Castle Cove Sailing Club is an active and friendly, family club located on the north shore of Portland Harbour. From small beginnings in a cliff-top chalet in 1923, we have grown steadily and in September 2002 we moved to our present site at the end of Old Castle Road, Weymouth.
During the lead up to the Olympics in 2012 we have welcomed sailors from over 20 countries to join us and train at the club. We have a strong self-help ethos and run an extensive programme of racing for both dinghies and keelboats. In conjunction with our busy sailing calendar we have a full social diary taking pride in being a very friendly club, run by members for members.
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Project Zöe: Conclusion
As most will know, in February 2014 members of Castle Cove SC (many, but not exclusively from Friday morning/Ladies Sailors) decided to raise £6,000 in 6 months to purchase a Hansa 303 for Chesil Sailability to be named ‘Spirit of Zöe’ in memory of Zöe Wright (née Lloyd). Castle Cove Committee came up trumps by launching our project with a generous donation, more followed from private donors and organisations such as Dean & Reddyhoff and Weymouth Regatta. Events included a Fête (in vile weather) on the Rodwell Trail, an Auction of Promises, Open-houses, Book-swaps, a stall on the Esplanade and Raffle of Optimum Time watches; events and donations raised about 50% each.
Chesil Sailability’s website http://chesilsailability.org.uk indicates how much the club has grown; it now owns a fleet of Hansa 303s, a Hawk, a Squib and a Challenger Trimaran. Keen Sailability sailors have swapped their Saturday sessions for Monday evenings so they can race with Castle Cove - so watch out for some competition from the likes of Anya de Iongh and Tim Scarisbrook (formerly a CCSC 505 sailor).
Although people such as Malcolm Cumber (and others) are generous with their time and their RIBs to provide critical safety cover, given the growth of Chesil Sailability, Project Zöe’s success was timely. Thanks to Ribcraft via John Tweed and Marcus Frith, our funds were sufficient to purchase a virtually new RIB with some money over to maintain both ‘Spirit of Zöe’ and ‘Zöe’ for a couple of years. To keep operating, Chesil Sailability will continue to fund-raise but Project Zöe has more than achieved its target.
On Tuesday 21 April Project Zöe officially handed over the money (although much has already been transferred as boats were delivered thanks to Val Graves who is also collecting the GiftAid on donations). You will have to look at the photo to see the total amount raised!
It was a great team who (despite hanging onto gazebo poles for hours on end in bad weather) had a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding time raising the money.
I write as Chair of Project Zöe to THANK Castle Cove’s committee and members for your support, without you it would have been nothing.
John Kirby has accepted the role of Vice Commodore
Good evening all,
I am really pleased to announce that John Kirby has accepted the role of Vice Commodore.
From my perspective this is great news as I believe John will make a brilliant Vice Commodore. I hope you will agree and welcome John into the role.
CCSC Sam Barker wins Youth Nationals in Spitfire
Sam Barker (Castle Cove SC) and Victoria Akhurst (Netley SC) continued their supreme reign on the Spitfire class, winning both races of the final day to round off a perfect week as the Spitfire Youth National Champions.
Although the scores paint a picture of an easy week, they have been challenged throughout Barker explained: "It's pretty cool, we didn't think it would happen like this. Seven firsts, we have had to work for every single one of them but to come out on top again is absolutely fantastic, it feels better than the last one.
"It's been tricky conditions and the fleet has put on some good racing for us. Overall I just think we had the pace and the experience. I just think we pulled it together to get there by the end of the race." continued Akhurst.
Invite to J50
There is going to be a special one off sailing regatta taking place on the Saturday 25th April, there will be some 2-3 races happening in the harbour all starting about 12.30, this will be followed by a party with music and an open bar till late,starting about 20:00.
It's to help celebrate my upcoming birthday and I would like as many people as possible to come and join in, hence J50.
So It's a good reason to get your boats down early and get the season going, meeting up with your sailing mates and have a few beers.
So come and race or come to the club to party after sailing.
CCSC Open Day - Saturday May 9th
Saturday May 9th is our club Open Day and we are teaming up with the RYA Push the Boat Out week to promote our sport of sailing and our Club. If you have friends or neighbours who would like to ‘give sailing a go’ then this is the day for them.