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


HMS Bristol At The Royal Navy Establishment Whale Island

A mention of this ship is made elsewhere in this Newsletter, this extra article is to tell you a little bit about HMS Bristol, and the circumstances in which our Commodore Tony Hopkins wanted to lay claim to it.

We were at Whale Island to compete in the Royal Navy Sailing Centre Bosun Open Meeting.  The briefing was held in the Centre's Clubhouse which, as you would expect, is near the waters edge and when looking out of the Clubhouse window, dominating the view is a warship, HMS Bristol, dark and brooding in its painted battleship grey colour, and complete with some rather menacing armaments.

But we needed to pay attention to the briefing for the impending competition, so had to avert our gaze from this impressive piece of power.  At one point in the briefing it was explained that 'on the table over there is a register in which you are to list the name of the Establishment that you are representing, and the names of the helm and the the crew who will be competing'.

The instruction continued 'On each line there is a number, this is the number of the boat to which you are initially allocated, so you can pick any line, in other words, it's a first come first served basis for you to pick any boat'.

To which Tony loudly announced to the assembled competitors, that he 'would have that one out there, the big grey one with the guns!'  Answered with peals of laughter, it was a cracking good joke, Well Done Tony!

But not only did HMS Bristol dominate the view from the window, when racing, it was also the dominating view when approaching the windward mark in that that mark was but a few boat lengths from this warship's 35'ish feet of vertical steel port side.  A quite unusual point of reference to be heading to!

Frank Rainsborough