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August Newsletter

With August well and truly upon us and with thoughts turning to foreign travel and holidays abroad, ESC doesn’t close and there is still plenty going on at the club. The Thursday evening series for beginners into racing is building to a climax with Sara Goujon currently in top spot and looking odds on to win her first club honour. Friday evening recreational sailing is as popular as ever with many a laugh being shared over a pint, whilst watching members having fun sailing after a tiresome week at work. Sadly both these sailing days will finish shortly due to the nights beginning to draw in as September approaches. That said, there is still plenty going on this month……


JUNIOR TROPHY - Sunday 25th August - 1.00pm This race will be run alongside the usual Sunday Series races on the same day and the results for the Junior Trophy extrapolated. There will be three races with one discard.

The race will begin at 1:00pm, so please arrive in plenty of time to rig and ask any questions that you may have if you haven't raced before. There will be some experienced sailors to offer advice and help you out. There's nothing to be afraid of at all, just some fun races with other junior sailors. All are encouraged to join in. Club dinghies are available to hire on a first-come first-served basis.

Mums and Dads are also welcome to stay and bring a picnic to offer encouragement to the next generation of budding Ben Ainslie's. The bar will also be open!

DOUBLE HANDER TROPHY – Sunday 25th August – 1.00pm The club will be holding the updated and revamped version of the old Partners Race, now known as the Double HanderTrophy on this day. This will be run alongside the usual Sunday Series and Junior Trophy races with the results of the Double Hander Trophy extrapolated. This trophy is for any duo (Husband & Wife, Brother & Sister, Parent & Child, etc - you get the gist) who fancy sailing a double hander dinghy like a Wayfarer or Zest. There will be three races with one discard. The event begins at 1.00pm. Club dinghies are available to hire on a first-come first-served basis.

CHILD SAILING COURSE AVAILABILITY - Dates Listed Below Should any child/cadet wish to progress their sailing to the next level, there are still some spaces available on the last 2 courses scheduled for this year. These dates are mainly targeted at those who have now gained some hours out on the water and who wish to take their sailing to the next level and up-skill by doing either Stage 2, 3 or Stage 4. As a current member, the price of these courses is discounted for you. It’s an ideal opportunity to be active during the summer holidays and is probably the cheapest childcare available whilst getting something in return. These up-skill qualifications certainly aid any DofE applications too. If interested, please see the website or contact the Training Course Co-ordinator, Chris, on training.elysc@gmail for more information.

The course dates are as follows: Junior Course Stage 1 or 2 or 3 Tues 13th August and Wed 14th August Junior Course Stage 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 Tues 20th August and Wed 21st August

NEW SHOWERS - NOW For those who may not know, the club has installed new showers in both the ladies and gents changing rooms together with a new larger water tank. Therefore, constantly running, hot showers should now be available on-demand – hurrah! They have yet to be tried out, but the plumber has said all is well, so fingers crossed.



It was nice to see eight lady helms and several crew members taking to the water on Saturday 6th July to compete in the Ladies Salver. The number was a good deal upon previous years with newer sailors like Alison Coe and several enthusiastic cadets such as Sara Goujon and both Lily and Anna Harrison taking part. The trophy went to Alayne Seymour with two first-place finishes and also claiming a hat trick of wins having won the event for two consecutive years previously. Suzie Sallis was second and Marie Brown third.

Afterwards a veritable feast in the form of an afternoon tea was enjoyed by the competitors together with many other lady members present who enjoyed a selection of sandwiches, delicious homemade cakes and tea served by a crack handpicked team of gentlemen members, specially selected for their ability to not flap their way round a frenetic galley whilst fulfilling the requests of the lovely ladies present. Success - well-done chaps!

Thank you to those who attended the day, we hope you enjoyed the race, the afternoon tea and a little bit of pampering too because you all so deserve it.

Special Footnote: An extra special thank you to Liz Ungless, Jan Leeks and Chris Duncan for your immense contribution as always – especially for the cakes you made!


Ely hosted the third event of the annual CSYSA racing series on Saturday 13th July. Several honours deservedly went to a number of Ely cadets who impressed with some fine sailing performances (Please see separate write up for more detail on the website). Competing for ESC were Kirk Stamford, Rhys Williams, Thomas Alderton, Tatiana Hazelwood, Sara Goujon and Lori-Ann Lamont. The day went to Kirk, winning the overall competition counting two firsts (two points). Thomas Alderton was fourth overall and the first Under-15 (six points). Sara Goujon was sixth overall and second Under-15 (eight points). A hearty well done to all those who took part. Ely race positions as follows:

1) Kirk Stamford (Ely) 2 points 2) Oscar Bell (Cam) 4 points 3) Archie McEwan (Grafham) 6 points 4) Thomas Alderton (Ely) 6 points 5) Sara Goujon (Ely) 8 points 11) Tatiana Hazelwood (Ely) 22 points 12) Rhys Williams (Ely) 25 points

CASINO EVENING On Saturday 27th July, ESC hosted our popular Casino Evening. A good many talented/lucky/fluky individuals (delete as appropriate) took part in a fun evening of trying to acquire/lose as many chips as possible, the top handful come 10 o’clock going into a Champions League style final. The evening concluded with prizes for the top two with congratulations going to Jan and Ted in first place, followed by Sheila and Kitty as runners up. Never before has so much been given for little, but it’s not the winning that matters. It’s getting a drink from the bar that’s important!

An extra special thank you to our croupiers for the evening, Chris Horne, Susie Sallis and Steve Board who willingly entertained everyone throughout the night. Especially Steve’s bum wiggle every time someone shouted twist!!! You are all stars and the evening really wouldn’t have been as much fun without you. Thank you so much indeed.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS Congratulations and well done to all those who recently attended their adult and children's courses in July and for successfully completing their RYA Level 1 and 2 and Stage 1 and 2 qualifications respectively. We hope you learned much and had fun on the water. As a fully-fledged member club dinghies are available for you to hire. We have, in fact, already witnessed several new members taking part in their first races and looking at home and very accomplished indeed. It's lovely to see you enjoying your new found hobby and you are most welcome at Ely Sailing Club.

That’s all for now, hope to see you at the club soon.

Mark Commodore


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