Wednesday, 1st Oct 2014 Bird Ringing
Mike Bailey will be coming along to the club to give us talk on Bird Ringing at Chew Valley Lake. This will include a power point presentation and will cover:
1. A brief history of bird ringing in the UK and at Chew.
2. What bird ringing aims to find out – migration and how bird populations are changing
3. Some of examples of birds ringed at Chew.
Club opens at 7pm ready for a 7:30 start, and the bar will be open.
The "Photo Gallery" link on the left menu now takes you to the CVLSC Flickr page.
RYA first aid course Saturday 20th September
Spaces still available.
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.
1st: James Hollis (Bartley SC)
1st 4.2: Noah Sheriff (Chew Valley LSC)
By Nick Martindale
It’s all about winning, silly
When asked what is the most important determinant of the outcome of a general election the reply is usually “it’s the economy silly”. Can’t you remember being told that it’s the taking part in a sporting activity that counts and not the winning? I think this all came from parents trying to console offspring who didn’t win at some sporting activity. Try asking anyone who sails seriously and has just lost which of these things count and we’re back to the election: it’s all about winning, silly. But yesterday was the exception that proved the rule. Bart’s Bash was a world-wide sailing race in which we were a tiny part. Nevertheless we had 128 boats on the water, the 11th largest fleet in the UK, just behind Hayling Island. It was a monster fleet. Any Bassett had drawn the short straw to be Race Officer but Bob Mitchell and Errol Edwards had organised the detail so well that it went very smoothly although when I left the Club unexpectedly early poor Rob was still trying to verify the positions of several boats. The whole team functioned extremely well for which many thanks. The race was won by Bill and Amy Chard. Bill will now have to wait with baited breath to see if he beat Ben Ainslie. Unfortunately such an achievement doesn’t have the knighthood with it. If you missed the event you can go to
http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/179140/Barts-Bash-at-Chew-Valley-Lake and see the day as it was captured by Paul Croote and his camera-carrying drone. I hope the poor sailor in a Solo who seemed to be having endless trouble with the rudder got it fixed.
So it really was about taking part remembering that the object was to raise money for youngsters to get into sailing although I am sure many will have had a thought for the untimely loss of a great contributor to the sport. Our current contribution is £1606 but you can still give more if you wish: details on the Barts Bash website. It was good to see such a good turnout from all sections of the Club.
Flushed with success there is always the risk of suggesting that this becomes an annual event. Looking round the venues where racing took place the Sarasota Sailing Squadron and the Wangi Wangi Amateur Sailing Club had an attractive ring to them. Time will tell.
Last Updated (Monday, 22 September 2014 12:52)