The second week of August saw your Commodore’s boat A Day at the Races head out West from the Solent in company with 6 others towards Weymouth. The objective was to sail the World Heritage Site right on our doorstep which is the Jurassic Coast.

The forecast was compliant in that the prevailing SW was going to be replaced on Wednesday night with a gentle SE which would serve well to visit the dramatic coastline facing the Atlantic and the main stopping points of Chapman’s Pool, Worbarrow Bay and Lulworth Cove.

What was not so good in the forecast was a storm warning for Saturday when several participants were planning to return Eastwards.  So those on a tight schedule returning after a delightful Safari Supper rafted up in Studland Bay was prudent and then to attend the prize giving dinner on Friday at the Royal Dorset Y C by car.

Guest Speaker at the dinner was the son of one of the LSC founder members Robert Veale. He gave a super presentation of photos and videos of his father Stafford Veale’s SY Mermaid (1860) both before in 1930’s and after restoration in 2018.

Winners of the numerous prizes, including the all important cocktail and photo competitions were:-

Furthest distance - Dolphin - Cruise Note Book

Highest Combined ages - Quokka - Cruise Note Book

Cocktails- Lindisfarne- “Hi Barbie Join the Party” cocktail, fancy dress and story - Dorset Rum and LSC belt

Cuisine - Raft1 - Mahina’s Summer Pudding - Commodore’s Marmalade 

Raft 2 - Quokka’s Spaghetti Carbonara - Commodore’s Marmalade 

Seamanship - 1 - Ropework, Sail Repairs and Bilge Yoga on A Day at the Races - Mark Bloomfield - LSC Belt

2 - Mast Climbing - Simon on Solid Air - Dorset Toffee

For spotting an Osprey fishing - Joy Noble-Rollin on Mahina - LSC Belt


Photo Competition - 1st Prize “Classic Boat in the Beaulieu River” by Barry Denyer-Green on Lindisfarne - LSC Glass and copy of the winning photo.

2nd Prize “A Day at the Races heading off into the Sunset” by Joy Noble-Rollin on  Mahina - RNLI Tea Towels

3rd Prize “LSC Ensign at Studland Bay” by Celia Greetham on A Day at the Races - RNLI Coffee Mug.


The quality of the photos was excellent as can be seen from the three winners shown below and on the LSC website Gallery.


The cocktail competition was hard fought but there was one outstanding entry which won on the whole package of taste, presentation including Barbie and Ken fancy dress and the story. A Day at the Races arrived too late to be judged but plied all the participants with FDR Martinis, which were well received. The entries were in no particular order:-

Quokka - Red Hot Italian

Pim - Pimm’s Poison

Mahina - Rosemary Rocks

Solid Air - Expresso Martini

A Day at the Races - FDR Martini

Lindisfarne - Hi Barbie, Join the Party.


So much time and effort went into the preparation of the entries and the final result was appreciated by all. 

The guest speaker was also thanked for the interesting talk and presented with a tumbler engraved with the LSC logo.