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To keep the club running we have a number of working parties in the winter months. Jobs for this years working parties include:
- "Dealing" with a number of areas around the lake with cutting back bushes and some trees to make sure the wind still blows
- Sorting out the club boat garage
- Re-painting of racing marks
- Spruce up the changing rooms
- Re-paint the club signage
- Improve the mooring rope
- Sort out the flag pole
- Review condition of club boats and instigate repairs
- Tidy up the dinghy park
Other jobs are being added all the time and as always there is a lot to do, however the more of us that make some time available to help during the working parties the more we will achieve.
So the dates for your diary are 15th January, 29th January and 19th February. We will be starting at 10:00. Please bring any tools you may feel will be useful and some lunch and a flask of your favourite brew is normally essential. There will be someone in the clubhouse to direct us so don't worry if you cant make 10:00 any time you can spare will be put to good use for the club.
Also on 15th January there will be the AGM at 2:00 pm in the clubhouse.
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Last year we created a new trophy at Paxton Lakes to encourage and reward members to take part in a number of the Winter Handicaps. For many years there have been some wonderful Winter Handicaps which are great opportunity to race in much larger fleets with some of the best UK sailors.
This years Russell Winter Handicap Trophy will include the following events
Grafham Grand Prix at Grafham Sailing Club
Monday 2nd January 2012
2 handicap races with 4 separate fleets 1st race start 10:55
Bloody Mary at Queen Mary Sailing Club
7th January 2012
1 long Pursuit race (expect 250+ boats)
Race start time for slowest boat is 12:00pm (make sure you aim to launch early as it can take a while to launch boats) http://www.queenmary.org.uk/bloody-mary.aspx
Steve Nicholson Memorial Race at Northampton Sailing Club
Saturday 28th January 2012
2 handicap races with 4 separate fleets
Tiger Trophy at Rutland Sailing Club
4th & 5th February 2012
3 back to back handicap races with a slow and fast start for Saturday lasting approx 45 mins each. Then Sunday has 1 long non dis-cardable pursuit race
As there are different formats for each of the races, from a 300+ single pursuit to 40-50 boat fleets based on handicap splits, to give an overall result your final position at each event will be taken and factored up based on the largest fleet across all events. This will then give a point score for each event which is comparable across event and fleets. You will also get 2 discards so your best 2 scores will count to your overall score.
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Sunday 25th September is the all new Double Handed Trophy. Racing will be for the Kestrel Cup and is now open to all double handed boats with a minimum of 2 crew. The day wont be taken that seriously (by most of us) so a great chance to join in with the racing in a friendly environment. Club boast are available but a first come first served and the first race will start at 11:00 followed by 2 races after lunch.
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A warm weekend in august and 8 intrepid sailors and 6 non-sailers set off for an away weekend on the sea in essex. As a non-sailor I really had serious doubts about what I was doing setting out for a sailing weekend. However as soon as we arrived at Bradwell I was made to feel at home. Great accommodation, a couple of drinks and a delicious meal in the adjacent pub and it all felt like a great holiday.
The next day (Saturday) we enjoyed a full English breakfast then sailed from Bradwell to Brightlingsea (about 10 miles). Pat and Andy in their Solos, Paul and Tori and Nigel and his friend Andy in Fireballs, Simon in his laser and Pat Lovell in his Gull. The rest of us were taken in 22 foot Ketch. The wind was a gentle breeze (force 2 I’m told). The sailors were in their element while we had agentle cruse bringing up the rear. After a pleasant packed lunch in the harbour at Brightlingsea we set off back to Bradwell. In the ketch we used the “metal sail” to propel us back by the most direct route. For the sailors it was beat all the way back into a strengthing head wind.......