Goodall got cold and wet rigging his Laser and popped in and out of the
club for a warm up. The wind was from the SW to start and then moved to
a Westerly it was extremely gusty, force 3 gust 4, the trees were
swaying and river was choppy. There were a large number of rowers and
coupled with the unpredictably strong gusts Frank had to keep his whits
about him but managed to stay upright.
unbelievably glorius sunny day for the lunch/ treasure hunt cruise. Not
much wind for the 3 boats sailing but no current. Both patrol boats and
Laurie's cuiser carried most members for the cruise/treasure hunt.
good sailing day. When the sun was out it was quite warm and the wind
was a brisk north westerly probably force 2 gusting to 3 but very fluky
making it extremely awkward for the 3 boats out; heads hit by the boom
as it switched sides.
had to be swept off the Laser and hardly any water came from the drain
plug because it was frozen. There was very little wind, but hardly any
current, and Frank and Bryan and could just make headway on the
occasional puff of wind. The weather and river has been amazing this
year; Frank has used the River for 30 years and never known it so
placid during the winter months.
was cold with a light breeze but no current. Frank Goodall sailed while
Bryan Clements help Pat Halling with cruiser recently bought.
the day of the Cole Porter lunch the conditions were perfect for
sailing. Frank Goodall, Trudi Hilton and Bryan Clements had a super
sail in a fairly steady SEE force 2 to 3 wind with no current; better
than most of the summer sailing days.
||A mild day with a pleasant breeze and no current; Frank Goodall and Bryan Clements had a nice sail.
the first time in over 20 years there was an Aquarius sail on New
Year's Day . There was very little current and the SW force 2-3 wind
gave 4 boats a good sail. Fortunately the rain held off until lunch. 21
members came to the club.
day of the Cheats Xmas Lunch. One lone sailor took to the water to
enjoy a gentle SE breeze & attempt the art of roll tacking, not as
easy as the good guys make it look. Thanks to all who spent hours
providing a splendid Xmas dinner. Frank Goodall
there was no current sailing was planned. A W force 1-2 wind, a bit
patchy but not fluky and shifty, gave Bryan C and Frank G a good sail
although light rain started towards the end. There were 5 very short
races with the last 3 being in a pursuit format to make it more
interesting; the Graduate started 1 minute before the Laser. The water
level was incredibly low; 750mm below the bank which made it difficult
to step into the boats. It is at least 10 probably 20 years since we
have sailed in December.
looked like a great sailing day with a West force 3 to 4 wind. There
were 26 members at the club but there was no sailing because there was
a working party. The conditions were ideal for all the outside clearing
was very foggy with no wind. Until lunch time you could hardly see the
other side of the river. No one sailed but members were clearing up the
clubhouse following the Annual Dinner.
amazingly warm and fine November day with a steady force 2-3 East wind
that gave a very good sail. The main problem that the low sun dazzled
and made it difficult to see when some boats crossed the finish line.
force 0 to 3 wind was basically NE which meant that at water leval it
was very shifty and fluky from any direction at any strength
SW force 0-1 wind was very shifty and fluky; especially in the morning.
There was a little more steadier wind for the last race.
was a SE wind that was extremely gusty, shifty and fluky; changing over
90 degrees in an instant. There were several capsises. In the morning
it was force 1-2 gusting 3, by the first afternoon race it had
increased to force 2-3 gusting 4 and for the last race force 3-4
didn't bode well when the day started with a thick mist and no wind. By
race time there was practically no SW wind but it was fairly steady and
there was no current. The distance between the upstream and downstream
marks was only 40 m; there were a pair of marks at each end and either
could be rounded to port. There was a little more wind by the
afternoon. The first afternoon race was chaotic with any manual
propulsion allowed; Trudi and Nigel swapped boats (Laser & Comet)
half way through the race and marks were moved during the race.
sailing. A gusty West wind that wasn't shifty or fluky was force 2 to 3
in the morning and increased during the day to gusting force 5 by the
last race; there were 6 capsizes.
