Ramsey Harbour

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We are situated in Ramsey Bay in the north of the Isle of Man and provide facilities for both offshore and dinghy sailors at our recently modernised clubhouse.

In addition to an active cruising fleet operating from Ramsey Harbour we have several dinghy fleets and an active RYA Approved training section.

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MS&CC Dinghy Regatta 2014 – A contrast in conditions!

This write-up is courtesy of Jerry Colman.

The Manx Sailing and Cruising Club welcomed 23 entries to their annual dinghy racing regatta including fleets of Lasers, RS 200s, RS Fevas, RS Teras and handicap boats. Racing took place on Saturday and Sunday, with 3 races planned for each day. Saturday brought light and shifty breezes and a delayed start while race officer Keith Poole waited for the breeze to settle which it eventually did from the SE at 1 to 8 knots. These flukey conditions split the fleet into about 4 bunches according to the skills (or luck) of the wind searchers with Dave and Emily Batchelor in their RS 200 showing their skills were no lucky chance with a very competent performance and Phil Hardisty crewed by Ciara Kaneen close behind in their RS200. The wind shifted left, right, up and down so after 2 races and more delay Keith called it a day with the Batchelors having won both races.

Sunday brought a forecast of strong NW winds which duly arrived together with welcome sunshine and challenging choppy conditions. Wind speeds up to around 25 knots saw the crews fully hiked out upwind and for the asymmetric spinnaker RS boats downwind also. The roar of the wind and waves was punctuated by occasional sharp slaps as Laser sails hit the water hard, capsizing downwind as the helms fought to maintain control. The Fevas and RS 200s were very impressive flying their kites in the squally conditions, storming along in clouds of spray right on the edge between control and disaster, with quite a few going over at the gybe marks only to struggle back up and race on if they could. James Kelly and Anna Harding were especially impressive in their RS200 taking 2 wins in these conditions and staying upright throughout. The fleet split again with the Lasers going dead downwind while the asymmetrics zig-zag to get the best out of their rigs and this together with the experience in the Laser fleet allowed the single-handers to get back into the reckoning. Mike Pridham in his Laser, always confident in a blow, began to haul back some points from Simon Pressley after a difficult day on Saturday with a 3-2-3 to Simon’s 8-8-4 and Phil Hardisty took a 10-4-2. Meanwhile the Batchelors after taking a second in Sunday’s first race (putting them well in the lead) suffered a multiple capsize in the second, retired from that and did not finish the third race which was sailed in the strongest winds of the day.

There were quite a few gear failures and some retirements hurt or just plain overwhelmed and by the end the fleet was down to 13 boats crewed by the toughest bunch of sailors we have been lucky enough to see in action for a goodly while. Their age range from about 10 to 63 shows how really competitive sailing can be enjoyed right through your active life.  However although the Race Officer had planned to run 4 races on Sunday it was clear that the guys and gals had had enough so with just 5 races sailed in total the competitors returned to the shore. In the final reckoning the honours just went to Phil Hardisty & Ciara Kaneen (RS200) with Mike Pridham sailing a Laser Radial second and James Kelly & Anna Harding (RS200) in third. For more pictures please visit our Facebook page, the full results are as follows: MSCCRegatta2014_ClassMixedhandicapValidated.

MS & CC Dinghy Regatta 2014

Manx Sailing & Cruising Club are pleased to announce that they will be holding their 2014 Dinghy Regatta in Ramsey Bay on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July.

This is a Two Day Event with three races to be held “back to back” each day, with racing starting at 10:30 on Saturday and 11:00 on Sunday and expected to be fully completed at 15:00.  Please click here for sailing instructions - MS&CC Regatta 2014-SailingInstructions.

There will be a Prize Presentation directly after racing on Sunday and this will be followed by a complimentary Regatta Tea for all competitors, race officials, family, friends and social members.

As it is part of the ‘Traveller Series’ it is hoped that this Regatta Event will be fully supported, Competitors of all ages and capabilities are welcome!

Please contact Ralph Kee, Dinghy Captain on 817010/490704 or helen.j.kee@gmail.com for further details or visit our website at msandcc.org or follow the link from there to our Facebook page.

Sailing Directions – 2014 Edition

Jerry Colman has now completed the latest updates and included new photos for this new 2014 edition.  It is an invaluable guide to anyone planning a sailing trip in Manx waters.

They are available to buy at Manx Marine or contact Jerry direct on jerry.colman@manx.net.  Full contact details are on the ‘Sailing Directions’ drop-down.

