Winter Regatta/Christmas Special

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The Winter Regatta is this Sunday before the Club Christmas Lunch. Sailing Instructions for this are here: –

There are two Wednesday evening style handicap races back to back with the first start at 10.30 am (standard 5,4,1,Go sequence). Each will have a single start using an average lap-time handicap system. This means that everyone needs to go through the Start/Gate/Finish line on each lap and will be finished the first time they cross the line after the shorten course symbol is hoisted. The first race will use a trapezoid course while for the second this will be swapped to a “P” course.

If anyone has any questions I will arrange a briefing for 9.30 am in the Wet Bar.

The forecast currently looks like we should have plenty of wind.

Mike Clapp – Race Officer

End of Autumn Series – 6th December

Just to avoid any confusion caused by previous posts, this is to confirm that the last Sunday of the Club Autumn Series is this coming Sunday – 6th December. This will be sailed under the current standard club Sailing Instructions (i.e. 1025 start, 4 start groups and Sausage/Triangle or Windward/Leeward courses).

The following Sundays are then:

13th – Sunday of Datchet Flyer – club members are invited to take part in the Pursuit Race with the first start at 11.00 am on Sunday morning for free. To enter the whole event please go to

20th – Winter Regatta – two single start handicap races starting at 10.30 am – followed by Christmas Lunch and Autumn Series Prize-giving. Provisional Sailing Instructions are here

27th – Club Closed – why not come to the Bottle Race on the 26th instead?

3rd January – Start of Club Winter Series (11 am start, 2 start groups and a selection of courses).

Club Winter Series Sailing Instructions

A provisional set of Sailing Instructions for the Club Winter Series has just been published to Due to the way the dates fall in December this year the series will just be for the five Sundays in January with two races back to back each day.

In summary the changes are: –

1. The two initial starts will be at 3 minute intervals with the first start at 11 am.

2. The number of starts is reduced to two.

a. Start A will combine the existing start 1 and 2 and will use the Naval Numeral 3 flag

b. Start B will combine the Asymmetric and Catamaran starts and use the Naval Numeral 4 flag

3. Race Officers will have a choice of 3 courses to decide between.

a. The existing triangle/sausage course. If there is nothing indicated on the White boards (in the club house and/or on the committee boat), or with a flag, this will be the course we will use.

b. “Course A” which is a trapezoidal course with a gate part way up the beat. This will be indicated by Flag A flying on the committee boat and a diagram on the white boards. Start B will just sail the windward/leeward part of the course but respect the gate.

c. “Course C” which is a 4 or P course with a gate part way up the beat. This will be indicated by Flag C flying on the committee boat and a diagram on the white boards. Start B will just sail the windward/leeward part of the course but respect the gate.

4. The normal number of laps will apply for the “standard” course. For Course A and C you will pass through the gate on each windward leg and be finished once the shorten course symbol is flown. Each race is intended to last between 45 minutes and an hour.

5. It is the intention that Course A and C will be used alternate weekends unless the wind direction means there is no room to place the leeward mark. In this case the standard triangle/sausage course will be used.

Please let your Fleet Captain know if you have any questions.

Club Opening Times during the Christmas and New Year Period

Dear Members,

Please be aware our opening times during the Christmas and New Year period are as follows:


Sunday 20th : Open (Club Christmas Dinner)

Monday 21st: Closed

Tuesday 22nd: Closed

Wednesday 23rd: Open

Thursday 24th: Closed (Christmas Eve)

Friday 25th: Closed (Christmas Day)

Saturday 26th: Open for Bottle Race only (Mid-day start)

Sunday 27th: Closed

Monday 28th: Closed

Tuesday 29th: Closed

Wednesday 30th:Open

Thursday 31st: Open


Friday 1st: Open for Pink Elephant Race Only (Mid-day start)

Saturday 2nd: Closed

Sunday 3rd: Back open as usual (Start of Club Racing Winter Series)

Looking forward to seeing you over the festive season.


Whats on at the Club this Weekend?

Dear Members,

Here is a summary of what we have on at the club this weekend.

· Free Sailing Saturday

· Continuing Sunday Racing Autumn Series with races 11-12

The water level is still rising and we are over two metres over the steep lip

For the latest wind forecast, please use the link below

For members on Sunday, your Race Officer will be Hamish Stewart assisted by Adrian Burroughs on safety.

Hope to see you on the water,


Dates to get in your Diary for the Christmas Period

Dear All Members,

Here are some important dates for you to get down in your diary’s for the Christmas period.

Datchet Flyer (12th/13th December)- The Datchet Flyer sees two days of great racing with lots of boats on the water. The ‘Flyer’ will consist of three handicap races on Saturday, scored on average laps of the same course to enable an overall set of results to be generated. In traditional Winter Series style the Sunday will feature a long distance pursuit race. All boats racing will be fitted with GPS tracker units with the action streamed live via the internet and available to analyse after racing.

Sign up online here: Datchet Flyer 2015 Sign up

Club Christmas Dinner (20th December)- The Club Christmas Dinner will be held on Sunday 20th December after racing. Adults: £20, Children under 10: £10. Payment required in advance. The cut off point for payment will be Sunday 13th December. It would be great to see everybody there. The prize giving for the Autumn Series will also be held before the dinner.

To view the menu and book your place, please click here: Christmas Lunch 2015

The Boxing Day Bottle Race (26th December)- This year’s Boxing Day Race will held by your Vice Commodore Mike Beckett. As it is the Bottle Race, he requests that everyone who wants to compete will need to bring a bottle in. Keep posted for more information about the Race nearer the time.

The New Year’s Day Pink Elephant Race (1st January)- The Pink Elephant Race for 2016 will be ran by your Commodore Phil Tinsley. Keep posted for more information about the race nearer to the time.

Also we remind you that the club is closed during the 24th/28th December and also 2nd January. During this time the club will only be open for the Boxing Day and New Year’s Day Races.

Many Thanks,