Chew’s Wayfarer troops on tour in and around Falmouth!

Sailing Club News – 05-Sep-19

As the schools re-convene their educating process, lots of boats are returning to the Club from their summer adventures. Hopefully, no-one has nicked your boat park space… Tales of these adventures are starting to dribble in and I will try and keep you all posted.

Mercury Macklin, Melvin and Watts Trophies and Anniversary Cup – Sunday 01-Sep-19

On the home front, last Sunday’s ‘Age’ trophy race and the Anniversary Cup were sailed in a lively, breezy westerly. The afternoon pursuit race was particularly challenging with some bizarre changes in wind direction favouring some but not others as the competitors spread all over the lake. I know that, after completing the 67 minutes in the Fireball, another 30 minutes of pursuit might have got us a bit nearer the front of the chase!
Paul and Harry Smalley won both the morning handicap and the afternoon pursuit in their Mirror, when they were still ahead of Ian Cadwallader and Dave Sweet in the Flying Fifteen, and Ed Presley in the Contender. Other notable results were Lizzie Cooke securing the Under 35’s cup in her Laser radial – she is 17 so now too old for the two Junior trophies! Well done Lizzie. Ed Baker won the Melvin trophy for under 17’s in another Laser radial.

‘Chewfarers’ visiting Falmouth

The top picture shows the Wayfarer brigade during their annual pilgrimage to Falmouth where once again they enjoyed a great sailing week.

Lake & Cake – Saturday 31-Aug-19

A hardy bunch of ladies met on a blustery afternoon and set sail in a variety of different boats (Lasers, Toppers, Sunfish & Wayfarer) – the wind was strong and very gusty, so the decision was made to sail around the lake following the race marks. Unfortunately, the Sunfish didn’t quite make it due to a rigging failure (it means more fine-tuning is needed by Rosie) and some of the other single-handers had plenty of capsize practice. Afterwards they met in the bar for ‘afternoon tea’ (sandwiches, sausage rolls & lots of cakes) whilst Sarah Tauwhare and her fabulous band of merry musical minstrels played folk music; and the Lake n’ Cakers were delighted to be joined by ‘Sail and Ale’ who were also there on Saturday.


Abersoch Mirror Week

Our Mirror adventure around Holy Isle in the Clyde

Youth News

Nick Edmonds has tried to keep us abreast of the successes achieved by our travelling contingent of junior and youth sailors. Most notable is that Ollie Wilcox has achieved the incredible ‘double’ of winning both the Topper Inlands and National Championships; there were over 180 boats at the Nationals!


With a strong squad of Topper sailors recently joining the club, there have been some exceptional results.

National Championships at Largs – 1stOllie Wilcox, 25thEd Baker, 68thDru Townsend
Inland Championships – 1stOllie Wilcox, 12thEd Baker, 31stDru Townsend (6thgirl), 141stEd Neylan
National Series Overall – 4thEd Baker (inc 3rd& 2nd), 24thOllie Wilcox, 41stDru Townsend (8thgirl)
Topper Worlds – 6thOllie Wilcox, 33rdEd Baker, Silver 16thDru Townsend

RS Fevas

The core group of Feva sailors have continued to train, practice and improve, and results across the board reflect that. Both the National and World Championship results are probably the strongest set of results we have had as a club.

National Championships (94 boats) – 6thQuinn Edmonds/Finlay Oliver, 18thWilliam De Jaeger, 23rdAlfie Sheahan, 45thRosie & Susie Sheahan
RS Feva Worlds in Italy (200 boats) – 7thQuinn Edmonds & Finlay Oliver, 62ndWilliam DeJaeger, 11thSilver Rosie and Susie Sheahan, 13thSilver Alfie Sheahan
Nationals (55 boats) – 25thFreya Cumpsty, 47thTed Lane & Rupert Clapham
Europeans – (220 boats) – 4thEmerald Fleet Freya Cumpsty

Quinn and Fin at the Feva Worlds

Topper Nationals Largs

Topper Nationals Largs

Feva Worlds

A lot of Fevas!

Looking Ahead

Admirals Chase 6 and Summer Points 11 and 12 – Sunday 08-Sep-19

Fun Thursday 4 – Thursday 12-Sep-19

This is the last of the fun Thursdays run by the police group. Jeff Stratford would love as many of you as possible to come along. Safety boats will be manned from 2pm and some very short, simple races will be run starting at 6pm promptly, thus avoiding the need for navigation lights. They usually have the BBQ lit afterwards…
I want to thank Jeff and his cheerful team for making these Thursday afternoons happen; many club members have been able to enjoy the lake when otherwise they would not.

