Autumn 2010


Commodore's Writes

AGM & Prize Giving

Annual Dinner

Bewl Water Visit

Big Cat's Maiden Voyage

   Two hulls, One Engine

   Four Men In A Boat

Chapter 5 - The End

Chapter 6 - Racing  

Comments SigneT Sailor

Curry Night

Kempton Park Fireworks

News Of Members

Newsletter Printing

Quiz Night



Roaring Twenties

Sailing Beyond The End

Sale of existing Clothing

SigneT Nationals

Social Calendar

Store & Changing Room

Thameside Harmony

What's Been Going On


Chapter 6 - Racing To Be last John S Panting

I enjoyed building SunseT the SigneT dinghy but maybe one in a lifetime is enough. It's been a romance which has blossomed into love.

Now, we are in the period of dinghy racing. I find it hard enough to sail a dinghy let alone race one. However, having thrown myself in at the deep end, that is straight into racing on day one, I intend to pursue this as it is a way of making the learning curve very steep.

We have already been out in winds from, so light that I could only go backwards on the river, to up to force six. My results so far have been dismal but then, I have only been dinghy sailing since 25th April 2010. We have managed three races where we were not in last place, so I am getting there. I looked at this dinghy season as the year of learning how to lose races and so far I have met my objective. Next season, hopefully, we will be a contenders and not tail end Charlie.

I have many people who I owe a tribute to, in getting me this far. Some have helped a lot and some have given just one piece of invaluable advice but all have given freely and I thank them all again.

I am looking forward to participating in offshore cruising during the winter and early spring, as I have put this on the back burner while focused on building and then racing SunseT. Hopefully, now I will be able to accommodate both.

By John S Panting