Newsletter - Christmas 2013

Happy Christmas to you all both SCA members and casual browsers.
I must apologise that there has not been a newsletter since the summer but like many organisations run by volunteers work has a habit of getting in the way. Even though Lys did not get out as much as I had hoped this year there are plenty of you have been out and about and there is quite a bit to report.

Racing Results 2013

I hope those of you who made it to Mersea week enjoyed the excellent weather.  The best I can remember for a number of years. I managed the first three days which were excellent although I regret to say I was not in the Stella fleet.  I understand I was not the only deviant with other Stella sailors to be found in the Classic fleet, 12m’ s and an RS 400!  From my perspective a big thanks to the Mersea Week committee and him (or her) upstairs for the weather.  It makes such a difference.
Mersea Week 2013:

#75 Stella Lyra, #90 Scorpio and #1 La Vie En Rose

I should have taken a camera with me but I am not sure Greg would have allowed the time off from winch grinding fatigues on Black Diamond! In connection with this if anyone has any good Stella photos please e mail a copy to either me or Jan Martin.

The Mersea Week and overall results for 2013 can be found on the racing page of the web site but congratulations to Barry Ashmore and the crew on Scorpio who very nearly had a clean sweep. When combined with the two firsts, Richard Matthews got at The Suffolk Yacht Harbour Classics at Levington this makes Scorpio and Richard/Barry the runaway winners of The Stella Worlds 2013 and The West Buxey Trophy for the 2013. This should be awarded at the AGM in the spring. Second overall was last year’s winner Tim Wood with L Etoile with Mark Montgomery Smith with Lodestar third for the second year running. Congratulations to you all.
Deben Week 1999: Rangitira, S Peacock, Stardust and Starfox
I hope by now all your boats are wrapped up for the winter and you are all busy planning improvements etc. you can make for next year.

I understand from Tim Wood our technical/racing rep on the committee that he has now weighed a number of the masts including one of the hollow ones which came out somewhere in the middle of the range. Hopefully we will be able to resolve the mast issue at the AGM but if you have one of the hollow ones and you want to race next year, arrange with Tim to have your mast weighed.

We received an invitation as a class to the Cowes Classics which is from the 21st to the 25th July. This is something we will discuss at the AGM and if we can get some boats there so much the better but for the moment it looks like our core racing activity will remain on the East Coast.

We will need to decide at the AGM on venues for the points series.

2014 Dates for your diary:

13th Suffolk Yacht Harbour Classic Regatta Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th June

Cowes Classics 21st to the 25th July

Mersea Week 10th -15th August

Burnham Week 23rd - 30th August

West Mersea Town Regatta 30th August

Dr Paul Savage

I am sure that many of the owners who are now older than they would care to admit and former owners will be sad to hear of the recent death of Paul Savage aged 97. He was the owner of Antares #110 for nearly thirty years. She was purchased by him in 1972 and was the last Stella built by Tucker Brown. He kept her at Burnham and although she travelled far she also raced regularly in Burnham Week for many years. I remember racing against her in Burnham Week 1990, which must have been one of her last. My particular memory of her was over the next ten years or so where I used to regularly see her in her grey and dark green colour scheme often sailing up to Woolverstone on my home river. Most of the time she was sailed by Paul single handed but the remarkable thing was that if I went to exotic places like the Medway or down the Swin as often as not I would see Antares going the other way. She must have clocked up a lot of miles over the years.
If you have not read it yet look at Dr Savage's article written for Yachting Monthly in 1993 describing a night on board Antares in the Crouch in the Great Storm of October 1987. A copy can be found on the Members’ section of the web site. He was made an honorary life member of the SCA in 2010 and I think may be the only member to receive that honour who was not one of the founder members of the Class. Our condolences go to his wife Anne and the family.

Coming and Goings

No 3 Stella Peacock

I was sad to hear that Alan Jones was forsaking Peacock for a Beneteau. For the last ten years or so Alan and Peacock have been fixtures in the class racing and not just notable for the pink spinnaker and team shirts! I have enjoyed racing with him over the years and would like to thank him for the effort he put into the class racing and also assisting with the friendly welcome the class has received at the WMYC and Mersea Week over the years. Best wishes for the new boat.
On the bright side Peacock has found a new owner in Trevor Wright and I understand he intends to continue to keep her at Mersea. Welcome and hope to see you on the water next year.

No 19 Acamar (on the right)

New member, Harry Marshall, has recently purchased the lovely Acamar and is based in Chichester harbour. She was restored in recent years by Ted Gilmour who also did some work on Centaur while she was down on the south coast.

No 22 Callar

This was a boat which had fallen off the SCA radar, but I was contacted by the then owner who sadly reported due to the illness and subsequent death of her husband this Dickies built boat had fallen on slightly hard times and was in need of a new owner. As the photograph shows she was located at the far end of a boatyard in Tighnabruaich.
Hopefully our advice was of assitance and I am glad to report that Callar has now found a new owner in Owen Hutchins who is hoping to have her moved to a less verdant part of the yard and start work.

No 100 Centaur

Welcome to Peter Dyson who has recently acquired Centaur freshly out of a refit from Avocet Yacht Services at Ipswich (Tim Wood) and I understand he is having even more work done prior to being launched next spring. We look forward to seeing him and a rejuvenated go faster Centaur out on the water. I understand she is to join the other Stellas based on the Deben.
Over the last few weeks both Tara of Helford and #8 Flamingo have been in danger of being broken up but at the time of writing I think a future has been secured for both mainly through the help of Tim Wood. Tara is the Stella which is not a Stella, having no number. I understand she was built by Tucker Brown to standard plans but is a day sailor’s modification in that she has a larger cockpit and a smaller cabin. So far as I am aware she has a standard rig. She has spent most of her life in Cornwall but is now due to come back east by road.
There is life beyond the East Coast I am told!

I am sure there are many like me who have read about areas beyond the edge of the map and often wondered what they are really like. Due to time commitments the chance of sailing one’s boat there are slim but it had occurred to me that if members are interested we could offer to put members into contact with other members who would be prepared to offer each other a day/weekend out on their boat on a reciprocal basis. If anyone would be interested let me know with contact details and where you are based. I would stress that the SCA involvement would purely be putting people in contact. We would only be vetting people in so far as we will only pass/ exchange the details of paid up members of the SCA with a boat to others who meet the same requirements and have asked to be included in the scheme. No responsibility will be taken for the outcome of any arrangements made!
And Finally…..

A big thank you to those who have been helping me out over the last year but particularly, Jan Martin with the web site, Peter Haldane our treasurer and Philip Waring with the archives.

As mentioned earlier it is intended to have the AGM sometime in February or early March probably in Chelmsford as last time, as that is a central location. I will make arrangements with Peter early next year and paid up members should get notification from him when we have agreed the details.

John Sparks
Gen Sec SCA
#96 Lys of Slaughden
(Based Pin Mill, Suffolk)
01473 788186

December 2013