A message from the President

The club’s next AGM is only a couple of months away and with it Rob Mitchell and Helen Martin’s terms of office as Commodore and Vice Commodore come to an end. I believe the last three years have been transformational for the club under their leadership and CVLSC is a far better place as a result.

I am hopeful that Rob will allow himself to be proposed to take over as President and that Helen will be prepared to offer her services as Commodore, but I am aware that Helen will only be able to do this if she has outstanding support from other club members.

We have a strong general committee and sailing committee, but we don’t have a nominee to take over as Vice Commodore. This is a vital role and it is essential we find a nominee to volunteer for this role which is primarily concerned with overseeing all things to do with water based activities at the club.

Please will you give serious consideration as to whether you, or a member you know well could fill this role. We need to agree nominations to put to the membership in the next few weeks so please do think about who could fill this role and please let Rob, Helen or me have your suggestions. (Contact Helen Martin for a job description.)
Happy sailing
Simon Chapman

Sailing Report – Helen Martin, Vice Commodore

Wednesday evening brought a strong south-westerly over the Mendips, deterring all but the hardiest (maddest?) sailors from launching – mainly Lasers, Solos plus a Finn, an RS 200 and an Aero. The “armchair and balcony” sailors, watching with admiration, thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle with Mark 0 providing some challenge / entertainment.

Another good turnout on Sunday morning for the Admiral’s Chase with close racing across the fleets. In the afternoon, as well as the usual fleet racing (including 6 Flying Fifteens warming up for their trip to Falmouth Week), it was lovely to see several families sailing together and having fun in the lively breeze.

Grand Parade Of Sail

On Sunday September 3rd at 12 noon, another chance to celebrate 50 years of sailing at Chew Valley Lake. The plan is to get as many boats on the water as possible to sail past the Commodore and invited guests (including past Commodores and founder members). All types of sailors and boats are invited; boats dressed with bunting and flags if possible.

There will be two short briefings:

  • 10:00 for those taking part in the Age Trophies race in the morning. The parade of sail will follow straight after the race.
  • 11:30 for those sailing in the parade only.

AND in the afternoon – there is a pursuit race for the fabulous new Anniversary Trophy.

Work On The Club House

The clubhouse is now swathed in scaffolding as work has started on the long-awaited upgrades! But don’t worry – all club and sailing activities will continue as usual.

Warning – Water Level

As the water level drops the damage to the bottom of the southern slipway is becoming ever evident,. Take care launching and using the winch, which will trip out if put under too much strain. Rib drivers – the water level over Little Denny is dropping, care please.