Evening Cruise to St Michael’s Mount – Friday 10th June

This year’s cruise has been arranged around late sunset and an evening high tide to encourage both dinghies and cruisers to join in.
It is always an enjoyable evening – please put the date in your diaries!
The Garden Cafe will be open for refreshments. Those wanting pasties please pre-order on the form in the lobby, stating steak or vegetarian option.
A water taxi will be available for those anchoring off.
Special offer meal deal: A pasty and 2 glasses of wine £10.

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Monday Series – Race 5

All twelve dinghies from the various fleets had a close start this evening in a North Westerly Wind Force 1-2

In The Laser Fleet it was one of the closest battles so far with Claire Edkins leading for the first lap but being pipped to the first turning mark by Neil Ruffell. At the finish line Neil won by less than a boat’s length

In the Enterprise Fleet Thomas Kliskey held onto his winning streak – capitalizing on the tactical battle occurring between Giles Gilbert and Jeremy Williams and sneaking past to claim first position

1, Jeremy Gilbert/Liz Munro (RS200); 2, Ben Deighton/Louise Summers (RS400); 3, Crisso Smallman (Solo)
1, Thomas Kliskey/Simon Lees; 2, Giles Gilbert/Colin Stephens; 3, Jeremy Williams/Di Stephens; 4, Martyn Curnow/Lloyd Williams>
1, Neil Ruffell; 2, Claire Edkins; 3, Paul Whitehead; 4, Sally Booth
1, Dean Mooney/Aoife Mooney

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Laser/Mirror Enterprise Open – Sunday 15th May

A forecast for very little wind did not deter 7 Lasers, 2 Mirrors and 8 Enterprises from entering Penzance Sailing Club’s 2016 Laser/Mirror/Enterprise Open

The racing was due to start at 11 am with three races back to back

The Race Officer Mike Winiberg had unenviable job of organising the course in sporadic wind and huge wind shifts. However, in the end with postponements he managed to organise two enjoyable races for the competitors

Many thanks to all the volunteers that enabled the day to run smoothly and to all the competitors that travelled from as far away as Devon and Dorset to compete

A special mention to Penzance junior sailor Lloyd Williams who stepped in to sail at the very last moment with Plymouth Enterprise helm Billy Bartlett and huge congratulations to Penzance Sailing Club’s Thomas Kliskey and Jeremy Stephens who won the Enterprise Open.


Enterprise: 1. Thomas Kliskey/Jeremy Stephens (PzSC); 2, Steve Sergent/Esther Bowdler (Looe SC); 3, Jeremy Williams/Di Stephens (PzSC); 4, Colin Stephens/Simon Lees (PzSC); 5, Billy Bartlett/Lloyd Williams (Royal Plymouth Corinthian YC); 6, Giles Gilbert/Louise Summers (PzSC); 7, Mark Matthews/James Cox (Castle Cove SC); 8, Martyn Curnow/Laura Jocklers (PzSC)


1, Robert Dyer (Sutton Bingham SC); 2, Neil Dunkley (Looe SC); 3, Greg Bartlett (Royal Torbay); 4, Graham Cousins (Mounts Bay SC); 5, Kian Andrews (PzSC); 6, Nick Downing (PzSC); 7, Duncan Bruce (Mounts Bay SC)


1, Joe Jackman/Jack Sergent (Looe SC); Ruby Stephens/Polly Stephens (PzSC) – DNF

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Cruiser Report – 9th and 12th May

Monday 9th Maty

The fleet set out to Central in a short choppy sea. However it was the broad reach into Newlyn which divided the boats as Riff Raff gybed repeatedly to gain advantage on the mark. LaidBack was dodging pots and ended up in the shadow of the quarry allowing Solo through with Bewitched in her wake. However, it was a good night for Blue Chip and Free Spirit as they overcame the challenging conditions to rank well at the finish.

1. Blue Chip; 2.Bewitched; 3. Free Spirit; 4. Riff Raff; 5. Solo; 6. LaidBack; 7.Pepsi

Thursday 12th May.

Very light winds led to cancellation of the dinghy racing but the cruisers who had the patience to make the start line were rewarded with an enjoyable race. A slow spinnaker start had all gybing to and fro in search of any wind for the first 30 minutes. As the mark was nearing, the wind filled in and Riff Raff was away, never to be caught. Laidback and Disting rounded next and stayed close on the beat and following fetch. Ultimately Disting won out by the decision to stay in close to the harbour and take the windshift to the finish.

1. Riff Raff; 2. Disting; 3 LaidBack; 4. Blue Chip; 5. Pepsi

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Enterprise Inland National Championships

The Enterprise Inland National Championships were held at Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club and Jeremy Stephens sailing with daughter Rebecca represented Penzance Sailing Club.

An excellent turnout of 50 boats from all over the UK including Scotland ensured a
highly competitive event with the format being 9 races over 2 days.

Day 1 held mixed fortunes for Jeremy and Rebecca as they were disqualified from 1 race for being over the line at the start. Scores of 14, 22, 5 and 4 left them 12th overall after Day 1.

The second day dawned with stronger winds of up to 20 knots. Being possibly the lightest pair in the competition it was always going to be a tough day.

