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.
||E1-2, Although light fairly steady but tended to die, better racing than expected.
||Very fine but very light W 0-1 with wind all over the place.
||Cold fine day with E 3-4 am and 2-3 pm. variable and fluky.
||W 0-1 very light and variable and only 2 boats racing.
||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.
||SW 2. 3 Signets and R Kelly away at Colemere.
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.
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.
||Strong WSW 3-5. Low entries as Paxton weekend.
||Very little wind but good entry of 9-10 boats
||Hampton Regatta Saturday, 4 AQSC boats sailed up with rescue boat. force 3-4+ very gusty wind.
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
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.
||Very light W very var 0-1 winds but 8-9 boats out.
||Datchet Pursuit, fine & hot, very var W ind 0-3, no wind as ST started for 20 Min. Team of 8.
||Mainly fine but bit of rain. SWW Very gusty & fluky, increased to upto 4 by PM
||Regatta. Very fine but N wind very variable and light 0-2. Excellent turn out with 14 boats and 17 helm.
||W1-2+, very fine. Wind looked OK upstream and not too fluky so PM went to Sunbury Island, 2 laps, for Cundy Trophy.
||Only 2 entries as start of ST week. very light winds.
||Much better sail than expected with fairly steady light E wind, very low entry as end of ST week.
||Hardly any wind am, better PM but only 0-1 though faily steady W.
||Bewl, Sat 3-4, Sun 3, Mon wet no wind AM, 1-2 PM
||Expected no wind but gusty E2-3 AM and very gusty S vering SW 2-4 PM
||ST Open Ferry Meadows force 2, 3-4
||W 1-3 quit a good sail
||E 1-2 although light quite good sailing
||W 1-2 variable bur reasonble sail. 12 boats in am. race, best we have had for a normal Sunday since 92
||NW Very Var 1-3 Gusty
||Practically no wind, E 0, Charles D only enty am., slightly more wind pm, only 3 entries.
||Practically no wind E Var 0, even less pm with only 2 laps of very short course.
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
||SW2-3 Var and fairly gusty, light rain before racing. Forecaste very wet and gales but didn't happen.
||Fairley steady E 2 so although about 1knt current quite a good sail
||SW 0-4 very gusty and variable with 1knt current
||No wind and to much current so Easter Egg Trophy races cancelled
||No wind and to much current so races cancelled
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.
||NNE 4 very gusty and fluky.
||Open day, SW 2-4 but pretty gusty and fluky. Only 3 visitors; one Andrew customer, one Wheeler nieghbour
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
||E4 Good sailing but very gusty with capsizes. ST open at Colemere with shifty 1-2 winds
||Bewl Open Meeting
||SW 1-2 very fluky especially above club.
||Very Gusty and fluky, S 3-5
||W 0-2 fairly steady but about 2knt current difficult to go against. PSP PorS.
||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.
Regatta, SWW3-4. Excellent sailing conditions Sat & Sun, gusty Sun.
PM. Peter Sutton fell off bike. Richard Cannon dislocated finger.
||TWU Pursuit, W 2-4, very goog sail, AQSC 6th, Richard C 28th
||NW 2-4 am, 1-3 pm. .5knt current
||AQSC Regatta Sat & Sun.W 3-4 gusty & shifty Sat, W3-5 very gusty Sun.
||Fun & Rules as Go Boating Weekend but no visitors
||SW 1-2 am, salami course. SW 2-3 pm
||Very variable 0-1 patchyt. STs at Ullswater
||? 1-2 STs at Ullswater
||SWW 2-3 am, W 1-3 pm
||S 1-2 am, SW 2-3 pm, vey fluky
||Bewl, 1-2 Sat very light Sun, last race cancelled. better fo Mon. short races
||SWW 1-2 very fluky, 3 very gusty for Fun race
||NW 2-3 Gust 5. Very shifty and gusty especially PM. 14 capsizes
||E2-3 fairly steady. Very good conditions for a pleasent sail. Different course; PorS PPP triangle PorS from outside.
||Var 0-1 fluky & shifty 0.5kt current. STs at Ferry Meadows
||W2-3, fairly steady in morning, but gusty and fluky in afternoon. Very good sail. Usual PPSP dog leg course.
||Very little W 0-1 wind and about 1knt current so struggle to go upstream, short two bouy to port course
||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.
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
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.
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.
Egg series. 8 boats. .5knt current but very light (0-1) W to SW wind,
quite difficult to make way against current, PP course.
||F2-3 W, fairly gusty and patchy but good sailing with only slight current
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.
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.
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
||Very good sailing, fine day with W wind 2-4. Pretty gusty am, bit stronger pm, less windy & gusty for Fun race.
cruising. Exellent conditions, NE3-4. Laurie capsized with new member
Bill, Richard took Carole & Mark out. Barrie also took Mark out in
||Bewl Regatta, NE 3-4. Signets 1,3 &4th in slow handicap
||Bewl Champions & Allcomers races.Very little wind, 1-2 NEwith holes. Richad 1st in Allcomers
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
||N 0-2 very variable and shifty, 1knt curent, fine. In fun race had about 5 new members out.
