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St. Ives Sailing Club report week 10 – 7 – 19

A force 2-3 welcomed sailors on Wednesday evening. Mike Cook and Tom Cobb in the pierhead had a Port D course set in the bay. The race was restarted after several competitors were on the wrong side of the start line just before the start. The two RS 400 dinghies sailed by Tim Lukes with crew Jackie Cutler, and Rob Lawrence with crew Jake Lemmon, made a good start leaving the slower boats to fight it out. Though Leanne Herbert (Pico) capsized several times she sailed well and came 3rd. Fab Lawrence and Brandon Owen (Magno) came 4th.

Results: 1st Tim Lukes, 2nd Rob Lawrence, 3rd Leanne Herbert, 4th Fab Lawrence, Tom McMahon (Pico) DNF.

On Saturday a moderate swell and force 3-4 winds brought multiple capsizes. In race 1 Mike Cook (Laser Radial) had to take a penalty turn after making contact with John Palser (Laser Radial). Jon Keast with novice crew Sinead  McNamee (RS 400) sailed well in the conditions, as did Rob Lawrence and Jake Lemmon (RS 400). The starboard B course, set by pierhead race officers Andy Robert and Ben Colclough, was kept for both races.

Race 1 results: 1st John Palser, 2nd Mike Cook, 3rd Jon & Sinead

In Race 2 John Palser had gear failure but recovered well. Leanne Herbert greatly improved her sailing. Mark Paxton with Alan Peck capsized just before finishing the race. There was close sailing at times between Mike and Jon Keast. Fab Lawrence & Brandon Owen (Magno) took part in race 2.

Race 2 results: 1st Mike Cook, 2nd John Palser, 3rd Jon & Sinead.  

Thanks to safety boat crew Dave Peters & Johnathan Thomas.

St Ives Sailing Club report week 3-7-19

Wednesday evening, although winds were light, brought 7 boats onto the water. Tim Lukes and Jackie Cutler were in the pierhead and with the aid of the safety boat crew Dave Peters and Dave Eddy set a Port D course in the Bay.

John Palser choosing to sail with a full rig on his Laser took the lead from the start. Barrie and Izzy Dain (Stratos) had close racing with Mike Cook (Laser Radial) with Mike slowly pulling away to take 2nd place. Malcolm Fox and Leanne Herbert (Pico) sailed well. Rob Lawrence with Fab and Joe (Stratos) found difficulties with the light wind and medium swell. Tom Cob and Tom Mc Mahon retired.

Results: 1st John Palser, 2nd Mike Cook, 3rd Barry Dain, 4th Malcolm Fox, 5th Rob Lawrence, 6th Leanne Herbert, Tom Cobb DNF.

On Saturday the wind picked up throughout the afternoon to a force 2-3. Some dinghies were late getting on the water, delaying the 2:00 pm start by approximately 15 minutes. In the pierhead, Andy, Jane and Alan had set a  Starboard B course.

Race 1: Many competitors were over the line before the starting hooter was sounded and had to restart. This was partly due to a visiting vessel deciding to moor close to the start line prior to the start! The two RS 400 dinghies had a good start, sailed by Jon Keast with crew Jake Lemmon, and Tim Lukes with crew Jackie Cutler. However, Jon capsized by the third mark giving time for the remainder of the fleet to catch up. Emma Fox (Pico) sailed very well in the light winds and Ben Colclough (Laser) made great ground after restarting.

Results: 1st Ben Colclough (Laser), 2nd Mike Cook (Laser Radial), 3rd Jon Keast (RS 400), 4th Emma Fox (Pico), 5th Tim Lukes (RS 400), 6th Leanne Herbert (Pico) Malcolm Fox DNS, The Doctor and his companion (Stratos) Training.

Race 2: Prior to the start marks were moved further out into the bay by the safety boat crew Dave Peters, Simon Ashmore and Paul Gumbleton.

Close racing took place between Ben and Jon with Jon finally pulling into the lead, but not enough to beat Ben on handicap. Mike Cook lost time hitting a mark and had to forfeit a 360% turn before carrying on racing.

Results: 1st Ben Colclough (Laser), 2nd Jon Keast (RS 400), 3rd Emma Fox (Pico) 4th Mike Cook (Laser Radial), 5th Tim Lukes (RS 400), 6th Leanne Herbert (Pico).

