Whats On at the Club this Weekend?

Dear Members,

The wind is looking great here at the club this weekend. It would be great to see all of you on the water.

This Sunday’s Racing we have Tristan Beckett  as your Race Officer and on Safety will be Tom Hayes.


We have some of our Instructors doing come catamaran sailing this weekend in preparation for their up and coming RYA Multihull Instructor Conversion course. Lets hope the wind is up how it should be so they get some fun hanging out on the wire.


Rules Evening 

We had a very successful rules evening hosted by Chris Simon on the evening of the 25th January. With over 40 people attending and a great Chilli made by Sebastian, it was a great night for all. If you have a topic of interest or anything that interests you, please talk to Gabrielle and we will get an evening booked in and planned.


Duty Roster

Just to give you all a heads up, you will all receive an email next week regarding your duty allocation for 2017/2018. The dates will start from 1/04/2017. You will be given a requested time to select and roster yourself for your own duties. This email will be going out on Wednesday.


To see the weather forecasts for this weekend, please click on the following link


Weather Forecasts

We hope to see you on the water,


Last Night’s Rules Evening

Thank you to Chris Simons for hosting last night’s rules evening. There was a great turnout. A big thank you to Sebastian Camisuli for making a great Chilli ably assisted by George Hoskins who served with “Burrell”esque, panache that went down well with all the club members, also to Helen Beecham for helping with the setup.

It was really great to see so many members getting to know each other and to know that more people now understand the rules.

The main aim of the evening was for Chris to make us all aware of the new changes that had been made since the start of the new edition and to help us to expand our knowledge on the most important rules. It was clear that everyone had learnt at least one thing from the evening.

There will be more evenings like this to follow. If you have a story to tell (or know somebody who does), or have a discussion topic, let Gabrielle know and we will get it organised.

‘You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else’




Help Datchet win the Sailjuice TopClub Prize (and £300)!!!

DWSC is currently lying 2nd overall in the GJW Sailjuice TopClub competition – and has a chance to claim the top spot with a prize of £300 provided enough Datchet boats enter the last two rounds (the Tiger Trophy on 4/5 Feb and the Oxford Blue on 18 Feb).

So far, there have been strong Datchet performances from Andrew Snell in his Supernova (currently 3rd overall), Ralph & Sophie Singleton (14th overall in RS 800), Ben Iliffe & Paddy Lewis (22nd overall in 505), and Serega Samus (50th overall in Musto Skiff), with Nick Charles contributing a 13th place at the Datchet Flyer (RS 200). Congratulations to all of them and the others that have represented DWSC so far.

With 3 club entrants in each round being needed to qualify, Andrew and Ben need more Datchet boats to join them at Rutland for the Tiger Trophy, as the Singletons and others may not be able to attend. Please give your wetsuit or drysuit a ring-out to help the club stand on the podium at the Dinghy Show. More support would also be welcome at the Oxford Blue (18 Feb) which might just help Datchet get the top spot. See the following link for the TopClub results and details on how to enter.

Ralph Singleton (RS 800 1166)

Club Race Team Support process – CRATES – and briefing this Sunday

The club is implementing a new process this year to provide more support to Race Officers. The process (Club RAce TEam Support – CRATES) is designed to share best practices identified by RO’s. It also introduces briefings before the first Sunday race of the month to help competitors ensure they understand the Sailing Instructions.

Derek Lambert (RO this week, and the first guinea pig for CRATES) will hold a briefing at 10am in the wetbar. Please attend to support Derek and hear more about the process. We are also asking competitors to respect the Race Team and provide any observations in feedback forms after a race rather than on the water.

RO’s (and Safety Coxswains) are the club’s frontline volunteers and essential to successful racing. Please think about becoming a RO, Assistant RO, or Safety Coxswain – particularly if you are an experienced racer and ‘think you can do better’!

Thank you


(on behalf of the Sailing Committee)

Racing Rules Reminder and Update

We are very lucky to have Chris Simon coming to the club on the evening of Wednesday January 25th at 7:30pm to take us through the key rules in action and update us on the rule changes coming into force in January.  (I learnt something about the last rule change when we were talking about him coming in!).  Sebastian has also ‘volunteered’ to make one of his famous chillis for those able to turn up a bit early.


Chris (who is our regional RYA rules adviser), brings a wealth of experience – sitting on the RYA Racing Rules Committee, and being the first Brit to be an international judge, umpire and race officer at the same time.  I’d encourage all members to attend.


Please let the office know if you plan to come and also if you would like to eat so we can get a big enough pot.



Many Thanks,


A Christmas message from your Commodore

I have just got back from the Club Christmas Lunch and wanted to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

It was really great to see 51 people at our Christmas Lunch and thanks to Keith for not burning the bird. Lets see how many more people we can get for next year.

We are hoping to see even more of you at the Bottle Race on Boxing day and the Pink Elephant on New Year’s day, definitely the best way to clear those cobwebs out after the celebrations. There will be soup and rolls available (for those who know how to use a microwave) and if you want to bring leftovers from your celebrations please do.

In 2017 we hope to encourage more participation and socializing, to assist with this we have made the extensive investment of providing tea bags and coffee granules with some milk and a kettle on Wednesdays for members use. If you would like to come along any or every Wednesday we will be delighted to see you.

It is my aim to meet each of you and get to know you all, as I believe we have a fantastic club that I am very proud to be leading. We can all be a part of developing DWSC to be the best inland club in the UK that every sailor wants to be part of.

If you of course have any ideas on how we can make this happen please email me at commodore or mike or let’s talk, I am generally always at the club on a Sunday.

All the best and Merry Christmas to you and you family

Mike Beckett
Commodore DWSC