Meeting at the club 9:00 to 9:30
Following the great success of the last 2 working parties ,the next list of jobs are :
a) Moving small mounds of earth from around the lake.
b) Continued strimming of the trolly side of the park, just finishing off from last time, removing the unusual plants.
c) Start neatening up the new dinghy park area by the middle pond.
d) Paint slabs with letters to mark the dinghy rows, ready for Wild Apricot.
e) Have another go at the rill, hopefully without the water this time
f) Help for Kathryn in the kitchen.
Plus anything else we are told to do by Julie
Please bring your own equipment ,it proved to be so much more eﬃcient using stuﬀ you knew would work.
It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Yvonne Chetland, who had been a member since 1959. Yvonne along with her family and children had been an active member of the club during this time and she will be missed by all.
The funeral will be held at 1:30 on Wednesday 29th November at Goldhanger Church, then afterwards at the sailing club.Please try to avoid wearing black. Family flowers only with donations to The Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support c/o A.G. Smith funeral directors
Seven Blackwater Sailing Club cadets attended the Optimist Winter Championship held at Datchet Water Sailing Club over the weekend 18 and 19 November. Due to low water levels the race format was different from that usually used, with a square course and just one windward leg, for both the Main and the Regatta fleet. This enabled the Principal Race Officer, Stuart Childerley, to hold 10 races over the weekend on the Main fleet course while on the shorter Regatta Fleet course, race officer Tom Rusbridge manged to get in 12 races.
The wind conditions were light on both days and this tended to favour the lighter sailors. In main fleet Intermediate Squad sailor, Joey Taylor, and National Squad sailor, Nick Evans, both secured their first ever bullets at a main fleet championship. Both their finishing positions, 25 and 31 respectively, however were held back by a scoring system which, unusually, allowed for no discards. This meant sailors had to count 75 point penalties for being over the line with one minute or less to go. A system which favoured those sailors less prepared to take risks at the start. Optimist National Squad sailor Matty Evans finished 60th, having to count two such penalties in her overall score. Zone Squad sailor Hugh Andrews competed for the first time in Main Fleet. He too suffered from the scoring system, finishing 114 overall in the 146 boat fleet. He did however count some strong results in the course of the Regatta, showing great potential for the future.
Over in the Regatta Fleet, and competing for the first time at a National event, great consistency ensured that Jessica Haigh finished 13th overall and secured the prize for third girl. Also competing were cousins Florence (25th) and Osea Evans (37th) who both enjoyed the experience, especially in the sunshine on Sunday.
Well done everybody. Good luck to our FEVA sailors who are taking part in their Winter Championships at Weymouth this weekend.
39 members enjoyed the second Mid Week Lunch of the season on Thursday 16th November. It was great to welcome Bridget back and see her looking so well when she produced a delicious lunch of toad in the hole with cheesy leaks, peas and carrots followed by steamed syrup sponge pudding. A special presentation of a personalised calender and T shirt was made to Peter Copsey to remind him of the risks and hazards when transferring from a tender. Anthony Sinclair gave a short presentation regarding the proposals for the rebuilding of the centre section of the club house. A big thank you to Marilyn and her band of helpers for organising and putting on these popular lunches.
The next lunch will be the X-mas lunch on Thursday 14th December. The cost will be £15 and the sign up sheet is now up in the club foyer. This event is always very popular and places are limited so don't delay, sign up to-day.
On 14th November our Tuesday Evening Talks got off to a great start when over 50 members packed in to the club room to hear Julie Nelson give a detailed and humorous account of the Friday Sailors annual May pilgrimage to Menorca Sailing in the beautiful bay of Fornells. She was ably assisted by Zoe and Belinda and recounted many interesting tales of the fun you can have in other people's boats. One disaster led to another with much capsizing and unintentional collisions but everyone returned in one piece leaving the clubs equipment in ruins and the instructors in need of counselling. Our Commodore can be seen below demonstrating his unusual sailing position when trying out an RS Vareo.
Our next talk is by Nigel Willsher on Tuesday 12th December entitled "My big fat Greek Flotilla Holiday". Come along and learn what can happen if you try to sail beyond your level of ability. The bar opens at 7:00 pm and the talk starts at 7:30pm. Don't miss it !
Featuring pictures from this year’s photo competition we still have some calendars for sale
Large size with the tide table at the back are available in limited numbers at £8. Desk top calendars, but with NO tide table, we have a few left at £5. Please contact Marilyn Sinclair to place an order.
They will be available to purchase at the EGM on Sunday at the club.