IOMA Fund & Investment Management RTI Race Report 2014

This write-up is courtesy of Dave Kneale.

Sea-Pie of Cultra round the Point of Ayre

The crew of Manx Sailing & Cruising Club’s Sea-Pie of Cultra took home a host of silverware and the overall win in the 2014 IOMA Fund & Investment Management Round the Island Race at the weekend.

The challenge of night-time sailing and an unsettled weekend forecast conspired to reduce the entry list and only four of the nine starters finished the 80 mile offshore race.

The deceptive calm during Sunday afternoon’s start in Ramsey Bay gave way to stronger southerly winds once the fleet rounded the Point of Ayre, where they faced an upwind slog along the coast – 20 knots of breeze and seas upto two metres were reported at Contrary Head.  These conditions tend to favour the larger yachts that can make better progress in choppy seas, setting the stage for a three-way battle between Sigma 33′s Sea-Pie, Douglas Bay Yacht Club’s Polished Manx and Pippa 4 of Glasson Sailing Club (GSC).

Smaller craft can find the tide turning against them if they make slow progress round the course, leading to a few early retirements.  They included MS&CC’s Eliza Bee, skippered by Ralph Kee, who had led the fleet around the Point of Ayre before being overhauled by the Sigma’s.

The forecast of strong winds on Monday left the visiting boats with a dilemma – either cut their losses and retire, or finish the race and face the worst of the weekend’s conditions on the trip home.  John Broadhead’s My Cloud (GSC) looked around the corner at the Point of Ayre, thought better of it and retired.  Pippa 4, skippered by Grant Kinsman, retired at the Calf and continued towards Holyhead.  This left Jerry Colman’s Sea-Pie and Kuba Szymanski’s Polished Manx fighting for the lead up the Island’s east coast in variable winds and near-total darkness.  After being quick out of the blocks at the start in Ramsey, the crew of Sea-Pie held on to their advantage and arrived home at 1.45am on Monday morning to earn a host of silverware.

They took the Ramsey Town Cup for the overall win in Division 1, the Ramsey Courier Cup for the first boat home and the Golden Jubilee Trophy for the overall win on corrected time.

Polished Manx crossed the line an hour later but multihull Rice Pudding beat them in by 15 minutes, finishing at 2.30am.  The small crew of Rice Pudding, led by 81-year old Norman Whewell, were rewarded with the Copland Trophy for endeavour.

At 4.20am Castletown yacht Cadenza, skippered by James Edge, became the final boat to cross the line after 14 hours of racing, claiming the historic Coronation Cup for their efforts.

Sea-Pie’s skipper Jerry Colman thanked the events sponsor IOMA Fund & Investment Management, and the many volunteer race officials and helpers at Manx Sailing & Cruising Club for hosting the event.

IOM Copiers Easter Regatta

Write-up is courtesy of Dave Kneale as I was too busy trying to stay upright to take in what was happening around me!!


Island champions Russell and June Collister won the first major dinghy event of the 2014 season with a dominant performance in the IOM Copiers Easter Regatta.
They put in a near-flawless performance in their RS200 during the three-race series hosted by the Manx Sailing and Cruising Club on Saturday. Tellingly they were one of the very few boats to avoided capsizing in the testing conditions, with Ramsey bay exposed to strong southeasterly winds gusting up to 20 mph.
Russell and June spent most of their day at the front of the fleet, beating the rival RS200s of Dave and Ben Batchelor and Andrew and Katie Kneale on the water and opening a wide enough gap to beat the remainder of the mixed fleet on corrected time.
The Collisters were only denied a clean sweep of wins by the Manx Youth Sailing Squad’s Patrick Cope, who showed great form by winning race one and taking third in the subsequent two races on corrected time to finish an impressive second overall, Alongside youth squad team-mate Matthew Perry, 13-year-old Patrick was one of only two Tera sailors to tough out all three races.
Mike Pridham, sailing a Laser Radial, took third overall with two second place finishes and fifth in race one.
The Easter regatta is the first of five summer events that comprise the Traveller’s Trophy series, which takes in regattas in Ramsey, Laxey and Port St Mary and culminates in the Isle of Man dinghy championship in August.
Accepting the overall prize Russell thanked the race officers, safety boat crews, onshore helpers and everyone who helped prepare the refreshments in the clubhouse after racing. MS&CC’s dinghy captain Ralph Kee gave special thanks to Mark Corrin of IOM Copiers for sponsoring the event.