Regatta day 2008

Sailing Club News – 14th March

Strong wind and very strong wind has characterised the last two Wednesdays and weekends. Wednesdays have been blown off; last Sunday too, and on the previous Sunday only 3 boats ventured out in the morning before it became unsafe for them and the rescue team.
Saturdays have been marginally less breezy allowing the 29er, Feva and Laser youth sailors to practice capsize recovery and heavy weather boat handling. Thank you to all the duty and rescue teams for your diligence in keeping a look out, being out on the water and making wise decisions about when sailing should not take place.
Also the eagle eyed among you will notice the changes/repairs/improvements our Rear Commodore, Mike Higgins, has been making.
The Training Room is looking much smarter with new flooring and will soon be redecorated.
Things are slowly happening in the gents changing rooms – wheels fitted to the large benches to enable them to move for better floor cleaning, removal of the large, obstructive pillars (thankfully the roof didn’t cave in!), and new shower mixer heads.
And we have smarter seating in the main club room.

You will see a new, faster computer in the Race Hut, thanks to Dave Pye for the sourcing and installation.
And there is a new wifi system at the Club – lookout for the access code in the main room.

Membership Renewals – it’s that important time of year again!

Many thanks to everyone who has renewed their membership already – it is hugely helpful to Rosie, spreading her workload. If you intend to renew and haven’t done so yet please can you do it as soon as possible as the 2018/19 memberships expire at the end of this month. If you would like help or guidance, Rosie Bowers (our Membership Secretary) will be in the main room of the clubhouse this Saturday (16th March) from 11am–2pm (please bring your WebCollect Sign-on details with you: Email address and Password, or a means of accessing email).
If you haven’t received your Membership Renewal Email yet, please let Rosie know. Rosie can be contacted on

Looking Ahead

Wednesday 20th March – Wednesday Warmer talk by Dave Curno – 6.30 for a 7pm start.

Dave Curno is the RYA Regional Planning and Environmental Co-ordinator. He is going to come and talk about “Environmental Issues for Sailors”.
Whilst his usual talk is largely marine based, he has promised to emphasise the freshwater aspects.
Rob will have the Galley running from 6.30pm and the Bar will be open, aiming for a 7pm start.
This evening is free so please come along and support it – everyone is welcome.

Wednesday 27th March – 2nd Race Officer Update evening – 6.30 for 7pm start.

The evening will cover the new arrangements for displaying flags and courses on the committee boat, changes to our club’s marks and flags, changes and updates to the racing rules and the newly re-written Club Sailing Instructions. The intention is that all of our race officer team will have attended one or other of these evenings – Rob will have supper ready for 6.30. Also any keen Assistant Race Officers who would like to better understand what you will be facing when your duty comes around, please do come along – you will be most welcome. Please let me know beforehand –

Saturday 30th/Sunday 31st March – RS200 and 400 Open Meeting

AN EARLY WARNING – this will be a busy weekend for the Club with Bath University hosting their Alumni event and a Class race day on the Sunday.

Bristol Water have kindly allowed us to park at Woodford Lodge during the weekend – this will be for all duty teams and cars not towing a boat. Jeff Stratford and his Police Group have volunteered to direct the traffic so please, make their life easy by following their instructions.

Wednesday afternoon sailing Easter holidays (and hopefully summer holidays too)

Would you like to be able to sail on Wednesday afternoons in the school holidays, 2pm to 4.30, when the universities and schools aren’t there to provide safety cover?
We’d like to know how much interest there is and put together a volunteer duty rota, in the first instance, for the Easter holidays: 2 rescue helms for each date.
Why not be the first to volunteer for one afternoon (dates below) and then those that go sailing can volunteer for future school holiday afternoons?
Longer term, if popular and successful, we aim to include this as part of the normal duties allocation.

Wednesday 10th April and Wednesday 17th April. – Both dates lead into the Wednesday evening racing series so you can hand over and go sailing in the evening.

So…… 2 things to let me know: –
Would you like to sail on Wednesday afternoons in the school holidays?
Can you volunteer for safety cover for 10th or 17th April?
Contact –

Lake & Cake

Lake & Cake is back this year on the following Saturday afternoons.

