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Punch Bowl Trophy, Saturday 16th September


Toasting the Winners and thanking the Duty Team

Dave and Patrick make it two in a row!



 
   

Congratulations to Dave Lambert and Patrick Rohart, who beat off competition from nine other teams to win the much coveted Punch Bowl Trophy for the second year running. 

They not only put Comet sailors Phil & Annette Walter into second place, they also managed to withstand very strong challenges from fellow Supernova sailors, Shaun Smale & Tom Hebbert, and Dave & Alan Campbell. To say they were absolutely jubilant when OOD Ian Stringer announced the result is an understatement! 

   
 
 

A total of ten teams took to the water, and it was good to see four of our junior sailors – Samuel McAlister, Tom Etherton, and Lucy & Ben Hawker - enjoying themselves. At one point, Lucy exclaimed: “This is SO much fun!” as she recovered from a tricky – and very wet changeover. (The rule of this race is that helms have to change every lap by heading for the shore and jumping out on one side of the boat, while their partner takes over the helm as quickly as possible from the other side. It is always a popular event with club members who turn out to see how speedily the changeover can be done – or not – as the case may be.) 

  Lucy (swimming) -  “This is SO much fun!”
   
 The Walters - How it should be done.
 

 
Messrs Rohart & Lambert - How it shouldn't be done.
But they won!

Sailing conditions were ideal for this three-hour pursuit, with a consistent gentle breeze throughout the morning. Supporters turned out in force, and everyone enjoyed a cup of hot punch when racing was over – thanks to Marjorie Adams for doing the honours. 



 
Dave Lambert & Patrick Rohart are presented with their trophy by Ian Stringer.
   

Samuel McAlister, Tom Etherton, and Ben & Lucy Hawker pose with the Trophy....They wish!

Big thanks also to Ian & Jill Stringer for all their hard work running the race, and to Alan Pearce and Simon Hawker for manning the Safety Boat. Appreciation also goes to Karen McAlister who helped Val with some of the picture taking.




Post Script:

Have we found Messrs Lambert and Rohart's secret to success? - Their Support Team!


To see all of the photographs taken by Val Newton and Karen McAlister in a new window, click here.



Punchbowl 2017

Punch Bowl Trophy, Saturday 16th September


Dave and Patrick make it two in a row!



Congratulations to Dave Lambert and Patrick Rohart, who beat off competition from nine other teams to win the much coveted Punch Bowl Trophy for the second year running. 



They not only put Comet sailors Phil & Annette Walter into second place, they also managed to withstand very strong challenges from fellow Supernova sailors, Shaun Smale & Tom Hebbert, and Dave & Alan Campbell. To say they were absolutely jubilant when OOD Ian Stringer announced the result is an understatement! 

 
   

A total of ten teams took to the water, and it was good to see four of our junior sailors – Samuel McAlister, Tom Etherton, and Lucy & Ben Hawker - enjoying themselves. At one point, Lucy exclaimed: “This is SO much fun!” as she recovered from a tricky – and very wet changeover. (The rule of this race is that helms have to change every lap by heading for the shore and jumping out on one side of the boat, while their partner takes over the helm as quickly as possible from the other side. It is always a popular event with club members who turn out to see how speedily the changeover can be done – or not – as the case may be.) 


  Lucy (swimming) -  “This is SO much fun!”
   
 The Walters - How it should be done.
 

 
Messrs Rohart & Lambert - How it shouldn't be done.
But they won!

Sailing conditions were ideal for this three-hour pursuit, with a consistent gentle breeze throughout the morning. Supporters turned out in force, and everyone enjoyed a cup of hot punch when racing was over – thanks to Marjorie Adams for doing the honours. 



 

Big thanks also to Ian & Jill Stringer for all their hard work running the race, and to Alan Pearce and Simon Hawker for manning the Safety Boat. Appreciation also goes to Karen McAlister who helped Val with some of the picture taking.

Post Script:

Have we found Messrs Rohart and Lambert's secret to success? - Their Support Team!



A Little Miracle

A Little “Miracle”




 









The Winter Pursuit series kicked off on 23rd September.  On the face of it, it was a regular Saturday and 12 boats competed.  But, a little “miracle” took place … Charles Adams helming his trusty Miracle 1625, had a great morning and won BOTH races.

He beat Graham Hunt into 2nd place in the first race, and Nigel Davis into 2nd in the second race.

All sorts of other good things went on too … it was pleasing to see junior Tom Etherton growing in confidence, sailing his Comet 170 into 10th place in both races.  His fellow junior, Ben Hawker, had a 12th and 11th but, more importantly, he too was competing to the best of his ability against all the more experienced sailors.  Both have lots of exciting potential.

A “summer evening sailing graduate”, Paul Sperring, plus his small son James, also put in a first appearance in a hired RS Feva and came 11th and 12th.

The OOD was Paul McAlister, ably assisted by Will Etherton (Tom’s Dad).  Both are relatively new Wellys, but they handled the multiple starts and finishes as if to the manner born.  The two of them have quickly become great assets to the club.

Out in the safety boat, Simon Hawker, (Ben’s Dad), was assisting Rescue Driver, Shaun Smale.  He’s done this duty many times already, which is much appreciated.

On shore, recent sailing recruit Tom Hebbert arrived with his wife Alana, 3-year old Eliza, and baby Ava.  He took Eliza out for a little sail round during the first race but regrettably no one had a camera handy so there is no pic of this maiden voyage.  

However, it all augers well for the future.

It may have been “an ordinary Saturday” but all sorts of interesting things were still going on!
 












Rescripted version

WGCSC / Stewartby InterClub  Competition  2017






















Congratulations to Stewartby SC 
who were triumphant this time

Welly Race Officer Charles Adams reports:

In the end it was a miracle we had any racing at all….

