Autumn 2007


Commodore's Writes

AGM and Prize Giving

Annual Dinner

Bewl Water

Bodgit Gondola


Dinghy Show


Homes Wanted

HSC Regatta - Richard

HSC Regatta - Tony

Laugh at Really Serious

Lord of the Rings

Musical Quiz


Raffle Donations

Safety boats

Sailing after End Year

SigneT Open Meeting

Skittles Night


Twilight Cruise

Water Everywhere

Working Party 29 July

Working Party 6 Oct


Bewl Water – Late August Bank Holiday

This was undoubtedly the best visit to Bewl Water that Aquarius SC has ever made, and it was totally unexpected.

The wind forecast was not good and we expected a bit of a drifter. On arrival we were told that all racing had been cancelled as of Saturday. Something was not right and the duty officials seem to think the problem lay with the clubs current management committee.

However the OOD, who had nothing to do other than provide safety boat cover was really accommodating and offered to put some buoys out for us to race around. We decided that because the wind was actually pretty good we would just go out onto the water and enjoy ourselves. Imagine having the club and Bewl Water to virtually to ourselves.

By now everybody had arrived. This included Nigel with his son Andrew and Andrew’s girlfriend Rachel. Richard and Rodger, Tony Hopkins, Alex Seaman, Roy Melsom, Keith and Madeline, Lyn and I.

There was also our old Hawker friend Bill Poulton,  Between us we had two SigneT’s, a Graduate, Enterprise and three Lasers; a total of 14 people.

The OOD suggested that we if we sailed across Chingley Deep and down the Bewl Straight to Dunsters Bay we could beach there and walk up to the Bull Inn at Three Leg Cross for lunch.

Keith and I however were unhappy about leaving Madeline and Lyn at the club. No problem, and obviously because he hadn’t got anything better to do, the OOD arranged to run them across in one of the clubs ribs. He even provided them with a telephone number to call and be picked up afterwards. Talk about service!

Keith and I spent a hour or so playing with the spinnaker gybing ‘Saint’ back and forth across the lake before turning down Bewl Straight and beaching with Roy and Alex in the Grad at Dunsters Bay. On the way down a very fast moving rib with Lyn and Madeline hanging on for grim death went hurtling passed us.

The Bull was about half a mile up the lane but was worth going to. We decided on a liquid lunch during which we were joined by the others. It turned out that the pub also does bed and breakfast so we duly noted that for the future.

When we got back to the beach Maddy called up the clubhouse and the rib was dispatched to bring them back to the club. Keith and I were halfway back up Bewl Straight when we were ‘buzzed’ by the rib. The girls had told the driver to get us wet and he did just that to the accompanying screams of laughter from Lyn and Maddy. We determined to get them back.

During the afternoon Lyn suddenly announced that she fancied a sail. Now any of you that know Lyn will be shocked by this. Lyn’s happy in power boats, her father used to have a large cruiser, but generally she’d rather have her teeth pulled out than get in a racing dinghy. Keith was so surprised that he offered to take her out before she could change her mind.

So, togged up in my wet boots and buoyancy aid and less rings and watches, she went afloat. Maddy and I watched with interest and forty minutes later she was back having, in truth, thoroughly enjoyed herself.

Lyn never ceases to amaze me, a few years ago I watched her snorkelling and diving on a coral reef off Lombok. This is a girl who can’t stand getting her face under the water but she just decided to learn and do it.

I then took Maddy out; or rather Maddy took me because she is actually a very good helm in her own right. By about 16:00 the wind was dropping but Keith went back out for a final solo sail and within the hour everybody was coming ashore.

It was a great day in scorching sunshine and a breeze just right for carefree sailing., 10 to 15 knots.

Over packing up it was agreed to meet at The Grasshopper, just outside Westerham on the A25, for dinner. This pub has a large car park which can easily accommodate all the boat road trailers.

I think the restaurant were a bit surprised when we all trooped in but recovered quickly and provided us with our own seating area so we could all be together. A perfect end to a perfect day!

Mike (back in Saint again) Baker