& 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.
2nd day. WSW 1-2 but very variable and patchy. Warm & dry. 2nd
& 3rd Regatta Trophy races, and Ladies/Novice race. 10-12 boats.
||NW2-3 very nice and fairly steady am, gusty to 4 and shifty pm.
||W 0-1 var and patchy. P(PPP)PPPcircuit of bottom bouys. Lot of juniors using 3 club boats until 20:00.
||AQ NE1-2. ST Week Light & Var Sunday, NE 5 Mon-Wed am, 4 pm. Thur-Fri NE 3-4 am 2-3 pm
||SE 2 am, E 2-3 pm
||Deluge rain at first am then SEE 0-3 very var and fluky am. W0-2 very var and fluky pm.
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.
||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.
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.
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
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.
conditions with E3-4 fairly steady. Triangle at bottom and long run to
top mark. ST368 used Spinny, very fast. Some capsizes.
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.
||SW2-5 very gusty and fluky, all two handers used crews. Charles Dennis ran up E slipway.
||NE 2-3 gust 4, SSSSP with triangle down stream. 3 capsizes pm
.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.
||Very little wind, W 0-1 with about 1knt current. Very difficult to make way against current.
||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.
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
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.
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.
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.
||The Open weekend was blessed with excellent weather and the current had subsided. We had 33 visitors and 2 joined on the day.
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
warm & fine day for a pub lunch at Peaslake, and visit to Coverwood
Lakes and Gardens; 27 members and friends took part.
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.
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 .
||Another very windy day, F5-6. One handicap start PM as only 6 BVSC and 3 AQSC boats.
||Much better day, fine with W F4 wind. Torrential hailstorm as packing up.
||SCOA Open at Paxton. Fine but zero wind, 1hr for 1 lap.
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.
||Good sailing day. W2-3 with .5knt current. Fairly steady AM but gusty PM.
||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.
||Hampton Regatta, very hot, F2-3 SE-SW shifty but good sail. 7 boats towed, one sailed down.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
||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.
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
0-2 extremely variable and fluky, not pleasent sailing. Bryan Clements
did exceptionally well wining the 2 Sprint Series races on boat and
||Yet another very poor sailing day. Some current and as good as zero wind of variable direction but mainly W.
||N 0-2 gust 3 very variable and fluky. PorS SPP, line mark used as upstream mark. Down stream start, upstream finish.
||A very fine hot day but terrible sailing with practically no wind; at least there was no current.
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.
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.
||SW 0- gust 4. Wet day. Five stbd marks with a lap around down stream marks. 11 entries in second race.
light and variable, SW to NE, especially for first race. 0.5knt
current. First race 1 lap fun race while other boats finished rigging.
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.
||Zero wind and 2 knot current made no chance of sailing a course so racing cancelled.
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.
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.
||River still very high and flowng fast so no sailing again.
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.
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.
||No chance of sailing with the current still far too fast. Some mores tasks wee done around the Club.
||Gusty NW wind but still too much current to sail. It would probably have been OK with a E wind.
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.
||Very few at club and still no chance of sailing because current far to strong.
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.
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.
||AQSC Open day. Excellent weather with steady 5-10knt E wind. Ideal condition for taking newcomers out. Only around 12 visitors.
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.
||Bewl visit, cruising. Hot and sunny all day with SW 7-13 knts, excellent sailing conditions.
||Bewl visit club racing. Warm overcast morning, hot & sunny afternoon. SW 10-15 knts. Excellent sailing.
||Bewl visit club racing. Warm overcast morning, hot & sunny afternoon. SW 10-15 knts. Excellent sailing.
AQSC members who travelled to Paxton for the SigneT Open Meeting
experienced very gusty and shifty 15-20knt NNW wind. Five of the eight
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.
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
light and variable NW wind with fair amount of current making for a
poor sail. Very patchy and difficult to make way against current.
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.
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.
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.
||Regatta day 1. W 0-2 very patchy and very wet at times. 0.5knt current. Race 4 cancelled as no wind and wet.
||Regatta day 2 much better. W1-3 fairly steady and dry.
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
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
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.
||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.
||A very windy and gusty day SW3-4 gusting 5 and several capsizes.
started extremely wet with heavy showers and squalls thoughout the day.
Generally SW 10-15knt but very gusty to 20knt and fluky.
||A pleasant cruising day at Bewl Water with steady 10 knt SW wind.
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.
||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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
||Drizzle at start then dry. SW2-3 fluky and gusty. Only 5 boats although 2 had helm as crew due to conditions.
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.
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.
||Fine with a S force 1 to 3 wind, very variable and fluky.
||Very windy and gusty W to SW 3-6. Very wet at times. Capsizes and boat failures.
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.
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.
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.
||Excellent weather day for the last day of the Bewl visit; warm with a steady SW 12-15 knt wind, ideal for racing.
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.
||Hampton Regatta Sat SW 3-4, good sail, steady for the river.
||Hampton Regatta Sun, SW 2-3 G4. Good sail except for 1st PM race when top mark was in Platts Eyot cut.