We had eventually found a date suitable for both clubs only to find in the last week that there could be no sailing on the lake until 1.00pm, there was an accident on the A1(M) making it difficult to get to Stewartby and hanging over the whole event was a weather forecast indicating 2 mph wind at the beginning  of the afternoon. Not surprisingly most opted to use the club boats on offer.

Welly sailors and boats they used …

Lasers were claimed by Mike Caddy (impressed with the one he had) and Peter Thornley. Nigel Davis thought he was going to be in Frank Puranik’s  (‘Romulus’ his original Supernova kept at Stewartby SC), but ended up in an Albacore with Paul Lohr. Paul McAlister had rigged the Lightning 368 when Michelle (a Stewartby member who started sailing last year) claimed ‘her’ boat. Paul had to take what was left…. the Supernova  (luckily he had been in one before….Nigel’s  on the Thursday evening session). Peter Davis had brought his Phantom and Stan Turner had towed his Solo up the previous day The RS Aero was on offer, but was not claimed by anyone so was sailed by the owner (Charles Adams).  The Wayfarer had mysteriously gone missing which is a pity as it might have been the best boat to have in the circumstances

Getting racing and the course …

The fishing competition concluded and we were free to race (12 anglers on an enormous lake – don’t ask!!). However, the first race was delayed until there was enough wind to move the sails (the turbine looming over the venue was still not moving).  The course is usually carefully set at Stewartby and there is never anything other than a beat to the first mark. A short course, compared with normal, was in place and boats were actually moving at the start reaching or running. 

The first race starts and they’re off! 

Peter Davis led off the line closely followed by Charles Adams emerging from behind the committee boat. They pulled away on the right hand side of the course until the wind dropped and headed them. The Stewartby SC  pair of Bill Strange (Streaker) and Terry van Rijn (Laser 8.1) crept up and eventually went ahead on the ‘reach’.  Richard Hargreaves (RS 300) worked through the fleet after a slow start and eventually followed Terry over the line 3 sec down.  Michelle had her best race ever and was near the front for a long time but even after falling back ended up fourth on handicap. Bill was first on handicap followed by Terry.  Peter Davis and Charles sailed close behind the Streaker but  on handicap were 9th and 3rd. Back in the pack Peter Thornley drifted in to 7th and resolved to find something better to do for the rest of the day. Mike Caddy had the same thoughts on finishing 11th. Nigel and Paul had a good race with the two Stewartby Albacores until entering a third lap (two would have been more than enough) they fell further and further behind in the dying wind.  Suffering similarly were Stanley and Paul who struggled in ‘no wind’ with fully battened sails.

A depleted Welly team competes in the second race …

Charles had gone for some food when the second race was called so arrived rather late at the start along with Paul McAlister who had opted to take over Peter’s abandoned Laser. Finding more wind on the right of the course Peter Davis and Terry van Rijn fetched the first mark and were never seen again. The day was awful for sailing and made worse as the afternoon went on by the waves created by water skiers and body boarders coming out to play. Charles made his way through most of the fleet to race alongside Stewartby Firefly and Streaker ending 5th on the water but only a 7th on handicap. The only other Wellies to finish the second race were Paul and Stanley.

The results and presentations …

Congratulations to Stewartby SC who took the club honours once again … (but WGCSC willl be back!)  With the best three individual results from the combined race scores to count, Stewartby won the team result easily (25 to 48 points). Terry van Rijn won the individual competition with Charles second.  He picked up a second bottle of wine for being first visitor with Peter Davis collecting a bottle for second place. So Charles and Peter contributed to the team score along with Stanley Turner, our only junior sailor at Stewartby completing the top Trio. Well done Stanley.
Many thanks to Stewartby SC for their great hospitality.  In spite of the lack of wind we all had a great time.    

Welly supporters were out in force …

It was good to see the Welly support with partners and parents of the sailors but also Pauline Shaw, Val Newton, Dave Campbell (after abandoning his attempt to get through the traffic on the A1(M) with his boat), the Cardinals, the Browns, Tom and Will Etherton, and many of the Forsdike family including Janet and John, Ian and (4 yr old) Owen. And up to Stewartby to re-acquaint himself with his original Supernova was Frank Puranik. He opted out of trying to race for the first time for ….ages…. and in no wind. He returned the next day in very different conditions; with Tim Browning as Race Officer and Charles Adams on rescue duty he was seen flying across the lake. He’s back – hopefully to be seen in his newer Supernova at Stanborough. 


Charles Adams (Aero) leading the fleet into the second lap of the first race, with Peter Davis (Phantom) close behind.


Charles and Peter with their bottles of wine.


Final Combined Race Results


WGCSC top 3 scorers were Charles Adams, Peter Davis and Stanley Turner 

 
 

The Support Team


 


Webmaster's Comments: See some of Val's photographs which deserve being shown to greater advantage below.

 
   
 

   


See the full set of Val's photographs here





Reworked

REWORK of WGCSC / Stewartby InterClub  Competition  2017
(Report by Charles Adams)








In the end it was a miracle we had any racing at all. We had eventually found a date suitable for both clubs only to find in the last week that there could be no sailing on the lake until 1.00, there was an accident on the A1( M) making it difficult to get to Stewartby and hanging over the whole event was a weather forecast indicating 2 mph wind at the beginning  of the afternoon. Not surprisingly most opted to use the club boats on offer.

