By Jack Sailing, May 23 2017 05:02PM

Too windy for us on the Saturday, with survival conditions of 28 knt. Happier on the Sunday with a great sail with 10 to 15. Shame the asymmetric's didn't have a windward leeward course, as out performed on the triangles.

Thanks Paignton Sailing Club ☺️ for all your hard work to put the event on!

See you next season ...

By Jack Sailing, Oct 29 2015 03:18PM

In 2004 a good sailing friend, Mickey Schwartz bought the local yacht rigging company Bay Rigging. Mickey knew my passion was sailing, I was at a loose end, so he took me on as trainee yacht rigger. Bay Rigging trades from Dartside Quay on the river Dart in Galmpton and services all the local marina’s including Noss, Dartmouth, Brixham and Torquay.

Mickey, a South African, grew up working with boats. His first business at the age 15 was called ‘Barnacle Busters’. There, in the warm waters of Durban, he would dive under boats and scrape the barnacles of the bottom. To date Mickey has over 250,000 sea miles under his belt, most of which were racing miles. His knowledge of yachts and yacht racing is extensive.

By Jack Sailing, Oct 27 2015 11:58AM

Kingfisher Maffioli® Superswift 6.5mm ropes have just been added to the Jack Sailing website.

Because of customer demand, Kingfisher Maffioli® Superswift 6.5mm rope in black, has been added to the Jack Sailing on-line shop.

Maffioli® Superswift is a combination of compact braid SK75 and swiftcord, it has a compact 75 Dyneema® core and a swiftcord cover and it's ideal for sheets that need to be tapered. It has high abrasion resistance and good grip from the cover and high strength from the core.

By Jack Sailing, Sep 10 2015 05:36PM

We feel very lucky to be able to sail in Torbay. Torbay is a beautiful place to sail, its waters are protected on three sides, and we generally have flat waters to race on. Torbay’s prevailing winds are south westerlies but, as a bonus, we’re also able to get out and sail on big rolling easterlies to practise our surfing! We have really easy access to the water with a convenient protected slipway, passage to the open sea, and we have fresh water to wash our boats off after racing.

We currently have RS400 and RS200 dinghies racing at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. The RS200 dinghy fleet is growing and the club has decided that the RS200 is the best natural progressive dinghy for the RS Feva class, and for cadet juniors to move up from. With the R.T.Y.C’s very strong junior dinghy fleet, its future is looking very rosy!

In addition to the RS400 and the RS200 dinghies, we also have a wonderful array of sailing craft that regularly join in and partake in PY Dinghy racing, which we all actively encourage.

If your already a sailor or would like to give sailing a go, just pop down to Torquay harbour and say hello.

Sailing is a fantastic sport, and Torbay is a fantastic place to sail!

By Jack Sailing, Aug 13 2015 01:38PM

Kingfisher Evolution Lite Race SK75 with Dyneema® has just been added to Jack Sailing's on-line shop.

Kingfisher Evolution Lite Race is an extremely lightweight rope with a 100% Dyneema@ SK75 core. Evo lite race with its Dyneema® / multi-filament polyprop malenge cover, is abrasion resistant, very strong & flexable, which is ideal for sheet use.

By Jack Sailing, Mar 31 2015 10:55AM

Sailing at Babbacombe is always interesting. Babbacombe Bay sits in the lee of prevailing south westerlies. Sometimes you’re sitting in glass and you’re looking at a wall of wind all around you. With your asymmetric spinnaker up you certainly have to have your wits about you.

Babbacombe Corinthian Sailing Club has taught many a great sailor. I'm sure the radical gusts have had something to do with that. Whilst learning to helm my Lark there, the club sent me off to Mount Batton Centre in Plymouth, to take a RYA Dinghy Instructors Course. On our first day of training I had to helm a Laser 2000 in 15knots of breeze. After sailing around the track the instructor said I did some really, really good stuff, and some really, really bad stuff! When I asked him later what the bad stuff was, he replied that holding the mainsheet between your teeth whilst sheeting in wasn’t in the RYA syllabus.

By Jack Sailing, Mar 19 2015 05:06PM

For the following five years amongst other boats I was very fortunate to crew a Melges24. To this day I believe this to be the most exciting boat I have sailed, (apart from my RS400 of course). Sailing with different Helms & Crews gave me the experience I have today and I thank all those people for that.

I would like to thank Steve Williams from The Royal Torbay Yacht Club for teaching me what all the ropes did. I remember Steve telling me to dump the kite halyard. He didn't mean let it go! You can imagine what happened next. I hadn't done that job before! He taught me to fly the kite. 'You are the engine', 'you are the power' he used to say, again & again & again. I was NEVER allowed to take my eyes of it!!!

By Jack Sailing, Mar 2 2015 10:30AM

I first experienced sailing at the age of 10 as a boy growing up in Torquay. We would spend most of our days down the harbour. Me & my mate Toby used to ask people if we 'can have a go on your boat mate'. This got us into all sort of scrapes which has left us with strong memories, near death experiences, basic sea survival instincts and the knowledge of the awesome fun you can have on the water.

Daryl & Rachel Geary. Proprietors of Jack Sailing
Daryl & Rachel Geary. Proprietors of Jack Sailing

One particular trip we got a ride on a 22 foot power boat. The Londoners, had 'picked it up on the way down' (we found out later). We set off to Paignton on a beautiful flat calm summer’s day. To our surprise the owner deliberately ran the boat up the beach. This was all in the plan, as they had ordered a surface riding prop from the local Mercury dealer in Preston earlier. There and then the owner fitted the prop on the beach.

By Jack Sailing, Feb 12 2015 03:25PM

Daryl Geary, founder of Jack Sailing. He said:-

“I have decided to sell Kingfisher dinghy ropes because I believe Kingfisher offers a great variety of quality products, which I can offer to sailors at a competitive price. My aim is to continue the ethos of Jack Sailing, making sailing more affordable, so we can get more keen sailors out on the water."

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