DAYNOTES
Date Notes
30/03/1997 Very fine and warm though only light winds but still enjoyable. Excellent turn out, 10 racing, 3 cruising. Normal duration race run for pursuit race due to conditions. Most not interest in sailing the 2 pm race; Pat Halling and Graham Thompson sailed upstream and surprisingly had some wind for a cruise. At Paxton SCOA had an excellent sail on Saturday with E to SE 2-3 variable very shifty wind. Sunday was less good because the wind was much lighter.
06/04/1997 E1-2, Although light fairly steady but tended to die, better racing than expected.
13/04/1997 Very fine but very light W 0-1 with wind all over the place.
20/04/1997 Cold fine day with E 3-4 am and 2-3 pm. variable and fluky.
27/04/1997 W 0-1 very light and variable and only 2 boats racing.
04/05/1997 W 2-4 very gusty and fluky with lot of capsizes especially pm when 3 of the 4 boats retired. Charles D mast step disintegrated.
18/05/1997 SW 2. 3 Signets and R Kelly away at Colemere.
25/05/1997 Bewl visit Saturday to Monday, excellent weather with Sun and NE 3-4+ Saturday and Sunday, very light variable winds Monday. Madeline Hatton won the allcomers last race and the event.22 attendees but only 5 AQSC boats and 1 didn't sail.
01/06/1997 Very strong. 3-5, E winds. Pursuit race abandoned as to much risk of damage and only two entries. Graham Tompson boke mast in AM race when it jammed between two cruisers in a capsize.
08/06/1997 Strong WSW 3-5. Low entries as Paxton weekend.
15/06/1997 Very little wind but good entry of 9-10 boats
21/06/1997 Hampton Regatta Saturday, 4 AQSC boats sailed up with rescue boat. force 3-4+ very gusty wind.
22/06/1997 Hampton Regatta Sunday with 6 AQSC boats. Every sort of weather, left in hail storm and torrential rain and thunder. W to NW 0-4+ extremely flukey and gusty.
29/06/1997 Studland but only Barry Jones went, looked as if weather was going to be bad but it was OK. Fine with W force 2 with about 6 boats out at club; Ron Munden had Steaker out for first time.
06/07/1997 Very light W very var 0-1 winds but 8-9 boats out.
12/07/1997 Datchet Pursuit, fine & hot, very var W ind 0-3, no wind as ST started for 20 Min. Team of 8.
13/07/1997 Mainly fine but bit of rain. SWW Very gusty & fluky, increased to upto 4 by PM
20/07/1997 Regatta. Very fine but N wind very variable and light 0-2. Excellent turn out with 14 boats and 17 helm.
27/07/1997 W1-2+, very fine. Wind looked OK upstream and not too fluky so PM went to Sunbury Island, 2 laps, for Cundy Trophy.
03/08/1997 Only 2 entries as start of ST week. very light winds.
10/08/1997 Much better sail than expected with fairly steady light E wind, very low entry as end of ST week.
17/08/1997 Hardly any wind am, better PM but only 0-1 though faily steady W.
24/08/1997 Bewl, Sat 3-4, Sun 3, Mon wet no wind AM, 1-2 PM
31/08/1997 Expected no wind but gusty E2-3 AM and very gusty S vering SW 2-4 PM
07/09/1997 ST Open Ferry Meadows force 2, 3-4
14/09/1997 W 1-3 quit a good sail
21/09/1997 E 1-2 although light quite good sailing
05/10/1997 W 1-2 variable bur reasonble sail. 12 boats in am. race, best we have had for a normal Sunday since 92
12/10/1997 NW Very Var 1-3 Gusty
19/10/1997 Practically no wind, E 0, Charles D only enty am., slightly more wind pm, only 3 entries.
26/10/1997 Practically no wind E Var 0, even less pm with only 2 laps of very short course.
02/11/1997 No wind, Trowlock Trophy at Ariel SC sceduled. Only Grayham Thompson went, without boat. They race but first didn't start till 13:00, they just got round.
09/11/1997 SW2-3 Var and fairly gusty, light rain before racing. Forecaste very wet and gales but didn't happen.
29/03/1998 Fairley steady E 2 so although about 1knt current quite a good sail
05/04/1998 SW 0-4 very gusty and variable with 1knt current
12/04/1998 No wind and to much current so Easter Egg Trophy races cancelled
19/04/1998 No wind and to much current so races cancelled
26/04/1998 SW 2-4 very fluky and gusty, 2knt current. In am race almost impossible to get round first mark as Stbd so couldn't creep up bank. For pm race changed to P rounding.
03/05/1998 NNE 4 very gusty and fluky.
09/05/1998 Open day, SW 2-4 but pretty gusty and fluky. Only 3 visitors; one Andrew customer, one Wheeler nieghbour
10/05/1998 Open day, Ideal E 2-4 pretty steady. About 10 visitors, 5 were canoe club trainer with 4 kids about 14. 4 paki family mother, farther daughter & grand dad
17/05/1998 E4 Good sailing but very gusty with capsizes. ST open at Colemere with shifty 1-2 winds
23/05/1998 Bewl Open Meeting
31/05/1998 SW 1-2 very fluky especially above club.
07/06/1998 Very Gusty and fluky, S 3-5
14/06/1998 W 0-2 fairly steady but about 2knt current difficult to go against. PSP PorS.
21/06/1998 W 2-3 perhaps gust 4 in fun race. About 0.5knt current. best river sail so far this year, fairly steady for the river.
28/06/1998 Hampton Regatta, SWW3-4. Excellent sailing conditions Sat & Sun, gusty Sun. PM. Peter Sutton fell off bike. Richard Cannon dislocated finger.
04/07/1998 TWU Pursuit, W 2-4, very goog sail, AQSC 6th, Richard C 28th
05/07/1998 NW 2-4 am, 1-3 pm. .5knt current
12/07/1998 AQSC Regatta Sat & Sun.W 3-4 gusty & shifty Sat, W3-5 very gusty Sun.
19/07/1998 Fun & Rules as Go Boating Weekend but no visitors
26/07/1998 SW 1-2 am, salami course. SW 2-3 pm
02/08/1998 Very variable 0-1 patchyt. STs at Ullswater
09/08/1998 ? 1-2 STs at Ullswater
16/08/1998 SWW 2-3 am, W 1-3 pm
23/08/1998 S 1-2 am, SW 2-3 pm, vey fluky
30/08/1998 Bewl, 1-2 Sat very light Sun, last race cancelled. better fo Mon. short races
06/09/1998 SWW 1-2 very fluky, 3 very gusty for Fun race
13/09/1998 NW 2-3 Gust 5. Very shifty and gusty especially PM. 14 capsizes
20/09/1998 E2-3 fairly steady. Very good conditions for a pleasent sail. Different course; PorS PPP triangle PorS from outside.
27/09/1998 Var 0-1 fluky & shifty 0.5kt current. STs at Ferry Meadows
04/10/1998 NE 1-2
11/10/1998 W2-3, fairly steady in morning, but gusty and fluky in afternoon. Very good sail. Usual PPSP dog leg course.
18/10/1998 Very little W 0-1 wind and about 1knt current so struggle to go upstream, short two bouy to port course
25/10/1998 Very gusty W 3-5 wind with strong 3 knot current. Could only just tack against current. PM all boats had crews. Short PP course.
01/11/1998 Trolock Trophy at Ariel scheduled but strong current and W 2 wind so no one went. No sailing at club, except Pat Halling in Skipper went down stream fast.
08/11/1998 Wet at first. Strong current, 2-3kts, with WSW F 2. Extremely difficult to beat against current. PP course 40m (25m PM) below slipway to 60m above. Only 3 boats.
28/03/1999 About 1knt current but enough west wind for not to much problem. Wind increased during day and became quite gusty causing a capsise and very near capsises. Simple PP course. 11 boats in morning.
04/04/1999 Easter Egg series. 8 boats. .5knt current but very light (0-1) W to SW wind, quite difficult to make way against current, PP course.
11/04/1999 F2-3 W, fairly gusty and patchy but good sailing with only slight current
18/04/1999 Very light variable wind, 0-.5 mainly W, with .5knt current. Godd entry of 10 am but 6 retired because coildnt make way against current. Course shortened for pm but still 4 retirements although slightly more wind. PSSP course.
25/04/1999 SE to E 1-3 with 1kt current. In morning race bouys to near island and far bank and very difficult to go against current. For PM race bottom bouys moved up and much better.
02/05/1999 E 0-1 in am, bit more pm, bit patchy but as only slight current better sail than expected. Gus came down with quite a crowd so a number of crew.
23/05/1999 Very good sailing, fine day with W wind 2-4. Pretty gusty am, bit stronger pm, less windy & gusty for Fun race.
29/05/1999 Bewl cruising. Exellent conditions, NE3-4. Laurie capsized with new member Bill, Richard took Carole & Mark out. Barrie also took Mark out in cat.
30/05/1999 Bewl Regatta, NE 3-4. Signets 1,3 &4th in slow handicap
31/05/1999 Bewl Champions & Allcomers races.Very little wind, 1-2 NEwith holes. Richad 1st in Allcomers
06/06/1999 Variable wind and current .5 to 1.5knt, NW1-3 to NE1-2 in mornig, W3-4 gusty early PM then NW1-W3. Paxton open vary vaiable & gusty NE 0-3
13/06/1999 N 0-2 very variable and shifty, 1knt curent, fine. In fun race had about 5 new members out.
03/07/1999 Regatta/BBQ & Jazz. Overcast but dry WSW 2-3 gust 4. Pretty gusty. 1st race for Regata Challenge Trophy, 2nd race slalem 20 mins over short course. then 2 short races with lot of new members & juniors crewing. BBQ poor attendance; 37 adults, 6 juniors even though fine & warm.
04/07/1999 Regatta 2nd day. WSW 1-2 but very variable and patchy. Warm & dry. 2nd & 3rd Regatta Trophy races, and Ladies/Novice race. 10-12 boats. Visiting Grad.
11/07/1999 NW2-3 very nice and fairly steady am, gusty to 4 and shifty pm.
19/07/1999 W 0-1 var and patchy. P(PPP)PPPcircuit of bottom bouys. Lot of juniors using 3 club boats until 20:00.
25/07/1999 AQ NE1-2. ST Week Light & Var Sunday, NE 5 Mon-Wed am, 4 pm. Thur-Fri NE 3-4 am 2-3 pm
01/08/1999 SE 2 am, E 2-3 pm
08/08/1999 Deluge rain at first am then SEE 0-3 very var and fluky am. W0-2 very var and fluky pm.
15/08/1999 West 2-3 gave good sail fairly steady. PM ran Cundy long distance race as far as start of Sunbury Junior Regatta bous off Rivermeaad Island. 4 of us did 2 laps. the rest 1 lap.
22/08/1999 E2-3 good sail but fairly shifty. AM race dog leg each end and choice of marks at each end. PM had dog leg across start line.
05/09/1999 Very hot, E 1-2 filled in for first race but very little wind for PM race. Thunderstorm as finishing putting boat away. 13 entries for PM race, most for normal sunday race this decade, also 3 boats cruising = 16 total, 25% of fleet.
26/09/1999 W2 fairly steady, except above club, shifty. Difficult to beat against 2knt current. PM race delayed due to rain. Choice of 2 first marks and could go either way round then P S PorS between two marks
10/10/1999 W2-3 but some S in it at times made variable and not good above Club. Down to N of Platts Ait, the best bit, with sausage in lower reach.