St. Ives Sailing Club report for Saturday 29th June.

On Saturday the Gig Club held their annual regatta in the bay.

Race Officers John Palser and Alan Peck were careful to set a Starboard D course clear of the racing gigs. Dave, Jane and Paul were the safety boat crew for the afternoon and paid special attention to Leanne Herbert who was sailing a Club Pico for the first time. Race 1 started with Mike Cook (Laser Radial) having a good start and tried to gain as much lead as possible on the other Pico sailors Leanne and Malcolm Fox who had a better handicap.

Race 1 Results: 1st Mike, 2nd Malcolm, 3rd Leanne.

As race 2 got under way the wind started to increase to force 4 and the sun came out making a beautiful afternoon for sailing. Leanne sailed well with the wind state but Malcolm still couldn’t manage to beat Mike on handicap.

Race 2 results: 1st Mike, 2nd Malcolm, 3rd Leanne.

St. Ives Sailing Club Report for week 19th June

On Wednesday evening the winds were force 3-4 and a warmup for Saturday’s regatta.

In the pier head Tim Royal set a Starboard D course. Mike Cook (Laser Radial) took the lead and held it to the finish line.

Results: 1st Mike Cook, 2nd Ben and Alex Colclough, 3rd Rob and Fab Lawrence.

Saturday’s Regatta racing started with winds the top end of force 4 and increased to reports of force 7 before the afternoon’s sailing was finished. In the pier head Race officers, Martin Potter and Stuart Backhouse, set a Starboard B course with a long beat which was testing for all competitors. Some dinghies, when cutting their way through the waves, had sea pouring over the bows and into the cockpit as they sailed the beat leg of the course. On the broad reach leg the pressure did not let up. Sailors were trying to keep their boats upright and not allowing the bows to dig in as the wind speed was trying to force the boats to upend. Adrenaline was pumping knowing that a twitch on the tiller in the wrong direction would be a definite capsize! This was followed by a hostile jib to encounter. By the time the afternoon was out there were a few ripped sails and a rudder that had come unattached. As the wind increased, so did the number of capsizes.

On return to the pen all agreed it was an excellent days racing!

While tucking into most appreciated burgers and hot dogs the Commodore thanked all who took part and helped to make it a great day.

Thanks went to the crew of the Penzance crew who bought their boat to St. Ives and covered part of the course, the Race Officers, all who supplied food and drink, our own safety boat crew, and those helped on the shoreline.


Race 1:  1st Jon Keast & Tim Lukes (RS 400), 2nd Mike Cook (Laser Radial),                                        3rd Simon Ashmore & Andy Roberts (Stratos).

Race 2:  1st Jon & Tim, 2nd Simon & Andy, 3rd Mike.

Race 3: 1st Simon & Andy, 2nd Mark Paxton, Leanne and Tom (Stratos).                                    3rd M Curnow (Solo) (MBSC)

Overall winners of both the New Florence Cup and the Peter de Savary cup were Simon Ashmore and Andy Roberts.

 St, Ives Sailing Club report 25-5-19 

The forecast for Saturday 25th May promised to be a great day for sailing with winds Force 3-4 making exciting racing for all. 

Simon Ashmore and Jane Billing set an excellent L Course with the aid of safety boat crew, Dave Peters and Paul Gumbleton. 

All had a good start with Jon Keast and Steph Eddy (RS 400) pulling away from the rest of the fleet leaving close racing at the third mark between Mark Paxton and Alan Peck (RS 400), Nigel Berridge and crew (Stratos) and Mike Cook (Laser Radial). Rob and Fab Lawrence sailed well in the club RS 400. 

There was training in the club Magno while Andy Roberts and Sharon Humphreys were Kayaking. 

Race 1 results: 1st Mike Cook, 2nd Jon Keast, 3rd Nigel Berridge, 4th Mark Paxton, 5th Rob Lawrence. 

A Starboard B course was set for race 2. Once again Jon and Steph led the fleet from the start. During the race the wind increased. Simon and Jane were getting somewhat chilly in the draughty pier head while recording the scores and watching several dinghies capsize. The safety boat was on hand to ensure that all were safe. Mark and Alan had to retire early. Due to handicap, Mike took the double. 

