On Saturday 17th June the club welcomed 76 new members and their families to the new members reception when they were given the opportunity to find out more about how the club works and how to make the most of the opportunities available to them. It was great to speak to so many new adult and cadet members who seemed so enthusiastic about and impressed with our club and who can't wait to discover the joys of sailing and being a part of everything the club offers.
They were then joined by 52 existing members and cadets for a fabulous BBQ and many stayed well into the evening. Many thanks to all those who helped make this a successful event and in particular to Allan Hunt and his team for cooking the BBQ on one of the hottest days of the year.
Many Congratulations to Gareth Davies who is the 2017 Blaze National Champion in his first year in the class. In a very competitive fleet at Warsash Sailing Club from 2-4th June he beat off the opposition to score an amazing five straight first places to count. Congratulations also to Andy McIvor who came third demonstrating how strong our Blaze fleet is.
Congratulations also to Sophie Johnson crewed by Becky Caiger who raced against 111 RS Feva's at Torbay from 27-29th May to become Ladies National Champions. The full report and results can be found here: http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/196268/PA-Consulting-UK-RS-Feva-Nationals . Not content with this, Sophie & Becky headed straight off to the RS Feva European Championships held at Club Nautique de Versoix in Switzerland from 2-5th June. They came third over all out of 67 boats from all over Europe and became RS Feva Ladies European Champions. What a brilliant achievement - well done Sophie & Becky. https://www.facebook.com/rsfevagbr/posts/1341770629237205
We are very proud of our sailors who travel far and wide to represent Blackwater Sailing Club and GB achieving such great results to demonstrate what a high standard of racers we have.
Gareth Davies Blaze National Champion 2017 Blaze National Championship Results
RS Feva National Championships 2017 - Sophie Johnson bow no 033 - Ladies National Champion
RS Feva European Ladies Champions - Sophie Johnson & Becky Caiger
A World class fleet turned out for the 2ndround of the Fireball Golden Dolphin series held over the weekend of the 13thand 14thMay. Eight visiting teams from as far as Somerset and the Midlands joined the twelve club boats. The visiting boats included current and past World and National champions plus a handful of the top UK boats.
Blackwater SC laid on perfect weather for the 2 days and the race team got all five races in.
Three races back to back were held on the first day in 10 -12 knots, in race 1 Tom Gillard and Geoff Edwards gave notice of their intent by taking the lead and then extending it in some style with some excellent downwind sailing, it was pretty much a repeat in the second and third races of the day. Peter and Tom Kyne put in a steady performance in the shifty conditions with two runner up positions. Dave Hall and Paul Constable had a safe day which put them in third overnight. Kevin Hope and Russell Thorne were unlucky in race 2 while looking at a good second place their main halyard broke and Russell took an involuntary swim.
The fleet retired to the club in the evening sun for the traditional Fish and chips and good banter.
Sunday came with more sun and more wind, however the late start because of the late tide meant the sun started to play havoc with the strength and the direction of the wind. It did not seem to affect Tom and Geoff as they continued their winning ways – not without a battle in the first race of the day though. The rest of the fleet struggled in the changeable conditions which along with the tide meant a lot of place changing. Local team Steve Jarred and Nick Collins had a moment of glory leading the fleet for a short while but had to be content with a second place in the end, Christian Birrell and Viv Townend put in a 2ndand 3rdafter the challenges on the first day with their new boat. For the rest of the fleet the mixed results and high scoring meant many ties and finishing positions were decided on discards.
An impressive performance from Tom and Geoff winning every race, Geoff thanked the club and all the volunteers who made the weekend work like clockwork.
On Saturday April 29th Blackwater Sailing Club welcomed over 360 visitors to our annual Open Day to view our marvellous facilities and to have guided tours of our extensive site. Many were able to try taster sails on the lake and river or go for a trip on the river in the launch or a Rib. Some were happy just to grab a drink and something to eat and sit and watch the Diamond series racing after lunch. A big thank you to all the visitors who came to see us and to the many members who helped make this event such a success. Thank you also to all those members who allowed us to use their boats so that we could provide an extensive range of tasters in a variety of craft throughout the day. The day went off smoothly and safely and our members were great ambassadors for the club. Most importantly, everyone had fun and lots of our guests signed up to join the club !
Another very successful and well attended Mid Week lunch was held on Thursday 27th April - the first from our newly refurbished upper galley which is looking very smart. Many thanks to Barbara who stepped in to stand in for Marilyn who had been forced to extend her holiday in the Caribbean when all her documents were stolen from her room. Special guest at the dinner was Peter Wilson who was celebrating another birthday and had a lovely cake baked for him. They say that birthdays are good for your longevity - the more you have the longer you live!
The last Mid Week lunch of the winter season is on 25th May - do come and join us and sign up now.
Nick Evans has been selected in a national competition to sail the Allen Academy Optimist in 2017.
He receives a complete top class racing package comprising an Ovington built Optimist dinghy along with North Sails and full Allen hardware fit-out. Nick will be using this to compete in major regattas in the UK, Ireland and Holland.