Yealm Yacht Club News Update

I am very pleased to inform you that John Provenzano is now back at work full time. He will be helped until Sunday by Henry but from then on will be on his own. He seems much better and reinvigorated. Henry will be back to help on New Year’s Eve and perhaps on other occasions in the future to assist him.
Meanwhile 3 sailing matters to interest our sailors and others:
Firstly, I think the membership should be aware that Bella Fellows has been selected (with her crew Anna) to represent Great Britain at the ladies 29er world championships in Sanya China. She flew out yesterday and will keep you advised on her progress over the next 2 weeks. I am sure you will join me and your committee in wishing her the best of luck.
Secondly, Dan Ellis the owner of our 2017 Yacht of the Year ‘Too Fast’ will be showing this boat, his foiling International Moth, outside the clubhouse on the weekend on 20th/21st January. Please come and see it and have a pie and a pint or a full meal at the club that weekend. He will be competing at the World Championships in Bermuda in March and after his commendable 18th this year (and 3rd in the Nationals) hoping to improve his placing next year. These boats go > 30 knots despite being only 12ft long and are a very competitive class with many Olympic and America’s Cup sailors – the next America’s Cup will in fact be in a big version of this boat, being foiling 75ft single hullers capable of >50 knots. Dan has sponsorship to fly his boat out to Bermuda and I and a couple of others wish to raise money from members to sponsor Dan’s other expenses on this trip. He is a very fine representative of the YYC and does not receive any financial help from the RYA.
Thirdly, as Duncan Macpherson has already advised you in his sailing newsletter, Mervyn Wheatley has kindly agreed to give another talk on his recent OSTAR experience for those for missed the first talk. This is on Wednesday 3rd January at 8pm at the club. Sailor’s supper will be served beforehand and I strongly recommend you book after the demand there was last time.

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