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 by David Downs

Four Ospreys joined around 30 other boats for the Roadford Rocket pursuit race at Roadford Lake on Dartmoor on Sunday 28th February. Following on from the Starcross Steamer this was the second leg of the Exe Sails sponsored SW Challenge 2016. The white horses on the lake and the whistling of the bitterly cold North Easterly breeze indicated that this was going to be a somewhat different sail than the light winds of the Steamer.

The course was effectively a figure of eight using all the area of the lake with a few fiddly bits to make sure the competitors kept concentrating! There were some fairly awesome reaches. All four Ospreys experienced some technical issues:

  • Ros and David Downs' mainsail came down before the start as the outer cover of their main halyard shredded, leaving them with just enough time to re-hoist using just the dynema core
  • Ben and Simon Hawkes had a brief dip at the windward mark
  • Paul Roberts and John Clark had a rather more significant capsize at one of the many gybe marks
  • Terry Curtis, and Peter Greig had to stop to put the rudder back on, we wonder who forgot to tie it on

However the Ospreys figured strongly at the prize giving:

  • Ros and David in 10th won the First Lady helm prize
  • Ben and Simon in 5th were the first junior helm while
  • Terry and Peter were second overall

Only the Lasers and the RS Aeros got more boats on the water than the Ospreys and the results showed the versatility of the class with boats from over 40 years old to 1 year old, wood and FRP and with junior and lady helms.

Next stop is the Exmoor Beastie on the 20th March.