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Last Week 25th February to 2nd March
Sunday 1st March Again the 10:30 Handicap race was cancelled but the Winter Series 19 races took place. Five Merlins and six Lasers raced in conditions of a strong stream and swirling wind. The two patrol boats, which were out on the water, were put to work. See the report in News.
This Week 3rd to 9th March
Thursday 5th March Club Supper and Talk
Nicholas Bayne, brother-in-law of Anne, will be giving a talk on Thursday 5th March. It will be about the exploration of the North West passage in the 19th century by John and James Ross (remote Uncles of Christopher and Nicholas) and John Franklin, Commander of the expedition in which ‘Erebus’ and ‘Terror’, recently discovered, were used. This promises to be an enlightening insight into why Ross survived when Franklin died. It will also touch on the contact between Arctic Explorers and the Inuit.
Sunday 8th March The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 20 races are scheduled to take place.
Next Week 10th to 16th March
Sunday 15th March The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 21 races are scheduled to take place.
Sunday 29th March The next event of note is the Geoff Cooper Trophy for Merlins which will be contested concurrently with their Winter Series 23 race.
River Conditions – Notice for OODs
River conditions continue to be potentially hazardous and are likely to worsen if we have further rain.
During recent racing in the present conditions, two competing boats have suffered broken masts and another a bent mast following capsizes. Boats in this state are difficult to assist and will be carried downstream quickly whilst assistance is being given.
Race Officers should monitor the river conditions, using the link given at the end of this section, before leaving home to go to the Club. If the wind is considered satisfactory for racing and the recorded Flow Rate is above 200 cubic metres/second they must arrange for two patrol boats to be suitably manned and on the water all the time that racing is taking place.
River conditions at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach, can be seen at
We are attempting to get hold of some alcohol-based hand disinfectant but there has been panic buying of this and most places are out of stock. We will get some as and when we can.
In the meantime please follow the medical advice to wash hands frequently and assiduously with soap. Bear in mind that the Club has many older members – myself included – who are the most at-risk group.
Looking after your boat
As a postscript, the continuing stormy weather may have loosened boat covers and any tie-downs. It will be as well to check your boat’s security as soon as possible as boats on the loose can not only become damaged themselves but may cause damage to adjacent boats. The Club has a stock of ground anchors with which boat owners can be supplied. If you would like some please contact Peter Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org or Andrew Horwitz email@example.com.
Pilates on Monday mornings
Each Monday morning, between 10:30 and 11:30, Joanne Zorian-Lynn holds a Pilates class in the Clubhouse. This Pilates class is suitable for all ages and abilities as each exercise is offered and demonstrated for all levels.
To book a place contact Joanne on -Tel: 07754 686378