Just to remind you that we are running an RYA First Aid course on Sunday 25th September. To book on please click on the link below
For any queries please give us a call.
Not long now until the Club Championships with which we are combining a sponsored race in aid of the Bart Simpson Foundation on the 18th September. The objective of the Bart Simpson Foundation is to generate the money it takes to support less fortunate youngsters coming into our sport. I am sure I do not have to stress to you how important growth in sailing is. The Barts Bash race, which will be the first race of the day, will still be part of the club champs. If you don’t want to go for personal sponsorship to raise money, there is a donation box in the club for you to put a personal donation into. We are not making this compulsory for you to race in the first race of the day however the donations all go to assisting young people to sail which is growing our sport and therefore I believe this to be an important charity for sailors like ourselves to support.
See you on the start line………
Richard/ Howard won the Anderson Consulting Trophy for the most improved personal handicap in the Summer Series, reflecting their consistency. For those who are unfamiliar with this, the calculation output (generated by Roger – who I believe likes beer) is attached and the following hopefully explains how it works..
– The BCR (‘back calculated rating’) is calculated by comparing how well a boat does compared with the winner in each race and averaging this over a series.
o As well as showing how boats compare with the winner, this obviously also shows how the winner compares with other boats
o Only boats that have completed 4 or more races are included
o All races are included (no discards)
– The PIR (‘personal improvement rating’) is calculated by comparing the BCR series on series – with the best improved winning the Anderson Trophy.
o Handicaps for individual boats (classic vs silver vs open) are not relevant as it is the series on series performance of a boat that matters
o A boat obviously needs to have a BCR in consecutive series to receive an improvement rating
o The winner of the Anderson Trophy can win it again for the next series by winning races by a bigger margin each time
We have the very experienced Ben Iliffe looking for a sail either in the front or the back of a Flying Fifteen on Sunday mornings. So if you need a crew or helm during the coming weeks Ben could be your man.
If you know Ben please reach out directly to him or contact me for his contact information.
Just to let you know that the club will be closed tomorrow due to the allocated safety coxswain having to back out at the last minute. Unfortunately we have not been able to find a replacement.
The main gates will still be open around the Virtual Rigger Opening hours.
As the Summer Series has now concluded (Prizes presented at the AGM) this Sunday is the SBH Handicap where all fleets get to race against each other on a single course. Two single start races back to back, Our Race Officer is Andrew Wilson so expect some great racing.
See you there.
Mike Beckett Vice Commodore
Last night saw an eventful fun race to close out the Wednesday evening racing for 2016. With mixed wind in strength and direction the RO Tristan set a windward/leeward course although 30 mins before the start the wind was completely different.
We had the AP over N ready as we started to see the lightening starting over 10 miles away and were close to abandoning but just finished the race before it got to close.
With a cat mast gracefully collapsing just by the committee boat and then a big collision on the final mark of the race an eventful evening and at least enjoyable for most.
This weekend we have races 24 and 25 of the summer series, which is the last two of the series before the start of autumn.
The weather looks like it will be holding for a breezy weekend. It would be great to see as many sailors on the water as possible.
To view the current weather forecast please click on the following link
Powerboat Level 2 course
We welcome back Michael Quinn to the club to teach a Powerboat Level 2 course this weekend. Winds strong so it will be a great challenge for the new drivers.
Looking ahead this week
Wednesday we will have our Evening Racing. It will be the final Wednesday evening so it would be great to see you in the results. It will be a fun race run by DWSC Staff.
Thursday is the final “This Girl Can” well worth getting your wives, daughters and girlfriends into sailing. The campaign at Datchet has been extremely strong with over 15 new and experienced sailors. So come along on Thursday night and develop your skills in an educational and friendly environment.
Last week of late night social sailing
Please be aware that next week will be the final week of late night sailing. After that the water will be closing at 5pm during week days and 4:30 during weekends.
We hope to see you on the water.
This weekend we have races 22 and 23 of the summer series.
The weather looks like there will be steady wind all weekend. It would be great to see as many sailors on the water as possible
Water Closed early on Friday night.
Due to staff illness the water needs to close by 6pm tonight.
Congratulations to our New Assistant Instructors!
We would like to congratulate Jack Winfield, Daniel Chattock and Josh Burdall for passing their Assistant Instructors course taken by our Senior Instructor Stuart. They all have worked very hard and we look forward to welcoming them on to our team of Instructors. Well done boys!
RYA Level 1 and 2
We are welcoming Gary to DWSC to teach an RYA Level 1 and 2 course this weekend. The wind looks perfect for learning and the sun will be out.
Sunday Afternoon Racing:
This weekend is the 7th and 8th Races of the Afternoon series. We are getting a good number of boats on the water and the weather looks perfect.
Looking ahead this week
Wednesday we will have our Evening Racing. A great turn out of competitors so far with great conditions. There are more great courses and racing to come.
Thursday is “This Girl Can” well worth getting your wives, daughters and girlfriends into sailing. The campaign at Datchet is extremely strong with over 15 new and experienced sailors. So come along on a Thursday night and develop your skills in an educational and friendly environment.
We hope to see you on the water.
Last Sunday saw races 3 and 4 of the Sunday afternoon series. A nice sunny afternoon was seen with a decent 16 knots of wind. There were 6 racers for the first of the two races run (race 3) with one dropping out to leave us with 5 for race 4. Both races saw the National 18 leading from the front on a figure or 8 course with slight wind shifts meant that the spinnaker could be held on a leg for one lap but may not have been possible on the next lap. With 2 45 minute races and off the water by 4:00pm made a perfect Sunday afternoon for the 6 boats that took part.
The results can be found here http://www.dwsc.co.uk/results/LastSundayAfternoon.htm
The next afternoon racing will be held on the 14th August, it is not too late to have an impact on the series, why not make the most of the summer and get some extra racing in.
See you there.