Lasers were claimed by Mike Caddy (impressed with the one he had) and Peter Thornley. Nigel Davis thought he was going to be in Frank Puranik’s  (‘Romulus’ his original Supernova kept at Stewartby SC), but ended up in an Albacore with Paul Lohr. Paul McAlister had rigged the Lightning 368 when Michelle (a Stewartby member who started sailing last year) claimed ‘her’ boat. Paul had to take what was left…. the Supernova  (luckily he had been in one before….Nigel’s  on the Thursday evening session). Peter Davis had brought his Phantom and Stan Turner had towed his Solo up the previous day The RS Aero was on offer, but was not claimed by anyone so was sailed by the owner (me!).  The Wayfarer had mysteriously gone missing which is a pity as it might have been the best boat to have in the circumstances. 
The fishing competition concluded and we were free to race (12 anglers on an enormous lake – don’t ask!!). However, first race was delayed until there was enough wind to move the sails (the turbine looming over the venue was still not moving).  The course is usually carefully set at Stewartby and there is never anything other than a beat to the first mark. A short course, compared with normal, was in place and boats were actually moving at the start reaching or running. Peter Davis led off the line closely followed by Charles Adams  emerging from behind the committee boat. They pulled away on the right hand side of the course until the wind dropped and headed them. The Stewartby SC  pair of Bill Strange (Streaker) and Terry van Rijn (Laser 8.1) crept up and eventually went ahead on the ‘reach’.  Richard Hargreaves (RS 300) worked through the fleet after a slow start and eventually followed Terry over the line 3 sec down.  
Michelle had her best race ever and was near the front for a long time but even after falling back ended up fourth on handicap. Bill was first on handicap followed by Terry.  Peter Davis and Charles sailed close behind the Streaker but  on handicap were 9th and 3rd. Back in the pack Peter Thornley drifted in to 7th and resolved to find something better to do for the rest of the day. Mike Caddy had the same thoughts on finishing 11th. Nigel and Paul had a good race with the two Stewartby Albacores until entering a third lap (two would have been more than enough) they fell further and further behind in the dying wind.  Suffering similarly were Stanley and Paul who struggled in ‘no wind’ with fully battened sails.

Charles had gone for some food when the second race was called so arrived rather late at the start along with Paul McAlister who had opted to take over Peter’s abandoned Laser. Finding more wind on the right of the course Peter Davis and Terry van Rijn moved fetched the first mark and were never seen again. The day was awful for sailing and made worse as the afternoon went on by the waves created by water skiers and body boarders coming out to play. Charles made his way through most of the fleet to race alongside Stewartby Firefly and Streaker ending 5th on the water but only a 7th on handicap. The only other Wellies to finish the second race were Paul and Stanley.

Val writes (from her holiday location) - "This photo shows Charles (~Aero) leading 
the pack on the second lap with Peter Davis (Phantom) close behind." 

With the best three individual results from the combined race scores to count , Stewartby won the team result easily (25 to 48 points). Terry van Rijn won the individual competition with Charles second.  He picked up a second bottle of wine for being first visitor with Peter Davis collecting a bottle for second place. So Charles and Peter contributed to the team score along with Stanley Turner, our only junior sailor at Stewartby completing the top Trio. Well done Stanley. See full results below.

Final Combined Race Results


WGCSC top 3 scorers were Charles Adams, Peter Davis and Stanley Turner 


Individual Race Results

 
 Race 1 Sheet
 

Select for larger image if necessary
Race 2 Sheet 
 

 
 

The Support Team


 

It was good to see the Welly support with partners and parents of the sailors but also Pauline Shaw,  Valerie Newton, David Campbell (after abandoning his attempt to get through the traffic on the A1(M) with his boat), the Cardinals, the Browns, and many of the Forsdike family including Janet and John, Ian and (4 yr old) Owen. And up to Stewartby to re-acquaint himself with his original Supernova was Frank Puranik. He opted out of trying to race for the first time for ….ages…. and in no wind. He returned the next day in very different conditions; with Tim Browning as Race Officer and Charles Adams on rescue duty he was seen flying across the lake. He’s back – hopefully to be seen in his newer Supernova at Stanborough. 

Webmaster's Comments: See some of Val's photographs which deserve being shown to greater advantage below.

 
   
 

   










Original Stewartby Away Day 2017

WGCSC / Stewartby InterClub  Competition  2017
(Report by Charles Adams)








 







 
In the end it was a miracle we had any racing at all. We had eventually found a date suitable for both clubs only to find in the last week that there could be no sailing on the lake until 1.00, there was an accident on the A1( M) making it difficult to get to Stewartby and hanging over the whole event was a weather forecast indicating 2 mph wind at the beginning  of the afternoon. Not surprisingly most opted to use the club boats on offer.

Lasers were claimed by Mike Caddy (impressed with the one he had) and Peter Thornley. Nigel Davis thought he was going to be in Frank Puranik’s  (‘Romulus’ his original Supernova kept at Stewartby SC), but ended up in an Albacore with Paul Lohr. Paul McAlister had rigged the Lightning 368 when Michelle (a Stewartby member who started sailing last year) claimed ‘her’ boat. Paul had to take what was left…. the Supernova  (luckily he had been in one before….Nigel’s  on the Thursday evening session). Peter Davis had brought his Phantom and Stan Turner had towed his Solo up the previous day The RS Aero was on offer, but was not claimed by anyone so was sailed by the owner (me!).  The Wayfarer had mysteriously gone missing which is a pity as it might have been the best boat to have in the circumstances

The fishing competition concluded and we were free to race (12 anglers on an enormous lake – don’t ask!!). However, first race was delayed until there was enough wind to move the sails (the turbine looming over the venue was still not moving).  The course is usually carefully set at Stewartby and there is never anything other than a beat to the first mark. A short course, compared with normal, was in place and boats were actually moving at the start reaching or running. Peter Davis led off the line closely followed by Charles Adams  emerging from behind the committee boat. They pulled away on the right hand side of the course until the wind dropped and headed them. The Stewartby SC  pair of Bill Strange (Streaker) and Terry van Rijn (Laser 8.1) crept up and eventually went ahead on the ‘reach’.  Richard Hargreaves (RS 300) worked through the fleet after a slow start and eventually followed Terry over the line 3 sec down.  Michelle had her best race ever and was near the front for a long time but even after falling back ended up fourth on handicap. Bill was first on handicap followed by Terry.  Peter Davis and Charles sailed close behind the Streaker but  on handicap were 9th and 3rd. Back in the pack Peter Thornley drifted in to 7th and resolved to find something better to do for the rest of the day. Mike Caddy had the same thoughts on finishing 11th. Nigel and Paul had a good race with the two Stewartby Albacores until entering a third lap (two would have been more than enough) they fell further and further behind in the dying wind.  Suffering similarly were Stanley and Paul who struggled in ‘no wind’ with fully battened sails.