  • Sat 13th April (1)
  • Sat 11th May (2)
  • Sat 1st June (3)Sat 29th June (Ladies day – trophy race, training & Social).
  • Sat 3rd August (4)
  • Sat 31st August (5)
  • Sat 28th September (6)

The aim is to meet in the bar at 1:45pm, rigged and ready to sail. The ladies are very relaxed so please join in when you can. You can just turn up on the day, and any skill level is welcome (you don’t have to be an ace sailor). It’s well worth it as an afternoon’s sail is always followed by tea and cakes! Rosie Bowers is the co-ordinator, and can be contacted on

Junior & Youth Summer Program – from Youth Co-ordinator, Nick Edmonds

The finishing touches are just being put to the 2019 Summer program for the club’s junior and youth sailors. Over the next few weeks, specific announcements will be going out for each of the activities; from Chew Crew beginners and intermediates, through junior race days and team racing, and the continued Laser and 29er race training for the more experienced youth sailors.

To kick off the summer program an Assistant Dinghy Instructor Course is being held on the weekend of 13th/14th April. Aimed at those wanting to help with junior training at the club. Sailors need to be 14 years or older, good sailors, with at least a strong Stage 3 ability. The course will cover sailing a variety of boats, single handed sailing, double handed sailing, seamanship skills, the club operating procedures and how to instruct from both a RIB and a dinghy. Parents and other club members who are wanting to help with Chew Crew on the water are also strongly encouraged to attend. There will be no charge for this training – it is also open to any member who would like to try their hand at being a Dinghy Instructor – contact Nick on

Chew Crew will start in early May, with both beginners RYA Stage 1 & 2 courses, and an Intermediate group for those who already have their Stage 2 certificates. Friendly informal group tuition is provided for youngsters aged between 8 (by the 1st May), and 16. Dinghy Instructors, Assistant Dinghy instructors and experienced club members will give tuition. Training will be given in Optibats, Toppers and Tera dinghies and occasionally double handed dinghies with full safety cover on Sunday mornings from 10 am until 1pm from May to September (with a 3 Sunday break in later July/early August).

New for this summer, as an extension to Chew Crew, is a Junior Race Day, running approximately monthly. Aimed at those in the Intermediate group and above, who want to improve their sailing and to try out some racing. The goal is to improve sailing skills while having fun. It will be a full day program with coaching provided by RYA Junior Race Coaches in the morning, and coached racing in the afternoon. All junior classes will be very welcome to attend – Optimists, Teras, Toppers, Mirrors and Fevas. Included within the Junior Race Day will be the previously stand-alone Topper and Feva race coaching sessions. The stand-alone Topper and Feva coaching days will return in the Autumn once the summer Junior Race Days have finished in September.

August Antics will be held over the August Bank Holiday with the usual mix of something for everyone; some improvement sessions, some fun and games, and some races for the coveted August Antics trophy. Mark it in your calendars, details to follow nearer the date.
For those keen on racing, or keen to start racing, two & three boat team racing is a new initiative at the club, run in cooperation with Clifton College. The club Fevas have been used for the first couple of sessions, and we will be training with Clifton College in their Fireflys when we are able. The team are hoping to enter the Western Schools Regional competition hosted by Clifton College in May, and the Eric Twiname junior and youth team racing championships in October. This is a great opportunity for keen, less experienced sailors, to crew for the more experienced racing sailors both for the coaching and in the competitions. Session booking is already live on webcollect.

The Youth Laser and 29er race coaching sessions will continue through the summer, approximately monthly. The new summer dates are regularly being added as RIB bookings and coaches are confirmed. Register via webcollect.
To keep up to date on all the junior and youth activities and sessions visit the youth section of the club website. The whole section will be updated with summer 2019 content over the next few weeks.

For now, the news and calendar section are up to date

Use webcollect to register and pay for the sessions. Some of these are now live, other sessions and dates will be added over the next few weeks.

Finally, I hope the sunny Regatta picture reminds us all that Spring has sprung!