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, 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, 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 26 2015 12:41PM

For fast and easy searching, Kingfisher Evo Race SK78 3mm, 4mm & 5mm Evolution Race rope has been indexed for RS dinghy sailing boat fleets, on Jack Sailing’s website.


Kingfisher Gottifredi Maffioli® SK78 Evo Race is available in seven colours, MELANGE BLACK - MELANGE RED - MELANGE BLUE - MELANGE SILVER - MELANGE BLUE BLACK - MELANGE ORANGE BLACK - MELANGE PINK BLACK





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, Feb 23 2015 12:38PM

For fast and easy searching, Kingfisher SK78 3mm & 4mm compact braid has been indexed for RS dinghy sailing boat fleets, on Jack Sailing’s website.


Kingfisher Gottifredi Maffioli® SK78 Compact Braid is available in five colours, Black, silver, blue, red and yellow.





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