Well that’s all Folks!!!
Another sailing season has now cleared off into the sunset and we are now left feeling bereft and wondering what to do with our Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. I guess it’s time to give the grass one last cut and reacquaint ourselves with the loved ones who have allowed us to indulge our hobby for these past seven months. Thanks Love!
It has been terrific to see so many people out on the water, both beginners and experienced alike, enjoying the delights of sailing, trying a new hobby, getting to grips with a new skill and generally adding to the mix of our little club.
Whilst we take a break from sailing for the winter months, please keep a lookout for activities that may be taking place, mainly those that involve having a drink or two and most especially the winter working maintenance activities, where everyone is encouraged to chip in and help out on a Saturday if you can.
So, if you’re handy with a paintbrush, saw, broom, or fancy doing some scrub clearance on an industrial scale – then we have just have a job for you! In the meantime, there are a couple of major social events to be enjoyed first over the next couple of weeks, more details below.
COMING UP - The Boozy Stuff
ANNUAL PRIZE AWARD PRESENTATION EVENING (LAYING UP SUPPER) - Saturday 16th November - 7.00pm
On Saturday 16th November 2019, Ely Sailing Club will hold its Annual Prize Award Presentation evening. The event is being held in the Clubhouse. Please arrive for 7.00pm to take your seats by 7.30pm.
It is the event at the end of the season where all the trophies for the year are presented together with a number of awards that are nominated and voted for by the committee in recognition of individual endeavour. These include Most Improved Helm, Most Improved Cadet, Crews Cup, Social Sailor of the Year (basically the most improved non-racing sailor of the year), Clubmanship Award, Travellers Trophy, Radio Controlled Fleet Awards and the most keenly contested, the award for the Best Capsize!
So, please don’t think that just because you have not won a Series, Bank Holiday Trophy or Open Event there is no point coming along. It’s an opportunity to socialise, have a meal together and decide what to set your sight on winning next year.
If you would like to come along, please book to confirm your attendance by clicking the link below. Ticket pricing is £10 per adult and £6 for children 16 years of age and younger (cadet/child membership criteria).
Catering this year will again be provided by "The Histon Hog Roast Catering Company" who will supply a whole roasted pig with plenty of crackling (yum, yum), baked potatoes, seven different freshly prepared salads, bread rolls and accompanying sauces with a selection of desserts to follow created by our very own Liz “Mary Berry” Ungless. A vegetarian and a gluten-free option is also available.
COMING UP - The Admin Stuff
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Thursday 21st November - 7.30pm
The AGM this year will be on Thursday 21st November at 7:30pm in the clubhouse. Please do come if you can. The formal business doesn't take too long and it's a good opportunity to catch up with old friends and help shape the future direction of your club.
CHRISTMAS LUNCH - Sunday 8th December - 12.30pm
Everyone loves a roast dinner and Ely Sailing Club will be hosting its traditional Christmas meal at the clubhouse on Sunday 8th December at 12.30pm.
A hand-picked crack team, especially chosen for their ability to appear sober despite evidence to the contrary, will be weaving their culinary magic prior to the meal being served at 12.30pm - depending on how much wine they’ve consumed during the course of preparation obviously!
There will be slow cooked turkey, a selection of fresh hand cut vegetables, including everyone's favourite, Brussel Sprouts and proper gravy. This will all be followed by a selection of desserts and Liz’s special mince pies and coffee.
Each year the Christmas meal reaches new heights and we would love to welcome as many members as possible to this wonderful occasion. The dinner is usually oversubscribed at the bargain prices of £10 for adults and £8 for children and concessions. Early booking is advised.
RETURN OF CLUB TROPHIES
So that we can check the condition of the trophies and make any repairs, may I remind all holders of club trophies from the 2018 season to return them both polished and engraved to the clubhouse before the Presentation Evening next Saturday.
Due to the large number of trophies awarded by the club each year, if a trophy is returned un-engraved, it places an unfair burden on someone else to get it engraved on your behalf together with a considerable financial cost to the club. In other words, what I am trying to politely say is - You won it, please kindly engrave it. Otherwise, your name won’t be preserved for posterity! Thank you ever so much.
The Halloween Bowl races saw nine dinghies take to the water in some pretty shifty conditions. The Commodore assumed his familiar role of Race Officer for the last time this season with a reassuring cup of tea in hand, only to find his world tipped upside down by a brand new piece of timekeeping sorcery, invented by the Club’s IT mischief-making engineer in chief – Gary Ungless.
After a quick run through and a confident “You’ll be fine, a dummy can use this”, Gary departed to rig his boat, leaving a proper genuine “Dummy to use it!”
Kirk suffered gear failure in the first race and did a 7200 degree turn for about 10 minutes before completing the necessary repairs and re-joining the race. All in all it was a fascinating day with several different sailors appearing in the top three of each of the four races.
The winner was John Wells on 5 points with two first and a third place. Kirk was second on 6 points with two firsts and a fourth place and Gary was third with three second place finishes. Also starring on the day were Chandler Stamford, The Goujon Gang of Xav, Kate, Sara and Alex, Ian Wakeling, Tibor Takacs and Phil Hardy.
A special mention must go to Tibor who achieved his best ever finish in an individual race coming home in fifth place in race four. His joyous reaction was a sight to behold when he was awarded a large packet of Halloween themed sweets to mark the momentous occasion at the end of the day - pure bliss!
Hope you had an enjoyable season and you’ll be back again to do it all again next year.