Lyme Regis Sailing Club celebrates centenary

Sailing club centenary
The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, accompanied by mayoress Wendy Larcombe, unveils the centenary plaque at the sailing club, watched by commodore Rob Wiscombe

LYME Regis Sailing Club recently celebrated its centenary with a regatta, barbecue and unveiling of a plaque.

Unfortunately, the racing was disrupted on the Saturday by strong westerly winds of 20-25 knots, forcing commodore and race officer Rob Wiscombe to abandon the event soon after starting.

There were many capsizes and some gear failures, but the patrol boats saw all 21 entrants return safely.

However, spirits remained high as members celebrated 100 years since the formation of the club with a barbecue and unveiling of a plaque by the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Cllr Brian Larcombe MBE, accompanied by mayoress Wendy Larcombe.

Mr Wiscombe spoke of his family connections with the club since its inception, including through his father, the late John Wiscombe, who died at the end of July.

He also looked to the next 100 years, stressing the eco-friendly credentials of sailing and its prominence at the heart of Lyme’s seafarers.

The mayor congratulated the club on its centenary and spoke of his own personal memories of the sailing fraternity and the importance of the present youth section training.

Racing continued with slightly less wind, between 15 and 20 knots, on the Sunday with four patrol boats ensuring the fleet completed the course safely.

The closely-contested first race was won by only one second on corrected time in a 35-minute race by Tim and Sarah Parsons, just beating Graham Cook, followed less than a minute later by Cameron and Darrol Moss in third.

A further one second between Simon Clark in fourth and Simon Heusen in fifth showed the keen competition between the dinghies, all but one finishing within four minutes of the leaders.

The Championship of the Day followed for the eight boats competing.

Regatta & Carnival Committee member Karen Skardon James and volunteer collector Joshua Denning collect a donation from sailing club vice commodore Jack Young

With Tim O’Toole and  Simon Law having to retire due to a broken tiller, the seven contenders again finished within four minutes of each other in a 40-minute race.

Only nine seconds separated Graham Cook in first from Simon Heusen in second, then half a minute to third place for Tim and Sarah and fourth for Simon Clark.

This year’s regatta, held as part of Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Week, had to be a restricted entry event with commodore Rob Wiscombe encouraging club members to enter.

There was no entry fee, but vice commodore Jack Young made a collection for the Regatta & Carnival Committee, which was handed over to committee member Karen Skardon James and volunteer collector Joshua Denning.

Remembering former sailing club member

Sailing club plaque
Kate Guiducci and former Lyme Regis Sailing Club commodore Jeremy Wallace with the plaque (photo by Dave Beer)

Following the centenary regatta racing on Sunday, a second plaque was unveiled at the clubhouse, in memory of a former member.

Kate Guiducci unveiled a bronze plaque renaming the deck area as the Toni Guiducci Deck, in memory of her late husband.

Lyme Regis residents may remember Toni and Kate from the former London Inn. Toni learned to sail at Lyme Regis Sailing Club and had a cruiser in the harbour.

Kate first made a donation for the deck area outside the sailing club to be built when Toni died some 15 years ago. It has recently been extended and has now been officially named in his memory.

Kate was invited to the club along with her son and daughter-in-law to unveil the plaque by former commodore Jeremy Wallace, who oversaw the extension.

He reminded everyone that Toni would always answer the question ‘how are you?’ with his favourite phrase ‘on top of the world’, which was engraved on a plate.

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