 



Charles had gone for some food when the second race was called so arrived rather late at the start along with Paul McAlister who had opted to take over Peter’s abandoned Laser. Finding more wind on the right of the course Peter Davis and Terry van Rijn moved fetched the first mark and were never seen again. The day was awful for sailing and made worse as the afternoon went on by the waves created by water skiers and body boarders coming out to play. Charles made his way through most of the fleet to race alongside Stewartby Firefly and Streaker ending 5th on the water but only a 7th on handicap. The only other Wellies to finish the second race were Paul and Stanley.

Val writes (from her holiday location) - "This photo shows Charles (~Aero) leading 
the pack on the second lap with Peter Davis (Phantom) close behind." 

With the best three individual results from the combined race scores to count , Stewartby won the team result easily (25 to 48 points). Terry van Rijn won the individual competition with Charles second.  He picked up a second bottle of wine for being first visitor with Peter Davis collecting a bottle for second place. So Charles and Peter contributed to the team score along with Stanley Turner, our only junior sailor at Stewartby completing the top Trio. Well done Stanley. See full results below.

Final Combined Race Results


WGCSC top 3 scorers were Charles Adams, Peter Davis and Stanley Turner 


Individual Race Results

 Race 1 Sheet



 Select for larger image
Race 2 Sheet 

 
 

The Support Team


 

It was good to see the Welly support with partners and parents of the sailors but also Pauline Shaw,  Valerie Newton, David Campbell (after abandoning his attempt to get through the traffic on the A1(M) with his boat), the Cardinals, the Browns, and many of the Forsdike family including Janet and John, Ian and (4 yr old) Owen. And up to Stewartby to re-acquaint himself with his original Supernova was Frank Puranik. He opted out of trying to race for the first time for ….ages…. and in no wind. He returned the next day in very different conditions; with Tim Browning as Race Officer and Charles Adams on rescue duty he was seen flying across the lake. He’s back – hopefully to be seen in his newer Supernova at Stanborough. 

Webmaster's Comments: See some of Val's photographs which deserve being shown to greater advantage below.

 
   
 

   








Regatta 2017

WGCSC Summer Regatta, 17 June 2017

Dave Lambert and Paul Lohr Win Summer Regatta Trophies

 
   
   
 Dave Lambert, FF winner
Three times in a row
   Ian Stringer, OOD
A heart-shaped course
  Paul Lohr, SF Winner
A British Moth day 



Winner of this year’s Summer Regatta Fast Fleet Trophy was Supernova sailor Dave Lambert, making it a triumphant three times in a row. Second place went to Nigel Davis in his new Supernova, and 3rd was Roger Morse, Leader.

The Slow Fleet Trophy went to Paul Lohr in his British Moth, 2nd was new junior Ben Hawker in his Comet, and 3rd was Mike Fairman, Gull.

There was one delightful moment at the presentation, when the Race Officer pointed out that 13-year-old Ben Hawker (Comet 217) had actually won the third slow fleet race on handicap, beating Paul Lohr. There was a big Welly cheer, but unfortunately Ben was nowhere to be seen and wasn’t able to enjoy the applause and acclaim for winning his first ever club race at Stanborough.

Left: The very moment that Ben Hawker nipped in to take the third race from Paul Lohr, just before they rounded the last mark before the hooter.


Ben’s Dad, Simon Hawker, assisted Alan Pearce in the Safety Boat, which was much appreciated.

The weather was hot, but there was a light breeze which kept the fleet on the move.  Ten boats battled round the heart-shaped course set by OOD Ian Stringer.  They sailed two races back-to-back, followed by a coffee break, then a final race.  Peter Thornley competed in his new Supernova in the event for the first time.

Ian and Jill Stringer ran the racing, ably assisted by Phil Walter and Pauline Shaw – well there WAS a lot of complicated hooting and noting of laps and times!

Merry-go-round at the bottom mark near the café - all good fun!


And finally...... A selection of Val's photographs tell the story of the day.

 
 OOD Ian Stringer and his able assistant, Jill   Roger Morse leads the Fast Fleet into the second lap
 
 Should Ben have defended his position before Dave arrived?!.........   ......because this is what happened next
 
 Dave Lambert and Nigel Davis make choices at the gate......   ......while Jill and AOD Phil Walter keep a check on the race action
 
The sun shone for the Summer Regatta presentation  A rare but very welcome visitor - Morag Campbell, down from Aberdeen to see her brother, Dave. 






Pauline storms to a 4th place in Challenger UK Nationals

Our Welly Sailability sailor, Pauline Shaw, has once again put in a storming performance at the Challenger UK Nationals, which were held at Grafham Water over the weekend of 24/25 June 2017.   

A total of 19 competitors sailed six races in perfect winds touching 20 knots.   Overall 1st was Val Millward from Rutland, and Pauline – who sails for Grafham Sailability - was top home boat with a very creditable 4th place. 


