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

DWSC Winter Regatta 18th December 2016

Winter Regatta SI’s Published.

The SI’s for next Sunday’s Racing are now available here

In summary: –

1. There will be two average lap time handicap races sailed back to back.

2. All boats will be on the same start and sail the same course.

3. The first start is at 11am.

4. The first race uses a trapezoid course.

5. The second race is a q or P course.

6. 5,4,1, Go Start

7. Carry on going around until you are finished with the Shorten Course Symbol.

Any questions about this please contact your race officer for the day – Mike Clapp.

The schedule for the day is: –

10.00 hrs Race Briefing

10.55 hrs First Warning Signal

12ish Start of second race

Around 14.00 hrs Prize Giving for Autumn Series and 2016 Fleet Championship Series

Around 14.30 hrs Christmas Lunch




DWRSC Open Day

“Datchet Water Radio sailing club has organised an open day on Saturday 3 December 2016 so if you fancy it grab a transmitter and an ISAF International class boat for some “Fully Charged Racing” with these fast and furious boats.

We will be sailin a number of different classes including World Sailing Classes as the International One Meter, International Marblehead, International Ten Rater and the big one the International A Class.

Radio Sailing is addictive with  more action… more races, more starts. 

So come down on Saturday and have a go our members will have boats that you can use sail race check it out. Racing will start at 10am.”

MYA M nationals Poster
MYA M nationals Poster

Christmas Dinner 2016 Bookings

Dear Members,


We have our traditional Datchet Water Sailing Club Christmas Dinner coming up on Sunday 18th December after the Xmas Special Club Racing.


We need everyone to sign up with their orders as soon as possible so that Keith can get in the food he needs.
Please find below a GoogleDoc containing the menu choices for this years Dinner. Please fill in your details, select, your choices and hit submit.

Christmas Dinner GoogleDoc






Help needed to make Boxing Day and New Year’s Day races possible

Please let me know if you are willing to be the RO for the Boxing Day race or the Safety Coxswain for the New Year’s Day race. It’ll be hard to hold the races without these roles to complement Peter Morris who has already volunteered as Safety for Boxing Day and me as RO on New Year’s Day. Please let me know if you are able to help (I’ll happily fill in a RO duty for you later in the year)

Thanks in advance


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