Winter Wednesday evenings at Chew
Five cheerful teams pitted brains and wit to Mike Pearce's intriguing sailing quiz questions - thank you Mike and Sandy
Next one 11th Feb. Vicky Ellis, Skipper in the last Clipper Round the World Race.
7 for 7.30
Last Updated (Thursday, 29 January 2015 08:27)
The membership survey has now been closed and the results collated and are being reviewed to firstly find a means of summarizing so that they can be presented to the club members and the achievable outcomes prioritized for the 5 year plan.
It is extraordinary how preconceptions can be so readily unraveled and thus how important the process has proven to be in understanding the interests of those that use the club.
There is significant enthusiasm about what can be achieved and a great deal of pride in what the club has to offer with nearly 90% of respondents “very likely” to recommend membership of the club to a friend or colleague.
Part of our challenge is in recognizing what we have and how we can best exploit the opportunities. The external perception of the club is important, as is our public engagement and there are already initiatives that could do both.
The club has moved on significantly since the membership survey in the late 1980’s and will continue to do so, not least as we are 3 years from a significant anniversary with the 50th year of sailing.
Please support the Winter Wednesday events as we may “borrow” one late in February to present and discuss the outcome of the membership survey and in the meantime, dress warm and enjoy your sailing.
Last Updated (Thursday, 29 January 2015 21:28)
Rescue Boat Handling Skills
As part of our continued development of rescue boat handling skills, the club has set up a mentorship scheme whereby some more highly trained volunteers can offer support and advice to anyone in the duty team involved with safety on the lake. We want to do this is a friendly and informal way, so that anyone can feel happy discussing any issue. The mentor will normally suggest and encourage the rescue boat helms to spend a while with them on the water honing their skills. This will normally be near the beginning of their duty. At present (Dec 2014), we have 7 trained mentors and another 7 training in the pipeline. We are currently offering our services to each Saturday duty team and will endeavour to contact them by phone before. As we get more mentors we hope to extend this service to every duty team. To do this we will need more mentors. If you are interested in becoming a mentor yourself, or have any questions about the scheme, please feel free to contact the H &S officer, Charlie Tricks at:
Last Updated (Monday, 12 January 2015 13:05)
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)
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.
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.
Dot & David Macklin