A Thursday evening sail, some pictures taken by OOD Rob Windsor with his phone.
A video shot on 30th April using Tom’s camera on the bow of his Laser. As can be seen on screen, not too many boats out for the second race of the day but the Club Wayfarer helmed by Nick with guest crew Ed, was heavily in contention. Also out sailing were myself in a Laser, Andy in his yellow sailed Pico and Chris in the Club Laser . Quite a windy day, but everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thanks also must go to Ellen and Peter for setting great courses and standing by in the safety boat.
Tom’s original video footage, which lasted about an hour, was edited by myself down to 2 mins 15 secs.
From Martin Cushing
Glorious sailing day for today’s pursuit races, nice sunny conditions and reasonable wind. First race had 12 boats on the water, with a mixture of classes. Ellen & Pete in the miracle was first off and the rest of the fleet chasing after them. Close racing throughout but 4 boats got away at the front, Tom in his laser catching Nick in Matt’s solo and then the two continued battling to the end. Tom winning followed by Nick, Mike in his new laser taking third closely followed by Ryan in the radial.
Second pursuit race started with little wind but they soon got going as the wind filled in, Tom then managed to roll his laser in on the first run, stayed dry though which was a shame, soon caught up with a help of a friendly gust while the others were all drifting slowly, the same 4 then got away with Nick leading most of the race, he then made a mistake when gybing allowing Tom to grab his chance and slip by with only minutes remaining.
Race 3 had a few less entries but they had a good breeze for the race, Tom chased down Nick and took the lead but Mike could not catch the solo and had to settle for third again. Paul in the Vago took fourth and Chris in the club laser, fifth.
I think Paul realised Ryan had not capsized all day so seized his chance to make a play for the swimming trophy, capsizing after the race with a nice graceful back flip while the boat went over….
Hopefully next weekend will give us the same sailing conditions
Martin (OOD for the day)
From Martin Cushing
Well Sunday’s sailing was certainly interesting, you know it is windy on Colemere when you see the club wafarer (titanic) planing, well done Nick & crew ( sorry forgot your name), they also stayed upright….
Big thank you to the ood team, excellent course for us to have fun in and great job in pulling us out of the water, big thanks to Mike & Hugh who took the second boat out to help, not sure who had the biggest work out, us Sailors or those helping to keep us going.
Found out a few things today also
1. An Aero is just as difficult to sail downwind in strong wind as it is with no wind.
2. Getting the boat upright and you back in it is no fun if you wet capsize (hate light boats)
3. Water in Colemere tastes lousy…
Didn’t have the energy for the next race, so congrats to all those who finished the first one and made it for the second, hope it was as much fun.
Martin “getting too old for this” Cushing
From myself, a short video. I think someone once said “If you never capsize, you’re not really trying“, well, I must have been trying on Sunday, and so too were Martin, Ryan, Chris, Andy and Tom. Nick and his guest crew, Ed can’t have been trying as they were the only ones not to capsize ! Or it might be, they were better sailors ?
If you watch the background, about 17 seconds in, you get a glimpse of Martin taking his first dip!
Some great pictures taken by Chris Hooper whilst on duty on Sunday. Chris sent them to me to see if I wanted to put some on the blog. I was going to add a few of the best ones, but in the end I decided they were all too good to omit any! So here are all 50 of them.
Well, it was a wild start to the sailing season on Sunday. A bit too wild for most, but there were a few who decided to dip their toes in the water. Not put off by the conditions, Rob Windsor was first to show us how it was done ! Closely followed by younger member Ryan Cushing and then his dad, Martin. Myself and Tom were in the fourth boat (and last) on the lake.
Not surprisingly, all four boats capsized at least once during their outings. Ryan said he had lost count how many times he went over, but he was still smiling. It was decided that conditions weren’t really suitable for racing but Helen, Tony and Rob kept us safe by standing by with the safety boats. Apologies that no pictures available for Rob W, Ryan and Martin but Tony sent me some action images taken on his phone from the safety boat, of myself and Tom, during our first capsize recovery of the season. Not sailing, but getting some very useful advice from Brian and Nick, was new member Keith, rigging his boat in preparation for the sailing year.
Meanwhile, in the Clubhouse the log fire was blazing away. A fantastic bring and share lunch, with hot soup, was enjoyed by all. Not exactly sure who did all the work but I know Mike, Shirley, Ellen and Meryl were involved. Thanks to all who helped and brought food for us to share.
After lunch, gluttons for punishment, me and Tom ventured out, briefly. This time, with video camera attached. Edited, highlights are below. Looking forward to many more memorable sails in coming year.
YouTube. I’m trying to work out why!
Such a shock to learn about the sudden death of Club Member and Treasurer, John Styles. From what I can remember, John joined the Club in 2003 (I think Club Membership and a boat were surprise 60th birthday presents from his family). There were lots of secretive emails at the time, passing between one of his sons and Nick Edmunds. Nick was organising things, on behalf of the Club and I think John’s family were also buying Nick’s Enterprise 14818 from him. In recent years John started to sail a Solo but I think he was most comfortable sailing his blue Enterprise, together with one of his sons. Besides John joining in occasional club racing, he and his wife Pam were great supporters of our social events.
In 2014 John volunteered and was elected Honorary Treasurer, he has been a tremendous asset to the Club. As a retired bank manager, he used his financial and organisational skills to great effect for us.
John’s funeral is on Friday 10th February, details published in Shropshire Star are here.
We will miss the John Styles smile. Our thoughts are with Pam and all the family at this sad time.
The Christmas Party this year took place at The Keys in St Martins. A total of 37 of us were in attendance for the three course evening meal. The food and service were excellent although the music got a bit loud at times for some of us old fogies ! Commodore Matt gave us an excellent speech lasting 3 minutes 30 seconds and incorporated a light hearted embarrassing moment for a couple of our younger members. Chris Marshall won the prize for guessing the length of Matt’s speech.
The youth team did a stirling job of selling raffle tickets and the raffle took place when we’d finished our meal. Seemed like everyone won wine or chocolates except me, but it’s not all about winning.
As can be seen in the pictures below, taken by Mike Brain, a good time was had!
Thanks Mike, for pulling the evening together.
From Clare Harland
Colemere Church is holding a Christmas Tree Festival this December and the Sailing Club has a tree along with a dozen or so other local groups.
The church will be open every weekend in December (except Xmas eve) from 11-4 Saturday & Sunday and refreshments are being served so please drop in and have a look.