Five AQSC boats went to Bewl on Bank Holiday Monday. Richard Cannon, John Panting
and myself took our SigneTs and Nigel Knowles, Rodger Wheeler and John Neale took
a couple of Bosuns.
The forecast was for 15 to 20 knts North wind which was great for some but a bit
much for others; the 10 to 12knts we had most of the time provided some good sailing.
Mostly it was warm and fine although very gusty and shifty for Bewl.
In addition to the above we were also joined by Brenda Panting, Liz Archer, Mike
Rogers, Keith and Madeline Hatton and Andrew, Imogen and Edmund Morris. Everybody
that wanted to got out for a sail and those that just wanted to get out for ‘a thrash’
duly filled their boots. John Panting had already spent the week at Bewl doing his
RYA 1 & 2, so he went off with a friend, who he met on the course, and entered the
BVSC Novice racing, and managed to win a can of beer! Well done John!
We eventually came off the water at about 5ish and after packing up and showering
made our way to The Grasshopper at Westerham for dinner. I won’t go into detail but
it’s highly likely we will never return to that venue again. Bad would be putting
it mildly, in fact I think it’s been getting worse over our last three visits. If
your wondering why we keep going there it’s because it has a massive car park that,
in the past, has gobbled up eight to ten cars all towing boats with no trouble at
all. Not many places can do that.
Anyway we had a great day and I would urge more of you to come with us next time
we go to Bewl and experience sailing on big open water. If you want an unbiased opinion
about the place talk to Imogen and Edmund. Many thanks, as always, to Richard for
organising the day, good one mate!