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As the nights start to draw in...

The longest day is now behind us, but there's till lots to do. July is a bit of a miscellaneous month. It sees the end of two series, Hine Downing One and Skinners Saturday. Hine Downing Two follows on immediately, but Saturday racing doesn't get under way again until the Seven Stars series in August. That doesn't mean no Saturday racing: we have St Mawes Social Regatta, FSC's Falmouth Tyres Midsummer Regatta, Flushing Village Regatta, and St Mawes Town Regatta taking up consecutive Saturdays.

If that wasn't enough, there are two 'special' races: the Junior Helm race, and the Crews race.

Junior Helm

This race is open to anyone under the age of 25. You don't have to be related to the regular helm. It's an opportunity to show the old timers the talent that is just bubbling under and eager to have their chance. The SIs are the same as for Saturday racing. Starts will be off the clubhouse, at the same times and in the same sequence as a Tuesday. And there are prizes!

Crews race

Again, an attempt to reverse the established order. The chance for regular crew to demonstrate to their regular helm that they have been observing and absorbing all the skills needed to sail the boat even better. Same sort of format as the Junior Helm: standard SIs, Clubhouse start, Tuesday times and sequence. With prizes!

Sailing Suppers

Pre-ordering your meal on a Tuesday or Friday through the Flushing Food WhatsApp remains the preferred option, but Denise will always have a few extras for those who fail, but they may not be your first choice. Examples of what may be on the menu is under the Suppers page on the website. Denise also sends out a WhatsApp message outlining the menu to those who have registered.

Friday evening opening continues and the clubhouse itself will be open from 1830, serving food from Denise and drinks from the bar.

NB: the QR code in the SI handbook does not appear to work, but the version on the noticeboard in the Clubhouse does.

Flushing Sailing Club is a truly amazing, flourishing sailing club running the finest yacht racing in the port of Falmouth.

Founded in 1921 for the benefit of Flushing residents, the club is situated on the New Quay commanding stunning and panoramic views of the inner Falmouth Harbour and the reaches of the Penryn River.

The club has a long history of providing exhilarating and competitive racing for yachts in and around the Carrick Roads as well as coastal and offshore events. A strong involvement with the Sunbeam class during the early years of both the Club and the Sunbeam class continues. We enjoy the full support and participation of the Falmouth Working Boats Association.

With their distinctive topsails, the working boats and the gaffers are a symbol of the region and continue a traditional form of sailing. But the club supports contemporary yachts too, providing competitive and friendly racing for many classes.

Most racing takes place in the Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay, usually finishing on the club line (an imaginary line between ourselves and the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club). During the summer we can expect around 50 boats racing on a Tuesday evening, and an awesome number of yachts setting sail for their Saturday afternoon races. They make a grand sight as they come up the harbour to the finish line.

Members are joined together by their love of sailing, but being a visitor friendly club, non-members are also invited to share our facilities on Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon racing throughout the season.

Flushing Sailing Club has been honoured to host the main prizegiving for the whole of Falmouth Sailing Week. It was a day to remember for all competing sailors and families. We look forward to hosting the 2022 prizegiving.

And we are inordinately proud that Pete Goss MBE consented to become an Honorary Life Member of the Club, together with Nessa Simcock and Harold Martin.

A potted history of the first 75 years of the Club is available here.

Alert

Note that the Club is not open this Friday evening. It is hosting the Cockwells Owners Rally. The launch will still be operating as normal.

SI Amendment

SI 12.5 All marks are rounding marks.

For clarification, we are aware that in some of the new courses there are marks which could be looked on as passing marks. Boats are expected to sail the course following the ‘string’ route. If in doubt clarification should be sought from the RO. All boats (in the same or different classes) should be rounding the mark leaving it to the same side (which is the root cause of the error). No course has been designed that expects a boat to do a 360° or greater rounding of a mark.

Please forward any comments on courses to the club so that we can review any issues for next season.

Aar, Jim lad!

Jim

A big welcome to Jim Lloyd-Davies, our new boatman, whose smiling face will become familiar to you as he ferries you out to your boat on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Help Jim and help yourself by giving him your mooring location rather than your boat name. He knows where all the moorings are, but he might not know which one is yours.

The launch is available from 5 on Tuesday, and 12 on Saturday; until racing is over and crews are ashore.

Sailing News

A summary of the Race Officer and Skippers' Briefing is available here.

Please note that start times for the Pursuits will be posted at the Clubhouse, and may not be available online. Q, E, U and W classes require a current SWYTYC certificate.

Pontoon Project

pontoon project

The next big thing for the Club!

Join

We are a friendly sailing club and always welcome new members. If you would like to join, please follow this link for membership details. Or come along any Tuesday evening, or on a Saturday afternoon through the sailing season. You will be guaranteed a warm welcome.

A short (2 minutes) promotional video was created by Katie Barker and Nick Bray, journalism students at Falmouth University.

Talking Heads

Just before we entered lockdown (such a long time ago), Gaye Slater, our Commodore, interviewed a few club members as part of another project. To remind you of the Club and see a couple of friendly (!) faces, we decided to offer a couple of them to you all. The first two are from one of our oldest members, and one of our younger non-members, covering our wide age appeal. To find out more, follow this link.

Development Plan

The Club's Development Plan is available here.

Newsletter

We send out a newsletter to all Club members on a monthly basis to provide some up-to-date information on what is going on at the Club. Why haven't you received yours? Perhaps because you aren't a member, we don't have an email address for you, or it's in your spam folder. All three can be easily rectified.

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