trying to set a record for high October temperature. Light variable and
shifty SSW wind before racing started then it increased to force 2 by
after lunch so the fun race was long distance up to the Channel marker
below the next inhabited island up river. Wind dropped to very low
immediately above our reach. The final race was marred by a loss of
wind during the final lap and several boats had to be towed back For
the results a race finish time of 42:51 was used so all boats finished
while there was still wind.
fine warm day but horrible sailing. The SW wind was extremely variable,
fluky, shifty and patchy. It increased from force 0-1 to 1 to 2 gust 3
by the last race but was no nicer.
day stared with a WSW force 0-1 that was fluky and patchy. By the end
of the day it was NW0-1 gust 2. It was similar for the SigneT Open
Meeting at the Lakeside SC, Peterborough, except it was shifty rather
very gusty, shifty and strong West wind (force 3-4 gust 5);
surprisingly there were only 2 capsizes. There was torential rain
during the morning race but sunny in the afternoon.
was a SE force 0 to 2 very shifty and patchy wind in the morning which
changed to SW by the afternoon; sailing was reasonable. There was heavy
rain for a period; fortunately it was mainly during lunch. Weed is
still very bad and the patrol boat was disabled by weed around the
propeller. An additional interest was the annual cruise by the Dunkirk
small ships passing through.
weather for the vist to Bewl by 12 members with 7 boats; fine with a
shifty W to NW 8 to 15 knots wind. Some planing for the experts to
enjoy but OK for novices.
fine day with a shifty force 2-3 West wind that gave a good sail. The
main activity was fun/training races (no race sheets) and preparing
boats to take to Bewl on Monday.
any wind at the start of the first race and the 0.5knt current meant
one boat couldn't start. Fortunately the wind improved to a West force
1 by the afternoon although by the last race it became very shifty.
Weed is a major problem with masses of it extending several boat
lengths from the bank.
agreed the conditions were perfect, perhaps the best sailing day of the
year so far, with a consistent force 1-2 westerly wind permitting some
more adventurous manoevres from even the most inexperienced of sailors
(Trudi H). With road closures for the cycle race numbers were down
until later in the day. The morning 'fun' race started with only one
competitor ready to go but 3 others joined in, including a 4yr old
crew, by the end! The Series race was contested with the usual
enthusiasm and no disasters followed by a second fun race with a good
field of 8 boats
the morning a SW 3 gust 4 very gusty, shifty and variable wind. By the
afternoon the West wind eased to 2 gust 3. It dropped to NW 1 for the
last race. Weed extending a long way from bank gave a lot of problems.
fine day with a force 1 to 2 variable fluky and shifty wind; at higher
levels it was S. There were 10 boats out and the club was very busy
with several new family members. The course for the 14:00 race was
around Patts Eyot although only 2 boats returned on the bridge side.
glorious day and there was even some West wind; force 1 to 2 gust 3,
although it was very shifty, that gave a good sail. The upper wind was
more like NW. Three boats weren't included in the results because they
didn't signing on.
weather was very variable with a very shifty west wind and short
showers. At the start of the first race the wind was force 2-3 but
during the race it dropped to force 1-2. The 1st fun race in the
afternoon was also force 1-2. Just before the start of the second fun
race it started to increase and during the race it was force 2-4 and by
the end of the race it was gusting 5 with torrential rain and thunder.
For the last race it was force 2-3.
AQSC regatta had a fine day with a West wind. In the morning the wind
was shifty and patchy; just enough to get round the course, By the
afternoon there was practically no wind and there was paddling and
other illegal propulsion like being pushed around by a canue.
weather was very kind to the Regatta and SigneT Open Meeting; fine with
a force 2 to 3 gust 4 West wind. It was quite steady in the morning
giving a very good sail but the upper wind backed in the afternoon and
it was much more shifty and patchy.
