John Hanson posing to demonstrate how to straighten a rudder post – in case you’ve been unfortunate enough to bend one
A motley crew of Flying Fifteen sailors spent the weekend smoothing out the wrinkles on The Gerry Sheard – one of the club loan boats – so it should be easier to step into and sail now
Howard, Mervyn, John & Mike x 2 decided to set sail in the boat-park as the Oppie’s were using the water. Alastair, Roger and a couple of younger hands washed the boat and checked the mast setting in the rain on Saturday
Thanks to all involved – including Phil for providing parts
We have had Louis and Rhea from Herschel Grammer School undertaking their Work Experience here at Datchet this week.
Well done to both of them.
Below is what they thought of their week here.
I came to Datchet Water Sailing club for work experience in October 2017; to begin with I wasn’t looking forward to the hours but by the end I felt privileged to have had the opportunity to work here. The staff on site are all very friendly and always provide as much assistance as required. It was a great experience and I would not hesitate to recommend the club to anyone interested in sailing.
I came to DWSC for my work experience. Though initially unsatisfied with the long hours I was due in for, I enjoyed every minute of my week here to such an extent that when I’d finished my seven hours, I didn’t want to go home. The staff here are extremely friendly yet at the same time were able to set us challenging tasks some of which I hadn’t experienced before.
Many members, young and old, enjoyed a night of spice and splice – with curries prepared by Helen Beecham and David Tugwell and rope engineering skills demonstrated by David Mossman of Marlow Ropes and Tom Mapplebeck of Virtual Rigger.
The FF AGM will be on Sunday 3rd December after racing, upstairs in the Committee Room. Top of the agenda will be the appointment of a new Fleet Captain. Please let me know if you want to stand or propose anybody – and any other agenda items.
Congratulations to Ralph and Sophie for their 3rd place overall in the RS800 Inland Championships at Grafham Water last weekend. They were the only boat to beat current 49er world champion Dylan Fletcher when they won the last race. To learn more, read the report on Yachts & Yachting website
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Having celebrated Roger and Alex winning the Ridgeway Consulting Trophy this weekend, I thought it was about time to update the results sheet – so here it is…
Our esteemed Commodore presented Roger and Alex Abbey-Taylor (aka ‘my oily offspring’ by his father*) with the Ridgeway Consulting Trophy for the most improved personal handicap in the Summer Series. Well done to Roger & Alex
*it’s to do with Alex’s love of cars apparently (apologies for being even more derogatory in the original post!)