Points of Sailing

The theme of this week's Sail4All Confidence Builder is "Points of Sailing", descriptions of a sailing boat's  course relative to the apparent wind . For those taking advantage of a Confidence Builder this week (and others who may wish to do refresh their knowledge), HERE  is a short aide memoir outlining the points of sailing, amplified by an informative RYA newsletter and a number of short video clips. We achieved 6 Confidence Builders during the Sail4All session last weekend, sailors benefiting from some "light touch" coaching in the club Wayfarer and from direct supervision afloat while sailing club Picos and Topper. Sail4All is available to all club members - visit the CCSC  Training Page  for information and sign up details. Experienced members volunteering to assist with the light touch coaching element would be welcome.

The 5 Essentials.

The theme of this week's Sail4All Confidence Builder is "The 5 Essentials", key controls that must be applied effectively, and in harmony,  in order to handle a sailing boat efficiently. For those taking advantage of a Confidence Builder this week (and others who may wish to do refresh their knowledge), HERE  is a short aide memoir outlining the 5 Essentials, illustrated brilliantly by Dame Shirley Robertson in an embedded video clip.

CCSC Cadets and Youth Sailing

  Hello Members! If you are or have kids who are aged between 8 and 17 and would like to come sailing with the CCSC Cadets on a Saturday morning, please complete the online registration form here… If you don’t have kids within the age range, but would like to come down and help out, we would love to hear from you! Please email me at We are starting a week later than published due to other commitments, really sorry about that.  Start date is now the 8th May.  Rigged and ready for 11am, session runs until 1pm.     I have attached a small document detailing the basics of cadets.  Please have a read if you aren’t sure and feel free to email for clarity Once we have a list registered I will email those people rather than emailing all members, so if you are interested, please make sure to register. The programmed Land Day is this Saturday 24th April.  We have


Sail4All (S4A) returns to the club on Saturday 1st May (14.00). Sessions are essentially a free sail with safety cover, though we are trying something new and innovative this season, adding some additional value for those who wish to benefit. The plan is to team up members who are new to sailing, or wish to refresh their knowledge, with more experienced members who kindly volunteer to transfer their own skills through demonstration and example afloat. More information on S4A and our new "confidence builders" may be found on the club training page  HERE.  Come and enjoy a great Saturday afternoon on the water and enjoy what the club has to offer on a non-race day. Feel free to ring or email the S4A coordinator, Andy Eastaugh, whose contact details may be found at the link.

Sand removal at Castle Cove Sailing Club

  Sand removal at Castle Cove Sailing Club The sand removal project was successfully completed as planned 29 th and 30 th March 2021. Sand had built up over a number of years in the area used to launch keelboats from the Club, to the point that some boats could no longer be launched or recovered.   Something had to be done! Planning had started in January 2021 and permissions obtained from the MMO, Natural England, SSSI Consent and Portland Harbour Authority. The weather on the project days was perfect. Additional projects were completed repairing the surface of the Club car park.   The digger was used on the car park while the tide was too high to work on the beach.   This made the best use of the hire of the digger and its operating crew. CCSC launch area prior to sand removal   Work in progress CCSC launch area after the digging was complete photo1 CCSC launch area after the digging was complete photo 2   Impact on the beach The sand was deposited in

Replay of the Wednesday evening February Lectures

 Good evening All, I hope you are all well and looking forward to the season getting under way. I promised that I would publish links to the lectures that Adam presented during February and the links below should take you to his You Tube channel, I have not edited them so they are presented "warts and all" but there are some nuggets of inforamtion in there that should be useful. If you have any issues with the links please let me know as I look forward to seeing you all on the start line(s) and leeward mark(s) throughout the season. Starting - Leeward Mark - Strategy and Tactics -

That Ketchup Bottle situation

I heard an expression on Match of The day this morning which was, " This is a ketchup bottle situation."  It refers to a situation where nothing happens for a long time then it comes all at once. To avoid an unfortunate stain on the breakfast tablecloth the Castle cove committees have been working hard to make sure that everything is in place to benefit from the enthusiasm and activity that is about to be released. So, Welcome to the new sailing season. That feels great to say. After all the frustration of the past 12 months it looks like we are going to get a great season of sailing activity. We have a full programme of racing, cruising and training activities which will hopefully enable you to find something that you can join in with and enjoy. The programme will be published in the handbook but it is also available from the link on the website. As you will see it is a full calendar but let me give you some of the highlights. Afternoon Start times When Monica was Sailing Se

Members Social and Quiz

This Friday at 19.30 Half an hour of friendly chat on Zoom, with the quiz starting at 20.00  Check your email for the link to join in this social evening

Keep fit with Grace

Thursdays at 09.30 via Zoom Check your email for the link to the session.