17/10/1999 Excellent conditions with E3-4 fairly steady. Triangle at bottom and long run to top mark. ST368 used Spinny, very fast. Some capsizes.
24/10/1999 Very bad conditions with 2knt current. SW 2 very fluky to start with, very difficult to go against current. After 35mins wet and extremely windy gust 7. 3 capsizes out of 6 starters. PM 4-5 only Thompson in reefed Bosun & Dennis in Grad full of water most of time, both had crews.
31/10/1999 SW2-5 very gusty and fluky, all two handers used crews. Charles Dennis ran up E slipway.
14/11/1999 NE 2-3 gust 4, SSSSP with triangle down stream. 3 capsizes pm
21/11/1999 NE .5-2 SSPP .5 knt. General recall on first race due to couldn't identify the many boats over line, first since at least 91., the two boats over line on second start.
26/03/2000 Very little wind, W 0-1 with about 1knt current. Very difficult to make way against current.
02/04/2000 E 0-1 a.m. increasing during the day to 1-2 gust 3 for the last race. very patchy. First sprint races worked well.
09/04/2000 The current had dropped from the raging torrent of during the week and the strong, and gusty, NEE wind gave a good sail. But there were a number of capsizes and Richard Cannon was rescued twice while sailing Laurie Bridges Signet. Robert Britton handled his newly aquired Graduate very well.
16/04/2000 The raging torrent due to heavy rain during the week meant there was no possibility of sailing. Instead great progress was made on resurfacing the upper patio.
23/04/2000 Still very fast current so no sailing. A number of jobs were done (grass strimmed on bank, longe double doors treated, general gardening on bank, painting on safety boat) so the Club has benefited.
30/04/2000 Didn't expect to sail as more rain and 3knt current but 1-2 E wind just allowed progress upstream. Wind seemed to drop pm so Sprint races not held, but then when putting boats away thought we could have raced.
06/05/2000 The Open weekend was blessed with excellent weather and the current had subsided. We had 33 visitors and 2 joined on the day.
14/05/2000 A fine day which started with very light wind for the first race so difficult to go against the bit of current. It was much better for the afternoon races. There were 9 boats even though there was a Signet Open Meeting.
20/05/2000 Fairly warm & fine day for a pub lunch at Peaslake, and visit to Coverwood Lakes and Gardens; 27 members and friends took part.
21/05/2000 Day started wet and no wind. By a late start at 12:10 it was dry and the wind was NW F1-2. For PM the wind was W with gusts of F3. There was heavy rain at the end of the last race.
27/05/2000 Extremely wet windy day at Bewl. F5-6, 2" rain over 24 hrs. David Ginn taken out, by Richard Cannon, for short sail during a lull .
28/05/2000 Another very windy day, F5-6. One handicap start PM as only 6 BVSC and 3 AQSC boats.
29/05/2000 Much better day, fine with W F4 wind. Torrential hailstorm as packing up.
03/06/2000 SCOA Open at Paxton. Fine but zero wind, 1hr for 1 lap.
04/06/2000 At AQSC wind kept dropping WSW 0-2 with 1.5knt current at first then 2knts, job to beat against curent. SCOA Open Meeting at Paxton had a fine day with S2-3 wind, very pleasent sailing.
11/06/2000 Good sailing day. W2-3 with .5knt current. Fairly steady AM but gusty PM.
17/06/2000 Hampton Regatta, very hot but good 2-4 SW-SE shifty but good sail. 5 boats towed down, one more later. Club boat shroud broke.
18/06/2000 Hampton Regatta, very hot, F2-3 SE-SW shifty but good sail. 7 boats towed, one sailed down.
25/06/2000 A very light NE-NW wind. In the AM race the start line distance marks were also the turning marks to minimise sailing in the lee of the clubhouse. For the PM races after the start all the racing was round marks down stream of the club; it worked well.
01/07/2000 Weather was true to forecast except drier. This was good for the very successful and well attended (65) Jazz/BBQ but bad for the Regatta because there was hardly any wind and some current. In spite of this there were 9 boats. Paddling allowed in a fun race. The wind improved slightly for the last race.
02/07/2000 Even less wind than yesterday but 11 boats. Paddling allowed in a fun race. The ladies (Madeline Hatton)/novice (Michael Stevens) race was combined with the 3rd Regatta Trophy (Mark Hollamby) race.
09/07/2000 AM was very good with W3-4 fairly steady for the river. Not many boats as some cruised and others crewed. PM disappointing because after some lunch time rain wind dropped to about zero. Heavy rain soon after racing finished.
16/07/2000 N 0-1 gust 2, very cold first thing. Used mark on start line as upstream mark to avoid going in lee of club. For fun race started when all boats in a line to do a slalom course of 6 marks; worked well.
23/07/2000 The day started damp with very light N wind but by the time we started racing it was fine and the wind increased to a NE-E 2-3 giving excellent sailing.
30/07/2000 Rather light W wind. Signets away at ST Week and 3 fun races. The 2nd one was a cuise race to an upstream channel marker.
06/08/2000 Rather light SW wind. At Ullswater the Signets had very good sailing conditions except for the first Sunday when there was practically no wind for the practice race. The rest of the week was force 2-5, mainly 3-4 wind.
13/08/2000 Southerly 0-2 extremely variable and fluky, not pleasent sailing. Bryan Clements did exceptionally well wining the 2 Sprint Series races on boat and personal handicap.
20/08/2000 Yet another very poor sailing day. Some current and as good as zero wind of variable direction but mainly W.
03/09/2000 N 0-2 gust 3 very variable and fluky. PorS SPP, line mark used as upstream mark. Down stream start, upstream finish.
10/09/2000 A very fine hot day but terrible sailing with practically no wind; at least there was no current.
17/09/2000 Fine but very little wind again, WSW 0-1, very fluky and variable. Lucky almost no current as there had been very heavy rain during the week. Saturday had been a windy day. The Signet Ferry Meadows open meeting cancelled due to petrol crisis.
24/09/2000 Another terrible day although the forecast was a hot day with 10mph wind and possibly rain late in the day. Very heavy rain while rigging and no wind for racing. Rained throughout the p.m. race. The only saving grace was there was no current. After the p.m. race, and the fun race cancelled, the rain stopped, the wind picked up and a couple went out and had a good sail.
01/10/2000 SW 0- gust 4. Wet day. Five stbd marks with a lap around down stream marks. 11 entries in second race.
08/10/2000 Very light and variable, SW to NE, especially for first race. 0.5knt current. First race 1 lap fun race while other boats finished rigging.
15/10/2000 Near enough zero wind a.m. together with 0.5knt current made it very difficult to get round a very short PP course. 4 boats only managed 1 lap, 2 did 2 laps and 2 did 3 laps.Much better by the end of the 1st p.m. race and 14 laps were done over the same course with the wind changing from N to E during the race.
22/10/2000 Zero wind and 2 knot current made no chance of sailing a course so racing cancelled.
29/10/2000 Extremely gusty & fluky with 2kt current. Keith Hatton and Michael Stevens took the Club Laser out but it wasn't possible to make way against the current and Michael was towed back to the Club. Racing cancelled for the 2nd consecutive week.
05/11/2000 Good East wind but there was a 5kt current due to the weeks storms and it was too dangerous to go out. Racing cancelled for the 3rd consecutive week; possibly the first time this has happened.
12/11/2000 River still very high and flowng fast so no sailing again.
19/11/2000 The last Sunday with sailing scheduled for this year. Water level nearly down to normal but still a fast current with a force 2-3 West wind but one boat did sail. Charles Dennis took the Club Pico out for its first sail and could just about hold his own against the current.
01/04/2001 The first day scheduled for sailing in 2001 but unfortunately the season started like last year ended with far to much current to sail. The water has covered the E slipway ever since last October. The day was used as a working party day and many tasks were completed.
08/04/2001 No chance of sailing with the current still far too fast. Some mores tasks wee done around the Club.
15/04/2001 Gusty NW wind but still too much current to sail. It would probably have been OK with a E wind.
22/04/2001 Very gusty and strong SE wind. Only Bryan Clements in Grad & Kieth Hatton in Club Laser to race. Bryan capsized before the start and decided not to race so racing cancelled yet again.
29/04/2001 Very few at club and still no chance of sailing because current far to strong.
06/05/2001 Mid-Thames Trophy Inter club event, moved from Desborough to Littleton. Many from Littleton, 8 from AQSC, 7 from Desborough, 3 from Staines, 3 from Laleham. Excellent sailing with 10-15 knt wind. Littleton dominated all races but AQSC 2nd.
12/05/2001 AQSC Open day. Excellent weather with steady 5-10knt E wind and at last a reduced current. Ideal condition for taking newcomers out. Around 20 visitors. First use of safety boat with new diesel engine.
13/05/2001 AQSC Open day. Excellent weather with steady 5-10knt E wind. Ideal condition for taking newcomers out. Only around 12 visitors.
20/05/2001 The first day we have manage to race on the river. Moderate current and only very light E wind. 5 boats towed up to Sunbury Lock with a race back to the club. A bit more wind PM and just possible to race around two marks about twice the length of the club house apart.
26/05/2001 Bewl visit, cruising. Hot and sunny all day with SW 7-13 knts, excellent sailing conditions.
27/05/2001 Bewl visit club racing. Warm overcast morning, hot & sunny afternoon. SW 10-15 knts. Excellent sailing.
28/05/2001 Bewl visit club racing. Warm overcast morning, hot & sunny afternoon. SW 10-15 knts. Excellent sailing.
02/06/2001 The AQSC members who travelled to Paxton for the SigneT Open Meeting experienced very gusty and shifty 15-20knt NNW wind. Five of the eight entries capsized.
03/06/2001 At Paxton the wind had moved round to NW and reduced to 10-15knts giving much more comfortable sailing conditions. At AQSC the NW 10-20knt wind was extremely gusty, variable and fluky with a 1.5knt current; sailing was very difficult.
10/06/2001 NNW 0-2 very variable, gusty and fluky again and with the 1knt current sailing was very difficult. Then just to rub in how bad it was it rained for half the afternoon race. After we finished racing conditions improved!
17/06/2001 Another light and variable NW wind with fair amount of current making for a poor sail. Very patchy and difficult to make way against current.
23/06/2001 HSC Regatta Sat. Fine and hot with reasonble E wind at start but then died and very patchy. Lighter wind PM but less patchy. Best sail was back to the club at a boat running speed of 4knts.
24/06/2001 HSC regatta Sun. Very hot & fine with very little wind, very light, patchy & variable with big holes. E 5 knots for sail back to AQSC by a couple of boats, rest towed back.
01/07/2001 Saturday was good and windy but sunday was back to a light westerly hot and sunny, full of holes, but better than was expected. There was still about 0.5 knt of current.
07/07/2001 Regatta day 1. W 0-2 very patchy and very wet at times. 0.5knt current. Race 4 cancelled as no wind and wet.
08/07/2001 Regatta day 2 much better. W1-3 fairly steady and dry.
15/07/2001 The first race started in a good westery breeze but it didn't last and became patchy and variable. The wind dropped to 0-1 for the afternooon races; but then increased when racing finished to give some members good cruising.
22/07/2001 The previous day there had been a good breeze but true to form for this season there was only a very light SW wind for Sunday. It looked promising before the start of the first race but the wind died to a fairly steady 3-5knts and there was still a bit of current. During the fun race, just to make things worse, there was light rain and even less wind.
