Duty Swaps / Volunteers needed
We need an R.O. to swap/volunteer for Derian Scotts R.O. duty on Dec 29
Last Updated (Monday, 09 December 2013 23:09)
Bristol Brew 2013
The Bristol Brew is a Universities Team racing event hosted annually by Bristol University sailing Club. This is what happened.
On 30th November, 21 teams of 6 sailors, some university and some alumni teams, arrived at Chew Valley Sailing Club for the Bristol Brew 2013. The wind built up from 2kts to a lovely 8-10kts which made the racing perfect. Unfortunately it started to die off around 2pm but we still managed to fit in 72 races out of the scheduled 105 for the weekend. However, on Sunday 1st December there was not the same good fortune as the lake became a mirror and racing had to be cancelled at 11am which was beneficial for some of the further teams such as Durham University who had a long journey home.
The racing was very close with 3 teams on 100% wins and so it had to come down to average points. Spinnaker Auspicious won, with second Itchenor Sonicboom and in third place Bristol Red with 6.77. The weekend worked out brilliantly with many thanks to Chew Valley Sailing Club for allowing us to host it, the umpires for judging, Martin Smethers, the Race Officer for managing to get the maximum races out of the wind conditions and the race committee for helping.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 03 December 2013 18:35)
The Club is saddened to hear of the death of one of its stalwart former members, Mac Aston. He moved from Bristol Corinthian Sailing Club to Chew. He was an enthusiastic Solo sailor, particularly when conditions were windy. Many sailors passed through his hands as a trainer, particularly those from Chew Valley School. His wife, Margaret, was a longstanding contributor in the galley. Our condolences go to his family.
Bristol University Sailing Club hosted its annual Bristol Brew event at the weekend. In light airs they managed over 70 races on Saturday but Sunday was just for coffee and sausage buns: there was not a drop of wind. Bristol did well but the event was won by a team of former students. A full report will appear later.
A small but enthusiastic bunch of optimists who can’t/don’t read the weather forecast turned up too for club racing but to no avail. Actually, the weather forecast is often or even usually misleading at predicting the possibility of sailing. This time it was right so it was back to gardening. The best place to sail in the sun at the moment seems to be the Laser World Championships in Oman or the ISAF Championships in Melbourne but no Chew sailors are there.
If the high pressure would kindly budge over a bit we might get some good sailing. Don’t forget Boxing Day and New Year’s day but hope for something in the meanwhile.
Last Updated (Monday, 02 December 2013 17:20)
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.