Race 2 results: 1st Mike Cook, 2nd Jon Keast, 3rd Rob Lawrence.   

Saturday 18th  May


1st race:


With light wind this was a day for training rather than serious racing. Andy Mansell was in a Pico putting in to practise his recently acquired skills from his sailing course, while Rob Lawrence and son Fab were in a club RS400 for the first time. Simon Ashmore was in his Stratos teaching Jane Billings, Sharon Humphries and Andy Roberts to helm and crew. Mark Paxton was Race Officer with his son Oliver assisting. They instructed the Safety Boat crew, Dave Peters and Paul Gumbleton, to set a ‘B’ starboard course. As would be expected, the experienced crew, Jon Keast and Ben Colclough, dominated the racing, in Jon’s RS400, being first away and building up a big lead.

1st Jon and Ben, 2nd Rob and Fab, 3rd Andy Mansell


2nd Race


The wind dropped a little more for the second race and Ben took the helm in Jon’s RS for this one. Ben was so busy getting some practise in, having not helmed an RS before, that they missed the start. It didn’t make much difference though, because they had caught up and taken the lead by the end of the first lap and went on to take the win once more. Rob and Fab reported a positive experience in the RS and are looking forward to more outings in the future.

1st Ben and Jon, 2nd Rob and Fab, 3rd Andy Mansell.

Wednesday 15th May


No sailing because of high winds.


Saturday 11th May


1st race:


Smashing sailing conditions as Race Officer Barrie Dain, assisted by Andy Mansell, instructed the SB crew, Dave Peters and Paul Gumbleton, to set a starboard ‘B’ course. Quite an even start, but John Palser, Laser Radial, was first to the windward mark with Simon Ashmore and crew, Jane Billing and Sharon Humphries, in a Stratos, close behind. Mark Paxton and Alan Peck, really enjoyed themselves in their RS400 and were first to finish after four long laps. Tim Luke’s and Andy Roberts RS400 retired with gear problems.

Handicap results: 1st John, 2nd Simon, 3rd Mark


Race 2:


No one made a good start,  but John was first to the windward mark and led for the four lap duration. Simon and crew sailed well to try and catch the leader, but couldn’t quite manage it. The RS400 had Alan on the helm for this one, trying to get to grips with the very fast, but at times difficult, dinghy.

Handicap results: 1st John, 2nd Simon, 3rd Alan.


Wednesday 8th May


The forecast was for strong winds all day, but moderating early evening. The forecast was spot on. Simon Ashmore, Race Officer, instructed the Safety Boat crew, Dave Peters and Dave Eddy, to set a port ‘B’ course. Ben Colclough with daughter Alex, in the club Magno, made the best start, with John Palser, Laser Radial, in close contention. The faster RS400, helmed and crewed by Tim Lukes and Jackie Cutler, were first to the windward mark, set off Porthminster and remained in the lead for the three laps of the race, but the Magno crew sailed well enough to take the win on handicap. Rob Lawrence beat his son Fab in the duel of the Laser Picos.

Handicap results: 1st Ben and Alex, 2nd John, 3rd Tim and Jackie 

Saturday 4th May:

No sailing due to high winds and big seas.

Sailing Club report for Wednesday 1st May.

The club has just bought their first RS 400, so members are eager to sail her. On Wednesday it was an excellent evening for sailing. Richard Sadler called upon the safety boat crew Dave Peters and Dave Eddy to set a Port B course.

While Andy Mansell was putting the Sailing trainning he had received at Mylor into practice in the club Pico, Richard was sounding the horn to start the race.

It was a good start for all and close racing between Mike Cook (Laser Radial) and first time RS 400 sailor John Palser and experienced crew Jackie Cutler at the third mark. During the beat to the fourth mark, Jon Keast and Barrie Dain took the lead and held it to the finish line, but unfortunately did not beat Mike on handicap. John Palser retired due to capsized and required assistance from the safety boat crew. Rob and Fab Lawrence had an enjoyable sail in the club Magno.

Results: 1st Mike Cook, 2nd Jon Keast, 3rd Rob Lawrence, DNF John Palser. 

St. Ives Sailing Club report 20th April. 