29/07/2001 The day started with zero wind and a heatwave so sailing prospects were grim. Surprisingly there was a light SW wind at the club; this started at 2knts and and increased during the day to 10knts. But it was extremily fluky and became gusty.
05/08/2001 A warm sunny day with SW 2-3. In the morning there was a cruise up to Sunbury and PM there was some informal racing.
12/08/2001 A very windy and gusty day SW3-4 gusting 5 and several capsizes.
19/08/2001 Day started extremely wet with heavy showers and squalls thoughout the day. Generally SW 10-15knt but very gusty to 20knt and fluky.
25/08/2001 A pleasant cruising day at Bewl Water with steady 10 knt SW wind.
26/08/2001 A day of great extremes for the AQSC/ST/FW meeting at Bewl. Hot, but overcast, with light NE wind for the start of the morning race. Conditions changed to a 25knt squall with heavy rain followed by zero wind. It then became as black as night with a 30knt squall surrounded by lightning and torrential hail stones. Many capsizes and retirements. The afternoon race had 5 knt wind with rain at the end.
27/08/2001 Fine and hot at Bewl with a 5-10 knt NE wind giving easy sailing. Five short course races of around 20-30 minutes each.
02/09/2001 At last a very good days sailing with a fairly steady 5-12knt West wind. The Afternoon races were given a big improvement by moving the upstream mark from beyond the slipway to level with the clubhouse. Support is still poor with only 4 boats.
09/09/2001 A fine day with a cold N to NW 5-15 knt wind. Gusty, very shifty and fluky but still a good sail; having a crew made it a lot easier.
16/09/2001 For the third succesive week week we have had a good sail. In the morning the W to NW 2-3 gusting 4 wind was very fluky. It had dropped a bit for the first afternoon Sprint race and the second Sprint immediately following was a more pleasent sail as it wasn't fluky although still gusty.
23/09/2001 Fluky & gusty 3-4 N wind, bit lighter PM. At the ST Open at Paxton it was similar but less fluky and gusty; that direction gives a good sail.
30/09/2001 Very high winds forecast but they didn't arrive. S to SW, some times N, 1-2 gusting 4, extremely fluky. Wet for the afternoon race.
07/10/2001 The day started very wet but fortunately it was dry for the morning race. Extremely gusty and fluky, basically S 2-3 but gusts of up to 5 from all directions. Very wet in the afternoon with gusts up to 6; very unpleasent.
14/10/2001 South 1-2 gust 3 sometimes 0 winds and very fluky and shifty. Wind increased just before the PM race and rescue boat Officer Bryan Clements capsized when he went for a sail. Unfortunately the wind didn't last for the race.
21/10/2001 Weather forecast said a miserable wet day, 4 knt S wind. It was very wet and the wind seemed very light and there was a 2knt current. Richard, Brian, Keith and Laurie decided it wasn't worth sailing and drifting down stream. But surprisingly, if they ignored the rain, those who went out had good races in a steady 6 knt W wind.
28/10/2001 A gorgeous hot sunny day BUT 2kts current and zero wind so no chance of sailing. A small group went up to Sunbury lock in the safety boat; 25 minutes going up hugging the bank and 12 minutes back.
04/11/2001 The day started with no wind and it looked like no sailing again. By the time we were ready to sail there was a steady W 1-2 wind and it wasn't difficult to progress against the 1 knot current. By the afternoon the wind had increased to F2-3. An excellent days racing with an entry of 8 boats.
11/11/2001 The race start was delayed to 12:00 to see if some wind would appear. Fortunately there was a few knots steady west wind that just allowed progress against the 1 knot current and 6 short laps were completed. The wind died soon after the start of the afternoon race and only one lap could be completed.
18/11/2001 Very light winds forecast again for the last race day of the season. But it was a fairly steady ENE 0-1 wind and it was possible to sail all three race. There was a good entry of 10 boats.
31/03/2002 Drizzle at start then dry. SW2-3 fluky and gusty. Only 5 boats although 2 had helm as crew due to conditions.
07/04/2002 Very good, steady by river standards, E 3-4 wind. Excellent sail. Cundy long distance race to Wilson's Ferry at Sunbury combined with 1st pm race.
14/04/2002 With a forecast of very calm, ideal for the London Marathon, sailing prospects looked poor especially as there was 1knt current. There was a very light NE wind for the morning fun race. Fortunately by the afternoon the wind had changed to a fairly steady W force 1-2 and there was good sailing.
21/04/2002 Fine with a S force 1 to 3 wind, very variable and fluky.
28/04/2002 Very windy and gusty W to SW 3-6. Very wet at times. Capsizes and boat failures.
12/05/2002 E 1-2 bit patchy. PSPS course of long legs beyond proposed bridge and shorter legs but still pass the clubhouse. Very close BH results; 1 sec/lap between first 3 boats and 5 sec/lap for 4th boat.
26/05/2002 Unfortunately the bad weather forecast was right. Although there was some sun there was a lot of rain and squalls with a very strong gusty SW wind, generally 2-4, gust 5. In the 14:00 race Mike Baker capsized his SigneT near the cruisers and the concrete edge and while he was being towed back Peter Carpenter had his rudder pintle break and also needed towing back. Charles Dennis was the only one to finish.
01/06/2002 There was excellent weather for the first two days of the visit to Bewl. Sunny with a steady SE 10 knt wind was just right for cruising.
03/06/2002 Excellent weather day for the last day of the Bewl visit; warm with a steady SW 12-15 knt wind, ideal for racing.
09/06/2002 A horrible day for sailing. A cold South 10-15 knt wind in the morning reducing to 6-10 knt and wet in the afternoon. Very variable, fluky and gusty; it changed from a beat to a run in an instant.
15/06/2002 Hampton Regatta Sat SW 3-4, good sail, steady for the river.
16/06/2002 Hampton Regatta Sun, SW 2-3 G4. Good sail except for 1st PM race when top mark was in Platts Eyot cut.
23/06/2002 With a forecast of very light wind it didn't seem promising. Fortunately it was wrong and we had an excellent sail in a steady West 2-3 wind up to beyond the pipe yard. There was the best support this year with 10 boats out.
29/06/2002 Regatta and Jazz/BBQ. Excellent W2-3 gust 4 and fine, very steady in direction by river standards. Very good sailing up to pipe yard.
30/06/2002 Regatta. W2-3 gust 4 as on Saturday but a very different wind; fluky and shifty.
07/07/2002 Basically SSW 1-3 but very variable and fluky with the wind from all directions; 90 to 135 degree shifts were common. Richard Cannon capsize approaching the finish line and crossed the line capsized.
14/07/2002 After a few Sundays with good sailing condition there was very little wind, although fine and hot, for the first Signet Open meeting held at AQSC. The first race was delayed 30 minutes waiting for a bit of wind to develop. Short races were held over a short course. By the end of the last race there was a reasonable wind. Five visitors and four Aquarius SigneTs enjoyed the day, especially the sunbathing spectators.
21/07/2002 Although the wind was varying from N to W at force 1-2 which would indicate a poor sail there was a surprisingly good sail. As the Molesey Junior Regatta came above Platt's Eyot the course was upstream of the club to as far as the pipe yard.
28/07/2002 Practically no N wind for the morning race. Fortunately it improved for the afternoon and went round to the West. Short ppp course. Also an open day for Jubilee Picnic contacts, about 12 people taken out between races and crewing.
04/08/2002 It was just as well that only fun races were scheduled as there was some current and the wind was very light and died completely at the end of the morning race. All boats had to be towed back in the afternoon.
11/08/2002 At 10:00 it didn't look as if there would be any wind but we were surprise when it became quite breezy with a NWW wind; although it was extremely fluky with 180 degree tacks common. At the end of racing Richard took Stan, a new member, out; he seemed to be making good progress until something caused him to capsize. Both were dry until during the recovery ST368 went over the other way, turned turtle and broke the mast.
18/08/2002 The SW NO wind was very variable and practically non existant. Unusual course, the first mark was a choice of the limit marks on the start line to be rounded as soon as started and one Stbd downstream mark. Most not interested in the 2nd pm race but Pat Halling & Graham Thompson sailed upstream and some wind appeared which gave them by far the best sail of the day
01/09/2002 Light wind and low entry with a SigneT open meeting at Littleton. At the SigneT meeting the wind was very light, patchy and shifty; weed was a big problem.
08/09/2002 A horrible extremely fluky light wind from all directions with 180 degree wind shifts common.
15/09/2002 The day started with a good E wind and Rodger planned that racing would go well upstream. But by the time we started the wind had dropped & gone round to the N. The first mark was just below Sunbury Court Island. The N 0-1 wind was extremely variable & fluky and 1 lap took 40 min. The afternoon races used a down stream course and there was a much better sail.
22/09/2002 Even by N wind standards it was extremely fluky with 180 degree shifts. To avoid sailing in front of the club house the starting marks were also used as the upstream marks. It was light and patchy for the morning race with a bit of rain. Each of the afternoon races had winds that were light a lot of the time but then over force 4 when squals of rain came through.
29/09/2002 S to SE light wind, 1-2 until the last race when it dropped to 0-1. Very fluky and frustrating in all races
06/10/2002 N/NE 1-3 very fluky, wind died at end of 2nd PM race.
13/10/2002 Fairly steady E1 increasing to E2 by 2nd pm race. Damp am. and pretty wet by the last race.
20/10/2002 For a few day previous there had been dire warnings of the very wet and windy weather that would be arriving Sunday; perhaps that was why so few boats were racing. A NE 3 to 6 knot wind with drizzle doesn't sound very good but it was remarkably steady right up to well beyond the slipway and it was the best sail for months.
27/10/2002 Again a for a few days before the week end there were dire warnings on how bad the weather would be on Sunday; this time they were right. Rodger & Richard were at the club early to straighten and secure boats that had moved; there were gusts of over 40 mph and there was no sailing.
03/11/2002 We were very lucky that the heavy rain stopped fot the Saturday evening visit to Kempton Fireworks. Showers were forecast for Sunday but the a.m. and 1st p.m. race were dry with a 6-10knt SW wind giving a reasonble sail although there was a 2knt current. The 2nd p.m. race started in pratically no wind and it was very difficult to get started against the current. Then there was squall with a short period of heavy rain followed by 10-20 knt gusts.
10/11/2002 After the wet weather there was 3 knots of current with a light west wind. Surprisingly Bryan was just able to make way against the current near the edge. As it was unlikely that it would be possible to get round marks and it started to rain racing was cancelled.
17/11/2002 The continueing heavy rain caused a 4knt current and again there was no possibility of sailing; even the rowers weren't out. A bad ending to a poor sailing season.
30/03/2003 A very fine day and only 0.5knt current although the N to NE 1 gust 2 wind was very patchy it was a reasonable sail for the 7 boats out for the first sail of the season.
06/04/2003 N to NE force 1-3 wind and 0.5knt current fairly cold. SSPP course with the upstream mark only just above the start line gave a reasonaable sail.
13/04/2003 Excellent sailing day. Warm with a SE2-3 gust 4, bit shifty but not fluky. In the last race there was a very rare occurance when Pat Halling capsized on the first lap.
20/04/2003 Excellent conditions for the Easter Egg races with a 2-4 NEE wind. Rather gusty and the races were full of incidents from capsizes, falling in, gear failure, stuck in trees on the far bank, and collision with a narrow boat.
