Mid June News 2023

With so much going on here’s a quick reminder of all that’s coming up, and what’s gone on:

Lake and cake & Lunch on the Lake

Don’t forget Saturday 10-Jun-23 both Lunch on the Lake and Lake and Cake groups will be meeting at the club to enjoy the warm weather and balmy winds.

Start Racing by Nick Martindale/Thursday Improvers

The start racing sessions continue on Thursday eves throughout June 2023 for anyone interested in joining in the racing at Chew. This is a great session hosted by some of our most experienced sailors to help you develop the skills and confidence to join the club racing, or simply to improve. Simply turn up rigged and ready to sail for 6pm or whenever you can.

We aim to provide all you need to know to get started and tips/tricks to get around the course quicker.
After a quick chat we should be on the water at 6:30  and off at 8:00 with ample time for further discussion in bar after.

And if racing doesn’t float your boat, there’s also the Thursday Improvers group running at the same time to help you develop your sailing  skills.

See you next Thursday


A blue IKEA bag full of sailing kit/wetsuits went missing from the corridor outside the changing rooms on Wednesday evening. If you inadvertently picked it up with your kit please can you let me know and I will put you in touch with the owner!

CLADS- help STILL needed please

Sadly this weekends CLAD sailing had to be cancelled due to a lack of helpers. Assistance is needed either ashore with rigging/moving boats, and afloat. If you can help out, even occasionally, please contact CLADs chairman Steve here 

28-Jun-23 Nettle Bashers Required in Preparation for the Family Regatta!

If you are able to join the merry band of volunteers to help bash the nettles on Little Denny in preparation for the family regatta, please meet at the flagpole at 1000 on 28th June ready for a ferry to the harbour on the far side of Denny. Boots and long trousers recommended come.Please come armed with whatever tools you have.

Fun Thursdays begin in July

A reminder from the Police Group VC, we are running FUN Thursdays on 06-Jul-23 and 20-Jul-23 and 03-Aug-23 and 19-Aug-23. We will provide duty team from 1400 until one hour before sunset (roughly 8pm) for anyone to come and sail. About 6 Hugh and Jackie Whatley will run a simple FUN race, all welcome. Afterwards one of our bbq team will be doing a bbq. All we ask is a donation towards the cost. If you have any special dietary needs bring your own and they will cook it for you. If you are not a member of the Police group please let Jeff know if you intend to come to the bbq so we have an idea of numbers and if we need to get an extra bun. jeffstratford@btinternet.com

RYA First aid course

There are still places available on the RYA first aid course on the 29-Jul-23 please book through your Webcollect account, or contact Jeff

Member Travels

Mirror Nationals

Above is ’Team Chew’ that competed in the Mirror Nationals at Brightlingsea.
From left to right –
Derian Scott and Bella Broughton (31st), Paul and Gabe Nichols (38th), Alex ‘Smiley’ Knight and Harry Smalley (18th), Paul and Peter Smalley (5th) and Adam and Max Broughton (16th).

The Nationals were won by ex- Chew sailor Ben McGrane with daughter Keira, with Paul and Peter Smalley leading the Chew fleet in the overall results with 5th Overall from a fleet of 41

Filey regatta

New club members Malcolm and Alison James raced their Scorpion  ‘Zephyr’ at the Filey Regatta in East Yorks, placing 10th out of 36 dinghies in the Medium Handicap Fleet, Alison braving the ocean waves for the first time in 5 years. Full results are here

ILCA/Solo Open

The club hosted the ILCA (Laser) Open and Solo Western Championship last weekend attended by almost 50 boats in total. There was good competitive racing throughout the fleet and a strong showing from our Chew boats, featuring a good share of race wins. You can read Gus’s report of the ILCA event, here and a report of the Solo racing here, both accompanied by Primrose Salt’s great pictures

Invitation To Experienced Club Helms

You may have heard about the club’s popular Pay & Play scheme. If not, a brief description is on the club’s website here

For members, it is a way to help inexperienced, curious or rusty sailors improve or regain skills in an informal session. For non-members, it’s a chance to visit the club and get out onto the water for a taster session with a view to getting into the sport and the club.

P&P sessions are not, in any form, RYA training. No formal instruction is offered or expected. With that in mind, a while ago it was agreed that not only instructors but also experienced club helms can deliver P&P sessions. If any experienced club helms might like to help us keep on top of the P&P summer waiting list by taking a customer or two out, either in a club boat or their own boat, it would be a great help to everyone.
If you’re interested and would like to add your name to the register of P&P helms, or would like a bit more info, please let me know. P&P helms can claim £35, plus £20 boat hire if they use their own boat, for each session they deliver.

Dave Orme, RYA Principal, training.cvlsc@gmail.com

Andy Jones