Following his very successful talk last month on the history of the Victoria Cross, we have another talk from Jeremy Prescott, this time it is a story of rescue, double jeopardy and survival. Jeremy Prescott is founder of Sacrifice and Remembrance, an organisation set up to support communities in their commemoration of WWI. Through his talks, Jeremy raises funds for the charity Combat Stress. We do hope you will be able to join us and listen to what should be a fascinating talk organised by WPCA. Tuesday 16th March via Zoom, check your email for the link

Late Membership Renewals

Membership renewals will close Sunday 21st March. Late renewals can still be made on Marusa or by contacting the Membership Secretary

2021 Club Programme

 The 2021  Club Programme  is now available.

Racing Talks

  Adam and Richard Bowers would like to do a series of three consecutive race related Wednesday evening zoom talks. Starting this Wednesday 24 February 7.30pm.   The subjects they would like to cover are as follows: Wed 24 Feb at 7.30pm      1: Starting. The new season “starts” here. Wed 3 Mar at 7.30pm      2: Leeward mark rounding. The next beat starts here. Wed 10 Mar at 7.30pm      3: Strategy: The plan of action starts here. Adam will make sure the topics relate to dinghies and keelboats alike.  We will be using video as well as Adam standing in front of the camera.  To make the sessions as interactive as possible, Richard will be monitoring the chat on zoom and will pass any questions on. I hope as many of you who are able will come along and support Adam and Richard - they look like very interesting evenings

Folk Evening

  21 Feb 2021   Last Friday Castle Cove Sailing Club entertained members with a wonderful evening of folk music, singing and dancing. The stars of the show were Sara Lloyd on squeeze box, Irene Robinson on accordian, Des Quick on banjo and Bob Todd on guitar. Des’ T Shirt made us laugh, it said “I don’t make mistakes when I am playing banjo, I make spontaneous creative decisions”. As we were settling down and chatting to each other we decided that the zoom prize (that just means there was no prize!) for the best folk outfits went to Jenny Pilbeam and her partner. Hats, glitter, make-up, jackets and flowers, brilliant! Song sheets printed off and at the ready, we sang 10 songs -Westering Home, Dream a Little Dream, The Fields of Athenry, Irish Washerwoman/Corporal Casey, Scotland The Brave, Wild Rover, The Mermaid, The Wild Mountain Thyme, Those Were The Days My Friend, Lamorna (Her eyes they shone like diamonds). Sara started the ball rolling with Westering Home on her squeezeb

Autumn Newsletter

 Here is a link the Latest Newsletter, Autumn 2020

AGM Changes 2020

  Hon Treasurer Fiona Grant Members Reps-  Adam Bowers, Charlie Camm Mooring Officer, now Clive Fowler Keelboat lift Coord, now Graham Allinson Grounds now Colin Munz Add - Operations Committee Andy Adler

Club Racing

We can now return to something like normal Club Racing, starting from this Sunday 19th July.  See  Coronavirus racing information  and  Results

Ladies Sailing

We started again on Friday 10th July.  See  Ladies Sailing notice for details.

Sail 4 All

Sail 4 All is back.  Details can be found here

New Commodore

Following this Year's AGM, with a record number of people attending. Castle Cove Sailing Club has elected a new Commodore by the name of David Brock, David has been on the committee now for a few years as Vice Commodore. David thanked Neil Stroud as he stood down from the role after a couple of years. David then continued to elect the new officers for the year ahead. Vice Commodore - Andy Adler Rear Commodore Sailing - Ian Green Rear Commodore Shore   - Grace Martin We can look forward to hearing from David and his new team in due course.