27/04/2003 The forecast was for very bad weather and although the strong gusty and shifty 10-25mph (Force 3 to 5) SW wind was as expected it remained dry. Sailing was good but hairy and crews were used except for Keith Hatton in the Laser who had a total of 6 capsizes.
03/05/2003 Fortunately the weather for the Mid Thames Trophy event at Hampton SC was less windy than forecast and it remained dry. The SW wind was gusting to over 20knts and it was very fluky giving very exciting sailing with many capsizes. Charles Dennis broke the mast of his new Laser Radial Rig on its first time out. Hampton SC won and AQSC were 2nd.
04/05/2003 A fine day but a very gusty fluky 10 to 20knt SW to SE wind for the short fun races.
10/05/2003 At the Paxton Signet open meeting there were ideal sailing conditions with a SW 2 to 4 wind, it was particularly fluky and gusty for the second race.
11/05/2003 At the Paxton ST open meeting conditions were again ideal with a SW 2 to 4 wind. At AQSC it was very fluky with a S 2 wind.
17/05/2003 Terrible conditions for open day. Wet at first. Very gusty and fluky S to SW horrible wind. Only 2 groups of visitors but 19 members. Clash with Cup final and Boats on Show.
18/05/2003 Still poor open day conditions with a very strong gusty and fluky wind. The Bosuns were the best boat for taking the 10 groups of visitors out.
25/05/2003 Cruising at Bewl. Ideal 5 to 10 knt SW wind in the morning. Windier PM and then a squall with with 20 knt wind, torrential rain and hail gave very exhilerating sailing.
26/05/2003 Bewl regatta Allcomers handicap race. Racing postponed 1 hr because no wind, then good sailing in a 10knt wind, very shifty by Bewl standards.
01/06/2003 Very light and fluky S to SW wind. Only 4 boats.
08/06/2003 No wind first thing but by race time there was 5knt very gusty & fluky S to SW wind. The strength increased rapidly during the day to gusts of 24knts in the first pm race. There were many capzises and 2 head injuries from being hit by the boom. Only 2 of the 8 boats didn't capsize or have an injured helm. For the pair of Sprint races the wind had gone round to the W and was much nicer.
14/06/2003 Hampton SC Regatta, excellent sailing conditions with an 8-12 knt East wind a bit variable and shifty but not fluky. Only 2 AQSC boats.
15/06/2003 Hampton SC Regatta, Very light S to W to E wind all over the place. 5 AQSC boats.
22/06/2003 First thing there was no wind then there was a storm with high winds. By the time the Fun race race started the Southerly wind dropped to very little and lap times were 20 minutes. By the afternoon the wind had increased to 8 to 12 knts and varied from SE to SW to give a good sail and 8 minute laps. Very good support with 11 boats out.
28/06/2003 Signet open meeting and AQSC regatta. Light variable and shifty SE to SW 0 to 2 wind although not as fluky as would expect, fine and warm. Wind dropped for last race. 4 visitors and 5 club signets. Only 1 non Signet as helms were crewing. Excellent Jazz/BBQ in evening with 66 attendees.
29/06/2003 AQSC regatta, Excellent conditions with a fairly steady ESE to E 2-3 wind, fine and warm. 10 boats but only 1 lady/Novice entry. Last race also made for the long distance Cundy Trophy with 1st lap following safety boat laying mark at Rivermead Island, Sunbury and spinnakers were used all the way up, boats were very close.
06/07/2003 Very little wind basically W 0 with some laps up to 1. Fun race not held; no wind & no one wanted to do it.
13/07/2003 Very poor attendance, not helped by Hampton Court Flower show and very little wind first thing; Fun race not held. For the afternoon there was an unexpectedly good 5 - 8 knt East wind, for a change the upstream mark was near the Channel notice below Sunbury Court Island with a 1 lap figure of eight in the wider section of the river for the first race.
20/07/2003 It seemed like a good 7-10 knt SW wind but it was extremely fluky which made for frustrating sailing. It was the flukiest of the year with wind coming from all directions.
27/07/2003 West 5-10 knots pretty steady by river standars except for last race when wind was a bit stronger. Two Grads retired with a capsize and swamped after near capsize. Excellent sailing, about as good as the river gets.
03/08/2003 Very hot and light wind. Sheduled as a Fun race or cruise; no sailing until 16:00 as no wind. Race held but no results kept. Start of Signet Week at Ullswater with heat wave and very little wind all week.
10/08/2003 East 1 gust 2 and fluky, very hot.
17/08/2003 For morning Fun race excellent E 8knt wind with 1 lap running up to Channel Marker following the safety boat. By the afternoon the wind had dropped a bit and was much more variable. For the last race the wind moved round S and was very light, variable and fluky, not nice, so the top mark was moved down to the jetty.
25/08/2003 The Bank Holiday was away days at Bewl on Sunday and Monday. Both days had ideal weather for sailing; warm and dry with a 10 to 15 knt East wind giving gentle planing.
31/08/2003 The basically West wind was very patchy and variable. At the Fishers Green Signet Open Meeting it was very similar with a 10 minute period of complete calm during the afternoon race.
07/09/2003 W 0-1 very variable and patchy. Right at the end of the last race it was much better with a 2.
14/09/2003 Before the start of the Fun race there seemed to be a reasonble sail but then the wind dropped to practically nothing. Basically SE but it could be coming from anywhere and none of the indicators were sensitive enough. It was also uncomfortable being very hot and persperation make eyes very painful.
21/09/2003 No wind first thing but there was some wind by the start of racing. Unfortunately it was southerly and very variable, light and shifty. By the afternoon race there was even less wind, so as there was no rowing after 15:00 the second afternoon race course included a lap round 2 bouys by the bridge and the end of Platts Eyot; the wind was much better there.
28/09/2003 Basically NW 1-2 but very variable and fluky; at times good sailing and at other times no wind. The Signet Open at Ferry Meadows had a fairly steady 2-3 gust 4 which gave a very good sail.
05/10/2003 Basically NW at the flags but all over the place on the river. 0-2 gust 3. Capsizes in both PM races. In the last race the wind was much steadier and more predictable.
12/10/2003 A very gusty day with wind blowing out of the east at 3-4 gusting 5 at times. Both Lasers capsized several times with the eventual loss of the club Laser's rudder and tiller. Excellent but tiring sail.
19/10/2003 A very cold day with a NE to E 2-3 gust 4 wind. Charles rigged his laser with the Radial rig but still capsized as he started the first race. In the afternoon Pat Halling capsized leaving his moorings.
26/10/2003 Although basically a North 1-2 better sail and less cold than might be expected. Patchy but not too fluky as helped by course being mainly down downstream.
02/11/2003 The day started very wet but it had cleared up by the late start of the fun race.It seemed very windy but the very shifty SW 2-3 gust 4 didn't give much drive. Soon after launching the Pico Charles Dennis capsized to windward when there wasn't the wind he expected.
08/11/2003 Light rain started before the 'Fun' race; earlier than forcast. There was a light SE wind that became lighter as the day progressed and the first afternoon race was stopped at 2 laps as boats began drifting and the last race was cancelled.
16/11/2003 For the last race day of the season it was very warm for mid November with a WNW wind starting with a force 1-2 gust 3 but reducing by a force and more shifty in the afternoon. A good end to the season.
28/03/2004 The forecast for the first race day of the season was warm and no wind. Fortunately it was wrong; although the cold wasn't welcome the good 8 knt SW wind was. A new course configuration was tried using 1 upstream port mark and 3 down stream starboard marks with the furthest one being rounded 3 times per lap. This gave the helm something to think about and kept the sailing in the best of the wind. The 1 knt current caught helm out at the marks.
04/04/2004 Fine with a gusty WSW 4-5 wind caused several capsizes.
07/04/2004 The first Wednesday racing for many years took place in a light NW wind with 1 knt of current; it was less fluky than expected. There were 2 short races and for the second race the start was moved down to near the outlet as the wind was poor near the club.
11/04/2004 Easter Egg Trophy. Unfortunately the weather forecast was right and there was practically no wind and 1 knot of current. There was a very short 1 lap course and all boats managed to finish the morning races but only the Lasers were able to finish the afternoon two races.
14/04/2004 A fine day with a SSW 2 gust 3 wind giving a good sail for the Wednesday afternoon racing.
18/04/2004 A very wet nasty day. As it wasn't going to be any fun the Fun race was cancelled. The first PM race started in the dry with a light S wind but it wasn't long before the rain started again and it became very gusty up to 4 giving planing. The 2 Grads got blown on to the lee bank. The 2nd race was very wet thoughout but a bit less gusty.
25/04/2004 From Scotland to the South coast the wind was less than 5 knts. With 1knt current it was very difficult to make progress. Surprisingly there were 11 boats out helped by 2 sets of visitors. 5 club boats were out.
01/05/2004 At Staines SC the Mid Thames Trophy event had very little wind and a lot of current. it was impossible to sail against the current and the event was cancelled. Six Aquarius boats entered.
02/05/2004 With the same conditions as at Staines SC on Saturday sailing was cancelled and 20 members completed many tasks preparing the club for the Open days.
08/05/2004 Open Day. Wet to start but dry for the visitors. 1-2 knts current and a light wind made it difficult to make way upstream with the 7 visitors.
09/05/2004 Open Day. Very similar to Saturday but with 14 visitors. Plenty of members around gave a very good atmosphere.
16/05/2004 Still some current and very little variable wind made it very difficult to make way upstream. The Signet Open meeting at Paxton also had practically no wind.
19/05/2004 Although there was still a 0.5knt current and only a light SWS wind five boats went out and 4 short races were held. The last started at 19:00.
23/05/2004 Extremely variable, light and fluky north wind. Good turn out of 9 boats with several new members joining in.
30/05/2004 Ideal conditions at Bewl Water; warm with generally a steady 8-12 knot W wind. Perfect for new members training.
31/05/2004 Ideal conditions at Bewl Water; warm with generally a steady 8-14 knots SW wind. Perfect for new members training.
06/06/2004 Extreme variable fluky 0-3knot wind. Came from everywhere but probably basically S. Very frustrating.
16/06/2004 Excellent steady W 5-8 knts but during the afternoon members were preparing the club for the Regatta/BBQ event. From 17:30 2 new members were taken out in pefect conditions for early stages of learning to sail.
19/06/2004 The Regatta had very variable winds. For the first race there was very little N wind but for the 2nd race it backed to the west and varied from 2-8 knts giving a much better sail. It veered to the NW and dropped for the last race giving another poor sail.
20/06/2004 The second Regatta day also had very variable N to W wind, most of the time it was very light but at times big gusts especially in the last race when it was very gusty during showers. There was practically no wind for the Novice and Ladies race.
26/06/2004 The weather forcast for the SCOA open meeting at Grafham Water was awful; very wet and windy. Fortunately it didn't materialise and although Wimbleden Tennis was rained off there were only a few very light showers and the Southery steady force 3 to 4 wind made for very enjoyable sailing.
27/06/2004 The best sailing at AQSC for quite a while but very hard work. the variable W to SW wind was force 2-4 and became stronger and gustier as the day progressed. There were 4 capsizes. Heavy rain started just as the marks had been put away.
03/07/2004 The WSW force 1-2 wind was quite fluky and there was very light drizzle for the first race. For the second race there was more S in the wind making it lighter and more fluky. For the last race it was a bit lighter but less S in it. Better sailing than we have generally had this year.
