Blyth Park has been a busy season with over 8 Darts going out on some mid weeks. There is a very lively ‘What’s App’ sailing group that is proving very effective and there is a growing Dart community based around this. Next year will be busier again.
As reported under National Racing the Dart sailors have had a very successful season travelling the country as well as competing in the Bay.
In May the RYA Regional Windsurfing Development Squad came to Blyth Park and were amazed at the facility we have. The feedback was excellent, and they are returning again in 2019. There is a separate report on this event.
The Catapult Catamarans held their Annual Regatta again in August and Otley Sailing Club paid their usual visit. The Dart 18’s also held round 4 of their National GP Series.
Overall it was great to see so many boats out in the Bay.
Looking into 2019 there is going to be a full season of racing with the travelling group selectively picking away events but concentrating on developing competition in the Bay. Every Saturday there is going to be family informal training with all the cadets having the chance to learn to sail and crew.
The club is planning to support the RYA ‘Push the Boat Out’ over the weekend of the 18th and 19th May in conjunction with the RYA Windsurfer training. This will certainly make the beach busy.
The site is continually being developed. For additional security CCTV is now installed with one camera looking over the water. This is available on the web site and when matched with wind guru a quick assessment of conditions can be made.
More hardcore has improved the boat storage area and additional space and containers have been added for the tractors and safety boats.
The Regatta was well supported with some close racing.
1st: Joe Franks & Ellis Stonehouse
2nd: Mike & Imani Gomme
3rd: Kevin and Teegan Porter