Tamar Bridge Race Results 2019

A race run in aid of the RNLI

The Tamar bridge race is the longest running event in the WQSC calendar, a simple handicapped race from the slip down around the central pillar of the bridge and back.This years event was different to previous years in several ways.- The race was run around low tide. This seems to work well as the slower boats weren’t further handicapped by stronger current on the way back.- The wind was good! SW/W 3-4 gusting 5 occasionally- Everyone got home with little or no drama.

The fleet consisted of six boats with an upriver start with a short upwind leg before heading south. Steve Kirby in the Laser showed his intent early with a good start but Aaron’s Catamaran was too fast for him to keep the lead to the windward buoy. Richard Platts in another Laser, Rob Kirby in a Pico, Rosie and Daisy Duncan in a Laser 2 and Edward Horler in another Pico gave chase.

For once the wind favoured Cats and Aaron quickly left everyone for dead, one tack almost all of the way. The wind was shifty, messy and gusty around the bridge ( as usual) but he made it around without losing too much ground to his Dad who was giving his abs a good workout clear of the rest of the fleet. Richard was going well but suffering from a lack of pies, he couldn’t get the speed he needed to get close to second place. But he did well to stop the Kirby family taking all of the podium spots.

The biggest drama medal goes to Rosie and Daisy who capsized and disconnected the boom of the Laser 2 just before the 5 minute gun but managed, with just a little help form the safety boat, to get back in order in time to make the start line in reasonable time.

Edward Horler needs a special mention for completing his first race. Well sailed Edward!

  • Overall results
  • Aaron Kirby 1st Dart 16
  • Steve Kirby 2nd Laser
  • Richard Platts 3rd laser.
  • Rob Kirby 4th Pico
  • Rosie and Daisy Duncan 5th Laser 2
  • Edward Horler 6th Pico.

As ever a great event. Huge thanks to everyone who took part,  especially to James and Julie Platts who manned the committee/safety boat and to Alan Duncan for timing the boats across the finish line.

We’ll have to muster a bigger field next year, the number of surnames on the trophy is very short! – Chris Coomber Dinghy Officer WQSC

PS –

Aaron entered his Dart 15 the Plymouth Regatta this weekend (15 – 16 June) and won the fast handicap series. 

On Saturday 15 June, Brendan Seward set off in Aaron’s F18 on the trail of  John Harris around the Eddystone and back.  Although the F18 could not qualify as a competitor in the event, the F18 completed the course in some 2hrs 45mins.  Guess this was slightly faster than most of the yachts doing the same. – Steve Kirby

Darryl Mitchell.

Darryl Mitchell aboard Ian Kilpatrick’s Cylesta in 2011

Longstanding members of Weir Quay Sailing Club will be saddened to hear that former member Darryl Mitchell passed away on Tuesday morning.

Darryl was an active cruiser for many years and owned or had a part share in a number of boats and Ian Kilpatrick tells me that Darryl was a member of WQSC when he joined some 45 years ago. Darryl retired from sailing and left WQSC 10 years ago in 2009 due to ill health and those issues left him in extreme pain in recent months. 

Our sympathies are extended to his wife Judy and the whole family.

We will update you with details regarding funeral and memorial arrangments as we have them.

Is Dinky Dory #2 your tender?

An abandoned tender bearing the WQSC initials has been towed back to the Weir Quay Public Slipway after being found awash in Holes Hole.

The fibreglass dory has clearly been adrift for a considerable amount of time and has sustained considerable damage. It is now in what might be described as a state of “uneconomic repair” but has been secured to a tree to prevent it causing further risk to traffic in the river.

Both drain plugs to the cockpit were each stuffed with a thick twig, suggesting that the boat may have been stolen from the foreshore at some point in the past. A quick check of the members database has not revealed the identity of the owner. Does anyone know whois responsible for this vessel?

Your intrepid Webmaster, who towed the boat ashore, has waived any possible salvage rights……..

Weir Quay Cadets set sail on Leader

Our cadets’ Tall Ships trip got off to a flying start yesterday afternoon as the crew set sail from Brixham under sail.

Leader alongside in Brixham Harbour.

Leader was one of the largest of the Brixham sailing trawlers, known, despite their Ketch rig, as the ‘Big Sloops’.

