Welwyn Garden City Sailing Club
Established 1973 and still racing at Stanborough Lake on Saturday Mornings , cruising on Thursday nights from 18:00 (summertime)
15 February 2020
Lively conditions ...again. Some pictures attached showing the heroes on the water and the busy safety boat. Results to follow - I was only there for the first race but the result looked to be
Slow Fleet - 1 Annette Walter 2 Alex Shelley
Fast Fleet - 2 Dave Lambert 2 Roger Morse and Pranav Chawla
I expect the second race (if it took place) result to be similar!
Alex Shelley collected his Wee Auld Mug for winning (1st equal with Tony Hale) last week.
4 Boats brave storm Dennis
OOD = Officer of the Day AOD = Assistant Race Officer RD = Rescue Driver RA = Rescue Assistant
Please remember OODs are responsible for contacting their team during the week before the race to confirm they are available.
Winter Rules and policies are in operation
Storms of 2020
Welly Challenge 2020
'SCIENCE FICTION' was the mind-stretching theme for this year's Welly Challenge, but as always, everyone rose to the occasion and the parade of characters arriving at the Mead Hall, Wheathampstead, on Saturday 8th October was literally out of this world. They included an army of Ghostbusters, two Princess Leia and others from Star Wars, a couple of Dr Who, FBI agents, a Deep Space Listening Post with Big Ears, a Klingon from Star Trek, an Astronaut, A Robot, an Invisible Man, a science fiction book, and a Back to the Future character sporting luxuriant white curls, looking suspiciously like Father Christmas.
The totally surreal evening - full of mad quizzes and strange goings on involving a Tardis - was hosted by Roger Morse and Shaun Smale. At the end of all the challenges, it was victory for the Slow Fleet by half a point! The grand sum of £177 was raised for Headway Herts, a charity which works tirelessly to improve life after a brain injury for those immediately affected, and the loved ones who care for them.
Where in the universe?
Princess leai and her Jedi knight
Deep space hearing aid
Mauler and Scully
Back to the Future
SMARTENING UP FOR WGC'S CENTENARY
Erected in 1978 the race hut gets some TLC
Have you noticed the Club's Race Hut at Stanborough is suddenly looking very smart indeed!
Charles Adams and Shaun Smale have been busy renovating the logo and woodwork in readiness for WGC's Centenary next year. The large display logo was orginally made by former Race Officer, Ray Wilson, but the passing years had taken their toll on the paintwork. Charles decided it was time for it to be renovated. It has now been screwed back looking good as new, and the improved woodwork is down to Shaun who has given it all a protective coating (modern 'creosote').
A big HOORAY from everyone in the club! - Val
Christmas Pudding race 2019
In memory of Mike Fairman
Annual Dinner 2019
Some of this years winners!
Results to follow.
Pauline Shaw, our intrepid Sailability sailor, tells what it's like to sail a Challenger trimaran in winds gusting up to 29mph...
All three of us felt truly alive when we came off the water!
I had an unexpectedly brilliant sail at Grafham on Monday. I thought it would be far too windy but two of us decided to go out anyway (well three if you count the other sailor had a buddy with her). It was extremely cold (I had four thermal vests on) but the water temperature wasn’t too bad relatively speaking. Just as well, as I got hit in the face by crashing into at least TEN big waves.
I wish I had been able to record my speed as I was going so fast. I enjoyed just reaching back and forth on the most exciting point of sailing instead of racing. It definitely put the fun back into sailing! I perfected my heavy weather gybe and did a brilliant lea shore landing. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to slow down enough but I did. All three of us felt truly alive when we came off the water. Then I ate all of my fish and chips at the pub, and went home to dry some really wet kit.
For those that don’t know, I sail a 15 foot Challenger trimaran "Louise" with Grafham Water Sailability. We get launched and retrieved from a trolley in the water. So coming in to shore means you have three pointed hulls heading straight for two people standing in the water waiting to catch you. The trick is to stop the boat two inches from them. Not so easy in a strong onshore breeze. The strongest gust was 25.2 knots (29 mph).
Sailing in the rain!
In what I understand were horrible sailing conditions all are to be congratulated for completing any races, but newcomer Alex Shelley produced a notable 6th and 7th in his RS Feva and a 2nd and a 4th in the Personal Handicap races (with a PH of 400 - the same as Tom and Ben).
Paul McAlister with a 1st and a 3rd continued his excellent results in the PH series which he now leads. He can expect his PH to be cut considerably (to a max of 10%) in the half way stage review of handicaps...
Peter wins on his 80th Birthday!
It was a beautiful June-the-1st day with wall-to-wall blue sky and high feathery cloud, and drifting across the water, and settling on the banks, was a fluffy summer 'snowstorm' of white willow seed.
Ten helms competed, including junior Ben Hawker in his Comet, taking time out before his last GCSE exam. His Dad, Simon, was assisting David Brown in the rescue boat.
On shore there was a lot of activity connected with a "Race for Life" cancer charity event, with at least a hundred - probably many more - ladies milling around in bright pink t-shirts. As the fleet gently sailed the course, it was accompanied by some lively motivating music from the sound system!
Best of all though, nature was looking its best. On the banks there were plenty of ducklings, wild flowers and lots of dragonflies for those who had the time to notice.
At half time, Peter produced a box of fruity flapjacks which he'd baked himself. They were absolutely delicious and sailors and Mouse Club members demolished them very quickly. He said he'd brought them along because he was about to start a two-day celebration of his 80th birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETE!
Fast Fleet winners were Roger (Race 1) and Shaun (Race 2)
Slow Fleet winners were Peter (Race 1) and Charles (Race 2)
Combined fleet winner in (Race 1) was Peter in a Comet, in (Race 2) it was Charles in the Miracle.
Some may have noticed that Pete Thornley has been racing a Comet instead of his trusty Streaker. Karen McAlister explains why: "Here are a few pics of Peter collecting the Comet the Cory's kindly loaned us when they left Welwyn Garden City. I believe it was originally Richard Burnside's boat - good to have it back in the club." Pete used to have his own Comet and he says he's been enjoying sailing one again, but ... he still prefers a Streaker!
Peter added that he was sailing the Comet to be in a fleet, as the streaker was the only one, and usually alone for most of the race.
He consider himself the custodian of this comet (554) on behalf of the club, until a new deserving sailor comes along. He will be keeping the streaker :-)