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.
Our tree is up (please see pics) thanks to those who have contributed decorations, it looks very nautical!
From Tom Harris
Another blog update! White done by Ellen and Tim. Black done by Pete and filled in bits by me (Tom)!
From Mike Brain
I had the chance to go flying out of Cosford last week, and took a few of photos of Colemere from the air.
Bit misty, but not too bad, thought they might go well on the blog.
Tom sent me some more pictures showing how the work is progressing. Tom started to sail in the first race on Sunday but the wind conditions didn’t come up to his (very high) standard and he decided that his time was more usefully spent doing a few jobs. Tom did a bit of hedge trimming first. Then after lunch, as the third race was progressing Tom used his artistic skills to colour in some details on the gable end. (Ellen had previously done one coat of white on the background and Pete, another coat.) Pete kept a watchful eye on Tom, the artist at work. I assume he was making sure he “kept in the lines”. Looks great!
Here are some pictures from Tom Harris showing Pete Williams painting after renovation of the gable end. It’s amazing the detail that has been revealed in the plaster work after years of layers of paint were removed. A lot of work has also been done to the woodwork to prevent future water penetration. Well done Pete and his occasional helpers. Work not finished yet, but it looks great. Tom and Pete have also been tidying up some of the overhanging branches between the Clubhouse and dinghy park to allow greater visibility of the boats.
While sailing the World Wide Web I recently discovered a couple of YouTube videos featuring Colemere and may be of interest to Sailing Club Members.
This one is a link to “Colemere From the Sky” a view over Colemere captured by a drone. If you look closely you can see a couple of dinghies and also the club safety boat.
The second one is a light hearted walk “The Meres of Ellesmere” and features a walk from Ellesmere along the canal past Blakemere to Colemere and back to Ellesmere. If you don’t want to watch the whole video, the brief Colemere section starts at about 2 minutes in.
Rob Windsor was on duty for the last Thursday evening sail of the season, he took these stunning pictures with his phone. Fantastic skies over Colemere. Rob apologises for the lack of wind, but who needs wind with views like that?
Don’t worry though, Thursday evening races may have finished but there are plenty more Sunday races to join in with. We have races organised until Boxing Day!
From Felicity Ramage
Sometimes you just have to go sailing – even if there is no wind. With my lovely new Byte C1 to try out, today was one of those days. With lots of interest and advice, I puzzled over the ‘strings’ and ‘fiddly bits’ (Byte technical terms) for quite a while and thanks to Carol who is an expert on ‘fiddly bits’ being a Byte sailor herself, finally got her set up to go. Then Mike (Barrett), being an observant scout type, noticed a bit lying on the grass which turned out to be quite important so everything had to come apart again to put that bit in.
At last I was off, well I floated away, towards the small area of wind around Capsize. It was great to be out on beautiful Colemere in the sun, playing with all the controls, totally relaxed and smiling. I just need some wind next time to really find out what she is really like!
I even had my own photographer! Thanks very much Paul.
P.S. Just had this from Richard
Attached are a couple of pics of what she did next. After giving up on the Byte, due to lack of wind, here she is apparently trying to camouflage the safety boat!