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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.


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 Juniors at Portishead Topper Open:

Five juniors from Chew made the short hop to Portishead SC for their Topper Open meeting last Sunday. The event was part of the SW Topper Travelers trophy and open to anyone with a Topper and keen to compete (see:

There were 22 boats from across the SW each enjoying 3 races of about 30 minutes each over a triangular course, one before lunch (burgers etc...even for the parents !) and 2, back_to_back, after.

Chew did well. Noah Sheriff won the 4.2 fleet and took home a well deserved box of chocs.
In the main fleet the competition was even tougher. Frances Fox in her first Open event did brilliantly, despite a defunct self bailer she recorded a great result in first race and an impressive start in the second before the bailer finally gave up and she had to abandon ship!
Meanwhile Murray Scott, Oli Martindale and Freya Cumpstey battled out through the remaining races.
Great competition and much learnt by all, with Freya coming 3rd overall and Oli 5th - and yet more chocolates....!

The next event in the SW is our own Open at Chew on Sun 31st August. All Chew juniors able to negotiate a triangular course should give it a go. (preceded by some SW training on Sat 30th).
Details will be sent to all Chew Crew, or available direct from me.

Nick Martindale


Commodore's Blog

Summer recess

Just like Parliament, the blog is going to have a short summer recess. (Well, rather shorter than our parliamentary cousins) During that time please give some thought to becoming the Rear Commodore. This is a much less demanding role than it has been and is a good way to get involved in the rumming of the Club. Send me an e-mail if you are interested. As we trundle into Autumn don't give up on sailing: it's often at it's best.

Back soon.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 12 August 2014 19:30)


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Chew Valley Solo Open Report 2014

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Topper Open Training
30th August:
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NOR - Topper Open
SW Traveller Series
31st August 2014

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Wayfarer Twilight Race: Click here.

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