Leader, at 105 feet in length overall (LOA) including bowsprit, and displacing 110 tonnes, is the largest and oldest of the three Trinity boats. She carries 3,150 sq ft of sail on a gaff ketch rig, measures 80 ft on deck, has a beam of 19 ft and a draught of 10 ft. She is one of the largest class of sailing trawler. She was built in 1892 at W. A. Gibbs’ yard at Galmpton on the River Dart in Devon.

Leader is owned and operated by the Trinity Sailing Foundation out of Brixham Harbour and you can find more information on her and Trinity’s other vessels at

Alan Duncan takes up the story; “The send off went well.  All arrived for the 14.00 appointed time and we were invited aboard; parents, siblings, etc.  The cadets soon found their bunks and the adults were allowed to walk around the vessel and speak to the crew; all very compact but well organised.  Soon the cadets assembled at the stern and were introduced to the crew, then the briefing started and the “extras” were expected to leave.  We had been told that they would take the “Leader” out into the bay and do a little sailing, before mooring to a buoy for the night.  Due to the wind, we were told that the following day they would sail east!  We had a good view of them, from the breakwater, hoisting the sails and setting off about 15.30.Katherine heard from Daisy that by 2230 they were settled in their bunks and a second at 0340, she had just finished her watch and was back in bed.”

Leader heads east toward her first overnight anchorage in Seaton Bay.

With easterly winds forecast for the week, Leader set a course tacking to the east and the cadets spent their first night afloat anchored in Seaton Bay. You can follow the progress of Leader and the WQSC Cadets on the Marine Traffic app available from the Apple App Store fo £4.99, from which these screen grabs were taken. Of course other marine tracking apps and plaforms are available…..

Another Steve Hipsey Mega Quiz!

Steve Hipsey’s unique approach to quiz organisation is famous throughout the area! Don’t miss the 2019 edition of his WQSC mega quiz.

Monday 15th April @ 19:30, Bere Alston Bowling Club (Bar open from 19:00)

Teams of up to six – £2.00 per member.

The quiz is open to all, not just sailing club members, so encourage your friends and neighbours to join in the fun.

WQSC Members Survey 2019

We are launching a survey of Weir Quay Sailing Club members to coincide with the start of the 2019 membership year. Our last survey of members was carried out in 2006, just after the club had started sharing its old facilities with the Tamar and Tavy Gig Club.

A lot has changed over the years and the club committee thought it high time we took stock of how those changes have affected the club. A paper copy of the survey has been mailed to all members with a copy of this year’s tide tables or you can complete the survey by clicking the link below;


The survey will be open until Sunday 19th May and we will publish the results of the survey as soon as we have them.

The survey is anonymous, so please feel free to tell us what you think!

A Letter From Our Commodore!

Now that the the new boathouse has been commissioned and is running smoothly, WQSC is looking for a director to join the Hub Club board to join 2 other sailing club nominated directors.

This letter, downloadable as a pdf file, explains more about the role.

Interested volunteers can contact the Commodore at:

Doug Hinge, Commodore, Weir Quay Sailing Club, c/o Rockhewn, Weir Quay, PL20 7BS Tel 01822 841734 E-mail doug@dhamarinedesign.co.uk

Membership Renewals Burst Into Life!

Today has seen the first round of automatic membership renewal reminders being sent from our new MemberMojo system. The system generated emails were sent out just after midnight and the first two renewals happened when a couple of night-owls were on their computers between 1.00am and 2.00am!

After 7.30am the renewals started coming thick and fast. A big thank-you to everyone for renewing so promptly.

The real benefit of the new system means that all of our membership administration happens automatically and, if you chose to pay online, even the treasurer’s payment reconciliation is done for him!

We will be sending out a printed version of the Events Calendar and a printed copy of the Membership directory once everyone has renewed their membership at the end of March. In the mean time you can download a pdf of the Events Calendar on the events programme of this website, or go to your MemberMojo page to see an online membership directory.

If you’ve yet to renew your membership and you’d like nothing more than a quick link to the MemberMojo site, here it is! https://membermojo.co.uk/weirquaysailingclub

“Things That Go Bump In The Night”

Our 3rd Winter Talk tells the story of HMS Nottingham’s encounter with Wolf Rock near Lord Howe Island in 2002.

Captain Ian Groom MBE RN and Commander John Lea MBE RN Rtd tell the story

The talk begins at 19.30 on Monday 18th March at Bere Alston Bowling Club. Doors (and the bar) open at 19.00 and the event is open to members and non-members alike. A small payment of £1.00 to cover the room costs is requested at the door.