Many past events had been postponed due to weather conditions and with Saturday’s predictions of very little wind, at 1pm they were ringing true. 

However, by 2pm the winds had increase to 10 knots, a calm sea and beautiful temperature, all were pleased who sailed. 

With excellent conditions, there was also training in the Club Stratos while racing took place. 

Jon Keast in the pier head with the aid of safety boat crew, Dave Peters, Paul Gumbleton and Johnathan Thomas, set a Port B course. 

Race 1: John Palser (Laser) had an excellent start and over lapped the opposition, coming 1st. Andy Roberts (stratos) 2nd. Mark Paxton (RS 400) retired to training his son Sam. 

Race 2 was a different kettle of fish. All had a good start with Mark and Sam having the bit between their teeth holding off John Palser for 2 laps before John finally took the lead and came 1st. The Stratos helmed by Alan Peck having 3 other crew members had to settle for third place.


St. Ives Sailing Club Report 19th July 2017

By Wednesday the wind had eased down to a pleasant force 2-3, ideal for Mike Cook to train Sharon Humphreys in the club Pico. Richard Sadler (Pier Head) with the aid of safety boat crew Dave Peters and John Wilson laid a Course L. Jonathan Thomas had a good lead until he forgot the course layout which cost him a lot of time. There was close sailing between John Palser (Laser) and Matt Harvey and Barrie Dain (Stratos). Good sailing by Dave King and Yasmin (Magno) who came 1st by beating John Palser by 3 seconds on handicap. Steve Clark had an enjoyable sail.

Results: 1st Dave King, 2nd John Palser, 3rd Matt Harvey.

The unpredictable forecast for Saturday turned out to be excellent for the more experienced sailors. John Palser, Marisa Bebbington and Edward Jenkyn (Pier Head) had a Port B course set. Though Mike Cook had a good start and continued to increase his lead on his competitors, at the start of lap 3 his mast broke and he had to be towed to shore by safety boat crew Dave Peters and Paul Gumbleton.

Race 1 Results:  1st Mark Paxton (Stratos), 2nd Chris Web (Pico), DNF Mike Cook (Laser Radial)

During race 2 Barbara had to be retrieved after being lost over the side on a downwind leg of the course. Matt and Rosie Harvey (Pico) sailed extremely well taking 1st place. Alan Peck also sailed well helming a Stratos for the first time.

Race 2 Results: 1st Matt and Rosie, 2nd Helm and Barbara, 3rd Alan, Mark and Andy.

Thanks goes to our weekly tractor driver Paul Tarplee.


St. Ives Sailing Club Report 5th July 2017

On Wednesday evening patience was the order of the day. The sea swell with the very light northerly breeze made slow going for all racing. Mike Cook (Laser Radial) took the lead from the start and held it for 2 laps. Chris Web and Tim Holmes (Picos) had close racing at the start with Chris finally pulling away. The RS 700 tried using her spinnaker with no success. Barrie Dain and Barbara Harris struggled with the conditions sailing their Stratos.

Thanks to Pier Head crew Richard Sadler and Paul Coster, and Safety Boat crew Dave Peters and Tim Lukes who towed several dinghies back to shore, and a special thanks to Paul Tarplee and John Wilson who brought the tractor back to life in time for the evening racing. Mike would like to thank Ryan (Dave Peters’ grandson) for a most welcome tow.

Results: 1st Mike Cook, 2nd Chris Webb, 3rd Sailing Sec.

Saturday was yet another day with a very light breeze. While testing for those who were racing, conditions were excellent for Mike Cook training Sharon Humpreys in the club Magno. Tim Lukes and Jackie Cutler oversaw things from the Pier Head while Dave Peters and Paul Gumbleton covered the course on the Safety Boat.

Race 1 results: 1st Steve Venables (Pico), 2nd Chris Webb (Pico), 3rd Mark Paxton & Andy Roberts (Stratos).

Race 2 was abandoned after only 2 laps were completed by some sailors, due to lack of wind.

Race 2 Results: 1st Andy Roberts & Mark Paxton, 2nd Chris Webb, DNF Steve Venables, DNF Pico.


