Tidal Diamond 394 – Family Fun Day, Dinghy Cruise

Tidal Diamond No. 394

Family Fun Day – Saturday 14th June, 11am

Come and join in with the Family Fun day and invite your friends and family or even your next door neighbours. The aim of this event (as well as having fun) is to promote the club and to entice potential new members.

The day will include a number of water and land based activities for all ages and abilities.

Come with gear prepared to get wet! Non member… friends are welcome.

We have buoyancy aids for children (but they will need their own suitable water side clothing). Patrol boats will be on the water. Opportunity for friends to have a go at sailing (close to the club house). Bring kayaks if you have them for kayak races. Bring inflatables for a mess about.

We have events planned even if the weather is not suitable for going on the water so please make the date in your diary now.

There will BBQ food available for purchase but feel free to being a picnic if you want.

If you need any more info regarding plans for the day or if you can give some time on the day to help out please contact.

Steve Francis – socialsec
Rob Nicholson – cadetcaptain

Dinghy Cruise to Langstone Sailing Club – Sunday 15th June

Hello dear readers, it’s that time again. We’re now in peak sailing season and I’m sure you’re reading this in conjunction with an invite to the Family Fun Day this coming Saturday. If you’ve not had your fill of sailing and water borne fun on Saturday then why not try some gentle sailing on the Sunday? Complete with patrol boat cover (and somewhere to hide your sandwiches for those of a sporty dinghy disposition) and a welcoming bar for refreshment at the half way stage.

The programme is as follows:

  • 1130 - Briefing in the small compound. Some safety points for radio usage, the patrol boat positioning and the approach to the “Hayling Billy Gap”.
  • 1200 - All depart the slipway so we have some semblance of sailing as a group.
  • 1300 – 1330 - Arrive Langstone Sailing Club and mooring off their slipway. The key thing here is not to obstruct their slipway for the regular users. The Langstone guys tell me they have a planned trip to Cobnor in Chichester harbour so the water traffic may well be light but we must be conscious that we are their guests for that period.
  • 1400 - High Water with a 5.1m Spring Tide
  • 1400 – 1500 - Depart Langstone for Tudor. Noting the spring tide and to get on our way before it strengthens too much. This will be weather dependent and too little or too much wind will affect all the sailing decisions for the group.
  • 1600-1800 - Arrive at Tudor. I can only say this time may well be flexible but be prepared for a brisk tide over the slip way when we come ashore. If it’s your first time out in the year (and this would be ideal for it) it would be one to watch out for.

One last note, we are short of a Patrol Boat Crew/Helm. The nominated lead invariably sails in their dinghy and that was my plan. If we don’t get a volunteer it won’t be cancelled as I can drop into the Patrol Boat with the Duty Man crew. So those of you as Duty Man volunteers may well be getting a separate request. So bring a smile, suntan lotion and those eternal sandwiches; perhaps a soggy five pound note if you wish to visit the Langstone sailing club Bar.

See you Sunday

Phil Bryant
Dinghy Captain