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
Meeting at the club 9:00 to 9:30
Following the great success of the last 2 working parties ,the next list of jobs are :
a) Moving small mounds of earth from around the lake.
b) Continued strimming of the trolly side of the park, just finishing off from last time, removing the unusual plants.
c) Start neatening up the new dinghy park area by the middle pond.
d) Paint slabs with letters to mark the dinghy rows, ready for Wild Apricot.
e) Have another go at the rill, hopefully without the water this time
f) Help for Kathryn in the kitchen.
Plus anything else we are told to do by Julie.
Please bring your own equipment ,it proved to be so much more eﬃcient using stuﬀ you knew would work.
39 members enjoyed the second Mid Week Lunch of the season on Thursday 16th November. It was great to welcome Bridget back and see her looking so well when she produced a delicious lunch of toad in the hole with cheesy leaks, peas and carrots followed by steamed syrup sponge pudding. A special presentation of a personalised calender and T shirt was made to Peter Copsey to remind him of the risks and hazards when transferring from a tender. Anthony Sinclair gave a short presentation regarding the proposals for the rebuilding of the centre section of the club house. A big thank you to Marilyn and her band of helpers for organising and putting on these popular lunches.
The next lunch will be the X-mas lunch on Thursday 14th December. The cost will be £15 and the sign up sheet is now up in the club foyer. This event is always very popular and places are limited so don't delay, sign up to-day.
This weekend saw the BSC Optimist open training event and wow 🤗what an amazing couple of days! Oppie Admiral Dave Evans and a team of volunteers and top coaches worked so hard to make sure the 40 plus sailors were on the water in winds that sent most adult sailors running. Due to incoming Hurricane Dan ( or was it Stan?) all sailing on Saturday was postponed but Sunday saw the lake come into its own with all of the Optimistic Oppie-ist's sailing and having great fun despite the very chill F5 - F6 - and doing some brilliant work! A few of the top jockeys made it out on the river in the afternoon, with the few grown up racers who also dared to venture out.
Monday saw lighter winds with two thirds of the fleet now over the wall and out on the river including a flotilla down to Maldon Prom for chips and ice cream where once again the flag was flown for BSC to a crowd of Maldon tourists.
At the end of the day all the Oppie visitors went away saying what a great event and what a great club!
So well done to all the cadets - BSC and visitors - who took part and great job Dave, Clem and the supporting team and coaches and including the older BSC wet cadet gang who helped to make the event such a success. So proud of all you guys👍👍👍 Skipper D Out.
Despite light winds and spring tides, a mixed fleet of 50 boats took to the water for the annual Dyer Cup. These ranged from Mirrors to Spitfires and included 13 Cruisers. After last year's fast race it was clear as the fleet battled against the tide making slow progress on a broad reach towards Doctor that no records were going to be set this year. The first boat to finish took over an hour to complete the course and the last took almost two and a half hours !
First Place: K6 201 - Phil Newman
Second Place: Fireball 15122 - Dave Hall
Third Place: Fireball 14905 - Charlie Stewart
First Cruiser (16th overall): Geronimo - Tommy Mills
PIctures of the Podium placed boats below - taken by Guy Hawkins
On 14th November our Tuesday Evening Talks got off to a great start when over 50 members packed in to the club room to hear Julie Nelson give a detailed and humorous account of the Friday Sailors annual May pilgrimage to Menorca Sailing in the beautiful bay of Fornells. She was ably assisted by Zoe and Belinda and recounted many interesting tales of the fun you can have in other people's boats. One disaster led to another with much capsizing and unintentional collisions but everyone returned in one piece leaving the clubs equipment in ruins and the instructors in need of counselling. Our Commodore can be seen below demonstrating his unusual sailing position when trying out an RS Vareo.
Our next talk is by Nigel Willsher on Tuesday 12th December entitled "My big fat Greek Flotilla Holiday". Come along and learn what can happen if you try to sail beyond your level of ability. The bar opens at 7:00 pm and the talk starts at 7:30pm. Don't miss it !