Autumn 2009


Commodore's Report

AGM, prize giving. Party

Annual Dinner

Aquarius at Bewl Water

Bosun Open Regatta

Casino Royale

Christmas greetings

HMS Bristol

Kempton Fireworks    

Lasers named


My First Stories

 Before You Can Finish

  Birth Of A Signet

  Sailing In SunseT

Newsletter printing

Our First Youth Input

  Sailing Course Review

  Sailing At Loch Insh

Pat on the back

Sailing beyond end

Security at Aquarius SC  

Skittles Evening

Social Calendar  

Trouble with Over Easy

Use of Club Dinghies

Website 10 anniversary


Work Party


Bosun Open Regatta 3 & 4 October

The weather forecast for Saturday was 19 gusting 40. On arriving at Whale Island the wind was very strong and flags on HMS Bristol were completely horizontal.

At the race briefing we were told it was doubtful that sailing would take place on Saturday but the forecast was for lighter winds on Sunday.

So we were to rig our dinghies with furled jibs and mains wrapped around the boom and everything made secure ready for Sunday sailing. We reconvened and it was confirmed that no sail would take place on Saturday so off we went to amuse ourselves around Portsmouth for the rest of the day.

I made my way to my hotel and booked in and went for a windy stroll along the promenade only to be accosted by Frank Rainsborough and his helm, Jim Lowden. We decided to take a look at the HMS Victory and other Portsmouth dock history. We wandered around for about an hour and a half then had tea and Ice cream.

Sunday dawned a lot less windy with the wind strength around 8 gusting to about 12, sailing was on! The plan for the weekend had been 4 races Saturday and 2 on Sunday. Now we were hoping to get 4 in on Sunday, all short races back to back for 2 races then change boats and then another 2 races. The course was a port triangle crossing through the start on each lap.

We came in after 4 races to be told that we could squeeze in another 2 races!. I was sailing solo along with another boat, who did get a crew after 1 race. There were 11 Bosun's in the fleet and the racing was hectic as the course was about 100 metres plus between marks. I had some good racing and tussles amongst the back of the fleet. Hitting the mark in one race I did my 360 putting me last but still I managed to catch up to finish 10th.

Frank and Jim fared very well actually winning one race outright with a second and a couple of thirds putting them on equal points for 3rd position but tie-broken to 4th overall, so not on the podium, but a prize anyway for being the top placed civilian team.

I managed 2 8's, 3 9's and a 10 to finish 10th overall.

It was a great days sailing with all the dinghies having brand new sails. I will most certainly be back next year.

Tony Hopkins