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October 12th

Pursuit Race

I thought a report on last Sunday's pursuit race might be timely. Pursuit racing is wonderful for those who hate the bustle of crowded handicap start lines. There's no hanging about waiting for the start sequence; you just turn up at your allotted time and away you go.

A big thanks should go out to Stacey Bray who calculated the start times for each class handicap. With the use of a cricket score board, he and Milly displayed from the rescue boat each classes' allotted start number, allowing each one minute to the start, and go. The race was timed from the first boat to start, for ninety minutes, the boat being in the lead at that time, taking the win.

Seven boats raced, in a strong and gusty north westerly, around a P course. The upwind leg was long and frustrating, with big wind shifts and gusts that could knock you flat if you didn't see them coming. The reach out to the wing mark was a hoot, especially for the spinnaker boats, but always trying to judge the angle with mind to the risk of gybing the kite onto too tight an angle for the next leg. On that leg we often found we were all up to carry two sails. Round the next mark and dead down wind with the spinnaker telling you you're sailing by the lee, although a gybe and gybe again was just asking for a swim. Round and that slog up the beat again, always with your eye over your shoulder for the faster handicap boats closing you down.

It has to be said, with only seven boats racing, it was not a tactical race, but the calculations on handicap were surprisingly good. The slowest handicap Aero, sailed by James, was beaten by only seconds by the fastest handicap Dart, with Richard, which was powered by a manic smile all the way round.

Pete Barns

July 6th

It's not all about racing

After a quick Facebook message from the Barnes, two boats with 2 and half crews decided to make a pilgrimage to the other side of the bay to check out how the harbour wall at Polkerris was fairing, once it was established that it was still there, they checked (for rather longer) if the Rashleigh Inn was still in good condition, after much thought and discussion they were not to sure and said they might need to check again soon.

The reach back was apparently epic for the Tasar and not half bad for the Kestrel.

Further liquid refreshment was required before all was packed away and an amazing afternoon was done. Keep an eye out for other members having spontaneous non racing events appearing on social media or just old-fashioned mobile phone calls!

May 7th

Lionel's funeral will be on Friday the 24th May at 10:30 at St Augustine of Hippo Church, St Austell followed by a private family committal.

It has been asked that instead of flowers people can donate to the RNLI and/or MacMillan Cancer Support.

April 28th

yardl It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Lionel Rigby this morning - 28th of April. Porthpean sailing club has lost a great member and friend who has over the many years done a great deal for the club, I know we will all miss him dearly.

I will update you when I hear more, my thoughts are with Sue, Sarah and Neil as I am sure yours are as well.


March 24th

First day out!, it was a bit windier than people thought. Just the one race, but at least the season is on its way.

Many thanks to Liz for the pictures :)

March 23rd

Hello to all at PSC. This Sunday sees the start of another sailing season. Unfortunately I won't be there on the start line and I know that I will certainly miss that plus all the races that will come thick and fast in a few weeks time when the Wednesday racing starts.

I will be watching when I can from the web cam though making out some of the boats may be bit difficult. I am more or less housebound at the moment as I am on oxygen to try and give me enough air to move around. I am trying to get a blue badge and then hopefully I will be able to do some driving again and then be able to visit the Club and see the new decking, plus if it is a Wednesday night have one or two of Jenny's bacon butties.

I would also like to thank you all, for the lovely bouquet of flowers that Paddy brought round for Sue, plus he brought a lovely card made from one of Jenny Kendall's wonderful paintings signed by many of you. Paddy intimated that I had been made an honorary life member which is a very nice honour to have and I look forward to seeing my name up there with Colin's.

Lionel Rigby

March 1st

My dear sailors and friends at PSC.

I know that some of you know that I have been quite poorly since Christmas. After several tests the results finally came back last Friday to tell me that I was suffering from an industrial related asbestos lung cancer.

Unfortunately there is no cure and very little treatment available. I am operating on one lung only and so get very breathless, and have been fitted with an oxygen supply so at the moment I am housebound. I am open to visitors but please ring first to make sure that I am available.

So there you are, the end of my sailing career. I have sold the boat to Paddy and Sarah so you should see her on the water if not me. I must say that I have many happy races over the years, as my trophy cabinet can show!!

Good luck to you sailors and I look forward to seeing you on the webcam.

Lionel Rigby

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