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Two of the most enjoyable races of the year, sail away the indulgences of Christmas and New Year, prizes on the day!!

The galley will not be open. There will be an honesty box for tea and coffee and the bar will be open,

including mulled cider after racing on Boxing Day!!

Boxing Day,Tap Trophy, all in handicap. 1.30 start  

New Years Day, Resolution Trophy, all in handicap, 1.30 start                    

These races always rely on volunteers for the race team and rescue-

We still need 2 people for rescue on Boxing Day and New Years Day and an ARO for New Years Day -

please let me know if you can join the jolly and sociable team.

Best wishes for a very happy and relaxing festive season.    cool

Helen Martin Vice Commodore, on behalf of everyone on the Sailing Committee

Last Updated (Friday, 19 December 2014 10:22)


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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Commodore's Blog

. . . . . and so the festive season in upon us and the parties commence not least with the Laser Fleet Christmas Party and Annual Review last Saturday, a fantastic event with a good turnout and organized with military precision and a big thanks should go to Laura, Sarah and Steve particularly for all their hard work, a reflection of the strength of the fleet and the camaraderie at the club.

The Wednesday sailors hosted a similar event in the week and amongst the celebrations was the following announcement from the Vice Commodore.

“In November Force 4 Chandlery donated a one off trophy to Chew. We decided we should award it to one of the “unsung heroes” of the club.  Many, many members give their time willingly above and beyond the regular duties, so we had quite a long list, however this year we homed in on someone without whose hard work none of us could go sailing. For several years Alun Coventry was “apprentice” to  Mike Bracey. When Mike decided to call it a day, Alun took over this vital role. He is at the club almost every Wednesday maintaining our ever increasing fleet of rescue boats.

It was with great pleasure that we presented the Force 4 barometer to Alun at the Wednesday sailors Christmas lunch to say “thank you and please keep going” on behalf of all the members.”

Christmas is importantly a time of giving and we are reminded of the Captain Pugwash scarecrow that stood at the front gate a few weeks ago, one of seventy in the area supporting the fundraising activities of the Harvey Hext Appeal to raise money for the treatment of 6 year old Harvey who suffers with neuroblastoma and Down’s syndrome.  The sailing club was delighted to be involved and contributed £175 to the appeal for which the Charity has expressed its gratitude.  The fundraising activity in the Chew Valley area as a whole raised an extraordinary £10,000 which is a significant contribution to the cost of the care needed for Harvey.

This is also a great time of year to be sailing as the last two weekends have certainly demonstrated and so you don’t need to leave it to the spring to get wet, just layer up and go for it as we have a full programme of sailing over the Christmas break from the Tap Trophy on Boxing Day to work off the turkey to the Resolution Trophy on New Years Day to work off the hangover and a few days in between just to chill!

If Santa brings you the full fingered gloves and thermal balaclava there is just no excuse for not being on the water these next few weeks.

Have a relaxing break and enjoy the time with your family and friends.

Rob Mitchell


Last Updated (Saturday, 20 December 2014 09:25)


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



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