Tidal Diamond 324 – Race Officer Training, Cruises and more

Tidal Diamond No. 324

Race Officer Training

Have you thought about training as a Race Officer but been put off because you fear it may be too difficult or too much responsibility? Many of our dinghy races have club line starts and are easy to manage. The club needs more people trained as race officers to support its dinghy programme. Come along on Easter Sunday ay 11am to learn the basics alongside the Easter Egg race, or contact Janice Bell on 07515 395912 for more details or alternate dates.

Janice Bell

Portsmouth Watersports Centre Slipway

Please be aware the PWC slipway suffered some damage recently from the dredger. The end of the slipway was damaged and there are piles of disturbed stones in the vicinity. There is no damage that we are aware of to the Tudor slipway. Please take care in the vicinity particularly around low tide.

Janice Bell

Cruiser Relaunch Weekend

I would like to thank all who helped with the Cruiser Relaunch last weekend, in whatever capacity. Thanks to your hard work, we launched 48 boats despite extremely cold weather and having to move boats around that were not ready for launching. I would especially like to thank George and his team for the planning and those unsung heroes who worked in the Galley and Bar to keep us all fed and watered over the weekend.

Richard Gunn

Tudor email Addresses

We seem to be having problems with the club email addresses at the moment, with mailboxes being reported as full on some addresses. While this is being resolved, please use Committee members personal email addresses if you know them (mine is richard), otherwise send it to me and I will pass it on.

Richard Gunn

Dinghy Friday & HW Cruise

I write this after just watching Sunday’s (24th March) BBC Countryfile long range weather forecast. For those that didn’t see it a brief précis gives us continuing arctic weather into the forthcoming Easter weekend.

So how do I turn an unremitting atrocious weather season into a good news story for the HW Cruise due on Bank Holiday Monday (1st April – no don’t laugh)… Long pause.

Dinghy Friday 29 March

On a positive note Good Friday, as the last Friday of the month, is Dinghy Friday where it’s customary for the Dinghy members to get together at the club from 8pm and pass tales of sunnier days and warmer weather. I would welcome any of our newer (and older) members to come down for a chat and a drink to discuss the HW Cruise. The following Friday is in the club calendar as the Dinghy pre-season meeting so there will be more detail of the club’s cruises and races for the “summer”.

High Water Cruise – Bank Holiday Monday

Now to the HW Cruise planned to depart for 1330 on a weather dependent cruise in company around the upper reaches of the harbour. For those that have never indulged it’s the opportunity to take a leisurely cruise beyond the usual confines of the racing courses with the sole aim of enjoying the views, security and company that cruising can offer. There will be the Tudor RIB as Patrol Boat cover and a handy place to put your sandwiches for those that have limited stowage on their dinghies. The intent is to stop for a bring your own lunch stop and we normally pull the dinghies onto a shingle shore line or for those that can drop an anchor and let the dinghy swing in the shallows. There will be a briefing at 1300; I can’t promise the sun but it’s a great way to start the season and renew friendships that perhaps our recent weather has endeavoured to put too much time in between.

As a very ad hoc idea if you’re intending to come to the cruise just drop me a short email on my Tudor address dinghies

Phil Bryant
Dinghy Captain