Bristol Brew Team Racing – 1-2 Dec 2018

Sailing Report

Last week only two Wayfarer crews ventured out on Wednesday, with reefed sails, and it was too windy to safely bring the committee boat ashore. The wind was kinder on Sunday so she is safely tucked away from the winter storms. Thanks to Steve Turner, John Rogers and Allen Marsh.

Then last weekend there was lots of youth training, Lasers and Aeros. Each day brought a different challenge for them and club sailors alike.
Saturday, strong wind and on Sunday the classic Chew W / NW, shifty and gusty breeze – some love it, some hate it!

Prior to a delicious lunch prepared by Rob Hatherell, the Wednesday sailors were out in force this week to say a final farewell to Pete Cheek in the time honoured fashion.

Wednesday also provided the opportunity to present Jeff Stratford with the President’s Prize in recognition not only of his co-ordination of powerboat and rescue helm training but also the contribution of the Police group members to the club.

I failed to mention in the last newsletter to whom the other special trophies were awarded this year. The long established endeavour trophies for adults and juniors respectively went to:Dave Bennet (Fred Smith trophy) and Rosie and Susie Sheahan (John Smalley trophy). The new Dot Macklin Trophy, presented by Dave Macklin in memory of Dot, for the ‘female sailor of the year’, was awarded to Ruth Kenyon.

Bristol Brew

From Arthur Bruce, Bristol University Events Secretary…

On the weekend of the 1st-2nd of December the club saw University of Bristol Sailing Club’s annual ‘Bristol Brew’. The university team racing event attracted 108 competitors and 18 teams from the South West region and beyond. With a strong forecast on both days the whole event was sailed on cut-down sails. After the first day of racing Exeter Blue lead with Cardiff Black and Bristol Alumni in second and third respectively. After the Sunday’s racing the final result was Exeter Blue, Southampton and Plymouth in first, second and third place respectively. Bristol would like to firstly thank Chew for again being so helpful in allowing us to organise the weekend. Secondly Martin Smethers the PRO and the whole umpire team, in particular Nick Martindale for being a very helpful liaison between the club and Bristol. The next team racing event set to take place at the club is the BUSA western area qualifiers in February.


From Tom Skailes…

A request again that any members that want to do duties with a particular member, to please update their Dutyman profiles with the name of the member they want to do duties with (this is easier for me to find quickly than just a member number), and to also make sure that that member also updates their profile accordingly with the reciprocal info – but, as ever, I can’t guarantee to honour the preference.

Tap and Resolution Trophies

Looking ahead to the special festive season races – always good fun and very sociable.
Volunteers wanted for race and rescue teams for the Boxing Day Tap Trophy and New Year’s Day Resolution Trophy. Start time for both 13.30. Contact John Smalley.

Helen Martin