Summer 2010


Commodore's Reoort

Bewl Water

Big Cat's Maiden Voyage

Biscuit World Bust Up

Bodgit Diaries

Forthcoming Events  

Fun And Training 12 July

Grafham Water

Joan Bray welcomes

Lessons Learnt

Mid Summer Cruise

Mid Thames Trophy  

Newsletter Printing

Ode to Spell Chequer

Open Weekend

Personal Property

Regatta & Hog Roast

Safety Boats Use

Sent to Over Easy

SigneT Open at AQSC

Social Calendar

Start of Season Party

Start of Spring Series

Stories Needed

Sunset Takes To Water

Things To Do

Thought For Today

Weather Forecasts

Working Party


Mid Thames Trophy - 1 May

I believe AQSC has been competing in the MTT since 2001 although, as a competition, the MTT was running prior to this date. AQSC last hosted the MTT in 2005 and many of the improvements to our clubhouse were undertaken prior to this event to enable us to provide the facilities required. This period was also when Bodgit & Son was founded (if you ever wondered). Since 2001 Aquarius has won the MTT once but has had many second places. Probably the club with the most wins is Hampton SC.

As a result of Richard’s calling notices we received entries from Hampton SC, Desborough SC, Littleton SC and Staines SC. Laleham SC seem to have fallen by the wayside over the years which is a shame. The club was open early on the morning 1 May. Ken opened up the extra car park by the pump house and directed AQSC members to it, leaving the main car park for visitors. Hampton SC arrived on the water, their ‘fleet’ of Ent’s, Merlins and Lasers having been towed up from Benn’s.


Diana and her team provided tea, coffee and biscuits while Liz (AOD) got the entry forms and food orders sorted out, Frank Rainsborough (OOD) and his race team (Nigel & John) got the course laid. This consisted of a windward and leeward marks separated by a mid course dogleg. At 11:00’ish Frank did the briefing and the first race got away at 11:30’ish. With the very light winds it wasn’t necessary to split the race into flights and there were 23 boats starting; probably the most we have had.

Meanwhile Richard loaded the entries into the computer and got ready to calculate the results. The wind was very light out of the SW with a moderate stream, but, put simply the races were a bit of a drifter all day.

Hampton’s Enterprises and Merlins romped away, although we learned later that the lead Ent subsequently withdrew for sailing an incorrect course. Note: ALWAYS check the course board before going afloat. That race lasted about an hour and was followed by lunch.

Burgers, various salads, fries. Various gateaux were available for dessert. The wind had died towards the end of the first race so Frank decided to change the course in the afternoon using only the windward and leeward marks. By the time R2 got underway the wind had all but died. Several boats started to drift in the direction of Hampton Court and had to be rounded up. By the time the shortened course signal was sounded several boats got timed out before they could cross the line, it was dire. By popular vote R3 was abandoned and Richard set about sorting out the results, rather more demanding than usual, while everybody else had tea and then started packing up.

Eventually Tony announced the results. Hampton SC won (or retained) the Mid Thames Trophy and a Hampton Ent. won the highest placed crew prize. Desborough came 2nd, AQSC 3rd, with Littleton and Staines taking 4th and 5th. As I remember it the AQSC team members were Charles Dennis (Laser), Mike Baker (Laser), Rodger Wheeler (Laser), Graham Thompson (Graduate), Bryan Clements (Graduate), John Panting (SigneT), Andrew Morris (Pico), Hannah Lunniss (Pico), Edmund Morris (Pico), Imogen Morris (Pico) and Tony Hopkins (Comet); having an entry of 11 boats was excellent. The full results (both by club and competitor) can be found on the excellent AQSC website under Race Results and Mid Thames by club; in each race the top 3 boats of each club count towards the Trophy.

I have to say that the event was a great success. Well organised, well attended, good food etc., just a pity that the weather, as in wind, couldn’t oblige. I have no idea which club is hosting next years event but we will no doubt be advised sometime in the future. Footnote: On Saturday our missing 3rd water main trophy was returned. We think it might have come from Desborough but after many years gone (probably about 20), it’s back and can be seen behind the bar for a while.

Mike (Over Easy) Baker

Preparing to start
Victorious Hampton Team

Preparing to start
Photo by Stuart Schafer

Victorious Hampton Team
Photo by Frank Rainsborough