Last Wednesday evening sail

Last night saw an eventful fun race to close out the Wednesday evening racing for 2016. With mixed wind in strength and direction the RO Tristan set a windward/leeward course although 30 mins before the start the wind was completely different.

We had the AP over N ready as we started to see the lightening starting over 10 miles away and were close to abandoning but just finished the race before it got to close.

With a cat mast gracefully collapsing just by the committee boat and then a big collision on the final mark of the race an eventful evening and at least enjoyable for most.

Thanks to all that helped to make this years Wednesday evening series a success. Here is the sunset after the race.

Mike, Tristan and Stuart

Last Sunday Afternoon Racing

Last Sunday saw races 3 and 4 of the Sunday afternoon series. A nice sunny afternoon was seen with a decent 16 knots of wind. There were 6 racers for the first of the two races run (race 3) with one dropping out to leave us with 5 for race 4. Both races saw the National 18 leading from the front on a figure or 8 course with slight wind shifts meant that the spinnaker could be held on a leg for one lap but may not have been possible on the next lap. With 2 45 minute races and off the water by 4:00pm made a perfect Sunday afternoon for the 6 boats that took part.

The results can be found here

The next afternoon racing will be held on the 14th August, it is not too late to have an impact on the series, why not make the most of the summer and get some extra racing in.

See you there.



What’s on at DWSC this weekend and coming week

Dear Members,

This weekend we have races 11 and 12 of the summer series.

The weather looks like it will be a nice breeze, stronger on Saturday and slightly lighter on Sunday so let’s see you on the water enjoying your sailing.

On Saturday from 12:30 if you are around Datchet Village, DWSC has a stand at the Datchet Village Fete. I believe Gabrielle will be there on her own this year so please stop by if you are in the area.

We also have new team members, Alice Armstrong and Stuart Philbey who are joining us as Senior Instructors for the summer to assist with our summer training program and the running of the club. They will be wearing white club shirts this weekend as we have not had the green ones delivered

On Saturday we have the Saturday Club

Sunday Afternoon the 20 knot Squad will be training

Looking ahead this week

Wednesday we will see the second week of the setting sun series

Thursday is “This Girl Can” well worth getting your wives, daughters and girlfriends into sailing.


New Staff @ DWSC

As the training season gets under way we are delighted to announce the arrival of two new members of staff, Alice Armstrong and Stuart Philbey who are joining us as Senior Instructors for the summer to assist with our summer training program.

Alice comes with a wealth of experience, in 2012 she was appointed as a RYA Dinghy Sailing Coach-Assessor. She comes to us having had a very successful racing career as among other things Winning Crew at Dart Ulster Sailing Championship and in1996 the Ladies Irish National Laser Champion.

Stuart Philbey is a Senior Instructor joining us from Fairlops and King George Sailing Club. Again with extensive racing experience in many different dinghies including RS 800, RS400, laser, 420s, and RS Feva.

Please join me in welcoming them to the team at DWSC.



What’s On At DWSC This Weekend

Dear Members,

· This weekend we have the Races 9 and 10 of the Summer Series

· We also have the 2nd of the Sunday Afternoon Series

· The Fireball Fleet is visiting for DWSC for a weekend open meeting.

o If you have a Fireball why not come up and socialize if you are not taking part.

· Saturday Club

· Sunday Afternoon 20 knot Squad will be training

· There is also a First Aid Course

The weather looks like it will be a nice breeze, better on Sunday so let see you enjoying your sailing.


Sailing instructions

Following some valuable feedback over the weekend we have updated the Sunday Morning SI’s to be easier to understand. A number of us were caught out by the RO on Sunday correctly using the sailing instructions and signals however many of us had not read the SI’s and hence confusion reigned.

The SI’s are now correct on the website and I encourage you to take a look as we have some new courses introduced at the beginning of this series that will hopefully improve our racing experience.

We will have the SI’s on the notice board and draw your attention to them in the club house.

Thanks to the Race Officer on Sunday who did a great job of using one of the new courses available.

As always your feedback is always welcome.


Mike Beckett

Vice Commodore

New Courses Available For Sunday Morning Series

Update for everyone, the new courses that were testing during the Winter Series are available for the current series and all series moving forward.

The Sailing Instructions have been updated to reflect these changes and you will see different flags flying on the committee boat to signify which course the Race Officer has set. Please read the sailing instructions on this site to make sure you are aware of these changes.

@RaceOfficers – Sorry we have not updated the Race Officer Handbook yet but I noticed that the one on the website still talks about how to start the engine on Osmo so I need to get on and update that as soon as possible.


Mike Beckett

Vice Commodore

Team Datchet on route to Musto Skiff Worlds

Musto Skiff Team Datchet
Lookout for the DWSC Musto Skiff sailors (Team Datchet) who are competing this week at the 7th Musto Skiff Worlds Check out their progress here

Also from the 9th June Nick Murray will be competing in the 18ft Skiff European Championships. Nick with his team will be competing to hold his existing European Crown from last year in his brand new 18ft Skiff. Check out their progress here

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