RS Aero Inlands 13/14 October

Sailing Report

RS Aero Inland Championships – 13th/14th October… This was a challenging weekend with the Saturday being literally ‘blown off’ – during the afternoon the wind was averaging above 30knts with gusts well in excess of 40knts. All but a very few of the 56 sailors we had entered looked mightily relieved when sailing for the day was cancelled!

The challenge on Sunday, when the wind interestingly had swung round 180deg. to become a 10-15knt Northerly (and it rained!), was to try and get 4 decent races completed in time for a prize giving at 4.30pm. (Lots of sailors had travelled a long way to compete). Our RIB launching effort was greatly assisted by Bristol Water removing the large, round, fish hatchery net device which had broken free and beached on our slipway in the storm on the Friday!

Thanks to brilliant organisation by Alex Timms mustering the Solo fleet volunteers, the ‘A’ team as he described them, all of the above conditions were met.

The winner of the largest fleet, the ‘7’ size rigs, was Noah Rees from Torpoint Mosquito S.C. Chew’s best performers were Derian Scott finishing 3rd in the ‘5s’, and Nick Martindale who came 6th in the ‘7s’.

The Club has had many messages of thanks from both the Aero Association and competitors themselves. The Aero Representative sent this email:
“Thank you again for a great weekend at Chew. Considering the wind and rain I think we just about managed the most fun possible! Mike and Primrose captured some great images. They will help promote events at Chew as well as RS Aero sailing. Report and photos are posted here;

I was so inspired by the Chew Solo fleet all stepping up to assist our event that I am now helping at the Merlin open at my home club in Lymington this Saturday!
Peter Barton
RS Aero Class Association Manager”

Autumn Points Series… Sunday 21st must rank as one of the nicest Autumn sailing days I can remember. A typical WSW breeze which built throughout the day and glorious warm sunshine brought lots of you onto the water. There is just one more Sunday left in this series, 04-Nov-18, for the runners and riders to consolidate their positions. Then we have the grand points totting exercise, from all the year’s series racing, to be able to award the winners with their tokens on Saturday 17Nov-18.

Get Knotted… Martyn Iain said on facebook: Some great knotwork instruction from Chris Face this morning 👍 thoroughly enjoyed by all 🙂 now, is it knit one then pearl one, or the other way round…?

Bristol University Post-Graduates… The current University Commodore, Issy Gordon, has asked me to find out if we have any ex- Bristol Uni. members sailing at the Club. If so, she would very much like you to get in touch with her:

Looking Forward

RS200 Ugly Tour and RS100 Inland National Championships – Saturday 27-Oct-18
The 200s Ugly Tour event has become a regular fixture on our calendar reflecting the continuing strength of our Chew fleet. Once again, the 100s have asked to join them and, because their Inlands were cancelled, this has become their championship. Keith Harris and the Flying Fifteen fleet are in the driving seat and I am sure they will provide and excellent day of racing. There should be plenty of room for anyone wanting to just have a sail as well. The racing will start at 12.00.

Visitors Day, Top Club and RNLI Trophies – Sunday 28-Oct-18
This is Chew’s showcase day for our racing sailors. We always hope to have a good turnout of visitors to enjoy the racing and, if there are enough from visiting clubs, to compete for the Top Club trophy – current holders, Sutton Bingham. In the morning we sail for the RNLI trophies with two handicap starts, fast and slow. To enter we ask for a £5 donation to the RNLI. In the afternoon there will be a Pursuit Race for the Chew Rose Bowl, a beautiful cup which currently resides in Paul Smalley’s house – he won it with Alex Knight last year. Pursuit racing is always a good spectator spectacle with all the different classes of boat coming together at the end as their handicap timings unwind. Come along and enjoy the fun…

Bristol Astronomical Society Star Night at CVLSC – Saturday 03-Nov-18 @ 7pm
6 free places for club members- names are needed in advance and it will be ‘first come first served’
contact Helen,

RS Aero demonstrator day – Saturday 10-Nov-18
We’ve just had their Inlands so if seeing all those Aeros has whetted your appetite, do come along to try one out. There is no charge for this great opportunity – but please register your interest with Cathy Bartram

RIB Driver Refresher Day – Wednesday 14-Nov-18
Jeff Stratford has set this day up to give any of you the chance to refresh and brush up on your RIB driving skills. Please let him know you intend to come – Jeff Stratford (

Winter Training for Youth sailors
The youth section has been busy organising race training for our younger members. Coaching sessions for Lasers, Fevas and 29ers are now available for booking on webcollect . Depending on demand, Topper race training may also be organised. If interested contact Andrew Price ( and Nick Edmonds (

 New Notice Board
The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed the arrival of a new whiteboard on a stand as you enter the Club. The idea is that Duty Officers, Race Officers and Event Organisers will have room to briefly detail what is going on at the Club that day. There is also a section to write any precautionary issues for members at the club on the day – (at the minute it is the shallow water for RIB drivers and sailors alike). Please make use of this informative facility.

Pontoon Maintenance Team –
Allen Marsh has sent this request for help regarding pontoon maintenance. What is required is a team to react to positioning of the pontoons in relation to the water levels, and also to repair any damage due to strong winds.
Please contact him to volunteer: 01275 331 143 mob. 07900 542 277

Dutyman Changes

In the last few weeks, I’ve been making several tweaks to the Dutyman member profile set up, so it would be great if all members that have a Dutyman account would login and check/update their profile settings (accessible via the ‘Profile’ tab near the upper left when logged into Dutyman). Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to ensure you update all relevant fields, in particular:

  • Ensure that your mobile or most relevant contact phone number is in the first ‘Phone’ field – it will help the OODs in their ringing around of the duty team. NB only the first phone number field is visible in the roster to a logged in member so if you want both phone numbers to be visible, you can add the second phone number in the first box with a couple of spaces between the two numbers.
  • Ensure your membership number is present/correct.
  • If you prefer to do duties with a particular person (eg a family member or your regular crew), enter the membership number and/or name of the person you would like to do duties in this field. I will not be using the old ‘-1’ system from now on.
  • Tick your preferred duty types (OOD, ARO etc)

NB contact to get Rescue Helm and/or Race Officer ticked, and also any training you have had (PB2, CVLSC safety training, RYA Safety Boat etc), and your preferred duty days (Saturday, Sunday etc) using the new tick boxes.

I can’t guarantee to honour these preferences but will try.

If you ensure that your Dutyman profile is up to date it will make matching your preferred duties/days much easier and more reliable in Dutyman when I put together the next batch of duty allocations. I am also going to get rid of the postal address bit of the profile, so you shouldn’t be concerned if that bit disappears.

Tom Skailes – Duties coordination

Annual Celebration Supper and Prizegiving – Saturday 17-Nov-18 19.30pm

This year we are very fortunate to have Bryony Shaw, 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, and Daisy Collingridge, a promising young Laser Radial sailor to join us for the evening.

Their main purpose is to officially present the Club with our British Youth Sailing Recognised Club award. They are also going to give a brief presentation (subject to be confirmed, but may well include Bryony’s take on the recent pre-Olympic event in Japan), and of course, to present the Club Trophies.

Get this date in your diaries! Rob in the galley would like some idea of numbers to cater for so please send me an email if you are planning to come:

John Smalley