11/07/2004 The best sail for quite a while with a fairly steady West F1-2 most of the time. The sailing was a bit better upstream of the club.
18/07/2004 It looked as if it was going to be another poor no wind sailing day, but a good West 1-2 gust 3 built up and improved during the day giving an excellent sail.
25/07/2004 A good W to SW variable force 2-3 gust 4 in the last race gave an excellent days sailing. Of the 9 helm 4 capsized. Weed has become a big problem.
01/08/2004 A ENE 5-8 knot wind gave a very good sail. The conditions were good for a sail upstream so the first afternoon race was set for the Cundy Trophy race with the upstream mark half way past Rivermead Island at Sunbury.
08/08/2004 There was a very fluky SSE 5-12 knot wind. Sailing was quite good but there was a lot of weed that kept being picked up on the centre board and rudder in big clumps. The Signet Nationals at Chichester YC had a week of perfect weather; very hot with a steady 8-16 knot wind giving super sailing. Richard Cannon is the new Signet National Champion.
15/08/2004 An very frustrating day. The S 0-2 wind was extremely fluky for the first 2 races. The course was changed for the last race with a mark below the rowing club; the wind was much less fluky but was dropping. Weed was an extreme problem; particularly bad near the edge but large chunks could be picked up on the rudder and centre board any where completely stopping a boat. The safety boat picked up so much weed on it's prop that it wouldn't drive.
22/08/2004 The wind was basically S 1-2 but it was extremely variable, fairly fluky and shifting between E & W. Weed was a major problem and large piles of it were dragged out of the river during the morning; it extended to more than a boat's length from the bank.
29/08/2004 There was an exellent sail at Littleton SC for the Signet Open Meeting. There was a SW 8-15 knt wind although it was quite shifty. Michael Stevens was helming Richard Cannon's ST368 and did very well to come 2nd with a 1st and 2 2nd places.
30/08/2004 Although only 2 AQSC boats went to the Bewl short course handicap racing Regatta the conditions were perfect; fine and hot with a W 10- 18 knts wind, it was shifty for Bewl and there were a fair number of capsizes. Richard Cannon with Liz Archer crewing won the 3rd race, was 5th overall and won the 'Ton Up' trophy' for helm and crew ages totalling 100.
05/09/2004 The spell of fine weather continued with a 0 to 3knt wind. It was difficult to determine the direction; it seemed Easterly but at times it was nearer South or North at the same time. It was better towards the end of the last race. We had a good turn out of 10 boats.
11/09/2004 The Mid Thames Trophy event held at Staines SC had a good but hard sail with a S to SW 10-15knt, gust 20 and very shifty, wind straight upstream. The very rough 2nd race had 4 retirements. AQSC won.
12/09/2004 A very gusty and shifty SW 10-15knt wind but there was no race entry. Duncan Martin, a new member, in the Pico and Laurie Bridges in his cruiser had good sailing.
19/09/2004 A West F 2-3 quite gusty 4 with shifts to NW or SW. There is less weed after raking a lot out but constant checking of CB and rudder is still needed.
26/09/2004 A force 1 gusting 2 to 3 variable west wind at Aquarius. A the Ferry Meadows Signet Open Meeting a stronger force 3 gust 4 wind gave a good sail. Michael Stevens won the Signet Annual Junior Trophy and Richard Cannon the Signet Annual Points Trophy.
03/10/2004 SE 2-3 but very variable wind which picked up a little for the afternoon races. 4 boats sailed, including a perspective junior member.
10/10/2004 This day was a classic, even Graham's Bosun, reefed, with he and Bryan onboard capsized! As for the Lasers sailed by Keith, Nigel and Charles, well they spent more time inverted than sailing ... it was mayhem. The wind was a good 4 gusting 5 straight up the river. With everything released the boats were regularly getting knocked flat. Gybes were virtually impossible and most crews reported later that even tacking was difficult because they couldn't get the boats to turn through the wind. Some of the capsizes on the run were spectacular to say the least. There were around 30 capsizes.
17/10/2004 A good sail with a W 2-3, bit variable but good for the river. Bit of rain in the 2nd race but not enough to worry us (except for Bryan). Only 5 boats.
24/10/2004 The shipping forcast was horrendous with Force 6 to 8 in most areas, including Thames. Fortunately it was only 3 to 4 at Aquarius but the S wind was extremely flukey although it was a good sail. The rain didn't start until the evening.
31/10/2004 There was 2knts of current but the mild NE 1 to 2 wind meant that most of the time there wasn't a problem making way upstream; there was a difficult choice whether to go up the middle with more wind but more current or to creep up the S bank. Big adverse wind shifts at the wrong time made the end of the last race difficult.
07/11/2004 At first there was no wind and a fair current and we didn't expect to be able to sail. After lunch there a force 0-1 SE to SW and 4 boats ventured out; Graham Thompson couldn't get round the upstream mark on the last lap and retired.
14/11/2004 There was 0.5knt current, there was no wind at first, and it looked as if we wouldn't be sailing.Fortunately a llight W wind (force 1) develped in time for the Fun race.There was a bit more wind for the 2pm race and it was a reasonable sail. Unfortunately the wind dropped for the last race and most helm couldn't complete the 2nd lap so the result were based on one lap. It was a pity that we finished the season with boats been towed back.
27/03/2005 With Easter very early the new sailing season started with the Easter Egg races. The good news was no current and an East wind forecast, the bad news was it was a rather light NE although surprisingly steady, The first race was OK with a force 1-2 but it dropped to a 1 for the last three races. All races were 30 mins.There were 7 ties in the results.
03/04/2005 Very fine day, quite breezy SE 2-3 nearer S for the last race. Very fluky and surprisingly about 1 knot of current but it didn't give a problem.
10/04/2005 A fine day with a VERY fluky and shifty NE force 1 -2 wind and 0.5 to 1 knot current.Not too difficult to make way against the current but a beat could change to an opposite tack run in an instant. There were 3 Laser capsizes.
17/04/2005 A fine day with a 0-2 South wind; very fluky and shifting from W to E. Although not a strong wind there was a capsize in each of the races.
24/04/2005 Fine day starting with a N force 1 but quickly went round to ENE, was fairly steady and increased to force 2 in the afternoon and it was a very good sail; best of the year.
30/04/2005 A very fine day for the 19 boats taking part in the Mid-Thames Trophy inter club regatta. The light SSW to SW wind was very patchy and dropped to almost nothing in the afternoon. There was only a slight current but it caused big differences in boat times and Hampton SC Merlin and Enterprise were doing 2 laps well before many boats had done one lap. The best wind of the day was after racing finished and a couple of boats had a very good sail.
01/05/2005 Another very light W0-1 wind day. 6 marks set in line in front of the club were sailed as a slalom in each direction; fun races giving close proximity sailing as a rules excercise The 0.25knt current made things tricky.
08/05/2005 The basically West 2-3 gave a very good sail BUT there were big gusts and shifts; there were 2 capsizes. It looked good for going upstream so the first afternoon race was also made the Cundy Long Distance race up to Sunbury Rivermead Island, It was a great sail except for the last 50m to the Rivermead mark where the wind died and was very fluky. The last race ended with a torrential thunder storm and very wet putting boats away with out wet gear.
14/05/2005 AQSC Open Day. NE 1-2 wasn't too fluky and gave a reasonble sail.
15/05/2005 AQSC Open Day. NE 1 but generally there was enough wind to take visitors out, very hot day. At the end of the day the wind got up a bit and a couple still out had the best sail of the day.
22/05/2005 SW 2-3 gust 4 variable. No morning race as various prospective members were taken out. Laurie B & Dave J took their cruisers out. Good sail. Mike Baker had the kicker strap pulleys pull out from his mast foot.
30/05/2005 Very poor weather at Bewl Valley SC Spring Regatta. It was cold, overcast with rain and thunder; there was no wind to speak of.
05/06/2005 W 2-3 steady wind gave an excellent sail. All 2 handed boats had crew; new members taken out.
12/06/2005 A Westerly 2-3 gave a good sail although for the last race the wind was lighter and quite shifty down stream of the club.
18/06/2005 AQSC Regatta and Jazz/BBQ. Very hot fine day, first thing no wind but then more than expected. SE 1-gust 3 very variable and fluky. Ideal for the BBQ.
19/06/2005 AQSC Regatta. Very hot fine day, first thing no wind but then more than expected. S 1-gust 3 extremely variable and fluky; instant changes from a beat to a run. At the start of the Ladies/Novice race all boats had a lady helm.
25/06/2005 The Hampton SC regatta had perfect weather with a 5 to 10 knt wind straight up the reach giving an excellent sail. For the morning race it was a bit lighter, shifty and patchy.
26/06/2005 The 2nd day of the Hampton SC regatta was even better than Saturday. It was hot and sunny as well as a good 5 to 10 knt wind straight up the reach giving an excellent sail through out the day.
03/07/2005 SW wind but very little and it got less as the day progressed. After rain in the1st PM race there was no wind and there were 4 retirements. It was no better for the last race.
10/07/2005 Very hot day with an ENE wind that was quite variable and patchy. Upstream of the start line it was very light but down stream it was much better force 1-2 gust 3.
16/07/2005 The Signet Open Meeting within the Beds & Cambs Regatta at Grafham Water had much better wind than expected; NE 2-3 gust 4 although it was quite patchy. There were separate course for the fast (42 entries) and slow (38 entries) fleets. Richard Cannon was 1st Signet and 8th in the slow fleet.
17/07/2005 Wind every where 0-1 gust 2 very variable, shifty and fluky.
24/07/2005 Very wet day and not a lot of wind. Watching the German Grand Prix on a portable TV was much more attractive than racing. The rain eased after the end of motor racing but no one wanted to sail. Various jobs like clearing out weed and working out a repair to the launching ramp were done.
31/07/2005 Fine day very light but consistent wind from NE (usually). Died to nothing in last race. Fun series for all races.
07/08/2005 Hot sunny day very fluky wind from N but variable at river level giving amazing wind shifts and lots of local anomalies and frustrating sailing.
14/08/2005 Extremely gusty, shifty and fluky with many 90 to 180 wind shifts. Basically a North 0-4 although upstream of the club it was often a run down stream. The wind came from all directions. There was a period of heavy rain during both afternoon races.
21/08/2005 Again basic wind seemed to be N but all directions; 0-2 very variable and patchy, a bit better by the last race. There was a lot of conflict with cruisers.
28/08/2005 There was brilliant sailing at the Fishers Green Signet Open Meeting; hot and sunny with a rather patch and shifty a 4-14 knot wind.
29/08/2005 The Bewl Autumn Regatta also had excellent sailing in hot sunny weather with a 8-12 knot wind. There were 2 pursuit races with Signets being the second class away a having a race duration of abou 90 minutes.
04/09/2005 Another hot fine day with an E 0-2 gust 3 wind. Although it looked a good sail it was very patchy and fluky for an Easterly and the sailors said it was very frustrating.
11/09/2005 Very little wind, 0-1, from NNE to NNW, some times NW. Large shifts, and a lot of weed gave very frustrating sailing for some.
18/09/2005 Terrible sailing day. The forcast was 2mph and generally it wasn't even that much from the NW. All races were sailed but it was VERY slow going.
25/09/2005 Excellent sailing in warm sunshine and a fresh SW - W wind and (surprisingly) a moderate stream . 3 lasers and two bosuns enjoyed some fine tactical upwind racing and a nice downstream reaching leg. The Signet Open Meeting at Ferry Meadows (Peterborough) had brilliant weather for sailing and spectating. A SW force 2 to 4 wind with sunshine.
