Summer 2004


Commodore’s Bit
Annual Open Weekend
Anti-Social Behaviour
Bewl Water
Bodgett & Son
Commodores Conference
Dinghy Show
Dinghy's go walkabout
Farewell to Maggie
First Sail of Year
Greenwich Walk
Hampton SC Regatta
May Bank Holiday
Mid Thames Trophy
News of Members
Ode to Joan Bray
Quiz Night
Regatta and Barbecue
Sailing Secretary Report
Social Calendar
ST Open Grafham Water
ST Open Paxton Lakes
Start of Season Party
Trailer Park
Virus Strikes Again
Wed. afternoon Racing

Aquarius SC Regatta and Barbecue

I suppose to be honest I would have to say that the turn out for the club regatta, on both Saturday and Sunday, was disappointing. I think we had six or seven boats on the water each day. We recently had more than that on a Wednesday afternoon.

By contrast the numbers present at the barbecue was the largest ever. Some seventy five members and guests attended. Says a lot about where interests really lie at Aquarius.

I've lost count of the boats along the waterfront that aren't used from one year to another. Sad really because many of them are going to rack and ruin.

However The racing on Saturday got off, more or less, on schedule. The wind was south west ish and reasonably consistent. Three races were held and supported by three Lasers, a Graduate and a SigneT.

After everyone had come off the water Bob moved 'Waterman' down from her upstream moorings and the club house was cleaned up and converted for the evening barbecue.

Around 6:30pm food started arriving closely followed by entertainers Sarah-Jane and Clinton, collectively known as "Loki" who provided a mixture of Jazz, Soul and Blues music throughout the evening.

The barbecue got underway at about 8:45pm and judging by the very little left over must have been pretty well received.

On Sunday it started with a quite lively wind that died every time anyone went near the starting box. Four Lasers, a Graduate and two SigneT's fought it out for line honors. The day also included a Ladies/beginners race.

After the last race Joan Bray provided a Regatta Tea with sandwiches, cake and strawberries & cream that went down a treat. The overall Regatta Trophy was won by Richard Cannon and the Ladies cup was won by newcomer Regina Tam Well done to them.

Many thanks to everybody who helped to make the weekend so enjoyable. Especially Diana & Peter Carpenter for all the organization in front of and behind the bar. Mike Rogers, Ron & Andrea Mundon (and helpers) for the barbecue. Joan Bray for the Regatta tea and the race and safety teams on both days.

Mike (Over Easy) Baker