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
and Jazz/BBQ. Excellent W2-3 gust 4 and fine, very steady in direction
by river standards. Very good sailing up to pipe yard.
||Regatta. W2-3 gust 4 as on Saturday but a very different wind; fluky and shifty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
||A horrible extremely fluky light wind from all directions with 180 degree wind shifts common.
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.
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
||S to SE light wind, 1-2 until the last race when it dropped to 0-1. Very fluky and frustrating in all races
||N/NE 1-3 very fluky, wind died at end of 2nd PM race.
||Fairly steady E1 increasing to E2 by 2nd pm race. Damp am. and pretty wet by the last race.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
||A fine day but a very gusty fluky 10 to 20knt SW to SE wind for the short fun races.
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
||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.
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.
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.
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
regatta Allcomers handicap race. Racing postponed 1 hr because no wind,
then good sailing in a 10knt wind, very shifty by Bewl standards.
||Very light and fluky S to SW wind. Only 4 boats.
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.
SC Regatta, excellent sailing conditions with an 8-12 knt East wind a
bit variable and shifty but not fluky. Only 2 AQSC boats.
||Hampton SC Regatta, Very light S to W to E wind all over the place. 5 AQSC boats.
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.
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.
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.
||Very little wind basically W 0 with some laps up to 1. Fun race not held; no wind & no one wanted to do it.
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
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.
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.
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.
||East 1 gust 2 and fluky, very hot.
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.
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.
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.
||W 0-1 very variable and patchy. Right at the end of the last race it was much better with a 2.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
||Fine with a gusty WSW 4-5 wind caused several capsizes.
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.
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.
||A fine day with a SSW 2 gust 3 wind giving a good sail for the Wednesday afternoon racing.
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.
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.
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.
the same conditions as at Staines SC on Saturday sailing was cancelled
and 20 members completed many tasks preparing the club for the 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.
||Open Day. Very similar to Saturday but with 14 visitors. Plenty of members around gave a very good atmosphere.
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.
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.
||Extremely variable, light and fluky north wind. Good turn out of 9 boats with several new members joining in.
||Ideal conditions at Bewl Water; warm with generally a steady 8-12 knot W wind. Perfect for new members training.
||Ideal conditions at Bewl Water; warm with generally a steady 8-14 knots SW wind. Perfect for new members training.
||Extreme variable fluky 0-3knot wind. Came from everywhere but probably basically S. Very frustrating.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2-3 but very variable wind which picked up a little for the afternoon
races. 4 boats sailed, including a perspective junior member.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
||AQSC Open Day. NE 1-2 wasn't too fluky and gave a reasonble sail.
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.
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
||Very poor weather at Bewl Valley SC Spring Regatta. It was cold, overcast with rain and thunder; there was no wind to speak of.
||W 2-3 steady wind gave an excellent sail. All 2 handed boats had crew; new members taken out.
||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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
||Wind every where 0-1 gust 2 very variable, shifty and fluky.
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
||Fine day very light but consistent wind from NE (usually). Died to nothing in last race. Fun series for all races.
sunny day very fluky wind from N but variable at river level giving
amazing wind shifts and lots of local anomalies and frustrating sailing.
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.
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
was brilliant sailing at the Fishers Green Signet Open Meeting; hot and
sunny with a rather patch and shifty a 4-14 knot wind.
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.
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.
||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.
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.
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.
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.
||Very warm but little SSW wind, 0-1, also variable and shifty. Still big problem with weed.
||Sunny and warm. Fairly steady moderate East wind early but it died away later.
wind from the SW which increased during the morning, stayed steady and
gradually died during the latter part of the afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
||Wet to start with very little wind but the rain stopped. Only fun sailing and only Lucy Godwin sailed.
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.
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.
||Patchy East 1 to 2 for the first two races and South West 1 for the last race.
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.
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.
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.
hot and fine; brilliant for the Jazz/BBQ evening. But the very light
patchy, variable and shifty wind gave frustrating sailing in 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
||SW 0-1 changinge to W by end of day. Very fluky and shifty from all directions at times.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
||SW 1-2 wind was very shifty and fluky.
||A wet and very windy start of the day. Thunder and heavy rain for the first afternoon race. Brightened up for the last race.
||Good sailing with a southerly wind. Backing and vering. Many capsizes by recent young members.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
||There was very good sailing in a WSW 8 to 15 knt wind; it increased as the day progressed. Surprisingly no one capsized.
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.
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.
were ideal conditions for the first Wednesday sailing of the season
with a fairly steady W force 2 wind for the 5 boats sailing.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
||S to SSW F1-2 very swirling around. Very difficult to progress against the 2knt current.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
||A fine and warm day with a force 1-2 NE to E wind giving a reasonble sail.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
||The weather was perfect for the working party, fine and warm; 32 members attended.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
||Fun Sailing only, wind WSW/W 2-3, stream 1Knt.Cloudy patchy rain squalls. Pat Irvin did good job on galley duty.
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.
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.
||The force 2-3 West wind was very fluky, shifty and gusty but gave a good sail. There were 10 boats racing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
horrible day, wet and extremely variable shifty and fluky N wind,
generally light but some sharp gusts came close to causing capsizes.
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.
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.
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
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