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Well done Steve Smith and Jon Lewis

2nd and 6th in the Laser Masters Inlands at Oxford, 8th and 9th November.


Commodore's Blog

There has been some great weather for racing and cruising in the last few weeks and it is still relatively warm.
Please note that Denny Island still doesn't have much water over it - if you stay south of an imaginary line between mark 4 and 5 and NW ish of an imaginary line between mark 3 and 4 you will be well clear. Happy sailing.

Coming up this weekend:
*Class Race day on Sunday, 3 race mini series, prizes on the day!! Always good fun.
*We welcome RYA SW Zone Squad Topper Training on Saturday and Sunday, approx. 15 youngsters + coaches and

Helen, Vice Commodore.

Last Updated (Thursday, 20 November 2014 13:21)


Fireball Inland Championships 2014 Report

The Allen Brothers sponsored Fireball Inland Championships was held at the lovely Chew Valley SC this weekend. With 37 boats on the entry list, the final event of the season promised to be a corker and with amazing conditions on day 1, it certainly didn’t disappoint. The fleet is enjoying a revival ahead of next years UK World Championships and it was great to see the return of some quality partnerships and the forming of new teams.

Race 1 got underway 1st time in 15 knots of breeze and bright sunshine. It was Jonny McGovern & Tim Carter from Port Dinorwic SC who made the most of the conditions. They headed a trio of boats who escaped the pack and used the subsequent laps to extend quite a significant lead over the remainder of the fleet. McGovern/Carter were kept honest by DJ Edwards and Vyv Townend, and the podium was completed by Pete Gray & Tim Saunders.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 04 November 2014 22:16)

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Sad News of Club Member Audrey Batten.

As some of you may have already heard Audrey Batten sadly passed away on Saturday October 25th just a few months short of her 90th Birthday.
Audrey had been a long standing and stalwart member of the Club, and many of our older members will well remember her with humour and affection. She never took to the water herself, but was quite content to stay on dry land and look after the sailor’s needs when racing had finished In the early days, she can be remembered for regularly walking down the slipway and greeting her late husband Max with a mug of tea as he finished a race ! Also when club members attended other Club’s Open Meetings it was usual to see us gathering together around our ‘away headquarters’, Max’s caravanette, whilst Audrey brewed up tea or coffee for us all.

Later on she became involved in club affairs, firstly helping keep a record of all the club trophies, and then for over 20 years she worked hard running the galley at the Club with hot pasties being one of the specialities she served up for hungry racers. She loved to chat and keep abreast of what was happening and took a keen interest in all the news and activities of club members. Just about everybody knew Audrey, and Audrey knew everybody ! She was enough of a character to be featured in the Chew Book, along with Max, as they both for many years had contributed to, and became substantial figures of, the Club, and consequently they together had been awarded joint Life Membership.

Audrey had not been well in recent years, following deteriorating health and a series of mini strokes, but although frail, she remained reasonably mobile, although spending most of her time sitting in her favourite chair. However, with the help of daily visits by her caring family and friends she had been able to continue living alone in her own bungalow home at Frenchay. Despite her failing health, she continued to be keenly interested in everyone, club members included, and was fully alert, lucid and chatty right up to her final stroke on Saturday.

She is survived by their two sons Chris and ‘young’ Max who both were active sailing members of the Club for many years, and now Alex, one of her four grandchildren is also a current member. Tim, whose wedding she managed to attend last year, and David & Amanda are the other three grandchildren. Recently Audrey had a lovely picture taken with her new great-granddaughter Matilda. She will be so sadly missed by her loving family and friends alike.
The funeral arrangements have yet to be arranged. We will send details as soon as we know them.

Dot & David Macklin



CVLSC Bart's Bash

In addition to online donations we collected £400.00 towards the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.  See the article on the back of the Chew Valley Gazette:


To put your suggestions to the committee click here for more details.


Chew Valley Solo Open Report 2014

The October Newsletter is now online, download it here

Ladies Day Report
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Read about the BUSA Western Team Trials here

A new book about the History of CVLSC has now been produced, click here for the full story


The laser fleet have created some training videos. See them here

WiFi internet is now available in the club.


Weather station is now
linked to a Raspberry Pi.

We'll see how it runs for
a few weeks.

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