02/10/2005 At the top of the flag pole it was generally a N wind but on the river it was often W but could be any thing and light, (3knt). Very varible and fluky givIng a frustrating sail. Weed is still a big problem; 3 boats had to be towed off the Surrey bank after getting trapped by weed.
09/10/2005 Very warm but little SSW wind, 0-1, also variable and shifty. Still big problem with weed.
16/10/2005 Sunny and warm. Fairly steady moderate East wind early but it died away later.
23/10/2005 Steady wind from the SW which increased during the morning, stayed steady and gradually died during the latter part of the afternoon.
30/10/2005 At the mast head it was a S wind but at water level it was extremely fluky and any direction. At first it was 3 gust 4 but reduced as the day progressed. There was a big conlict with rowers at one time.
06/11/2005 Terrible day. Rained continously fhrough the first 2 races, drier for the last one; at least it was warm. Very fluky S to SW wind; 2 to 3 gust 4 in the morning reducing to 1 to 2 by the last race.
13/11/2005 It seemed as if it was going to be another poor sail with a very light North wind but there was a NE force 2, dropping to Force 1 for the last race, that gave a remarkably good sail on the last day of the season. It worked well using the outer distant mark on the start line as the upsream mark to avoid sailing in the lee of the clubhouse.
26/03/2006 From the weather forcast it seemed as if the first sailing of the new season would be horrible; very wet with a 12 knot S wind. Fortunately the fine drizzle held off until the last race and there was a good West 2-3 for the first race changing to S 3-4 for the afternoon; better than a S wind usual is. Charles Dennis wondered why we were starting at 1:00; he had forgotten the hour change and the race was delayed for the 10 minutes he said he needed to rig.
02/04/2006 The weather was as bad as forcast with very strong gusty SW wind (force 3 to 6), heavy showers and squals, and a 3knt current. Only Graham Thompson sailed and he had a double reef in the main sail of his Boson and had a crew.
09/04/2006 Very little variable N wind and 1 knot current made it impossible for some boats to make headway in the first 2 races. It all changed for the last race with an approaching squal giving a force 2 gust 4 very gusty wind from all directions and the race finished in heavy rain.
16/04/2006 At last it was warmer for the Easter Egg Trophy races and although there was a 1knt current the West force 1 to 2 gave the 8 boats a reasonble sail. There were 4 short races with the afternoon 3 being run back to back. Richard Cannon and Graham Thompson tied on boat handicap and Richard won on Personal Handicap.
23/04/2006 Terrible day. Some current, about zero wind and wet. Only Charles Dennis put a boat, his Laser, on the water but went backwards more than forward. All races cancelled.
29/04/2006 Mid-Thames Trophy at Littleton SC. Expecting very little wind but reasonble sail. The first race had the best wind, 2-3. Very shifty for Littleton. Very large entry of 48. AQSC 4 out of 5 with 4 boats competing although 6 were taken.
30/04/2006 Wet to start with very little wind but the rain stopped. Only fun sailing and only Lucy Godwin sailed.
06/05/2006 Open day, at first very little wind but later in the morning there was good sailing in 1-2 W wind until the rain started early afternoon. 11 groups with about 21 people visited.
07/05/2006 Just as well it was an Open Day and not racing as there was no wind; Laurie Bridges' cruiser with outboard moter and the Patrol boat were often used to take visitors out, and up to 6 dinghies were drifting around. The forecast rain held off until the boats had been put away. There were 18 groups with 45 people; the total for both days was 28 groups totaling 67 people, a record.
14/05/2006 Patchy East 1 to 2 for the first two races and South West 1 for the last race.
21/05/2006 Horrible day with non stop rain. Basically S wind but very shifty and patchy with some current. Force 0 to 2 for the first 2 races and a very gusty 0 to 4 for the last race.
04/06/2006 Hot fine day with a west 1 to 2 that was quite shifty. We were very busy with a couple of families; one a new membership and one a prospective member. There were 10 boats out.
11/06/2006 Most of the day basically west wind was very light and variable; 0-1 from all directions. But for the 2pm race the wind was stronger and steadier giving quite a good sail.
17/06/2006 Very hot and fine; brilliant for the Jazz/BBQ evening. But the very light patchy, variable and shifty wind gave frustrating sailing in the regatta.
18/06/2006 The 2nd regatta day on Sunday was a repeat of the Saturday. There was good support especially from our recent new members from the open day; there were 5 novices helm including 3 ladies.
24/06/2006 Wind S 0 was forcast for Hampton SC regatta.Fortunately there was some wind basically between S & W although very light and variable in the morning.The afternoon sail was a bit better. There were 4 Aquarius boats.
25/06/2006 The2nd day of the Hampton regatta had a very light and variable wind for the first 2 races but in the opposite direction to Saturday; East force 0-1. For the last race there was a 5 to 10 mph wind which gave a very good sail.
02/07/2006 Another day that started with zero wind but fortunately a very light E to SE wind developed (3kts); very patchy but not fluky. By the afternoon we even had gusts of about 7knts. Extremely hot day.
09/07/2006 A very windy day; Mike Baker capsized 90 seconds into the first race. The WSW wind, force 2 to 3 gust 4-5, was very fluky with unpredictable gusts. The launching ramp was I rather solid object for Catherine and Sarah to ram with their Bosun which now has a hole in it's bow. Gus Coletta capsized and broke the mast of his Skipper.
15/07/2006 The Signet Open meeting, within the Beds and Cambs Regatta, had brilliant weather; very hot with generally SE 12 knts but quite patchy and shifty with up to 20knts gusts. Richard Cannon was first Signet.
16/07/2006 Very hot day but a NE5-10 knt wind gave a good sail. Apart from the boats racing a Laser, Pico and Bosun were in use for training new members including a sail up to the Magpie at Sunbury.
23/07/2006 SW 0-1 changinge to W by end of day. Very fluky and shifty from all directions at times.
30/07/2006 A SW 2-3 gave the best sail of the season so far. Fairly steady for the morning race but by the last race it had become very fluky, shifty and gusty making it hard work.
06/08/2006 The AQSC sailors at the Signet Nationals at Brightlingsea, off the Blackwater in Essex, had super sailing all week. Generally fine with a force 2-4 wind and a maximum of force 5. At AQSC the morning was a very light NW wind which increased for the first afternoon race.
13/08/2006 The wind started as 5 knots from the north but it was quite steady and there was quite a good sail but there were some heavy showers, By the end of the afternoon it had gone round to the west. Both the afternoon races were shortened due to ligtning getting rather close.
20/08/2006 The 5 to 10 knt west wind was steady by river standards and gave a good sail. There was a heavy shower during the 1st afternoon race and drizzle during the 2nd one. Also there was less wind for the 2nd afternoon race.
27/08/2006 West 2-3, very steady for the river,the down wind legs the course had 5 gybe marks zig zagging across the river which suited the conditions pefectly and it was the best sail for a long time.
28/08/2006 A 15 mph wind was forecast for Bewl but with a very wet morning. Fortunately it was dry for the 5 AQSC boats and 15 members went that went to the Bewl Autumn Regatta Pursuit races, except for a heavy hail storm during the morning race. It was very shifty, gusty and variable for Bewl but the sailing was great. A 29 MPH gust was recorded.
03/09/2006 Fine with W to SW 3-4 am and 4-5 pm, West in last race. Nigel Knowles capsized and tore his Laser's sail on a cruiser. Richard Cannon, with crew Robert Britton, and Mike Baker with Helm Roy Melsom, sailed in a Signet Open Meeting at Littleton SC. The SW 3-4 wind was very shifty and gusty; it increased to 4-5 gust 6 in the afternoon. The signet from Littleton SC was the only one that didn't capsize. Robert has crewed for Richard for many years and it is the first time they have capsized.
10/09/2006 A very hot day with no wind at first but by the time we started racing there was a 4 knt SE wind; although it was very shifty and patchy with big differences in lap times.
17/09/2006 A very warm fine day. At Peterborough there was a pleasant 4-7 kt wind for the Signet Open but at Aquarius it was bit of a struggle with a 0-4 knt WSW wind and there was a bit of current making it more difficult.
24/09/2006 SW 1-2 wind was very shifty and fluky.
01/10/2006 A wet and very windy start of the day. Thunder and heavy rain for the first afternoon race. Brightened up for the last race.
08/10/2006 Good sailing with a southerly wind. Backing and vering. Many capsizes by recent young members.
15/10/2006 Excellent sailing in a warm E 3 gust 4 wind; although it was quite gusty and shifty. Good support by recent members with 13 boats on the water and 10 racing.
22/10/2006 Very wet day but not the 20knt wind forecast, 1 knt of current. Up to mid afternoon the 6 knt East wind was steady and ideal for Richard Cannon to train Mandy Grace and Rose Downes instead of racing. For the last race the wind increased, moved round to the south and was very gusty and fluky; training would have been impossible.
29/10/2006 Very hot fine day but very little East variable wind and 1knt of current. Lucky that the predominent direction was East. There were 13 boats afloat and a lot of recent family members sailing, ending with capsize practice.
05/11/2006 The day started with no wind but by the time we started sailing there was a steady West force 1 to 2 wind and it was warm and fine. There was an excellent days sailing with a large number of recent family members and children cruising and racing.
12/11/2006 A steady W 1-2 wind gave a good sail for the first 2 races even though there was a bit of current.The wind dropped and the current increased for the last race and it was difficult to make way upstream. The temperature was more normal but spray suits were unneccesary and Rodger Wheeler was even wearing shorts. It was excellent to have 10 boats out for the last sheduled race day. The season is being extended as the weather is being so good.
19/11/2006 First activity day of the extended season. Fairly steady SW 1-2 wind but the 2 knot current made it barely possible to make way upstream. 3 boats were towed up to the channel marker. Racing would have been poor but it was a successful training day. The last weekend there was sailing; by the 26Nov there was almost too much current even for the patrol boat.
25/03/2007 A few weeks ago we thought it unlikely that we would start sailing today because the current was so fast. But the conditions were superb with only about 1knt current and a E 10 to 15knt wind which gave an excellent but exciting sail full of incidences. A rowing skiff, Pat Halling, Charles Dennis, and Tony Hopkins capsized. Peter Carpenter and Mike Baker ended up jammed into the Surrey bank and someone ran into the patrol boat that was pulling Mike out of the bank.
01/04/2007 A fine day with a very strong E wind; 4-5 gust 6.There were many white horses on the river. Before racing started Nigel Knowles capsized and inverted; he had great difficulty righting his Laser and found his mast had picked up a tyre from the river bed. The patrol boat came to help him and got the painter wrapped round it's prop so had to be paddled back. The Fun race was cancelled. There were 4 capsizes in the first race and 1 in the second.
08/04/2007 Very fine for the Easter Egg Trophy but not so good for sailing with a moderate current and light West wind it was very difficult to make way way upstream; in the 3rd race 2 boats managed 4 laps and the rest only 1 lap. There were 2 short races in the morning and 2 in the afternoon; 3 to count for Easter Eggs.There was a 5th fun race while the results were being evaluated; this was by far the best sail of the day.
15/04/2007 With very little wind and 2 knts current there was no racing. But here was a productive day with the additional patrol boat being launched for the first time and work progressing on the veranda improvement.