 
Her result was all the more remarkable because Pauline had already used up lots of energy organising the event - which involved a team of about 45 people, to run the racing, provide safety cover, rig and launch the boats, and keep everyone supplied with cups of coffee.
Congratulations Pauline on a job well done!

The photograph above shows Pauline in 266 catching two other Challengers which she eventually beat. (Photograph courtesy of Steve Radley of Radley Photography.)


Peter's Unfortunate Accident

Peter suffers shock damage to his Phantom

 
 
     

On Saturday 20th May, Peter Davis was sailing along the left bank, heading up to Mark 5, when he decided to tack out into the lake.  Suddenly, a gust caught him and he capsized.  As the boat was righted, the mast fell down and, in the process, ripped off the top surface of the bow (see pic).  No collision  was involved so the Race Officer cannot award the Porthole Trophy to anyone for this disaster.  Peter may be smiling in the photo but he is pretty fed up about it and says he is amazed at the damage.  Now he has to run the course of checking out his insurance and  have the boat repaired before he can get back on the water.


Nigel's New Lady

Our Commodore's Mystery Love
 

Who is the mystery female our Commodore refuses to name?   On Saturday 29th April he showed her off in the dinghy park for the first time.  She has a beautiful slim body and was much admired by fellow Wellys.  Nigel Davis just couldn't stop smiling.  Since then they have been getting on very well.  It looks like this new lady could change his life.




New Young Talent

New Young Talent joins the Club


Lucy and her brother Ben Hawker first appeared on the scene on March 25th and sailed RS Qubas in a Pursuit.  Since then, Lucy has been tied up with exams at school, but Ben has raced several times.  Both showed themselves to be confident sailors.

Then  on April 29th,  Ben (right) was joined by Tom Etherton, a summer evening sailor from last  year. 

They immediately recognised each other as they’re both students at Verulam School..  This time Ben sailed  a Quba, and Tom competed in “Swansong”, the Comet his parents had bought from Nigel Davis.   After racing, they both decided to have some fun in the  lagoon by jumping in and splashing around in their drysuits. 


This is what it feels like to be 13 years old in case you've forgotten!

MORE ABOUT TOM    Sarah, Tom’s Mum, gives us some background:  “Tom started sailing almost two summers ago when we enrolled him on a week’s sailing course in SW France with Rockley Watersports, gaining his RYA 2.  Last May he went on a residential weekend away with school to Tollesbury on the Blackwater estuary and gained his RYA 3.  He did another weekend in October getting his RYA 4.  In between those weekends he enrolled with WGCSC and started racing on Saturdays and going along to Wedneday evening sailing.   We have just bought Nigel’s Comet and Will (Tom’s Dad) is busy re-rigging it.  I think Tom will enjoy sailing it and of course racing and having fun, especially with Ben.

MORE ABOUT BEN    Louise, Ben’s Mum, writes:  Ben has been sailing for about four years.  He has RYA 1-4 and a “Start Racing” qualification.  He has sailed at Calshot, Richkmansworth Aquadrome and Tollesbury.  Tollesbury was his favourite place so far because there was lots of wind!  He would love to sail a Dart 12.   He has really enjoyed the few weeks that he has been attending the club sessions because everyone has been so friendly and welcoming.  He especially enjoyed the week he joined Tom for a swim!

And then there were three!


New sailor Nick Evans (left) joins Ben and Tom on Saturday 20th May

 





Piotr Memorial Service

Celebration of the life of Piotr Caban
 
 




 The Memorial Mass for Piotr Caban took place on Wednesday 17th May at Our Lady Queen of Apostles RC Church in WGC.  It was attended by his wife Sylwia, daughter Ewa, family members, colleagues from Roche where he worked, members of the Polish community and friends from the church family. The sailing club was represented by Commodore Nigel Davis, Tony Hale, Roger Morse, Charles Adams, Pauline Shaw, Lin Smale, Stanley and his Mum Rosemary Turner, and Val Newton.
 
Parts of the service were conducted in English and Polish.  Fortunately, we were not required to sing in Polish because the musicians - a guitarist and girl singer - were bilingual.
 
Father Norbert Fernandes, who was the Celebrant, made a special mention of Piotr's love of the sailing club, and he also asked Nigel Davis to read one of the Scripture passages.
 
Immediately afterwards, we had the opportunity to meet Sylwia and Ewa, and hand over the Club's sympathy cards, presents for the baby, and the donations collected from club members by Tony Hale.  Sylwia was very touched and promised to send a photo of their new baby, Jasmine Angelina, who was born after Piotr passed away. 
 
Sylwia and Ewa returned to Gdansk with Piotr's ashes the next day and there was another funeral service near their home on Saturday 20th May for family and friends.  May he rest in peace.
                                                                                                                        Val Newton      





New Race Officer

WGCSC's  New Race Officer Reports for Business
 
At the beginning of the year, when Phil Walter told the committee he had decided to step down from the post of Race Officer after four years,  a slight frisson of panic went round the room!   Who could we possibly ask to follow Phil?   The first name to be mentioned was Charles Adams and we are truly fortunate that he accepted Commodore Nigel Davis's invitation without hesitation.  Charles is not only a former Commodore, but has the right qualifications for the job, ie. he knows the RYA Rules and is a wizz with a computer and spreadsheets!   His nomination was unopposed at the AGM on 2nd April 2017 and Charles was voted in unanimously to the sound of a rousing cheer!
 
Let's hear what your new Race Officer has to say:
 
"Your new Race Officer reporting for business and ready to build on what Phil has done for the club. I should like to continue his attempts to maximise our time on the water by eliminating the AOOD wherever possible. We have achieved this regularly with Pursuits, but now to try more of the races. Use more of our irregular sailors? Parents of youngsters on the water? Mouse Club volunteers to help at the end of races...
       
