Summer 2009


Commodore's Writes


Club Improvements

Ever been had?

First Aid Course

Front Gate

George Bray Surprise

Great Idea

Indoor Mini Olympic

Launching Club Boats

Loads of Picos

Main Sheet Input

Mid Summer Cruise

Mid Thames Trophy

Newsletter Printing

Open Weekend

Out and About

Racing Ruler 2009-2012

Regatta and Hog Roast

Sailing Secretary Notes

Skittles Night

Social Calendar

Spring Issue Question

Start of Season Party


Weather Forecasts


Work Parties

Youth Sailing Program

Open Weekend - 16-17 May

Despite the fact that we now operate an 'open door' policy every weekend to encourage potential new members to drop in, we still hold our annual Open Weekend.

This year we had the added complication of being required by Thames Water to keep the green road gate closed and locked at all times but we overcame this and at 10.30am on the 16th the doors opened.

The night before the weather looked grim with the wind WSW 8 gusting 15 and raining. The forecast said 30%-40% chance of rain over the weekend with continuing gusty conditions. Not what you would want to take visitors out in so we rigged a variety of dinghies, brewed some coffee and sat back and awaited events.

It was VERY gusty for most of the day but the rain held off. Discretion meant that we didn't take any of the nine families that dropped by out sailing. We did however get a few of them out for a ride in the safety boat.


Several of our own members turned up in the afternoon and took the Pico's out. One of them, with three up, then started their own capsize drill, which they repeated several times much to the amusement of those in the clubhouse. The young seemingly just don't feel the cold!

Weather wise Sunday started with a downpour that soaked those of us that had arrived early to open up. It brightened up before midday and although there was a good breeze it wasn't as gusty as Saturday to start with. We had three Bosun's and Dave's day sailor in use and for a while they were all quite busy.

However, by mid to late afternoon the wind did get up and things got 'interesting' again, to the point that we had to stop taking visitors out in the dinghies. We had seven or eight families down on Sunday, which given the early morning conditions, was not bad really.

Again we had a variety of our younger members out in Pico's, weather conditions don't seem to bother them, although for most of the day we had both safety boats out on the water keeping a very close eye on them.

Thanks to all the helms who took the visitors out for a sail; also to the ladies who manned the galley and also provided lunch and afternoon tea. To the bar staff and Joan and George who greeted all the visitors and made sure they received all the information about the club that they required.

It was also nice to see so many members down over the weekend, the old clubhouse was really buzzing at times. That might not seem important but it does give visitors a good feeling to see a friendly, well used club in action. Hopefully that was the same reason you joined Aquarius.

Mike (Over Easy) Baker

Keith Hatton in a Bosun with John Tomkins grand children

Keith Hatton in a Bosun with
John Tomkins grand children
Picture by John Tomkins