Club Bar goes Cashless!

All members should please note that to help improve security and administration, with immediate effect the club bar will now not take any cash payments. You can of course continue to pay using cards/apple and google pay etc, which is now the norm in any case for the vast majority of transactions.

For avoidance of doubt, you can continue to pay for galley food and other items purchased through Antonia’s Deli using either cash or cards


Please can I remind all members that the gate at the Wally Court Road entrance must always remain locked. Please ensure that you take the time to do so on all occasions you enter/leave.

On exceptional occasions (eg open meetings/visitor days) a club official may remove the padlock, although even then the gate must always be closed.

Important RIB news for all members/users

I am sure many of you will have noticed much hard work going on over recent months in the undercover store to maintain and improve our RIBS.

We now possess two electric powered rigiflex boats that we hope will become the boat of choice for future training and coaching activity. Work is currently underway by our new powerboat bosun to get these fully operational and more details of how they should be used will follow in future news.

We have also recently upgraded all of our RIB trailers – these allow much easier RIB launching and recovery and remove the risk that any damage is done to the RIB hull as a result of it being loaded onto the trailer incorrectly. Importantly, please ensure that each RIB is secured by both the painter and the webbing strap to the trailer during launching and recovery, to avoid any risk of the RIB slipping off.

The new trailers have a higher wheel base than previous, and when launching you will find it easier if you do so along the right hand side of the slip – don’t be tempted to go in at an angle to the left where the shallower drop off will necessitate you going further into the lake to slide the RIB on/off!

Also now upgraded, the old fixed radios have now been removed from the RIBs. These were becoming unreliable in use, and so we have invested in more handheld radios and microphones which are stored in the secretaries office. More details on use will follow but in the meantime each RIB driver should please ensure that they take a handheld radio with them for use on the lake.

Chew lasers rock on!

Chew Lasers are going to Rock for Easter. Come join us and sail in the beautiful Camel estuary in Cornwall this Easter. There’s racing to be had too, one per day at the Rock Sailing Club Easter Chase. For more information contact or join the WhatsApp group.

RYA first aid course 10-Dec-23 by Jeff Stratford

RYA first aid course in the bar area at the club on Sunday 10th December 2023. This is the full RYA course that all instructors need and I would recommend it to everyone. It is a full day 0930 to 1630, and you will get the current RYA first aid manual and a certificate valid for 3 years. There are still 2 places available. The cost is £30 which is outstanding value. Please book through your Webcollect account, if you have any questions please email

Christmas Lunch and Little Denny Carols by Jeff Stratford

The Police group are the duty team on Wednesday 13-Dec-23, we will be organising the annual carols on the island event. You can sail across to Denny or we will ferry you across for carols at 1100 and to remember our fellow sailors who are no longer with us. It is one of only two days a year we are allowed to land on the island. If you would like to join us just let Jeff know you are coming. It is also the day of the Christmas lunch at the club please contact Antonia and Ben to book.

Join the police group for breakfast by Jeff Stratford

A future date for your new diaries, on Wednesday 31-Jan-24 @ 10.00 the Police group are organising a breakfast for its members, friends from NARPOand extend the invitation to all Club members.
To keep it simple a full English or vegetarian breakfast with unlimited toast, tea or coffee is £10 and poached eggs with unlimited toast, tea or coffee is £6. Antonia and Ben will be doing the cooking. We have set a limit at 50 people, last time it was very popular so don’t delay book now. Can we ask Club members to book and pay Antonia and Ben please.

Home made Jam and Chutney in aid of Alzheimer’s by Jo Cudmore

Looking for a lovely tasty stocking fillers as a Christmas pressie? Well….

Once again this year Jo Cudmore is raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society by growing and making her wonderfully flavoursome jams, chutneys and elderflower cordial.

These will be available at the Christmas Meal (details above) for a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society. If you can’t make the meal but want to grab a jar please contact Jo directly.

Member Travels by James Williams

The longer nights and colder weather hasn’t put off a hardy bunch of members from travelling to the open events still taking place throughout November.
Malcolm James travelled to the Scorpion End of Season Champs at Staunton Harold, with a number of top 10 finishes in a competetive fleet. Our other regulat Scorpion traveller Ian Cadwallader sailed at the first of the Sailjuice Winter Series at Draycote Water, joined in the fleet by the 505 of Tom Jeffcoate who finished finished 10th overall in a fleet of 100.
The ever dependent ILCA fleet were represented at the ILCA7 Inland Champs, also at Draycote, by Ollie Allen-Wilcox and Ed Baker. Ollie came away with a 3rd overall.

The club also hosted its last open of 2023 with the RS100 and RS700 Inlands returning for the second consecutive year. Chew made up half of the 30 entries across boat fleets. For the second year running Rob Higgins won the RS700 fleet to take away the crown of Inland Champion (closely followed by James Clark). RS100 Class Chair David Smart was top Chew boat in the RS100 fleet in 4th.

Andy Jones  Commodore