very light SW wind that was very variable and shifty. I sailed up to,
around and away from the first mark with no change in sail trim. There
were 13 starters in the last race; this has only been exceeded twice
a contrast sailing at the Hampton SC was compared to Saturday; a very
light S wind that was extremely variable shifty fluky. There were 4
starts for each race for different Classes; in the morning 2 started
upstream and 2 downstream. It was a bit better in the afternoon. It was
was superb sailing weather for the Hampton Regatta; west force 3 to 4
steady by river standards. The sailing was as good as it gets on the
||The W wind, force 2-3 increasing to gust 4 for the last race gave very good sailing.
youth fun day was postponed due to the bad weather forcast. The Grafham
Signet Open meeting had extremely changeble weather. The S wind was
very shifty grnerally force 3 to 4 but some times force 2 to 3 and
sudden very havy rain wiith force 5 to 6 squals.
||Wet all day with a very fluky variable SSE wind; force 2-3 gust 4 increasing to 3 to 4 gust 5 for the last race.
the morning there was a horrible NE force 2 to 3 wind that was
extremely fluky; reversing direction in an instant. For the Fun races
the wind had gone round nearly to the East and not fluky; a much nicer
sail. There were 3 Fun races of 1 lap each to give starting practice.
There was less wind for the last race and it rained.
there was some rain while travelling to Bewl it cleared up and the
shifty force 3 gust 4 SW wind gave good sailing and was ideal for some
Aquarius Open Day visitors who came with us.
||A gusty shifty force 3 to 4 wind gave good sailing. Some newmenbers from the Open Day crewed.
was far too windy to take the open day vistors sailing but they were
taken out in the patrol boat. Robert Britton was the only member to
sail, a Laser, in the SW force 4-5 gust 6-7 wind; it was very
entertaining for the 29 visitors in 10 groups.
weather was fine for the Open day with a fluky force 3 gust 4 SSW wind
which was reasonble for the 10 groups of visitors totalling 20 people.
||There was gusty W to NW force 2-3 wind. At the Paxton SigneT Open meeting it was a bit stronger, very shifty and gusty.
was a very gusty cold force 3-4 gust 5 west wind for the SigneT open
meeting at Paxton Lake SC. Most of the fleet capsized including Richard
Cannon and Robert Britton, in ST368, who had only capsized twice in the
last 10 years. John Panting and Frank Goodall capsized each race.
a Southerly the force 2 gusting 3 wind was very variable, gusty, shifty
and fluky. For a change the dog-leg was set upstream of the club.
11:00 there was no wind for the Mid-Thames Trophy inter club event at
Littleton SC.The start was postponed to 12:00 when there was an amazing
change to a shifty force 3 gusting 4 South wind that gave an excellent
sail for the rest of the day. Littleton won by a very big margin, AQSC
force 2 to 3 gust 4 ENE wind in the morning gave very good sailing. It
was decided to combine the last race with the long distance Cundy race.
The wind increased and there were very shifty gusts up to force 5; 3
boats capsized before the start. It only took 15 minutes to reach the
Magpie pub near the weir at Sunbury. Over the day there were 12
was a glorious Easter Sunday for the Easter egg races. Unfortunately
sailing was terrrible; very little North West wind extremely variable
and shifty coming from any direction.
was very little wind in the morning and it was very variable, shifty
from any direction and the short course was taking up to 23 minutes per
lap The afternoon was very different with an E force 2 giving a good
sail; some laps only took 6 minutes. The first afternoon event was a
training race where each novice was allocated an expert to coach them
round the couse; the expert had to finish after the novice. There was
an excellent entry of 10 in the last race.
glorious day with a steady force 2 East wind; although there were some
shifts, that gave very good sailing. 8 boats raced and 10 boats were on
force1-2 gust 3 SWW wind was enough for the 0.5knt current not to be a
problem. The wind was very shifty and patchy but there was reasonble
sailing. It was better down stream so the upstream mark was moved
nearer the club for the afternoon races. The 14:00 event was cruising
vrey good start to the season. Although the wind was a bit patchy it
was NE which gave a reasonable sail. There were 2 capsizes due to
sailors being rusty.The 14:00 event was different; 4 very short, less
than 5 minites races, to the closest mark and back and then a full
course 1 lap race. There was a very heavy work load for the race
officers. There was very good support; 8 entries in the last race.