August Newsletter

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Beer Sailing Club August Newsletter
August is always a busy month at Beer Sailing Club. This year has been no exception with Social and Sailing activities now in full swing. First a couple admin type bits before launching into the reports and news further down.
The Live Jazz Night is now fully sold out.
Apologies if you missed out but spaces are limited.

The month started with a thorough beach boat check which was well received. We now have only a handful of unclaimed boats/kayaks. Please email Sarah if you wish to claim one before they are moved off the site. Next year the sailing club will request a simple phone photo of your boat to help us identify everything. In the meantime, it would be very handy if boat stickers were attached and visible, please let us know if you've lost the sticker and we can replace it.

Finally, A Magic Marine spray top was left at the club by Hannah Tattersall after the recent RS800 open meeting. 
Please could anyone with details of the jacket please let James Green know, who will see it safely returned.
Club Spruce Up

During the build-up to Beer Regatta week, many members contributed to the clubhouse maintenance. Activities included gardening, sanding, painting and furniture repair/preservation. Thank you very much to all those who lent a hand with making our club ship shape. In response to requests for alternative seating to the picnic benches, the club invested in more furniture for the balcony, namely 3 new table sets with chairs. An excellent addition to the seating for those who don't want to climb aboard a picnic bench or like to rest their weary backs.

Regatta Week

Regatta kicked off with the worst weather we've had for months. The angling was cancelled amid fears of a deteriorating weather forecast. In accordance with common sailing club etiquette, the decision to race was made on the morning of the Regatta. Happily, the forecast heavy winds and rain did not arrive in full force allowing 6 boats to get afloat for the racing. A reduced turnout in the face of the forecast was inevitable. However, those who attended were rewarded with fine sailing conditions. Winners in the photo from the left James Green, David Boalch (Regatta Opener), Daniel Thompson, Harvey Green, Michael Taylor and Annie Boalch (Regatta Opener). The racing was followed by a very well attended BBQ at the club in the evening.
On the Monday evening, Beer Sailing Club hosted the Rowing championship and also provided rescue cover and marks for the Kayak fun. The sailing club provided a clean sweep of winners in the rowing with Victoria Back claiming the women's prize (pictured), Harvey Green reclaiming the Junior prize and Daniel Thompson taking the senior trophy after a nail-biting finale to the race with Theo Boalch.  Wednesday was a very busy day for the club. It all started with a coffee morning. Then in the afternoon, the Regatta Cream Tea continued to prove very popular. Maybe it's the fizz or perhaps it's these lovely people! The day was rounded off with the Regatta Spoofing Competition. A tense competition of bluff, double and triple bluff that kept everyone guessing.

Just when you thought that all this activity might overwhelm you, the club was at it again on Regatta morning. Serving up Bacon rolls and tea to re-energise weary limbs and clear foggy minds. The Food just kept coming all day as the Club enjoyed the hosting of the annual Lugger Regatta Racing. 6 Luggers took part in a closely contested race on a large course out in the bay. The cups were shared around the whole fleet and presented on Top Cliff to great applause by our illustrious openers David and Annie B. Well done Hugh S, Mark H, Brian A and Simon Sq for running a successful event in such a professional manner.  The day was topped off with a late bar providing the perfect viewing station for the Regatta Fireworks.
All in all, a brilliant week. Special thanks should go to the sailing clubs very own Sarah Taylor and her Regatta Weeek team. A wonderful event which continues to have very close links with the Sailing Club.
Sailing News

Club sailing has been continuing as usual with a stable turnout of 4 to 8 boats on Thursdays and Sundays. There are only a few more Thursday nights left so come along and join in the fun before the light runs out. The last race is Thursday the 20th of September.

Beer Sailing Club has always enjoyed good relations with neighbouring sailing clubs. Sharing equipment and boats as necessary to ensure that the clubs can all put on larger sailing events with the appropriate safety cover. This year Beer Sailing Club offered our new rib to Lyme for the Merlin Rocket Nationals and Spare Rib to Sidmouth for the Lark Nationals. The boats have to be manned by Beer Sailing Club members so we couldn't offer this without the efforts of those who volunteered to drive. We were pleased to be able to offer assistance to Lyme Regis SC when they hosted the Merlin Rocket Nationals. Hugh took Bluebird up to Lyme (by water) after the Regatta sailing on Thursday 16th. Geoff A and Stewart manned her to provide safety cover on a couple of days, and Geoff P did the same on Friday 24th before bringing her back safely to Beer Stewart Aplin was one such volunteer who sums up the experience below.
"I arrived for the safety team briefing at 10.30, was directed to the club car park, so free parking. Into the club for a cup of tea and egg and bacon roll. Introduced to my crew and briefed. Bluebird was fuelled and ready to go. A decent breeze built 8-10 knots SW and sunshine. Picked up a very nice packed lunch and off to sea. Escorted 65 boats out to start line. After 3 general recalls, they were off. A great sight. Merlins are lovely looking boats. We mostly hung around at the leeward mark occasionally chasing a few boats my crew wanted to photograph.
No incidents to attend to and sadly the dolphins didn’t make an appearance. Escorted boats back to harbour after racing and went to bar for my free beer. Very pleasant day."
The low number of entries for the Lark Nationals meant that she was left in Beer as a back-up should she be needed. We are happy to help out neighbouring clubs in this way. In July Hugh took Bluebird over to Axe YC as safety cover for their Regatta.
Forthcoming Events
It doesn't stop there!
Regatta Week in the clubhouse was a great success. Thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make the most of the opportunity, to those in the breakfast team, the BBQ team and Regatta Day team, including the cake makers, washer uppers etc.  We could not have done this without their support and enthusiasm.  CAN THOSE WHO HAVE NOT COLLECTED THEIR CAKES TINS, CAKE BOXES OR PLATES FROM THE CLUB, PLEASE DO SO ASAP, thanks.
LIVE JAZZ AT THE CLUB, 28th September- as expected all the places went very quickly.  Regrettably, our space in the clubhouse limits us when the musicians' area has been allocated.
LUNCH - 30th September - hopefully, the weather will be good for this re-arranged event - we will be offering a BBQ followed by Ice Cream Sundae for just £6, no need to book, when it’s gone it’s gone!
PRESENTATION LATE LUNCH - Sunday 11th November - details on timings and menu will be coming out nearer the time.
CHRISTMAS PARTY - Saturday 8th December - details on the menu etc to follow.

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