81 members sat down to a delicious traditional X-mas lunch on Thursday 14th December. This was followed by entertainment by our very own Blackwater Ensemble with many carols to sing along to and memorable performances by the Blackwater Singers. Everyone is now well in the mood for X-mas but don't forget to come along to X-mas Cheer at the club from 11:00 on Sunday 17th when mince pies and mulled wine will be available.
A snowy scene greeted members who visited the club on Sunday 10th December. Just the weather for our Winter and Icicle sailing series and I'm sure a bit of snow won't stop the Friday Sailors.
Thanks to Zoe Nelson for the following photos.
The Blackwater faction of the Squiddies Feva team attended last weekend’s Feva Winter Champs at the prestigious Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy.
BSC ‘s Sophie Johnson with Dylan Collingbourne (Burnham SC) took first place overall, giving a “masterclass” in heavy wind sailing on day one.
The rest of the Blackwater team; Theo Aers & Rhiannon Webber, Ruby Andrews & Gemma Raymond and Marnie Aers & Ellie Shelter, all sailed brilliantly under the expert guidance of Squiddies coach Johnathan Lewis, in the very challenging conditions.
Well done guys!
Featuring pictures from this year’s photo competition we still have some calendars for sale.
Large size with the tide table at the back are available in limited numbers at £8. Desk top calendars, but with NO tide table, we have a few left at £5. Please contact Marilyn Sinclair to place an order.
Seven Blackwater Sailing Club cadets attended the Optimist Winter Championship held at Datchet Water Sailing Club over the weekend 18 and 19 November. Due to low water levels the race format was different from that usually used, with a square course and just one windward leg, for both the Main and the Regatta fleet. This enabled the Principal Race Officer, Stuart Childerley, to hold 10 races over the weekend on the Main fleet course while on the shorter Regatta Fleet course, race officer Tom Rusbridge manged to get in 12 races.
The wind conditions were light on both days and this tended to favour the lighter sailors. In main fleet Intermediate Squad sailor, Joey Taylor, and National Squad sailor, Nick Evans, both secured their first ever bullets at a main fleet championship. Both their finishing positions, 25 and 31 respectively, however were held back by a scoring system which, unusually, allowed for no discards. This meant sailors had to count 75 point penalties for being over the line with one minute or less to go. A system which favoured those sailors less prepared to take risks at the start. Optimist National Squad sailor Matty Evans finished 60th, having to count two such penalties in her overall score. Zone Squad sailor Hugh Andrews competed for the first time in Main Fleet. He too suffered from the scoring system, finishing 114 overall in the 146 boat fleet. He did however count some strong results in the course of the Regatta, showing great potential for the future.
Over in the Regatta Fleet, and competing for the first time at a National event, great consistency ensured that Jessica Haigh finished 13th overall and secured the prize for third girl. Also competing were cousins Florence (25th) and Osea Evans (37th) who both enjoyed the experience, especially in the sunshine on Sunday.
Well done everybody. Good luck to our FEVA sailors who are taking part in their Winter Championships at Weymouth this weekend
Read the article now in Yachts and Yachting http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/199737/Blackwater-Sailing-Club-cadet-success?source=email