Anniversary Dinner & Prizegiving with Iain Percy
We are delighted to announce that double Olympic Gold Medalist and America’s Cup sailor Iain Percy will be our special guest at the Anniversary Dinner and Prizegiving. Details of cost and booking (via WebCollect) to follow shortly in another email. Numbers will be limited. Please note the change of date to November 11th.
Sailing Report – Helen Martin, Vice Commodore
Barts Bash and Anniversary Parade of Sail
A very jolly and happy day on Sunday. What we lacked in sunshine was made up for with a gentle breeze in a good direction and loads of laughter and good spirits. 80 boats and 102 sailors for BB puts us once again near the top in the world! Well done and thank you to Rob and the whole duty and race team. And of course well done to everyone who took part from seasoned racers to CLADS, families sailing together to novice and first timers with a special mention of those tail-enders determined to finish despite the wind dropping to almost nothing. The total raised for the Andrew Simpson Foundation (so far) is £636.
Whilst it is the taking part and celebrating our fantastic sport that matters but for the record the winners of the “Bartometer”, a new barometer trophy for this event, were Ian Cadwallader and Dave Sweet in a Flying Fifteen.
In the afternoon for the Golden Anniversary Grand Parade of Sail (main photo) there were so many flags on Hugh’s Laser (sidebar) that we wondered if he’d ever make it upwind. Bunting of all sorts was in evidence from WW2 flags through to pirate regalia and a string of lost property. Led off by the Flying Fifteens, with spinnakers just flying in the gentle breeze, the fleet included some Oppie sailors whose first time out alone had been at August Antics and the newly RYA qualified beginner sailors. We had founder members, past Commodores and Honorary members on the water as well as ashore “receiving” the salute with Commodore Rob Mitchell and Bristol Water Representative Steven Smith.
Please note that on Saturday 30th September and Sunday October 1st we host the Topper Training and then the Open. There is no club racing but general sailing can go ahead subject to weather conditions and safety consideration for the young Topper Sailors.
No apologies for repeating this: water levels continue to fall (see photo below..) although there’s still plenty left for sailing. RIB drivers and sailors be extra careful in all the usual places: the concrete jetty, Little Denny, the northern “corner” of Denny Island and anywhere near the shore. If you aren’t sure, please ask.
Also be aware that you can now step / trip off the main southern slip onto the lake shore.