"I would like to think that we can pursue the family friendly ethos especially with regard to youngsters. To this end I wish to encourage OODs (and Rescue Drivers) to try to eliminate unnecessarily difficult sailing conditions eg marks in the open rather than under trees. This makes for ‘fairer’ racing (less of a lottery) and reduces the ‘impossible’ areas for beginners (and me)."





Easter Egg 2017

Surprise competitors at Easter Regatta
had to battle breezy conditions

Easter Saturday turned out to be a bright and breezy day.   As boats were being rigged in the lagoon, sails were flapping wildly, and promised some interesting action on the water for the 14 helms hoping to win the Easter Egg Cup, donated by the Fishwick family.

 
 
 
 A group pic before the start, with Marcus Raymond holding the course board. The fleet making for the first mark and concentrating hard   Pete Thornley "Streakers" ahead to steal a lead at the start of the third race

Three “summer evening sailors” from last year were surprise entrants and were warmly welcomed at the briefing – Gino Ciupa, who sailed Nigel’s old Comet, and Stanley Turner & Samuel McAlister who teamed up and sailed an RS Vision.

 Mike Caddy’s son Jack also took part – the last time he’d been to the club was when he was a boy, but he is now a graduate and taller than his Dad – and he sailed an RS Q’ba.

OOD Phil Walter set a simple figure-of-eight course of 4-3-5-1  (or so he thought)  but several helms inexplicably headed for the wrong marks and later had to be disqualified.  The format was also different.  Phil decided to run three 45 minute races instead of two.  One sailor said afterwards that he’d enjoyed the shorter races.

 
 
 
 Patrick Rohart and Annette Walter fight it out on a beat  Roger Morse and Sheila Stowe  in action    Tony Hale rescues his crew, Marcus Raymond

Considering the conditions, it was surprising that only a few boats capsized during the morning although it was a close-run thing at times.  Two of the “star turns” were Gino, who insisted on battling on in spite of having trouble getting upright after his first capsize, and Tony Hale and junior sailor Marcus Raymond who provided some fun entertainment for people at the café end of the lake.

All the sailors received a Cadbury’s Chocolate Crème Egg at the end of racing, but the winner of the large luxury Thornton chocolate egg, and the Easter Egg Regatta Cup was Annette Walter.  Second place went to Peter Thornley (Streaker), followed by Nigel Davis (Comet), and Charles Adams (Miracle).   
For the first time in many years, the junior Easter Egg cup was also awarded.  It went to Stanley Turner and Samuel McAlister – well done to them.

 
 
 
 Annette Walter, winner of the Easter Egg Regatta   Pete Thornley, runner up in the Regatta  Stanley Turner and Samuel McAlister winners of the junior Easter Egg Regatta trophy

Thanks go to OOD Phil Walter and AOD Ian Stringer for all their hard work, as well as Rescue Driver Alan Pearce, and his assistants, Sheila Stowe and Val Newton who shared duties.
It’s a small world: Former commodore  Frank Puranik turned up with his two sons, Karl and Jay, to say ‘hello’ to everyone.  The two boys immediately recognised Samuel McAlister who used to go to their primary school, and is now at Stanborough School with them!

See all of Val's photographs of the event in a new tab or window here
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POST SCRIPT

Should this event be renamed "The Annette Walter Easter Egg Regatta"? 
   
 




Annette has won this event FIVE times before (2001/4/8/10/11) and this win makes it a Record Sixth Time!  She was also Runner Up in 2007 and 2012!  

A big Congratulations to Annette!
 




Burgee 1 - April 1

No Fools Here



The date might have been April 1st, but there were no fools here!  Rather, there were more sailors on the lake than we’d had all winter, all taking advantage of the beautiful warm Spring sunshine and ideal racing conditions.  It was great to see 15 boats make the start of race 1, of the first Burgee of the new season (not all shown in this pic).

Full results of the race can be seen here.


AGM Sailing Awards

Trophy Winners 2016-2017 Season


WINTER HANDICAP SERIES
(Lost one weekend so 8 races required to qualify.)
23 Helms took part with 7 qualifiers in the Fast Fleet and 4 in the Slow Fleet

Fast Fleet - Kane Frostbite Trophy

1   Roger Morse  
2   Patrick Rohart
3   Dave Lambert

Slow Fleet - Kane Icicle Trophy

1   Sheila Stowe  
2   Phil Walter      
3   Peter Thornley


WINTER PURSUIT SERIES
(Lost one weekend so 8 races required to qualify)
23 Helms took part with 12 qualifiers

Winter Pursuit Cup

1    Dave Lambert 
2    Peter Thornley
3    Charles Adams


BURGEE SERIES
(Lost Burgee 11 to ice.) 
25 Helms took part
Burgee - IBM Trophy

1   Peter Thornley
  2  Charles Adams  
3   Nigel Davis     

Personal Handicap - Alan Maurice Trophy

1   Charles Adams
2   Nigel Davis      
3   Phil Walter       

The MAINSTAY Trophy

Shaun Smale


MOST IMPROVED HELM

Mike Caddy

Flash-in-the-pan trophy

Mike Caddy

HELM OF THE YEAR  (POLYCELL TROPHY)

With 2 Series wins in Spring-Summer Pursuit & Burgee
Two 2nd places in Spring-Summer Handicap & Winter Pursuit
and a 3rd place in Winter Handicap

Peter Thornley



AGM 2017

A Good End-of-year Report!

 






 

Secretary Paul McAlister, Commodore Nigel Davis, 
and Treasurer Tony Hale
 







The Welly end of season party and AGM (at the Mead Hall, Wheathampstead, on Sunday 2nd April) went with its usual well-polished swing.  Commodore Nigel Davis, who has just completed his first year in office, expressed surprise and gratitude for the way arrangements had fallen into place “without me doing anything!”  He thanked all those who had set up the hall, provided the great spread of food, organised the drinks, and the display of flags and trophies.
 
