three days of good sailing from 9 to 11 September. Friday 9th was a practice day, for sail testing and boat bimbling, before the five race Championship started on Saturday 10th. The event sponsor was the Pennine Brewing Co.

The local fleet had just had a new addition, with Graham Thumwood having bought a Mark IV Osprey just days before the Championship, while the visit of the latest Mark V Osprey added to the intrigue. How fast would it be? In addition to Graham Thumwood’s boat having come all the way from the South coast, Alex and Nick Willis from Hayling Island brought another visiting boat from far afield, bolstering the Scottish & Northern fleet.

Saturday brought light shifty winds, and Alan Henderson and Alastair Barrie from Prestwick took a pair of wins, with Rob Shaw and Ian Little from Kielder claiming the second race. These two boats were pushed hard by Alastair Reynard and Rob Burdekin, from Carsington, showing their new Mark V to be very competitive.

Sunday brought bigger winds from the South, and other boats struck form, especially two of the class’s lady helms. Shaw and Little led the first race initially but Alexandra and Nick Willis took over to win, while Shaw in second place was pushed hard by Viola and Mike Scott in third. In race 5 this time Shaw was overtaken by Viola Scott, but the excitement of gaining the lead proved too much and the Scotts capsized.  Shaw gratefully accepted the lead, but was again pushed hard by the Willis’s. Shaw and Little held on to take their second win of the event, and to clinch the Championship. Henderson and Barrie took second overall, with Reynard and Burdekin third. A great second day propelled Alexandra Willis into fourth overall, and first lady.

Reynard and Burdekin’s Mark V was universally admired, and not just by Osprey sailors, so with the gearing up of production rate over the winter, the class is looking forward to an exciting 2017.

Racing in the eight boat fleet was very close, and all competitors, whether in Marks  III, IV or V, enjoyed spells at or near the front at some point in the weekend.

This event was also part of the class’s national series, and the final event of that series will be the Welsh & Midlands Championship at Rutland on October 22/23. Welsh Osprey sailors also have events at Portishead on Sept 24, and Tata on October 1/ 2 to look forward to, as part of the South Wales circuit.


Results overall

1.    Rob Shaw and Ian Little, Kielder Water SC, 6 pts. Mark IV
2.    Alan Henderson and Alastair Barrie, Prestwick SC, 10 pts. Mark IV
3.    Alastair Reynard and Rob Burdekin, Carsington SC, 11 pts. Mark V
4.    Alex and Nick Willis, Hayling Island SC, 14 pts. Mark III.
Full results on Sailwave at http://sailwave.com/results/kwsc/2016_September_Open_Ospreys.htm

Gallery of all the photographs supplied