St. Ives Sailing Club Report 20th June 2017

It was a sailing club ‘Fun Sail’ on Wednesday with 9 dinghies with crews in the bay during a very pleasant evening. Among the sailors were new member Andy Peat, Steph Eddy home from Bristol, and Jonathan Thomas back in St. Ives from Wales.

A ‘Fun race’ was controlled from the safety boat with crew John Wilson, Paul Tarplee and Dan Workman, who tried to keep the scores while ensuring everybody’s safety on the water. The score sheet has been left for the Sailing Secretary to work out on his return to the pen!

On Saturday, 4 people joined the sailing club. Alan Peck crewed for Andy Roberts (Stratos), Sam Potter had a sample of sailing with Mark Paxton (Magno). Denise Potter and Sharon Humphreys sailed with Simon Ashmore.

There was only one race due to swimming races in the harbour.

Race 1. Out of County member Alex Whitehouse (Laser) had close sailing with Andy Roberts and Alan Peck at the start with Alex slowly pulling away taking the lead and first place. Steve Venables, who had just received his Level 1 Dinghy sailing certificate, sailed extremely well singlehanded in a club Pico for the first time, coming 3rd.

Mike Cook and Edward Jenkyn (Pier Head) thanked Safety Boat crew, Dave Eddy and Paul Gumbleton together with ground crew Paul Tarplee and John Wilson for a successful afternoon.

Results: 1st Alex Whitehouse, 2nd Andy Roberts & Alan Peck, 3rd Steve Venables.

St. Ives Sailing Club Report 14th June 2017

Wednesday evening was prefect for sailing. Mike Cook (Pier Head) set a Port D course. Jon Keast and Tim Lukes had a great start taking advantage of the spinnaker of their RS 400. John Palser (Laser) kept up well but not enough to beat the RS 400. Dave Peters and Daniel Rouncefield (Safety Boat) went to assist Rhiain Collings (Pico) when the rudder came free. Paul Coster sailed the club Magno single handed.

Results: 1st Jon Keast & Tim Lukes, 2nd John Palser, 3rd Dan Morrell.

Saturday turned out excellent for sailors taking their families out in Stratos dinghies. Matt Harvey with his family, Barrie Dain with daughter Isabel, and a host of others including Gareth, Jackie and first timer Charlotte, some swapping boats being helmed by Simon Ashmore and Andy Roberts. Mark Paxton was teaching Miles and his dad Jonathan capsize drill on the club Magno.

All this was taking place during racing. John Palser (Pier Head) and Safety Boat crew, Dave Eddy and Dan Workman, set a Starboard B course for both races. Mike Newton was sailing a dinghy for the first time.

Results Race 1: 1st Jon Keast & Tim Lukes, 2nd Mike Cook, 3rd Chris Webb.

Results Race 2: 1st Jon Keast & Tim Lukes, 2nd Mike Cook, 3rd Chris Webb.

The afternoon was completed by a very enjoyable BBQ.     

St Ives Sailing Club Report 31st May 2017

Wednesday evening was near perfect for sailing. Force 2-3 and a flat sea. Richard Sadler with the aid of Safety Boat crew Dave Peter and Paul Gumbleton laid a Port B course. Jon Keast and Tim Lukes (RS 400) took the lead and held it to the finish line. Dean Silcock did well sailing with the small sail of the club Pico.

Results: 1st Jon Keast, 2nd Mike Cook, 3rd Dean Silcock.

Each Saturday for the past few weeks has brought winds of force 4-5.

Last Saturday (3rd June) was no different. Members sailing the Club Magno required the assistance of Safety Boat crew Dave Peters and Barrie Dain before sailing clear of the harbour. Mike Cook (Pier Head) set a Port B course for both races.

Race 1: The sailing secretary with crew Barbara Harris (Pico) took advantage of the rest of the fleet who appeared to be heading for a wrong mark which cost them time. Johan Allert (Laser) sailed well but misunderstood the finish line and lost a lot of time before

Results: 1st Sailing Sec., 2nd Mark Paxton, 3rd Johan Allert.

Race 2: Barbara Harris took the Pico helm and had a good race. Johan had a strong lead and once again sailed well but decided to retire before the end of the race. Andy Roberts (Stratos) moved into 1 st Place and held it to the finish.

Results: 1st Andy Roberts, 2nd Barbara Harris, DNF Johan Allert.