Welcome to the Sailing Section of Stewartby Water Sports Club
Established in 1972, SWSC Sailing Section has access to one of the largest stretches of water for sailing in the Herts, Beds & Bucks area. We share the lake with our angling, water-skiing and powerboat racing colleagues with ample room for all. Details of these activities can be found on the club’s main website.
For details of how to find us please visit our location page.
“Stewartby Sailing is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers on behalf of its members.”
The duties for the 2013/2014 Winter Season are now available on the website.
Over 60 members gathered at the clubhouse last Saturday for the annual Sailing Section Laying-up Supper. You will know that in the summer the section arranged for the refurbishment of the main hall and it was always our ambition to bring the end-of-season event back to the clubhouse following its completion. Thanks to the combined efforts of Gerry & Sue Howcroft, Vic & Tim Robins, and Pat Strange, the clubhouse looked splendid, warm and welcoming. The format was two course buffet with food prepared by Sam Fossey.
One of the highlights of the evening is our annual prize-giving organised by Nigel & Fiona Denchfield. Notable for his success this year was Richard Hargreaves who is the 2013 Club Champion (see pictured). Also worthy of note is our Chapman Award Winner Brian Finch who has been hard at work in the Dinghy Park this year and assisting in checking of duty logs. Mark Bunyan, who couldn’t make the event on Saturday, was named as the winner of the 2013 Tri-ard award. Having only recently been instructed by the sailing school, Mark has gone on to be a regular member of the travelling SWSC Sprint 15 fleet and wins the award for his determination to improve his sailing.
I would personally like to thank everyone who came at the weekend for making the event a big success. I am interested to know what you thought and would welcome suggestions as to how we put on more social events for members in the future.
Karl Pountney, Commodore
The club will be holding a working party to audit the dinghy park and carry out maintenance on the grounds on Sunday 24th November from 10.30am. This working party replaces the scheduled autumn series racing on that day. There are two important messages about the day:
About The Dinghy Park Audit
The purpose of the audit is to ensure the clubs records accurately record the boats members store within the dinghy park. We know that our billing records are not up to date, and that boats may have moved in the dinghy park over the summer, and so we need to take some action. We would like to draw all members attention the the following points:
- It is a rule of the club that boats must display a valid boat sticker. If you still have a 2013 sticker at home we would ask that this is put on your boat prior to the audit.
- Every effort will be made to identify boats on the day. Where this can’t be achieved by the sticker covers may be removed to find makers plates and hull numbers, then replaced.
- An inspection of each dinghy park spaces will be made. Loose equipment will be secured, rubbish removed and (where necessary) grass/weeds cut. Mowers are available every Sunday until the working party if you want to tidy-up before the audit.
- Where members have failed to secure there boats, steps will be taken to tie boats down securely.
- There may be reasons, for example with abandoned boats, to re-berth boats to other parts of the dinghy park. Records will be kept and available after the working party.
All the work undertaken on the day will be in accordance with the club rules and regulations, and guidelines issued to clubs by the RYA. If you have any questions, please direct them to email@example.com.
About the working party
We need members to work in small teams to survey specified areas of the dinghy park. Audit HQ will be manned by members keeping track of information and updating records. There are other tasks in the dinghy park such as pruning, strimming, grass cutting, tidying, digging and replacing tie-downs. Additionally, some work in the area adjacent to the container and in the garages. The focus is very much on the dinghy park and grounds. All other work will take place in later work parties.
There’s plenty to do. A more complete list of jobs will be available shortly. There will be a sign-up sheet in the clubhouse on Sunday. You can always email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you plan to attend.
Congratulations to Richard Hargreaves who is this year’s winner of the Pursuit Series trophy. Pursuit racing offers a completely different style of racing and this year many races ended in very close tightly fought finishes testing the judgement of the race officers to the limit. So thanks to Tim Browning, Karl Pountney and Kevin Edwins for their efforts.
2013 Pursuit Series Results
Two urgent vacancies need to be filled this weekend for racing to take place safely. We’re looking for two Safety Boat Drivers.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact email@example.com.
The final round of the club championship took place over the weekend of the 28th & 29th September. The breezy & shifting conditions tested everyone over both days and it was to be weekend for the monohulls as the breeze failed to deliver enough excitement for the large Catamaran fleet on Sunday.
After two days, the results have been totted-up and are available now. Congratulations to Richard Hargreaves whose 3 first places secured his win. Second place went to the Streaker of Ian Parish with Harry Janes putting in a consistent performance throughout the weekend to take 3rd place from an on-form Andi Riley and the streaker of Bill Strange. Leading Catamaran was Tim Browning’s Spring 15; and also notable amongst the cats was the Dart 18 of Robin Hall (and crewed by Karl Pountney) who managed to maintain an on-the-water lead for the whole of the 4th race – that boat’s best performance to-date!
A grateful fleet would like to thank Gerry Howcroft and new member Zoe who stepped in on Saturday after a major problem with the duty crews came to light. Ian Howard and Nick Ward turned out on Sunday to oversee the racing. Thanks also Danny, David S, Anthony, David H, Iain & Andy. Plus Karl for the Sunday & Series results. No-shows for their duty were Mark Rushton and Neil Rushton.
Championship Results will be available on Monday evening.
This is an important reminder to members regarding security within the dinghy park. Firstly it is important that your boat, trolley and road-trailer are adequately insured and that you follow carefully all the requirements that your insurer sets out in respect to securing them. Theft of boats, equipment and trailers is fortunately rare, but we do receive reports of losses with a concern received recently. Also, with winter approaching, boats blown over in stormy conditions frequently suffer damage and cause damage to other members boats. So, please follow our additional advice:
- All boats must be secured to the mooring rings in the dinghy park using a strong rope or strap. Turns around the mast and shrouds will help prevent the boat from moving.
- Road bases/trailers must be physically secure to prevent theft. Wheel clamps, hitch-locks and padlock & chain are methods commonly employed by other members.
- We recommend that loose equipment, clothing/buoyancy aids, sail bags, foils and rudders are not kept in the dinghy park unless appropriate measures have been taken to secure them in-line with the advice from your insurer.
- Always report suspicious activity, losses or concerns to a member of the committee, however this step should be secondary to any actions that your insurer will require.
- Additionally, ALWAYS challenge other people you see in the dinghy park engaged in moving boats, trailers or equipment if you have any suspicions. Stewartby members should have no objection to being questioned as genuine members appreciate that looking-out for each others ‘kit’ makes for better security for all.
- ALWAYS LOWER AND LOCK THE DINGHY PARK BARRIER. If you see it up at any time, take time to lower and lock. Remember, the rules allow only 20 minutes for dropping off and picking-up boats.