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The Hailer - Summer 2017


The Club is one of Twyford Waitrose charities of the month for July. All those green tokens that get dropped in to our box in store this month gets turned in to cash that comes straight to us. Please spread the word and make a trip there yourself if possible.  

A scorcher, in every way

Windless summers have been forgotten as we've enjoyed some decent wind so far this season. Some of it has even come from the west! 
The newly formed Youth Fleet, commanded by our Sailing Secretary Amelia Huby-Green, has already held two hugely successful meetings (the third one's on the 29th July) with children of all ages getting on the water. It's been fantastic to see the trepidation and subsequent excitement of all those getting used to being on the water for the first time in a multitude of craft, as well as the pride of those honing their skills, putting in perfect tacks and gybes and generally making it look easy. 
With a core of junior members showing a keen interest the time was right to increase the fleet available to them. A new (to us) Topper means more kids can get out at the same time and enjoy the river without having to swap in and out of boats so much. With one of the club Lasers having been 'retired' as well, we're now looking out for a replacement so members wanting to push themselves can move up from the Topper and challenge themselves further.
Together with the success of the Youth Fleet, the ample visitors who joined us for the Open Day in May demonstrates what a draw the club can be. We had over thirty visitors on the day and, with fair winds and sunshine, a great number of them went out for a sail. The proof of the pudding though is all those who realised what they were missing and promptly joined up. Welcome to all of our new members. 
Those of you who have been able to get down to the Club on a Wednesday evening recently will have been rewarded with a rare combination of sunshine and wind (sometimes). Add in a convivial supper afterwards and you have a perfect mid week break before ploughing through the rest of the week to the weekend.
At the start of June we opened our doors to visiting helms to try their luck against the locals at our (deep breath) Enterprise, Singlehanders, Toppers and Mirror Open. A number of visiting Enterprise crews took up the challenge on yet another champagne sailing day with no need to pack the wetsuit.   

As you would expect, OOD Steve Rothery set a challenging course stretching from a distant F mark all the way upstream to round D mark off Val Wyatt's. After a tiring day on the water the impressive Commodore's Cup went to visitors David Beaney and Alison White whilst local sailors James Cox and Joe Dougan picked up the Vice Commodore's Cup and the Tomi Trophy respectively.
Joe Dougan being presented with the Tomi Trophy by Amelia Huby-Green
Commodore's Cup winners David Beaney and Alison White
For all those of a less competitive disposition, the recent heatwave was yet another excuse to spend an afternoon or evening by the river. With temperatures up in the 30's and the beach a couple of hours away sensible members have taken the chance of a cooling dip in between gentle paddles on boards, in canoes and even a coracle.  
Despite threats there was not even a drop of rain for another super cocktail party in mid June. Strangely elegant ladies and gentlemen arrived (were they really members?) and Henley's deputy mayor and her consort came to complete the picture.
We sipped out Pimms. Our gracious waiting staff brought us canapes and then yet more canapes, all in such variety. Yet again, the most eagerly sort raffle prize was another oak bench from Steve Gent and there was a hamper and many contributions from you.
The warm wind dropped off at 7:15 and we stayed outside for a good while, with the Django Rheinhart band delighting us again. No-one broke into dance - not quite - but you could spot the toe tapping and a few singing along surreptitiously. It was 8.30 by the time we sought the warmth of indoors and picnicked. 
Upcoming sailing dates for your diary...

Wednesday evenings at 19.15 - your mid week sailing fix continues.  

Saturday 29 July at 13.00 - the 3rd instalment of the new youth fleet meetings.

Sunday 16 July at 14.30 - the Robb Challenge (one day!) Cup 
Upcoming social dates for your diary...

August Bank Holiday Weekend - fun and games, camping, racing, BBQs all weekend long...

Don't forget; you can always check out upcoming sailing and social events on the website here and even sync them with your smartphone or tablet. 

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