It was great to see 9 boats on the water on Boxing Day for the Christmas Cracker race. Their wasn’t a lot of wind but there was enough and it kept up throughout the race. Easy work for myself and Tim in the safety boat! Nick Blore, our new Captain, won the race comfortably taking home the trophy (again) with Brian Johnson coming second and taking on extra weight with a box of biscuits as his prize.
2019 sees our club celebrate it’s 60 year anniversary and Mike Brain and Helen Smith are already planning a celebration in the summer
I wish everyone a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you at the Working Parties in February.
Some pictures from this year’s Christmas Cracker event courtesy of Tim Rouse
Twenty four of us gathered at the Boathouse Restaurant in Ellesmere, on the last evening of November 2018, for the Christmas Party/Meal . Club Social Secretary, Mike, had organised the event with some assistance from Hugh and I know everyone had a most enjoyable evening.
Good to see some of the new members could join us for the event.
To complement the excellent food and drink provided by the restaurant, Mike also ran a raffle and a quiz. Unfortunately I didn’t win a raffle prize, but lots of people did.
The quiz was very entertaining with a mixture of Colemere Sailing Club related questions and Christmas trivia. I must admit I should have known the answers to all the Sailing Club questions but I think I only got one correct. Some related to the date on the waterside gable end of the Clubhouse and the initials inscribed. (see picture below)
All in all a great evening!
Some pictures, courtesy of Brian Johnson, who was one of the Duty Officers last Sunday.
The wind was quite changeable and gusty at times. I think I capsized about 4 times over the 2 races and I wasn’t the only one inspecting the hulls of their boats! Still an enjoyable day sailing at Colemere, autumn leaves, sunshine and all that.
If you’ve been down to the Club lately you might have seen this poster.
If the picture above is not easy to read, it says:-
Can anyone spare some time to help?
- Cleaning outside walls, brushing off cobwebs and dirt, scraping off flaking paint etc.
- Preparing woodwork- Remove flaking paint, rub down and fill where needed.
- Pointing brickwork where required.
- Paint masonry white
- Paint timber black
- Paint metal guttering and downspouts
- Paint door on east facing wall
- Paint masonry at ground level black
Please select an area you can manage (every little helps)
All paint, brushes, scrapers are in the Bosun’s Locker. Paint tins are labelled.
For more information please ask :-
Tim 07821 542053
Pete 07715 538780
From Club Captain – Helen
What a marvellous day we had last Sunday ! The sun was out and although the wind was quite gusty we had fairly good sailing conditions. The Officer of the Day, Tony Boys, set a super course for us all and for the first race we had seventeen boats eager to get across the start line. Prizes were awarded to the winners with Tom Harris taking first place, Martin Cushing second and Nick Blore a close third.
We had some very generous raffle prizes to hand out and I’d like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who donated a gift. It was definitely much appreciated. The first prize was an aqua fleece jacket, kindly donated by Rooster Sailing. Ellen Dimelow had the winning ticket. Tony Boys had the second prize of a wine basket donated by Tanners Wines.
I’d like to thank everyone who attended and made the day so special. It was a lovely opportunity for our new members to meet everyone and Ali Anthony’s chocolate brownies proved very popular !!
The total raised on the day was an amazing £337. This is a superb amount to be able to donate to such a worthy cause.
Many thanks again.
Helen Smith – Captain
Pictures taken by OOD Brian Johnson on a very nice, warm and breezy Thursday evening.
Pictures from a very nice and breezy Thursday evening sail from OOD Rob Windsor.
From Commodore Felicity
We had a great turnout for yesterday’s Regatta and hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves. Our Captain, Helen Smith, had decorated the clubhouse (and her boat) with bunting to set the scene. The first race, collecting letters off the buoys for an anagram, had fewer participants but numbers swelled and we had eleven boats for the second race, collecting corks and bottles. Water was squirted and thrown and there were lots of near misses and in the end Ellen Dimelow and Pete Williams in their Miracle, Elmo, came out on top for those two fun races – good sailing or expert cheating?, I’ll leave that up to you to decide!
Over 50 members, friends and family then enjoyed a welcome Pimm’s with a hot pulled pork roll and delicious puddings thanks to Shirley Brain, Nicola Rouse, Sarah Hooper, Meryl Batho and Ellen Dimelow and other helpers.
After lunch we were up to 13 boats of lots of different classes and the OOD’s decided a pursuit race required too much Brain! power so we went for a straight handicap race in what had increased to lively conditions. The start was delayed by a few capsizes but in the end nine boats finished the race with Tom Harris in his Laser taking home the beer.
Thank you to everyone who attended and the biggest thanks of all to Mike Brain who masterminded the day.
From Club Commodore, Felicity
If you wondered if you should have come to Colemere today, this photo of Nick Blore introducing new member Steve Dakin to the Wayfarer may help. It was nice to see old members, the Smith family, who sailed in the late 1960’s, and came to visit and enjoy a picnic at the clubhouse today.
Slightly late for our first sail of the season and Rigging Party this year. All down to the adverse weather on Sunday 18th March which was the date it all planned to happen. We had to postpone.
It was worth waiting for. A nice sunny day, not too cold and a gentle breeze on the lake. At least 12 of us took to the water for this first outing of the season. A sociable lunch (bring and share style) was a welcome intermission between the two races. On the menu, courtesy of the membership, was soup, bread, quiche, sausage rolls and pork pies amongst other delicacies. I think there was still a table of food to feed five thousand (well nearly) when we’d finished.
Thanks to Pete, Ellen and Tim for setting and running the races, and keeping us safe.
Graham Edwards took some pictures of the sailing below.