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Autumn 2006
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Commodore's Bit
AGM & Prizegiving
Annual Dinner
Bewl Visit
Bewl Water First trip
For Sale
Housekeeping
In Memory Of
Indian Buffet
Kempton Park Fireworks
News of Members
Omerus Charity Dinner
Quiz Night
Return of an Old Friend
Sailing Secretary
Skittles Night
Social Calendar
Three Men in a Boat
Working Party
Sailing Secretary Report - Richard Cannon
    The first race of the season in March was in much better conditions than we expected from the weather forecast but then all of April was terrible except for the Mid-Thames Trophy event at Littleton. Although 6 Aquarius boats went only 4 sailed due to the strong wind and AQSC only managed 4th place.
    Fortunately the Open Days at the start of May were better than forecast although there was little wind; the patrol boat and sailing cruisers with outboards were very useful for taking visitors out. The Open Days were very successful with 28 groups and 67 visitors; the most we have had this century and even more than we had to the Big Blue event in 1999. Five families soon joined and and another five joined later in the year; an excellent result.
    The Regatta on 17-18 June had very hot fine days but the wind was very light, variable and shifty; much better for the Jazz/BBQ evening than for sailing. There was good support for the regatta and we had 5 novices, including 3 ladies, in the novice/ladies race; just as well there wasn't a strong wind.
    Four Aquarius boats entered the Hampton SC Regatta Handicap fleet on 24-25 June; it also had very light or no wind except for the last race which was quite a good sail. Richard Cannon won the last race to get 5th overall and Charles Dennis was 4th overall.
    From July onwards there were generally good sailing conditions. Five Aquarius boats and 15 members went to Bewl on 28 August where there was excellent sailing.
    Late in the season several new families joined and we have had excellent support for racing, training and cruising.
    The forecast for Wednesday 25 October was very wet, windy and cold but 3 families and others arrived; Richard Cannon expected to be showing videos and teaching knots to 16 members. Although wet and cold the steady 7 knt East wind was ideal for training and 4 boats were out. Five children practiced capsizing the Pico and Topper and had a great time!!