Water Levels – Care Needed

Caution please – water levels are still dropping, rib drivers 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.

Sailing Report – Helen Martin, Vice Commodore

Ideal conditions made for a busy and enjoyable class race day on Sunday. Claire’s slick race team allowed the scheduled 8 short windward/ leeward races to be successfully completed with lots of different people in contention in each race. Thank you to the duty team for your help with course setting and keeping watch.

We obviously love sailing. A steady stream of members took to the water during the day on Wednesday, enjoying the fabulous surroundings and lively WSW breeze. Then in the evening nearly 40 boats turned up either for Wind Down Race 1 or to potter. The breeze just about held up to get all but the Mirrors, Tera and Topper round two laps.

(Some navigationally challenged boats in the first part of the fleet – led by two Flying Fifteens who might have had their sights set on the bar rather than the next mark – followed each other round the wrong mark and set off upwind leaving the boats behind to sail away into the lead. RO Helen kindly sent a RIB out to remind them but she was far to modest to include this in her report!)

As always it was great to see some novice and younger sailors taking part. Well done to the Laser Magno – their first ever race – and to all the volunteer race team, Mike, Sandie, John and Mike.

We have a Race Officer for next week’s Wind Down Wednesday 2; we’ll need at least two volunteers for rescue – aiming for the start time of 18.15.

Bart’s Bash – Sunday 17th September

Sunday 17th September Bart’s Bash, worldwide race and celebration of sailing in memory of Olympic sailor Andrew “Bart” Simpson. Also a fundraiser for the Andrew Simpson Foundation.

Chew has been in the top 3 or 4 in the world for numbers of participants since the very first race, even more than Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre / Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. Let’s aim for the top this year.

It is really important that you register online before the race at www.bartsbash.com, otherwise we can’t guarantee your entry will be recognised and also please register your entry with the CVLSC WebCollect page to help administration on the day.