Some news about what went on at the Club during August, and also about forthcoming events.
This coming Sunday, 18 September, we have "Bart's Bash". For those of you unfamiliar with the event, Bart's Bash is an annual sailing race taking place at hundreds of venues, with thousands of sailors in hundreds of different classes of boat around the world. It is the Largest Sailing Event in the World; set up in 2014 by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. You can find more information on the Bart's Bash website at http://www.bartsbash.com/post/what-is-barts-bash.
With the decision being made to remove sailing from the Paralympics, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation will this year use the funds raised through Bart’s Bash to help promote and develop disabled sailing globally.
The format is one 75 minute race with the first start at 11am. We will be joined by boats from Grafham Water Sailability. Last year we managed to get 74 entries so let's try to do even better than that this year. You will be able to enter on the day, by signing-on as usual in the ground-floor café (where there will be facilities to receive your voluntary contribution). However, you may wish to sign-up and donate on-line at http://www.bartsbash.com/sign-up
Two weeks after Bart's Bash we have, on Sunday 2 October, the Club Championship for the Duke of Edinburgh Trophy. This is a highlight of the Club Racing Calendar; do come along and take part.
Onto some news of recent events.
On Tuesday 16 August the Club was buzzing. The event was the RYA Sail for Gold Roadshow; Grafham was one of a few venues chosen by the RYA, across the Country, to promote sailing on the back of the Olympics. The timing was perfect in that Giles Scott secured the Finn Gold Medal two days earlier (Giles used to be a member of Grafham). Also the weather gods smiled on us and we had sunshine all day. The media took a keen interest and we had five media crews on site during the day and into the evening, filming and doing interviews. We reckon over 150 people took part in taster sessions that we put on during the course of the day, from ages six up to 70. Members of the British Sailing Team were on hand to help with the taster sessions and, in the afternoon, to run a series of Master Classes. And in the evening the top bar of the Clubhouse was full to watch, on the big screen, Giles in the Finn medal race, and then later on Ben Saxton (Grafham member) and Nicola Groves in the Nacra 17 medal race.
All in all a great day and a good advertisement for The Club and for sailing generally. Here are some pictures of the day:
All summer the Training School has been busy running beginner and improver courses for both Youths and Adults. Matt French, our Chief Instructor, and his band of instructors have worked tirelessly over the period. The Youth Summer Camp took place in the week of 8 August with a whole range of on water activities. The final multi day course took place over the Bank Holiday week: here are the successful participants with the Instructor Team.
Matt’s Junior Training Sessions continue to run on Saturday afternoons between 2:30 and 4:30. All juniors are welcome: if you are interested please contact the office.
Finally a warm welcome to Shuttleworth College who have joined us as block members. Those of you who have been up to the Club recently will have noticed the two Hunter 707s on moorings; these are part of the Shuttleworth fleet which also includes RS Visions, 2000s and, soon, Lasers. They have a busy programme of tuition for their students planned over the course of the year and we are very pleased to have them as a new addition to the Club.