Summer 2013


President's Bit  

Aquarius Regatta

Barbershop Singing

Bewl May 2013

Bewl August Visit  


Committee Business

Culinary Corner

Cut to the Chase  

Dates For Your Diary

Easter Egg Trophy

For Sale

Hampton Regatta

Knotty Problem

Main Gate Lock

Mid Thames Trophy

Midsummer Cruise

Newsletter Printing  

On the Road

Quartet Pro Musica


Road Closures

Russian Evening

Sailing Secretary Report

Secretary’s Welcome

Special Thanks  

Start of Season Party

Website Address

Weather Station Update

Working Party


Source of 'Cut to the Chase'

Frank Rainsborough

Frank's 'Information Clips' have in the past featured amongst other subjects, Navy slang for food, and this time, from an item in Terry Breverton's Nautical Curiosities book, Frank is expanding on the book's explanation of the now oft used idiom 'cut to the chase'.

The 'Chase' refers to a ship being pursued, and also the process of chasing it.  The situation occurs when a 'chaser' and a potential 'chasee' are both anchored and in sight of each other.  The 'chasee' the potential victim, might wish to depart (escape!) from its anchorage (when doing this it's said to be 'in the offing' another nautical idiom) and this preparation to raise its anchor could take up to an hour.  The 'chaser' would observe this activity but to catch the victim he would have to sacrifice his own anchor (if he's successful he expects to regain one!) so by cutting the hemp cable to his anchor, he instantly releases it and by cutting the ties that kept the sails furled, his sails would drop and fill, enabling the chase to begin immediately.  Hence 'cut to the chase.'

Newsletter Printing
and Content

The printing and paper costs for the Newsletter are normally met by JDC Independent Financial Advisers; for technical reasons it isn’t possible for this issue.

There is also a problem with the time needed to, print, address, fold, put in envelopes, stamp, and post, so it is being distributed by email. Those without email will receive a paper copy.

For much of the content we need to thank Mike Hendra.