22/04/2007 The predomently SW wind was very light and shifty in the morning and surprisingly there was still 1knt of current making it difficult to make way upstream. The wind increased to force 1-2 in the afternoon and there was a much better sail.
28/04/2007 There was a 12 knt NE wind for the Mid-Thames Trophy at Desborough SC; unfortunately this was a bad direction for DSC and it was extremely fluky and patchy.
29/04/2007 There was a ESE 5-7 knt wind for the short fun races over a slalom course. There were pairs of races with the 1st doing the slalom down stream and the 2nd doing it up stream.
06/05/2007 There was very good sailing in a WSW 8 to 15 knt wind; it increased as the day progressed. Surprisingly no one capsized.
12/05/2007 Terrible forecast for the AQSC 1st open day, wet and very windy. not what is needed to attract new members. Fortunately not as wet as we expected but there were gusts of over 20Knts.There were only 7 visitors (20 in 2006) and only the Bosun sailed.
13/05/2007 An even worst forcast for the 2nd open day, very wet but not so windy. It was very wet a lot of the time and even thunder, but not so continuous as expected. There were about 9 visitors (45 in 2006) and 6 boats raced in the afternoon. Tony Hopkins had his first sail in a Laser.
16/05/2007 There were ideal conditions for the first Wednesday sailing of the season with a fairly steady W force 2 wind for the 5 boats sailing.
19/05/2007 Richard Cannon with Robert Britton and Mike Baker with Keith Hatton had excellent racing at the Paxton Lakes SC Signet Open meeting. The SW 4 very gusty 5 was extremely shifty and slamming from any direction. Richard and local helm Pat Overs were the only 2 out of the 10 Signets not to capsize. Richard won the last race and was 2nd overall.
20/05/2007 At PLSC there was complete contrast to the previous day; hardy any wind and it was very difficult to know when it had shifted 180 degrees. Richard won. At AQSC conditions were very similar to Paxton with very little variable wind with some current making it worse.
03/06/2007 Unfortunately the weather forecast of very light wind was right and it was almost impossible to make way against the light current. In the morning and afternoon races only one boat competed a lap. The after tea races were cancelled.
10/06/2007 Initially forecast was for very light winds but it was revised to 5knts for mid-day. Fortunally it was mainly East and there was a much better sail than was expected,
17/06/2007 Although from the shore there seemed to be some wind there was very little wind on the water and it was extremely fluky and patchy. Mainly S to W but it could be from any direction and there was some current which made it difficult to go upstream. When you stopped moving it was often because it had changed from a beat to a run without you realising it.
23/06/2007 The weather forcast was poor for the regatta week end and it was worse than that. At first it seemed promising with a better West wind than expected but it quickly died and it was very difficult to make way against the 1 knt current. For most of the last race there was torrential rain with thunder, and the very light wind was from all directions.
24/06/2007 Although a bit more wind than yesterday it had gone round to SE to S and was extremely fluky and patchy. It was raining at the start of racing, cleared up for most of the day and was very wet at the end.
30/06/2007 The forecast for the Hampton SC Regatta was very wet on both days but it was better than expected. The 5-10 knt South wind was was very different from that at Aquarius; although quite shifty it wasn't fluky. There was quite a good sail although at times it was difficult to make way against the 1-2 knt current. Only the morning race was wet.
01/07/2007 At Hampton SC the 15 to 25 knt (force 4 to 6) SW wind was extremely gusty and fluky. It was very exiting sailing with many capsizes; the 3 AQSC boats managed to keep upright although water was shipped. Only the 2nd race was a bit wet. Richard Cannon with Tony Hopkins was 3rd in the handicap class.
08/07/2007 It is very unusual to have a 2 to 3 knt current this time of the year and with a variable SW wind of only force 0 to 2 it was nearly impossible to make way upstream. In the 2nd race Bryan Clements was the only one to complete 1 lap; after getting 1 metre from the finish line he drifted back half way to Platts Eyot and took over 30 minutes to finish.
14/07/2007 There was a force 4 gust 6 NW wind giving very exiting and hairy sailing at the Beds & Cambs Regatta, incorporating a Signet Open Meeting, at Grafham Water. The water is 2 1/2 by 1 mile and the Grafham chop was 2 foot waves. There were many capsizes even during the sail out to the start and the 15 minute sail from the finish back to the club; 25% of the fleet didn't start in the afternoon races.
15/07/2007 A big contrast to Saturday. Although there was little current at times it was very difficult to make way upstream with force 0 to 1 SEwind. During the first afternoon race the wind dropped to zero during a thunder storm and the race was shortened to use the times for the previous lap.
18/07/2007 A steady W 2 wind gave super sailing for the 8 boats out for Wednesday afternoon and evening sailing; the best sail for a long time.
22/07/2007 A fine day BUT the Navigation Authority warned "Due to the very heavy rainfall in the Thames valley on Friday 20 July, we are experiencing very, very strong streams on the Thames. PLEASE STOP NAVIGATING AND MOOR YOUR BOAT IN A SAFE PLACE, PREFERABLY IN A MARINA OR A RECOGNISED MOORING." There was at least 5knts current. The importent Molesey Rowing Regatta was cancelled and there was no sailing. I can't remember ever having such a current during the summer.
29/07/2007 A fine breezy day but with 5 knts of current there was no boating. The bushes at the top of the bank were cut down to the height of the fence, strimming of the bank and the car park was done. Work was done on the new patrol boat.
05/08/2007 Still 2kts current with a shifty/fluky S 1-2 but it was possible to sail, although hard to make way upstream. Hottest day of the year. The afternoon races were long distance upstream but, apart from 2 Lasers which reached the Channel Marker below Sunbury Court Island, boats couldn't get pass the willows. Both patrol boats were used to tow 8 boats up to Sunbury lock and then there was a race back to the club.
12/08/2007 S to SSW F1-2 very swirling around. Very difficult to progress against the 2knt current.
19/08/2007 2knt current and a fickle F0-1 WNW wind made it very difficult to progress upstream in the morning. Much better F1-2 wind in the afternoon but there was drizzle. The Signet Championships Week at Ullswater generally had very good sailing in a SW force 3 to 5 wind.
26/08/2007 There was very little variable NEwind with the 1 knot current making it very difficult to progress up stream. Down stream was a slalom course using 6 marks and there was very close sailing with a lot of rule infringements and some penalties taken.
27/08/2007 The forecast for Bewl was no wind and when we arrived it was warm, sunny but like a mill pond. The Regatta had been cancelled so there was no racing. BUT by the time we launced there was a 10-15 kt North wind, shifty by Bewl standards, that was superb for relaxed cuising to beach at Dunsters Bay followed by a walk to the Bull pub.
02/09/2007 As OOD Nigel Knowles arranged perfect weather for the Signet Meeting at Aquarius; warm with a force 2-3 gust 4 wind and only a light current giving the best sailing at Aquarius for a long time. There were 6 Signets, 4 sailed by visitors, and 6 other boats giving very close and crowded racing.
09/09/2007 It didn't look good with NNW 1-3knt forecast. Fortunately it was mainly a fairly steady NWW to W 4 to 6 knt wind, warm with very little current and there was a pleasant sail.
16/09/2007 The SW 3--5 gust 6 wind gave very exiting and hairy sailing. At the Ferry Meadows Signet Open Meeting there were similar conditions giving some very fast long reaches. Richard Cannon had the mast of ST368 fall down when the shroud broke; he was in the lead at the time. Keith Hatton had his thwart come loose. There were 11 boats but in the last race only 5 finshed.
23/09/2007 A warm day with a SSW 2-3G4 that was all over the place. There was good close sailing; in the last race (Sprint) there was an incredibally close finish with a Graduate and four Bosuns finishing within 11 seconds of each other.
30/09/2007 A fine and warm day with a force 1-2 NE to E wind giving a reasonble sail.
07/10/2007 Although there was only slight current there was very little SW variable wind and it made going upstream difficult for the slower boats. Lap times were shorter in the last race BUT but sailing was less good because the wind was more shifty, fluky and variable; you seemed to struggle beating upstream and you were still beating downstream after going round the mark.
14/10/2007 Very fine hot day BUT very little South wind and although very slight current it was enough to make it difficult. Instead of the Fun race in the morning there was an exercise in driving both the Patrol boats around a slalam course of 6 bouys. In the afternoon there seemed a bit more wind upstream so although there was a normal start the laps were round 2 marks upstream of the club finishing at the downstream mark. For the 2nd race the mark on the start line was also the downstream rounding mark.
21/10/2007 A brilliant day but not for sailing.There was no wind and some current. Charles Dennis launched his Laser but no one else ventured out and all races were cancelled.
28/10/2007 Absolutely horrible with rain almost all day; fortunately it was only light. The Southerly, sometimes, force 2 to 4 wind was extremely fluky and shifty. As the clockwent back today it would get dark much earlier so the two afternoon races were held back to back; tea and cakes were after the 2nd one.
04/11/2007 Another very fine day with very little wind. unusually there was no wind at the veranda but there was a force 1 to 2 East wind on the water giving 10 minute laps for the first 2 races. But the wind died to zero during the last race and only Charles Dennis and Pat Halling finished.
11/11/2007 The last sailing day on the program was fine although a bit cold.The morning race had a NW gusty, shifty force 2 to 3 wind giving 7 boats a good sail. The wind had change to a N force 1 to 2 by the first afternoon race and unfortunately there was very little wind for the last race.
18/11/2007 The first Sunday of the extended sailing season. Quite a good S wind but bitterly cold and rain in the afternoon. Only Gorden Courtney went out in his cruiser with Tony Hopkins.
25/11/2007 A fine day with 2kts of current but a NW (swinging from N to W) force 1-2 patchy wind was enough to make way upstream. It was difficult at the marks and there were several penalties for touching them. This sail made it worth while extending the season.
02/12/2007 Cold and wet with some current but fairly breezy. The club was cleared up after the AGM and Gordon Courtney went out in his cruiser with Tony Hopkins as crew; their tiller broke.
09/12/2007 Wet and very cold, with a gusty SW wind and 4knts current; no one wanted to sail and it probably wouldn't have been possible to make way against the current.
06/01/2008 The first Sunday of the year was very fine and although a bit of current and not much wind 3 AQSC boats took to the water. Bryan Clements and Pat Halling sailed, and Graham Thompson rowed Eiko up to the Weir Hotel.
23/03/2008 The first scheduled racing was for the Easter Egg Trophies but it was bitterly cold with snow, and there was a strong current current making racing impossible; the Easter Egg Trophy races were cancelled.
30/03/2008 On Saturday there was rain and a very strong current and there didn't seem that sailing would be possible. Fortunately Sunday was warm, fine and the current had reduced; it was just possible to make way upstream at times with the patchy SW force 1 to 2 wind. In the Fun race Grayham Thompson shot away and his first lap only took 6 minutes BUT he took 43 minutes to do 2 laps. The wind had died by the last race and the fleet was towed up to the Channel Marker and released to race upstream for 30mins; they only made a few yards upstream going the North side of Sunbury Court Island. There was then a race back to the club which only took 9 minutes.
06/04/2008 Before sailing 40mm of snow then light snow on and off throughout the day. A bitterly cold F1 gust 2 NE to NW wind; enough to make way against the 2 knt current.
13/04/2008 SW to S 0-3 very variable and fluky. Race 3 was wet and the start was postponed because Pat Halling capsized near the bank and his Laser blew away and had to be recovered.
