RSC Commodore - Alistair Johnson
to Reading Sailing club, 2014. This year is the clubs 60th anniversary, I am sure
it will be a very exciting year as we have planned our usual full calendar of
sailing and racing activities on and off the water. We will also put special focus
on social events to bring our members and friends together in this important anniversary
During 2013 many new members have joined and on behalf of the committee
I would like to extend a very warm welcome. We hope you enjoy the very warm and
friendly atmosphere of the RSC and you participate fully with all aspects of the
club activities. The founders all those years ago wanted a very inclusive philosophy
and this remains a core principle of the club's approach to members new and old.
It has been important for the club to develop its affiliations with the
RYA. I am delighted that the efforts of our top class instructors has been recognised
by the RYA and we are now a training centre of excellence. As members, you will
be able to join in with one of our many courses to improve and build on your sailing
and boat handling skills.
Finally, may I wish you all jolly sailing in 2014,
it will be a great year.
(Excerpt from the year book)
- RSC on Facebook
Reading Sailing Club on Facebook
- Reading Sailing Club AGM
was held on Thursday 5th of December.
- Coblely Pursuit Series
Great race for novices - 10:30
start. See Yearbook for details of Yardstick numbers.
Following the review of
the scoring system at the end of last year the sailing instructions have been
amended to reflect the consensus of opinion.
The changes can be found with
the following link. Sailing
The handicaps have also been changed to reflect this and the
2014 numbers from the RYA. These can be found with the link below. New
- Pink Fleet Saturday
The day dawned
grey but that did not deter 20 boats from rigging and taking to the water. After
a hearty breakfast and a briefing in the clubhouse, a motley selection of boats
with youngsters and oldies, sailed down the lake for a Tektona start. Amy and
Tracey, closely followed by Richard and Alice were right on the line at the start.
Alice, despite doing some penalties or not...??one the race by mile, but was disqualified
of course!! It was good to see Lily in an Oppie, Alistair and Laura in their Laser,
Sally going well in Newton's Laser and lots of youngsters in Toppers, including
William and Patrick having so much fun in the water, instead of on it!! The ladies
made a great showing - by way of an excuse for being behind them, Richard was
heard to say ...... "he would rather not have a lot of ladies looking at him...!!"
There was a bit of crowding, bumping and shouting at 8.....but a very high standard
of sailing overall. The Pink Fleet cup went to Steve for sailing his First ever
race....well done Steve, who had to settle with a kiss from Monica in lieu of
the cup which had not been returned.... I wonder who that was...??? Thanks were
given to James, Pat, Brian and Monica for manning the safety boats.
PINK DAY IS 8th November.
- Next Work Party - 1st of
- A key to the club house is available from Don
Dow if you would like one. £15 deposit. See him at the club or contact via
- OPPIES Report - 2013
For report and link to Pictures,
see Youth Sailing.
- The upstream gauge at Sonning lock
Please check water levels
procedures for Pirates
Last Pirates Sept 4th.
Pirates of the year saw some 26 youngsters on the water with little wind. After
the safety briefing, the boats launched in pairs, aided by the parents, and proceeded
under Gary's guidance to 'hunt for treasure!' They made a 'raft', did a lot of
capsizing and had a lot of fun as ever!! The stunning sunset was a perfect back
drop for the boats - see Face Book for pictures. Everyone enjoyed hot chocolate
amid the thanks and cheers for Gary and Monica - bottles of wine were gratefully
received and vouchers for Haweli. A great end to another fantastic season of Pirates.
Pirates Halloween / Fireworks celebrations is likely to be Nov 8th....watch this
space for more details.