 
Nigel’s “state-of-the-nation” report about the club’s year touched on membership and those who had left, retired, moved, or passed way and were sorely missed.  He recorded “a note of sorrow” about the tragic and untimely death of Piotr Caban, and the gift put together by the ladies in “The Mouse Club” for his wife Sylwia.  He also mentioned the specially-made card of condolence signed by sailing club members.
The Commodore announced that this year’s summer evening sailing sessions would be on Thursdays from 6-8pm (start date still to be decided) and said offers of help from club members would be welcome.
Nigel touched on committee changes and said that Phil Walter was standing down as Race Officer and that Charles Adams had agreed to stand in his place.   He thanked Phil, on behalf of the club, for all his hard work over the last four years.   He also mentioned that David Brown was standing down as a committee member but would continue to act as Webmaster unless another willing volunteer came forward.   He appealed for younger members to activate the club’s “Facebook” page.
Treasurer, Tony Hale, also gave his annual report and said membership stands at 69.  He confirmed that finances were in good shape, therefore the annual subscription would continue at £15 per annum.
Finally, retiring Race Officer Phil said the number of boats on the water had “held up well” but there was an ongoing problem with covering the Duty Rota.  It currently works out that sailors are required to do a duty every 5 or 6 weeks, and he asked for experienced OODs to consider doing duties on their own if they felt up to it.
Before wrapping up his report, Phil pointed out that there were some Junior Trophies which were not being awarded because of a lack of junior racers.  “It would be great if some of our up-and-coming juniors competed for them”, he said.

 
   
   
 Mike Caddy - Most Improved Helm    Charles Adams - Personal Handicap: Alan Maurice Trophy    Tony Hale - Clubmanship Award
 


   
   


 Dave Lambert - Winter Pursuit Series    Sheila Stowe - Winter Handicap Series (Slow Fleet)    Peter Thornley - Helm of the Year


For the full list of Results and Awards for the 2016/17 Season   click here




Wellys Capsize

Three seasoned Wellys capsize in the March gusts
 
 
   
   
  Is that Patrick's purple hull?     Dave C. in trouble.    Charles bailing out.
 
   


   


  Laser, Miracle and Super Nova heel in unison    Dave L. and Patrick joist   Annette hiking out.
Spring/Summer Handicap races 1 and 2 on the 18th March, both turned out to be lively affairs, with the wind averaging around 15mph, occasionally boosted by some heavy knock-out gusts.  Seasoned sailors Patrick Rohart, Dave Campbell and Charles Adams all capsized at some point, keeping the Safety Boat team of Sheila Stowe and Paul McAlister on red alert. 

Race Officer Paul Lohr recalled later the next day*:

Race 1:  

 "Alan Campbell got a flying start, increased his lead throughout the race and won by a mile.  He handled the difficult conditions with ease as he was chased by the other Supernovas, with Patrick Rohart beating Dave Lambert over the line, using the capsize manoeuvre!  Mike Caddy was well up until he fell foul of a fishing line and retired.
 "As for the slow fleet, both Comets started late, Phil Walters because he had to borrow a mast from Sheila Stowe.  This meant Charles Adams and Peter Thornley were battling each other -  don't know who won on handicap, I think Peter took line honours."

Race 2: 
 "Again, Alan Campbell disappeared into the distance from the start and finished two laps ahead of many.  Patrick Rohart parked in the trees, and those that avoided the trees went swimming.  I think Dave Lambert was probably runner up.
"Slow fleet - Annette Walters probably won. but basically the conditions won and the order of finishing was irrelevant as few boats were on the same lap."

*(see Latest Race Results for final placings when available) 
 
For more breezy moments captured by Val, click here

That Gull



That Gull!
The Webmaster apologises! But it's GOOD NEWS!


   
Peter Thornley was mis-quoted as saying it was "A junior black-headed gull" when in fact it is 
"An adult black headed gull just getting into breeding plumage with it's dark brown head developing"

And the good news?  Well it means Spring is in the air and Summer may not be too far behind.
(Our apologies to Peter and thanks for keeping us right)

Talking of birds, we are told that EGRETS have been spotted on our sailing lake and that they might be breeding among the reed beds. Perhaps they could be cousins of the one below. 
(Another sign that Spring has sprung? Or at least is springing!)





You can’t keep a true Welly off the water!










   











FIVE Welly sailors braved a morning of icy sleet and bitterly cold temperatures of around zero, to compete in Winter Handicap 13/14 on February 11.   

The intrepid quintet were:   Roger Morse, Tony Hale, Annette Walters, Nigel Davis and Phil Walters.  The frozen OOD in charge was Dave Campbell, assisted by David Brown, and the rescue team suffering the freezing temperatures out on the water were David Lambert and Mike Caddy.

The moral of the story seems to be:  You can’t keep a true Welly off the water!

 




Welly Challenge 2017

You can’t keep a true Welly off the water!

 

FIVE Welly sailors braved a morning of icy sleet and bitterly cold temperatures of around zero, to compete in Winter Handicap 13/14 on February 11.  

The intrepid quintet were:   Roger Morse, Tony Hale, Annette Walters, Nigel Davis and Phil Walters.  The frozen OOD in charge was Dave Campbell, assisted by David Brown, and the rescue team suffering the freezing temperatures out on the water were David Lambert and Mike Caddy. 

The moral of the story seems to be:  You can’t keep a true Welly off the water!





Welly Pirates raise £200 for Isabel Hospice

 
Montages by Val Newton

The dastardly Pirates of Pen-Welwyn (with apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan) were in full blood-curdling form at Welwyn Garden City Sailing Club's annual fundraising social evening, Welly Challenge on Saturday 4th February.

