First Frostbite

Well what a turn out on a chilly, sunless morning! 26 boats took to the water, including young Will, up from Brighton to join us for the winter – welcome back Will.

Bob, the SOOD set a good course from Tektona 6s,8s,9p,2s,4s,S, with a port biased, start line almost to the bouy line, where a lot of shouting was heard as the gun went. Nevertheless Paul in his Europe chose the Tektona end and was well in contention at the first mark.

The winds were variable especially around 6 with some close racing as some sailors caught lucky puffs.

Poor Dave missed going through the start line, on the 4th lap, following a lift close to the bouy line, and had to go back – Monica had kindly shouted to him after she had nearly done the same – thanks to Mike, she bore away to go through the line.

Both Paul and Chris had to do turns for some infringements. Poor Jon in his solo trailing towards the back end of the fleet was heard to say over the delicious soup, provided by Barbara in the club house after the race, that he needs a new sail…..will we be seeing him back in contention at the front of the fleet again soon?

Finishing places were 1st Dave, 2nd Karen and 3rd Chris.

Last Cobley

With the prospect of a ‘no wind’ sail it was surprising to see 18 boats rigging to get on the water……..last chance for points for the Cobley??

Ken and his almost full team set a short course of 6p,5p,9s,4s,S, in anticipation that the fleet would have trouble even getting to the first mark!!

Hadey was off first in her Pico, followed by Hugh in his Byte, then Mike in his solo, Peter in his Ent, then the horde of Lasers, with Steve in his 505 waiting for 31 to sound.

Poor Dave was over at the start though he swiftly climbed up the fleet again. Roland managed to miss going through the start line on the 2nd lap and lost 6 places!! The wind picked up nicely with no one actually getting becalmed…there was some place changing but Peter came in first…..his weather…..followed by Dave 2nd and Mike 3rd.

The OOD team were treated to fresh coffee and Bev had made tomato soup for the chilled racers.





The glorious sunny day saw 23 boats take to the water after 3 minutes silence for Remembrance Sunday at 1105. The SOOD Karen enlisted the help of Nev and Sally, forsaking their sail in the Leader, to enable her to run the race – also Suki, Sophie and Roland helped out, while Bev retired to the galley to make soup and rolls after the race.

It was a good steady breeze and everyone seemed to be enjoying their sail.

Places on the water, 1st David, 2nd Chris, 3rd Jon.

Last Cobley next Sunday, the 17th Nov 

Pink Fleet – Saturday 9th November

Torrential, rain, strong, winds, huge waves………was this the Southern Ocean…? no, Monica, it was a Pink Day at Reading Sailing Club..!!!

On the start line were James, John and William in, on, hanging along a Topper, Louise in a kayak, Mike in a canoe, with only a single paddle – poor Mike, but what a sport – and Steve in his 505, with sails!!!

Getting around the course, 5s,Xs,7p, by any means possible, fair or foul, proved quite a mission – helped / hindered by Ken and M in the power boat creating waves from time to time!!!

At one stage James looked like a water skier – wrong bit of water James….

The usual disqualifications followed – Steve for having extra insulation in the form of a beard…..James, John and William, for just having too much fun…..Mike for only having a single paddle….

But the outstanding winner was Louise, winning her first Pink Fleet cup, well done Louise and well done to everyone for having so much fun on an otherwise dreary Saturday – fortified by a superb breakfast cooked by Barbara.

NEXT PINK DAY IS DEC 14 TH, THE XMAS PARTY – with a visit from Santa with prizes for the best decorated boat. There’s no breakfast, racing at 1100 and Xmas lunch at 1300 approx. followed by a quiz. Numbers limited, so sign up with Monica asap.

Reading Sailing Club AGM

Reading Sailing Club AGM; 5th December 2013 at Berkshire County Sports Club, Sonning Lane, Sonning, RG4 6ST.

The RSC committee is delighted to invite you to attend the club’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday 5th December 2013.

Members are invited to join the committee for drinks and a finger buffet from 7.00pm, followed by the formal AGM proceedings and prize giving at 7.30pm.
The current committee has been in place for four years, some members having served for over 10 years. Four committee members intend to step down at the AGM this year so there will be some vacancies. The club needs a full-strength committee to ensure we can continue to provide the wide range of current activities and it is important to bring in new members from time to time to bring fresh ideas. If you have enjoyed sailing or just socialising at the club and want to help please seriously consider joining the committee.

Please contact Jerry Cresswell or one of the committee if you would like to know more about the committee roles. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for the committee please email Paula Scott (Club Secretary) at

The committee structure is: Commodore
Vice Commodore
Head Bosun
Training Manager
Sailing Secretary
Membership Secretary
Boat Park Marshall

Model Yacht RepWe are also seeking volunteers to help with non-committee roles such as social events, publicity, fleet captains and administration. If you are interested in any of these roles, or have further suggestions please contact Jerry Cresswell.

The AGM is your opportunity to propose any resolutions for change to the club. Any member wishing to do so should send their proposal in advance to the club’s Secretary Paula Scott

If you are coming to the meeting or can’t make it and would like to send your apologies, please email Paula Scott.   Many thanks.