50 eager boats resulted in many false starts and general recalls. However another 4 races were completed. The pair were pleased to get a 7th in one race but the course was very small for the number of boats for the last 2 races, resulting in chaotic mark roundings and collisions. After two such incidents, Jeremy and Rebecca decided not to complete the last race to save further possible damage.

They finished a highly respectable 17th overall. The event was won by Tim Sadler and Richard Sault the current National Champions.

Photograph – Kite Photography

Becca and Jer - Inlands

Thursday 5th May – Race 3

Thanks to Katherine Sharp for her report on the evening’s sail.

Sixteen boats took to the water on a sunny evening with fairly light winds. A fairly becalmed start meant that the boats were fairly close.  As the first lap came to an end the fleets were slightly more spread. Colin Stephens (crew Simon Lees) led the Enterprises with the returning John Matthews and crew David Williams hot on their tail. Some boats became stuck on the turning mark due to shifts and gaps in the wind.

The Solo’s sailed by Steve Patten and Duncan Smith had a good tussle but the light winds favoured Steve and he managed to stretch his lead.

Trainees made their first outing on to the Bay practicing their tacking drills – a perfect evening for it.

The Mirror’s soon split and Eric Taylor took the lead followed by Sebi Schmidt sailing single-handed.

Thankfully the wind filled slightly allowing the boats to get the kites flying and some competitive racing to continue.

After a slight miscount Colin headed for the finish line nearly allowing John and David to sneak through but he managed to keep his lead until the finish.

The Lasers were led by Kian Andrews from the start – the Fleet managed to stay together and Claire Edkins held a convincing second to the finish line.  Joe Smith did a great job to hold onto third place.

Monday Series – Race 3

Ten dinghies signed in to race this evening North Westerly wind Force 3-4. The Race Officer Brian Aldgate organised a six lap – port hand triangular course.

There were two in the Handicap Fleet – with Duncan Smith making his first outing in his new Solo.

Three Enterprises were at the start line with Giles Gilbert (crew Tom Gilbert) taking an early bath before the start as they practiced their gybes.

There was a broad reach to start followed with what has become quite familiar pattern this season an exciting tight reach across towards the Mount.

Tom Kliskey (crew Colin Stephens) had a superb start and despite being chased hard by Jeremy Williams (crew Di Stephens) held onto their lead for the entire race finishing in first position.

It was an interesting evening with equipment failures predominant in the remaining fleets.

In the Laser Fleet Kian Andrews gybed to start but immediately had to sail back to the slip to replace a broken mainsheet block. He then sailed back – started the race and despite the setback was first over the finish line. Joe Smith gained second with Derek Jones also having had to sail back into the harbour to fix his outhaul before re-joining the race finishing in third.

In the Mirrors, Fleet Captain Eric Taylor (crew Jenna Dyer) pulled out a lead with a superb start. Unfortunately, Dean Mooney (crew Aoife) capsized at the windward mark due to a snapped halyard resulting in their gaff rig collapsing and had to be towed back to the harbour, leaving Eric in the only Mirror remaining, to finish the race.

Pursuit Race!


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Many thanks to Becca Knee for the superb photographs

Saturday heralded the first race in the Pursuit Series and a small turnout of eight boats took the water in beautiful sunshine with the welcome addition of two Larks sailing across from Marazion to compete.

The basic idea of the Pursuit Race is – using the Portsmouth Yardstick handicapping system, the boats start the race in order of speed, slowest going first (the Mirrors) fastest going last and everyone else is spread out in between. The aim of the race is to overtake the slower boats and to prevent the faster boats from overtaking you.

The race was to be 75 minutes long and the start times of each class were calculated, printed and placed in the clubhouse. There was a hive of activity before the race –with stop watches being set and crews instructed to remember each allotted start time.

One Mirror signed into race – Eric Taylor and crew Aoife Mooney with their start time 10:30am.

At the end of lap four the Mirror was just in the lead with Claire Edkins on her Laser and Jeremy Williams (crew Di Stephens) in the Enterprise close behind.

On the beat the Laser and Enterprise passed the Mirror – with only approximately ten minutes of the race remaining.

At the finish horn Jeremy Williams in the Enterprise was in first position by barely a boat’s length with Claire in second, Eric and Aoife third.

Thursday Series – Race 2


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Thanks to Robin Chiffers for the superb photographs of the evening’s Cruiser and Dinghy racing.

Due to the severe gusts of up to 30 miles an hour in a Westerly wind only six dinghies signed in to race this evening.

The Race Officer Jeremy Gilbert set a six lap Port Hand Olympic course.

There were four Enterprises – with even the highly experienced helms expressing that the conditions had been incredibly challenging during the race. The tight reach from the pier across towards the Mount was so fast it was breath taking. At the finish line it was Jeremy Williams (crew Di Stephens) in first with Tom Kliskey (crew Ben Deighton) second. After a capsize Colin Stephens (crew Martyn Curnow) were third and Giles Gilbert (crew Tom Gilbert) in fourth.

The two Lasers also had an exciting sail – with Kian Andrews in first and Neil Ruffell in second.

Juniors Sebi Schmidt and Lloyd Williams in the only Mirror on the course sailed two reaches but struggled on the beat and made the sensible decision to return to the harbour