This year, our Master of Ceremonies “Jolly Roger” Morse, was ably assisted by a mischievous monkey called Clive and his attendant Lin Smale.  At the beginning of the evening the trio toured the room checking out the Welly pirate hats and costumes.  Naughty Clive appeared to be very distracted by pirate Annette’s very short skirt!
 
‘Skull & Crossbone’ flags, flashing silver cutlasses, heavy gold chains, and even a treasure chest, were much in evidence as the Fast Fleet sailors battled against the Slow Fleet  through quizzes and games to gain advantage.

Carol Brown introduced one of the main Welly Challenges.   She asked each of the teams in turn to pick out props from the Treasure Chest.    They were then invited to write an exciting pirate story incorporating what they’d found -  which included such unlikely things as a pair of pink mouse ears, a Christmas cracker, tin of sweets, pair of tights, a skipping rope, a treasure map and an orange German scarf!   The teams were judged on the number of laughs they raised when they told their tales.

Another Welly Challenge required each team to make a cannon capable of firing a table tennis ball the length of the room.  They were given a big cardboard box full of materials including tape and elastic bands.  The technically minded pirates loved this one.  They also had to decorate some goblets with stick-on jewels and gold paper.




Deep Freeze

Deep Freeze

Pic by Charles Adams

Thanks to ice almost two inches thick in places, the only movement on Stanborough Lake on Saturday 21st and 28th January was that of the swans and ducks, looking for melted puddles to sit in.  The dinghy park was strangely quiet as Welly sailors took an enforced winter break due to the wintry deep freeze.
 

Piotr Obituary


 

 
From Commodore Nigel Davis

DEATH OF PIOTR CABAN

It is with shock and great sadness I have to let you know that our Polish friend and fellow sailor Piotr Caban  passed away in Addenbrooke's Hospital on Thursday, February 2 after being found with serious head injuries in Tewin Road, WGC, at the junction of Mundells, at around 7.50pm the previous evening.  It is believed he was involved in a collision with a vehicle that failed to stop at the scene.  Police have appealed for witnesses.
 
Piotr joined the club last August after coming along to the summer evening sailing sessions.  He began by crewing for Tony Hale in his Leader.
 
His wife Sylwia, whom many of you met at the annual dinner last year, is about to have their baby.  She is in Gdansk and unable to travel because of the imminent birth.  The deepest sympathy of the whole club goes to her,  their 22-year-old daughter Ewa, and wider family   Piotr was a charming gentleman and we shall miss him.


 











Racing in the Fog for Christmas Puds


 
 
 

   Welly sailors had to wait very patiently for dense fog to clear before they could start the Christmas Pud Regatta on the morning of Saturday 17th December.  

Eventually,  the end of Stanborough Lake could just about be seen, so Officer of the Day, Phil Walters, hooted the 10-strong fleet on its way.  Because of the long delay, he decided to run two races, back-to-back without a break in between.  

At the end of the cold foggy morning - sailing in a very light breeze from the south west - the intrepid sailors were glad of the hot punch and mince pies waiting for them onshore - prepared by Marjorie Adams..  

Winners of the much coveted homemade Christmas puds were: Dave Lambert, Dave Campbell, Nigel Davis and Sheila Stowe.  

Thanks to AOD Pauline Shaw who managed to negotiate the dinghy park on her scooter, and to Rescue Driver Peter Edel, who gave lots of encouragement to junior Tom Etherton, who braved the fog and sailed in Nigel's old Comet.
 

 

Photos by Val Newton and Tom's Dad, Will Etherton.


Racing in the Fog for Christmas Puds
 
 
 

   Welly sailors had to wait very patiently for dense fog to clear before they could start the Christmas Pud Regatta on the morning of Saturday 17th December.  

Eventually,  the end of Stanborough Lake could just about be seen, so Officer of the Day, Phil Walters, hooted the 10-strong fleet on its way.  Because of the long delay, he decided to run two races, back-to-back without a break in between.  

At the end of the cold foggy morning - sailing in a very light breeze from the south west - the intrepid sailors were glad of the hot punch and mince pies waiting for them onshore - prepared by Marjorie Adams..  

Winners of the much coveted homemade Christmas puds were: Dave Lambert, Dave Campbell, Nigel Davis and Sheila Stowe.  

Thanks to AOD Pauline Shaw who managed to negotiate the dinghy park on her scooter, and to Rescue Driver Peter Edel, who gave lots of encouragement to junior Tom Etherton, who braved the fog and sailed in Nigel's old Comet.
 

 

Photos by Val Newton and Tom's Dad, Will Etherton.


Racing in the Fog for Christmas Puds
 
 
 

   Welly sailors had to wait very patiently for dense fog to clear before they could start the Christmas Pud Regatta on the morning of Saturday 17th December.  

Eventually,  the end of Stanborough Lake could just about be seen, so Officer of the Day, Phil Walters, hooted the 10-strong fleet on its way.  Because of the long delay, he decided to run two races, back-to-back without a break in between.  

At the end of the cold foggy morning - sailing in a very light breeze from the south west - the intrepid sailors were glad of the hot punch and mince pies waiting for them onshore - prepared by Marjorie Adams..  

Winners of the much coveted homemade Christmas puds were: Dave Lambert, Dave Campbell, Nigel Davis and Sheila Stowe.  

Thanks to AOD Pauline Shaw who managed to negotiate the dinghy park on her scooter, and to Rescue Driver Peter Edel, who gave lots of encouragement to junior Tom Etherton, who braved the fog and sailed in Nigel's old Comet.
 

 

Photos by Val Newton and Tom's Dad, Will Etherton.

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