Working Party Update 10th May


The amazing efforts of about 30 volunteers have completed approx 55 hours, over 3 sessions and toiled away at the following:

First two sessions

· Initial weed and sweep of 2/3 of the beach a total of 3 trailer

· Weeding of both ramps down to the beach. loads of bin bags

· Removal of the long grass by west ramp

· Weeding around the outdoor seating


· Strimming the edges inside the boat park

· Uncovering and painting 40 boat space numbers

· Uncovering / excavating (!) another 45 spaces – all now waiting to be re-painted

· Removing 1 ½ trailer loads of large rubbish from the boat park

· Relocating club toppers/ lasers, in the park, onto racks or to tidy boat spaces

· Pulling club boats out of the brambles and relocated to tidy boat spaces.

Tidy of the appearance at the two road corners in the boat park by;

· Strimming grass edges

· Digging out 4 water run-off channels

· Uncovering large run-off drain and clearing soil from the surrounding area

· Removing weeds from kerbside on both corners

In addition, Jon renewed some ground tackle for the pin-end buoys

So,,,TODAY PLEASE stay for an hour and help with the beach & car parks:

· Sweep and tidy of the beach for the Open Day

· Weeding the remainder of the upper walkway along from the outdoor seating

· Car Park tidy; Rubbish picking / sweeping of the edges

· Top Road tidy; sweeping of the stones off the road back onto the gravelled area

Anyone like to ‘paint’??

· Wood Staining the front of the brown outdoor store by the seating area

· Continue with Boat space numbers.

· Any other suggestions for tidying/sorting something that is really annoying you???

Gloves / Tools / brushes / bags/ buckets /sponges etc etc are by outdoor seating or in the room adjacent to the wet bar – where we have a DIY cupboard! Please don’t wait to be asked – grab a broom and go!!! We also have the two petrol strimmers on site. We were kindly donated a small pressure washer, if anyone would like to experiment on cleaning the outdoor seating (if possible today without drenching all our visitors!!)

Please see Keith for a well-earned tea/coffee afterwards, a small thank you from the Club Sue

Marine Crime Scene Investigation at the Open Weekend


Datchet Water Sailing Club is inviting young sailors to don their detective hats and grab a magnifying glass to play the role of a marine special agent on The Green Blue’s interactive Marine CSI Challenge. Taking place from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, 16 May as part of the RYA Push The Boat Out initiative, Datchet Water is the first sailing club in the UK to run the brand new educational resource for sailing clubs.

The Marine CSI Challenge will see visitors undertaking fingerprint analysis, unscrambling puzzles and performing chemical tests to crack four cases. The cases involved an oil spill on a slipway, marine littering, chemicals poured into the water, and spreading alien invaders into Paradise Harbour – The Green Blue’s fictional crime scene.

The CSI Challenge is designed to increase awareness amongst younger sailors of the impact that boating can have on the environment in a fun and engaging way and to advise all recreational boaters on how they can help keep our waters clean, safe and beautiful to sail in.

To discover who spilt oil on the slipway, the fledgling detectives have to undergo fingerprint analysis of an overturned oil can suspected to be the source of the spill. Once they’ve detected the crime scene fingerprint, they have to match it against the fingerprints taken from six identified suspects to find the culprit.


Participants will also have to spot the items of litter hidden in photographs taken on board the suspects’ boats to identify which of the six individuals have let the most amount of litter blow overboard into the harbour.

After seeing how successfully the Marine CSI Challenge engaged young sailors at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show earlier this year, many sailing clubs approached The Green Blue interested in running a similar activity with their young sailors when off the water and also as an interactive session during sailing events.

Delighted with the high level of interest, The Green Blue team has created a standalone resource pack for any sailing club to plan and run their own Marine CSI Club Challenge. Datchet Water Sailing Club is the first in the UK to join forces with The Green Blue to pilot the CSI activity during their RYA Push The Boat Out event. Keen to demonstrate their commitment to being an environmentally sustainable club, officials believe it will bring added value to what they can offer to their members and prospective young sailors.

Gabrielle Boase, the General Manager and Club Principal at Datchet Water, explains: “We’re thrilled to join forces with The Green Blue and immensely proud to be piloting the Marine CSI Club Challenge. Datchet Water Sailing Club welcomed over 100 visitors from as far away as Chichester and Cheltenham at last year’s RYA Push the Boat Out initiative. Building on this success, the Marine CSI Club Challenge is set to make this year’s event even bigger and better.

“We are fundamentally a green sport and we operate a green clubhouse at Datchet Water. Spreading the word about environmental impact and sustainability with our younger sailors and newcomers to the sport is helping to keep our waters clean and safe. Engaging with them also creates a long-lasting impact for the Club by helping to ensure even more people make sailing part of their future.”

If your sailing club is looking for a fun, interactive and informative activity to engage your young sailors please contact Kate Fortnam on 07900 492192, The Greens Blue’s Environmental Outreach Officer, for support on how to get your Crime Scene Investigation up and running.

The Green Blue is the joint environment initiative created by the British Marine Federation and Royal Yachting Association (RYA) to encourage a more sustainable recreational boating sector. Launched in 2005 at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, the project enjoys the support of The Crown Estate’s Marine Stewardship Programme and the Environment Agency. To find out more visit

Wednesday Evening Fun Race 1 Results

Please follow the link for the results:

Thank you to all of you who participated in the first fun race of the Wednesday evening racing. It was a great evening for racing and we are looking forward to many more. Next week will be the last fun race before the series starts and again at a 7:00pm start. See you on the start line

Datchet Water Sailing Club

Got unsolved bar room sailing rules discussions?

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Free Racing Rules presentation this Saturday 18th April 10.00 – 16.00 at the club.

Chris Watts, the RYA Race Officials, Education Officer, will give a presentation on the rules.

There will be some worked through examples and discussion of some case histories. Chris is an International Jurist and officiated at many World and European championships.

Whatever your racing experience, if you are interested in finding out more about the rules you are welcome at Datchet.

Jenny Smallwood’s 420 success at RYA Youth Nationals

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Jenny Smallwood and Danielle Thomas at the RYA Youth Nationals – photo © Paul Wyeth / RYA

Congratulations to Jenny Smallwood (Datchet Water SC) and Danielle Thomas (Royal Lymington YC) who won the final race at the RYA Youth National Championships last week to become 420 Girls Youth National Champions.

Full report available here: