Please note that from Sunday 23rd September we will be reverting back to our traditional start time of 11:00am. One exception to this starting time will be 7th October, The Commodore’s cup, which is still planned to start at 10:30am
Aylesbury sailing club has again participated in this years Bart’ bash. This year we saw 18 boats of all types taking part in what turned out to be good racing conditions. The lead was soon established by Mac and Diane in their GP14 and this lead was held throughout the race. Peter also performed well in the Comet as did our solo fleet. In particular there were good races by all of the juniors participating. After the race Rhian served a delicious paella for all.
This event is now established as one of our most popular events and hopefully we will continue to be part of it in years to come. Any funds raise by this charitable event will go to local charities.
Earlier this month some of our members of ASC crewed a yacht from Gosport to the Channel Islands. The weather for this trip was for the most part warm and sunny. Taking on huge tidal streams, large commercial vessels and cruise ships we made an overnight passage to Alderney. For the full story of our adventure you can find a blog on the members page.
Recently some of our members enjoyed a days sailing on the classic former Lowestoft fishing vessel Excelsior. This was a wonderful days sailing far removed from our regular dinghy races. A full account of the day can be found on the members page.
Once again Aylesbury Sailing Club is partaking in the annual Bart’s Bash event. The event is being staged on Saturday 15th September. This is a great opportunity for all members of all ability and ages to come down and have a great day within the club community, and also compete with other sailors from around the world.
This year we have been asked to fundraise for a local charity rather than Bart’s Bash. The Sailing club has decided to raise money for the ‘Cancer Care and Haematology Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital’. We would love it if club members could raise even a couple of pounds to go towards our choosen charity. We have set up a JustGiving page to make this easier. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aylesburysailingclub
In previous years this event has encouraged members to take to the water more than any other. In the first year of this event we had over 30 boats on the water with 25 boats in the second year. Although subsequent years have been less we still anticipate having large numbers competing.
As an added attraction we shall be holding our second Paella buffet, as it was a real hit with members last year!
For members looking at taking part, the following web link will take you to the official Bart’s Bash page where you can sign up. https://www.bartsbash.com/
In an attempt to increase the numbers of members both racing and using the club more often we are experimenting with a different start time for the summer season only. From 1st July Sunday racing will start at 10:30am and will consist of two races before lunch with the remaining race or races taking place after lunch. The race starting times for the Autumn series will then be decided and posted on the race program.
Now that the days are lengthening the ever popular Wednesday evening series is about to start. The first race of this series will be held on Wednesday 2nd May starting promptly at 7:00pm. If you are new to racing, but keen to give it a try, this series is perfect as it is less formal than our Sunday races. Please have your boats rigged and on the water in plenty of time.
Now that spring is just around the corner its time to start thinking of our new sailing season. March 25th will see the first competition of the race program, with the traditional President’s cup and Celia’s cup. Open to all members, seniors and juniors, a good chance to gain some early silverware. Until the end of March you will still be required to wear either a wet suit or a dry suit as the water will be very cold.
This year we intend to break with tradition and hold our A.G.M. at the clubhouse on Saturday 18th November starting promptly a 10:30am. Hopefully this change of day and venue will encourage more members to attend.
It was a delight to see so many juniors racing in last Sundays Commodore’s cup races. There were 6 juniors racing very competitively and all having a great time. For many years we have been encouraging juniors to take part in club races as these will be the members that carry the club on. This new interest by juniors can, for the most part, be attributed to the tireless efforts of our RYA instructors led by Caitlyn. Hopefully this new group of youngsters will continue to race and develop their skills.