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Last Week 3rd to 9th March
Thursday 5th March Club Supper and Talk
Nicholas Bayne gave a most fascinating and authoritative talk on the exploration of the North West Passage in the 19th century by John and James Ross and later by John Franklin. He highlighted the beneficial effects that the ability and inclination of the Rosses to communicate with the native Inuit people had for the survival of their expedition crews. It was well attended and a fine fish pie was enjoyed by about 48 members and guests.
Sunday 8th March Again the 10:30 Handicap race was cancelled but the Winter Series 20 races took place. Four Merlins and six Lasers raced against a strong stream and swirling wind. The deployment of two patrol boats again proved to be good practice in the prevailing conditions. See the report in News.
This 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.
Training Some training is scheduled for this Sunday. It will probably be land based and patrol boat orientated.
Next Week 17th to 23rd March
Sunday 22nd March The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 22 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.
Sunday 5th April The National 18 Spring Challenge, which Alan Green arranged for the first time last year, is to be repeated. This is an Open Meeting and it is hoped to attract outside entries from the Ultra fleet and we will establish whether there are any Club Members’ boats which may be borrowed by helms wishing to try out an N18. The format will be three races, the first being the normal start for the N18 Class. See the Notice of Race on the website.
Sunday 12th April (Easter Sunday) There will be an Easter Egg Pursuit Race – details to follow. Participants in this event will have to be aware that the annual Devizes to Westminster kayak race is taking place that day and they should allow racing canoes priority.
Much Further Ahead
Saturday Junior Sailing Andy Harris is currently proposing to start this year’s Saturday afternoon Junior Sailing sessions on 25th April, assuming that the river flow and weather are suitable. More detailed information on this will be given nearer the date.
Payments for food
Under the present infection-aware conditions and to allow the kitchen staff to be free from any money handling, all payments for food must be made at the bar and you will be given a slip, to show what you’ve bought, to be given in at the serving counter. This change may have some knock-on effects which we will try to sort out as they are identified.
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 throughout 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