The question of a suggestion box was raised at the AGM. There used to be one but it was under-used and the box has gone. The Committee has discussed the harvesting of suggestions and feels the best way is to send any to a Committee member, all of whose contact details appear on the Club website under "contacts". We really would like more suggestions. Those that we do receive are often acted on so fire away.
History of the Club - Book
A history of the Club has just been published. It has been written by three very longstanding members of the Club and makes fascinating reading. It is well worth having a copy. If you would like one contact your favourite member of the General Committee and they will be happy to supply you with one. The cost is £10.00 plus £2 p&p. Alternatively you can buy one at the bar and save the £2 p&p.
Please see Dutyman for upcoming duties in April and May pending the full year allocation when renewals are in.
Last Updated (Friday, 07 February 2014 16:41)
Mid- life crisis
Or, as a Urologist friend put it to me, the male menopause. Apparently just the time when a once- young man’s fancy turns not to love but to the purchase of a sports car. I had outlived (just) my sports car and was contemplating its replacement when I came into contact with an article in the Telegraph entitled “why you should buy a sports car”. Most of my choices other than the rather whimsical one of an Aston Martin were roundly dismissed as inappropriate for one reason or another. Nevertheless the author was very insistent that such a purchase be made.
I couldn’t help wondering if something similar might be going on amongst sailors and their boats. There is a problem, though, and that is defining mid-life. After the age of 30 it is best to regard “old” as being someone more than 10 years older than oneself. This definition defies the ageing process inducing a constant sort of Peter Pan state.
Most adventurous young sailors pass out of the pram (Oppie) into a Go-Cart (Topper) where they can have a bit of fun. Later on the lucky ones can enjoy a Caterham 7 (29er) but others might have to settle for a MX5 (laser). The MX5 appeals to all ages and that’s why we see the Laser Masters, Grand Masters etc., a stunningly successful example of nautical Peter Pan. Laser sailors, therefore, avoid the mid-life crisis.
But if a mid-life crisis is looming surely a Morgan (Cherub), Porsche (RS700 or 800 or Musto skiff) or Bugatti Veyron (International 14) must be the logical choice. Well, we have seen these boats appear but they have gone. Amazingly they have been replaced by the Morris Minor. (if you are too young to know what one of those is/was the Japanese equivalent is the Nissan Micra.) The Solo was, appropriately, born about the same time as the Morris Minor and both vehicles were the product of exciting young designers ,Alex Issigonis and Jack Holt. This isn’t just a Chew phenomenon. The Solo was the best selling boat nationally last year. Some have taken to the Jaguar or to truck-racing depending on your view (Flying Fifteen) which at least is turbocharged (spinnaker). A small group has decided to try Formula 1 (Finn) which surely represents a mid-life wobble.
Some years ago one American sailor was asked why American boats were of such unexciting design compared to European ones and his reply was that it takes more skill to make a dull boat go faster than a well designed one. Maybe that’s where the answer lies. Morris Minors have no sophisticated gadgetry like traction control (rig tension) so you can have lots of fun racing them but you do need some skill. The only trouble is that there are none left. But there are loads of Solos and their owners certainly race them with considerable expertise, especially in these blowy times. Fifty-three of them turned out for the Winter Championship last weekend when the rest of us were sipping our hot chocolate. Our Sailing Secretary finished a creditable 24th in what is one of the hottest fleets nationally.
However, there is clearly a flaw in the comparison between boats and cars. If it was true the roads would be over-run with Nissan Micras doing 30mph in all three lanes and you wouldn’t be able to get to the sailing club.
And the mid-life crisis? A figment of motoring correspondents’ imagination.
Let’s hope for some better weather and we can get back to sailing.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:34)
Welcome to Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club
Chew Valley Lake is the biggest inland waterway in the south-west of England and a great place to sail.
If you are interested in joining the club then why not come down on a Saturday or Sunday, have a chat with one of our friendly members and have a look at what we have to offer. The good news is that you may not have to wait too long to join as sometimes we have vacancies throughout the year.