Sailing & Social Reports

– Helen Martin, Vice Commodore

While we were away looking for some sunshine and warmth, a lot was going on…. I thought I’d use some quotes from those that were there.

 The Great Wall of Chew

“Loving the community spirit at Chew this morning!”

“So the critical question is if 29 people move 100kg of stone a minute, 3m vertically for 2 hours how much energy has each person expended? Unanswered conundrum discussed on the day so Peter could decide whether to go to the gym on the way home”.

Certainly enough energy to complete the task, enjoy the bacon butties and generate “heartwarming” community spirit.

Thank you to the 30 or so members who turned up to repair a section of the dinghy park and special thank you to mastermind Allen Marsh and to Laura Smith for rallying the troops.

There are some photos and video on Facebook.

CLADS Dinner

– from Josh Preater
“Further to the main club celebrating 50 years the disabled section is celebrating 25 years and part of their celebration was a quiz night enjoyed by many club members past and present. Special thanks must go to Rob for a wonderful dinner, Andy Bones for running the bar and Richard Weston for running the quiz!”  and of course to Janet and Tony Thornhill.

29er Sprint Event Saturday 28th January

Great conditions for the 11 boats, 3 from Chew and 8 visitors, to compete in eight very short windward / leeward races.

There are some excellent pictures and a video on Facebook. Well done Nick Edmonds for coordinating and being RO too.

Aiming for Tokyo 2020

On Wednesday evening 50 of us snuggled into the bar for a very entertaining and personal talk from Ellie Cumpsty (Chew sailor and Laser Radial Podium Potential Squad). It was lovely to see so many of the younger sailors supporting their Topper coach.

Wonderfully insightful & personal talk Ellie. What a journey to self awareness you have been making through your development in the sport. Thanks for sharing and keep pushing on – you have our support!”

“Ellie, you were and are awesome! Keep it up


The frostbite series frequently offers the best sailing of the year if you have the right kit of course. Here is a quick tally of the number of boats that have raced at least once this year: 25 Handicap fleet, 7 Flying Fifteens, 15 Lasers 14 Solos and 2 Toppers, and there have been a good number of members cruising or training on Wednesdays and at weekends. The clubhouse has been buzzing.