BARTS BASH – Sunday 15-Sep-19

Rob Mitchell is once again (thankfully!) taking charge of this race, founded to remember that great Olympic sailor Andrew (Bart) Simpson. On this day all around the World, the race is held. Course lengths are measured, and each club submits their results from which a world-wide set of results is produced. Yes, a chance to be a true world champion!

Chew has been in the list of top-number of entries on a couple of occasions and I know Rob would dearly like us to top the list again (though he might struggle to write down all the finishing times!!). There will be a large committee boat team to record the numbers.

A £5 charitable donation is asked to enter – this year’s chosen charity is our own CLADS. It would help Rob enormously if you could enter online before the day.
Link as follows which needs to be completed with the club identified as the venue:-

Start time is 11.00. Rob will give a briefing of how the race will run – there will be separate fleet starts so the line will not be intimidatingly crowded, and everyone expects there to be a huge range of experience.

PLEASE – even if you only plan to race once this year, make this THE one. Boats of all shapes and sizes will be most welcome.

First Aid Course – Saturday 14-Sep-19

This is a whole day course – it is water oriented, lots of practical and it’s is the RYA recognised course run by a RYA instructor. You get the RYA first aid manual and certificate valid for 3 years which all instructors must have. The cost is £25, I have checked and elsewhere they charge £95 so it is a cracking deal.
Could people please book via webcollect but if they have any problems with that or any questions please contact me

Topper and Optimist Open Meeting – Sunday 22-Sep-19

The plans are drawn up and a huge team of helpers organised to make this annual junior event happen. It will be one of the selection events for junior sailors hoping to gain places in RYA training squads for the winter.

If anyone would like more information about this, contact Nick Edmonds at or

Race Officer, Chris Goldhawk, will be in charge and, weather permitting, there should be no restriction on people wanting to simply have a sail. In any event, it promises to be a great spectacle so do come along and watch.

Lake & Cake 6 – Saturday 28-Sep-19

Meet in the bar at 1:45 rigged & ready. Ladies of any standard of sailing are warmly invited to join in this Saturday, which is all about the camaraderie and fun and, if you would like to team up with a more experienced sailor on the day, this can be arranged. This is the last lake n’ cake this year (although I’m sure the ladies will find a reason to keep going out in a group over the winter). If you would like to be added to the lake & cake email contact list and WhatsApp group please contact Rosie on

Flying Fifteen/Fireball and Merlin Rocket Open – Sat. 12-Oct-19 and Sun -Oct-19

Volunteers to help with this big open meeting will be very gratefully received by the organiser, our Solo fleet captain,

Errol Edwards –
OR – volunteer direct on Dutyman
OR – contact Tom Skailes on

Being a part of the team running these exciting events is a great way to better understand what goes on. No-one gets placed outside their comfort zone – the Race Officers (Rob Mitchell in this case), go to great lengths to explain everything so that all involved pull together.

RYA Level 2 Direct Assessments

We are offering members a limited number of opportunities during the weekend 21/22-Sep-19 to be directly assessed as being fully up to RYA Level 2 (Basic Skills) standard. Not everyone learns to sail on a formal training course, but at some time may want or need to be awarded an RYA Level 2 (Basic Skills) qualification. That’s what these sessions are for – to check whether your knowledge, sailing ability and awareness on the water gained through experience are up to L2 standard.
The session will involve going out with one of the club’s Senior Instructors and covering as many practical and theoretical aspects of the RYA Level 2 syllabus as the Instructor feels are appropriate to test, dependent on your experience and demonstrated ability.

The sessions are likely to last up to half a day, but the duration is flexible at the discretion of the Instructor. The session will cost £55 to cover the Instructor’s expenses and club costs.

Do get in touch if you are interested. First come first served – but before asking me for one of these sessions, do refresh your understanding of the current RYA Level 2 (Basic Skills) syllabus! Have a look on the RYA Website, or ask me for a copy – Dave Orme, Training Co-ordinator,

Finally, please keep sending me any pictures of your summer sailing exploits to cheer us up as autumn looms large. I shall look forward to the tales of Chew member heroics in the bar….