Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September 2012, with camping

Normally we visit Bewl Water on the August Bank Holiday Monday; this year BVSC are hosting the Comet Nationals that weekend and will be too busy to have visitors.

BVSC have invited us to go the following weekend; there is a Youth Regatta on Saturday 1st September and an Open Regatta on Sunday 2 September. They say ‘You are most welcome to camp, sail in the regatta and to just sail at Bewl’. Camping is in a large field near the club and car park.

After the terrible sailing we have had this year this is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy sailing on a large expanse of water in good winds with no current. Don’t be put off if you haven’t a boat because we will be taking some club boats and members will need crews. New members will have a great experience.

Bewl Water pictureWith a south west wind you can sail nearly 3 miles without tacking; very different from the river. There are some very pleasant walks and nature reserves for those who don’t wish to sail.

Bewl Water is a beautiful 900 Acre reservoir over three miles long in the natural surroundings of the Kent countryside. Apart from a sailing club with 1200 boats there is fishing, a nature reserve, nature trails, walks and a very well equipped children's play area. This is the largest bit of water in South East England just past Lamberhurst on the A21 Hastings road, post code TN3 8JH; about one hour travel from the A3 Kingston By-pass.

 The club has a good galley for food and there are local pubs for evening food.

On Saturday there may be a day sailing fee. The Sunday Regatta entry fee is £5 per person.

Please contact me if you have any queries. If you expect to go it is very important that you let me know. BVSC would like to know how many will be going and when. Also it helps plan the boats we take to ensure those with out a boat can sail; please ring me.

Richard Cannon

Sailing Secretary

01932 786636

or E-mail

Bring plenty of clothing, conditions can change very quickly and you often need to wade into the water to launch or come ashore; shorts can be good.