We have had our fair share of bad weather this year as far sailing is concerned with
little or no wind, but over the last month conditions have improved with some good
The youth events were very successful with good attendance and good conditions for
novices. The sessions culminated with the Club Regatta and the presentation of certificates.
Three students completed all parts of the course and all students received their
certificates. We would like to see those who have modules to complete attend the
club on Sundays to complete their missing modules. A very well done to everyone who
attended. The youth series will probably be back next year.
The regatta itself had a reasonable attendance with good conditions. The Saturday
evening Hog roast broke records with 88 people enjoying the roast pork and variety
of food that was prepared by various members. Sunday was also good sailing and the
fun events proved popular with the youngsters and adults alike, again tea and sandwiches
and cakes followed by strawberries saw most members loosening belts.
George and Joan Bray were up and picking the strawberries at the crack of dawn (which
explains why they did not need breakfast). A big thank you to all those who prepared
food, helped set up the marquee, tables etc and serve the food on both days to make
the regatta a success.
On a more sombre note the miscreants have been back on the reach but luckily they
were challenged by a member of Thames Water and subsequently ran off, before any
damage or theft had taken place, keen eyed Rodger Wheeler actually managed to get
a photo of the 3 of them, well done Rodger. I would like to reiterate padlock and
chaining all wet berth boats to the mooring should be the norm and do not keep anything
of value on board!
The safety boat is now back in service with a new shaft and propeller and running
very well, the new prop has made a big difference, well done Nigel, Mick and the
If you have not yet had your dinghy on the water this year there is still plenty
of time and we would love to see you, the home made Coffee and Walnut cake last Sunday
was to die for. (note to self, must make sure John Neale is OOD more often).