19/04/2008 Terrible weather forecast for the Mid-Thames Trophy races a Hampton SC; very wet, cold and windy. It was bitterly cold, feeling like 2 degree C. but fortunately very little rain. The 12 to gusting 23knt E wind gave very exiting sailing ; there were many capsizes.
20/04/2008 It was much warmer than Saturday, even some sun, the force 2 to 3 gusting 4 ENE wind gave very good sailing. Tony Hopkins did well for his first time as OOD.
26/04/2008 The weather was perfect for the working party, fine and warm; 32 members attended.
27/04/2008 The morning started with rain that cleared up by the afternoon. The wind was very variable and change from SW before racing started to ESE 0 to gust 2 for the first race to S 1-2 gust 3-4 for the last race; it was very fluky. All races also counted for the postponed Easter Egg Trophies as well as the normal series.; it was the Eastern Orthodox Easter.
04/05/2008 SE to S 0-1 - very muggy weather. Not very exciting sailing for those watching as the wind was almost non-existent for much of the time. However, some of the competitors commented that it was an interesting course (thanks to Graham!). 7 boats competed in the fun race - 6 in the Spring 5 and 5 in the Spa 4 with one retiring after the first lap. Graham Thompson manned the patrol boat for the fun race with Stuart Schafer taking over for the rest of the day to enable Graham to race. Leo Bond coped well with his first stint as OOD.
10/05/2008 A gloroius day day for the first open day but there was very little wind so it suited the BBQ in the evening more than sailing for visitors. There were 10 groups of visitors totalling 20 people. Over 40 members and friends enjoyed a great BBQ.
11/05/2008 Another glorious day for the 2nd open day but this time the force 2 to 4 East wind gave near perfect sailing conditions for introducing visitors to sailing. To encoraged her friends to come Anna Iremonger held a birthday party for her daughter Lydia. There were 22 groups with 45 people
18/05/2008 The very shifty NE force 2-3 wind and a fine day gave a very good sail. After coming to the Open Sunday the Addauche family returned; although they hadn't sailed before all three crewed in the last race.
25/05/2008 The forecast was for it to be very wet all day; fortunately the rain stopped about 11:00 and there was even some sun in the afternoon. BUT there was no wind so the new members who came down were given some training in handling the patrol boats. From 15:15 to 15:30 the wind rapidly increased to a NE force 2 to 3 which gave a few members a very good sail. The forecast for Monday at Bewl was terrible (wet with 20 to 30 mph wind) so it was decided it would be prudent to cancel the visit. On Monday I had an email from Audrey Warley, of Bewl, saying we had made the right decision because the weather was foul and that there were no boats on the slipway. The wind had been up to 40Knts!!
01/06/2008 There had been a lot of rain so there was 4knts current and practically no wind so we didn't expect to sail. Then Mick Rogers launched and surprisingly just made way upstream so the Fun race was held; but Nigel Knowles was the only one that finished. For the aternoon races the boats were towed up to the Channel Marker and released to try and sail upstream for 30 minues (some started going downstream because they hadn't looked at the course); they could barely maintain station. Then a race back to the club took 17 minutes. Results were not evaluated for the afternoon sail.
08/06/2008 Although a very fine day and not too bad wind there had been a lot of rain so there was still a very strong currents. When a start line mark was laid the anchor wouldn't hold and the mark drifted down stream; racing was cancelled.
15/06/2008 The current had dropped to about 1 knt and in the morning at first there was enough WNW wind to get round but then the wind droped making it very slow. After the first lap in the afternoon there was very little wind and it was nearly impossible to make way against the current. The last race was changed to the Fun series and some boats managed to make way upstream, then 3 boats were towed upstream to meet them. They then 'raced' 400 yds back to the slipway.
21/06/2008 There was light drizzle for AQSC boats going to the Hampton SC regatta but fortunately it cleared up. The 5 to 10kt S to SW wind gave the best sail we have had for a long time; although it was extremely patchy, fluky and shifty.
22/06/2008 Hampton SC regatta had the rare combination of an extremely strong gusty SW wind and very fine weather. Before racing the wind indicator was showing 15 to 20 knots with gusts of 30 knots; every race had gusts of force 7!! It was very exciting sailing and entertaining for the spectators with many capsizes. Charles Dennis capsized before the start of the first race and during the day had 12 capsizes.
28/06/2008 The Regatta started with a super day; fine, hot with a very good West force 2 to 3 gust 4 wind. Sailing was super; the best we have had for a long time. It was just as good for the Greek Evening social.
29/06/2008 The Regatta Sunday was also fine with what seemed a similar wind but although we could still goosewind downwind there was a Southerly component to the wind and it was much more gusty and shifty making sailing much harder.
06/07/2008 An unpleasent intermittent wet day. The force 2-3 gust 4 wind was extremely fluky, shifty and gusty; frequent instant 90 degree shifts. But after the first lap of the last race there was a sudden change and the shifts were replaced by a very good steady wind although still intermittent rain. The river was absolutely empty and very peaceful probably due to the tennis final and the F1 British Grand Prix.
12/07/2008 The SigneT Open meeting in the Grafham Water Beds & Cambs Reggatta had excellent sailing conditions with a NNW 3 to 4 gust 5 wind. There were surprising large short waves which made it quite hairy and there were many capsizes; but not amongst the SigneTs.
13/07/2008 There was very little wind and 1 to 2 knts of current due to heavy rain during the week. In the morning fun race only half the boats manage to cross the start line so for the afternoon race the boats were towed upstream to beyond the Magpie pub at Sunbury and then they race back to the club. There was then a bit more wind and the faster boats were able to complete the 2 short Sprint races.
20/07/2008 Simon Lunniss had organised an early morning sail for 20 or so juniors; a fine day with a fairly steady W force 2 wind gave ideal conditions and everyone had a great time.
23/07/2008 The steady force 2 East wind gave excellent sailing. Conditions were perfect for going upstream and Tony Hopkins had an evening sail in a Laser up to Sunbury lock; there in 20 minutes with the return taking 30 minutes.
27/07/2008 A very hot no wind day and although there was hardly any current there wasn't enough wind to sail until gone 17:00. The patrol boat and Stuart Schaffer's cruiser went up to Sunbury lock as an alternative activity. Following on from last week's junior event there were a lot of families with juniors having a great time in canoes and inflatable boats etc. We gained 3 or 4 new family members so very successaful.
03/08/2008 Fun Sailing only, wind WSW/W 2-3, stream 1Knt.Cloudy patchy rain squalls. Pat Irvin did good job on galley duty.
07/08/2008 The SigneT Nationals at Chichester YC from 2 to 7 August had excellent sailing conditions although the wind was a bit strong at times. It started with the practice race having 7-10 kt West wind. Most days had 15 to 20 knts and maximum gusts were 25 knts.
10/08/2008 The West force 3 gust 5 wind was extremely shifty, fluky and gusty and there was some rain. As there were many new members at the club all agreed to give priority to taken them out rather than race; the 3 bosuns were ideal for this and 5 other boats were out. Fortunately there were no capsizes. After tea there were 2 short fun races to give the new members race experience.
17/08/2008 The force 2-3 West wind was very fluky, shifty and gusty but gave a good sail. There were 10 boats racing.
24/08/2008 Damp drizzly at first and few members around but many came down later. It ended up a very nice sailing day with 5-8 knt west wind. About 25 members were around in the afternoon and there was cruising and recent members taken out.
25/08/2008 The shifty and gusty SW 3-4 gust 5 wind at Bewl Water gave 21 visiting AQSC members excellent sailing, although fairly challenging for some and there were a number of capsizes.
31/08/2008 It was pretty dire at the Club; there was no wind and light drizzle in the morning and the fun race was cancelled, The rain stopped by lunch time and it was possible to make some headway in the very light and variable conditions. The first Sprint race was a bit hairy with a dramatic thunderstorm half way through with accompanying squalls! The Signet Open Meeting at Fishers Green also had no wind and the boats were towed out to the start.
03/09/2008 There was a very gusty west 3 to 4 wind and Rodger Wheeler gave the Valentine family exiting sails in his Bosun. We weren't sure if the squeals were of terror or pleasure but they came back for a second helping.
07/09/2008 The morning race wasn't run as after very heavy rain there was a 3knts current. There was a 2 gust 3 west wind and in the afternooon a very short course was sailed giving a choice of marks at each end.
14/09/2008 A steady East 5 to 7 knt wind gave ideal sailing conditions even though there was still a 2knt current. The first afternoon race was also made the Cundy Trophy long distance race. The patrol boat went upstream just ahead of the fleet and dropped the mark beyond the lock at Wilson's Ferry. The last boat rounded it 40 minutes after leaving the Club and the total race time for the first boat back was 62 minutes. It was a very enjoyable race and most helm had never sailed that far upstream. Hanna Lunniss won the Trophy on Personnal Handicap.
21/09/2008 The day was pleasant warm/cool weather with a light Easterly breeze and moderate river current. Most of the light breeze seemed to be concentrated in the area downstream of the Club. A course was set so as to make it as easy as possible to get around: straight down and back up the river to an upstream mark only just upstream of the start/finish line. Boats had a choice of marks at each side of the river at each end, allowing them to hug the bank on the upstream legs if they so chose. This was successful, with boats lapping in about 10 minutes. The same design of course was held all day, although extended in length after the fun race. Four boats competed in the fun race and seven to eight in the main points races.
28/09/2008 Weather was sunny and still. The river flow was very light. Wind was forecast NW but in reality was more Westerly ranging from 0 to 1. The morning 'fun' race was not run because there was no wind what so ever. The afternoon race started at 2:00pm. and was shortened after 40mins. 3 boats competed over a triangular course, all port marks, upstream start. The second race attracted four boats, one of which retired after one lap.This race was also shortened to 40mins as what wind there was died.
04/10/2008 John Neale with Tony Hopkins and Frank Rainsborough with a QMS mate sailed in the Open Bosun Dinghy Regatta at the Royal Navy Sailing Centre, Whale Island, Portsmouth. It was very windy, 25-30 kts, and only the 2 morning races were sailed. Racing on 5 October was also cancelled. There was an entry of 28 and our members did very well with Frank 7th and John 14th.
05/10/2008 A horrible day, wet and extremely variable shifty and fluky N wind, generally light but some sharp gusts came close to causing capsizes.
12/10/2008 A very hot day for October but very little wind and the morning race start was delayed an hour. There was only a slight current but it made it very difficult for the slower boats to make way upstream and there were several retirments.
19/10/2008 The SW 3 to 12 knt wind was extremely fluky and gusty. Up stream of the club it was just possible beat along the the bank as long as you were very close to it; but you lost out badly if you had to tack.
26/10/2008 It rained thoughout the morning race with very little NW wind that made it difficult to make way upstream against the 0.5knt current. Fortunately the rain stopped by after lunch, as forecast, but the wind didn't increase a bit until the 2nd afternoon race. The faster boats had a big advantage.
02/11/2008 The forecast of E 5-7 kts looked reasonble BUT it actually was a fairly steady NW to NE 2-4 knt wind with 1-2 knts of current and it was very difficult to progress upstream. There was a very short course that was shortened even more to enable boats to reach the upstream mark. It was a disaster to drift below the downstream mark into the wind shadow of the car park trees. Lap times ranged from 4 mins to 40 mins and in the afternoon race the number of laps from 2 to 9. The 2nd afternoon race was abandoned.