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Wind down Wednesday Races

Extend the competiton and camaraderie:

2 Wind down Wednesday races: 27th August and 3rd September

All in handicap, line start whatever the wind direction, START TIME 6.30
Food should be available

Thanks to Steve Smith, Errol Edwards, Mike Higgins and John Kelly for race and safety team for 27th August.
Helen Martin, Martin Jeremy so far for 3rd September, one more safety crew needed please.


Topper Open Weekend– 30th/ 31st Aug 2014

Eight visitors joined nine Chew juniors for Topper race training last Saturday. This training was run by the SW Topper Association as a precursor to the Open meeting on Sunday. The sailors were split into two groups based on their experience and put through their paces by the RYA Coaches. They practiced starting techniques, upwind tactics and general boat handling before completing a short final race series. Despite the blustery conditions all enjoyed themselves and gained lots of top tips from the coaches.

On Sunday, 28 Toppers (including 13 Chew boats) enjoyed champagne conditions for the 2014 Open Meeting.

Racing got underway early with two races before lunch in 9 – 13mph breeze and factor 30 sunshine. James Hollis of Bartley SC took the early lead with a 1st and a 3rd closely followed by Hugo Hanson with a 4th and 1st. Chew boats were also in the mix with Kieran Moore leading the way and Murray Scott hot on his heels.

After lunch a further two races in slightly more breeze and yet more sunshine completed the series. James Bartley showed consistent form to record a 5th and 1st, equally consistent was Ellie Hutchings of Roadford recorded a good series with a 4th and a 2nd, securing 1st and 2nd overall respectively. Chew Boats were well represented in the final results with 4 boats in the top 10, led by Kieran Moore in 3rd.

Six Topper 4.2’s raced alongside the full rigs with some really close racing amongst the younger sailors with Miles Ripley at 9 years old and Eleanor Cooke, 10 years, competing in their first Open Meeting.

Lots of prizes courtesy of Rooster were enjoyed by competitors throughout the fleet, with special awards for those competing in their first Open event.


Overall results:

1st: James Hollis (Bartley SC)
2nd: Ellie Hutchings (Roadford Lake SC)
3rd: Kieran Moore (Chew Valley LSC)

1st 4.2: Noah Sheriff (Chew Valley LSC)

By Nick Martindale


Chew youngsters enjoy August Antics

This year's August Antics held over the bank holiday weekend was a big hit with 32 young Chew sailors who took part. The three days of coaching, fun and games on the water for sailors aged eight to twelve was blessed with good weather and winds of 5-15kts each day. High quality instruction was delivered by the Chew Dinghy Instructors and Assistant Dinghy Instructors, supported by RYA Coach Anna Piggott who ran the training for the Toppers on Sunday. Full use was made of the club's Optibats, Teras and Toppers, with each child helming their own boat. Some were also lucky enough to have an exciting ride on a Windrider trimaran thanks to the CLADS.

The event culminated on Monday with racing in two fleets and, despite persistent rain, every sailor entered the race and then came off the water with a big smile. In the Opti fleet, Alex Haine was first over the line. The Topper/Tera race was closely fought, but Lizzie Cooke managed to maintain her early lead and was awarded the Chew Junior Regatta trophy.

Many thanks to all who helped make it an enjoyable and safe event, and congratulations to the young sailors who all excelled.

By Richard Hole

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Chew juniors excel at the feva Worlds

Four Chew RS Fevas competed in the 184 boat Allen RS Feva World Championships in Carnac, France during the last week of July.  For half the crews this was their first World Championships, for others it was their second or third.  The competition has increased over the last few years and this year 18 countries were represented, with 5 nations making it into the Top 10.   
After 2 days of great sailing in varied 8-16 knot conditions the qualification series was completed. Tied on 102 points with a French boat were the Chew boats of Michael Dennis/Louis Gibbs and Cristian Edmonds/Jess Harding. 102 points was also the split for Gold and Silver fleets. Based on countback Michael and Louis grabbed the last available qualification place in Gold Fleet. Cris and Jess were unlucky to miss the split and started silver fleet in 2nd place.   Milo Gordon and Matt Godfrey comfortably qualified for Silver fleet despite sailing a race without a jib... never quick.   Alice Edmonds and Liz Widdicombe fought a leaking boat, as well as the other 182 competitors, and qualified in the top third of bronze fleet.
The three days of Gold, Silver, Bronze fleet Championship sailing were blessed with a heavy wind day sandwiched between two lighter days.  Consistency across these conditions within the very competitive fleets were the keys to success.  Michael & Louis excelled on the heavier wind day, and were in damage limitation mode on the lighter days.  They improved on their qualifying position and finished a very impressive 51st in Gold fleet.
In Silver Cristian & Jess fought to hold on to a Top 10 place in a very tight fleet.  The overall scores were very high reflecting the ease with which a Top 10 place at the windward mark could vanish to the fifties by the finish. They finished the bulk of their races in the teens and were rewarded with an 8th place overall in Silver fleet, for 70th overall.  Milo & Matt were aiming for top half of Silver fleet and with a number of good results in the twenties and thirties along with a 9th they hit their target and finished in 24th place in Silver fleet for 86th overall.
Alice and Liz were hoping to improve on their qualifying 21st place in Bronze fleet.  They had some great results, two 13ths and a 14th, but weren't able to achieve those scores across all 8 races.  They finished 22nd in Bronze fleet and 146th overall with great potential for the future as Alice is still 12 and will likely sail another 2 Feva Worlds before moving on to the next class.
Congratulations to all of Chew's Junior sailors who took part, they all put in the practice hours around the country over the winter and at the lake before the event.   The results are easily our best to date from the junior Feva race team.

Final Results at
 Day 5 summary at Yachts & Yachting includes a youtube video featuring interviews with three of the Chew Crew team.
And a final summary at
CVLSC Feva Rep
PS.  Congrats also to Eric & Jude McFarlane-Bond who often train with the Chew Crew group but whose home club is Baltic Wharf in Bristol docks.   This was their first Feva Worlds and they put in a very solid performance in the Bronze fleet all the more remarkable when you realise that Jude is just 13 and Eric is 10.


Laser UK Masters Nationals 2014 18-20th July

A report from Hamish Fowler

Peter Sherwin Grand Master Champion 2014

Steve Smith – 3rd Radial

Julian Cooke – 4th Master

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Chew Valley Solo Open Report 2014

The May Newsletter is now online, download it here

Topper Open Training
30th August:
(registration required)

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NOR - Topper Open
SW Traveller Series
31st August 2014

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Ladies Day Report
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Wayfarer Twilight Race: Click here.

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.