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October Newsletter

Sadly the season is drawing to a close with the 2019 sailing programme reaching a finale at the end of October. There are only two more racing Sundays left in the Autumn Series. The season then concludes with the Halloween Bowl race on Sunday 27th October, starting at the usual earlier time of 11.30am. So if you want to feel those competitive juices flowing for the last time then don’t forget to alter your clocks back to GMT the night before!



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.

The evening is entirely for you because it’s about you. For those new to the club, it is the event at the end of the season where all the trophies for the year are presented.

There are also 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, Clubmanship Award, Travellers Trophy (for the person who has spread the name of Ely SC far and wide), Radio Controlled Fleet Awards and the most keenly contested “Gender Neutral Duck” for the most spectacular 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 is a great opportunity to see all the trophies in one place, socialise, have a meal together, meet other members and decide what to set your sight on winning next year.

Finally, it is also an opportunity to bestow a few thank you’s to those who have contributed to the vitality and good humour of club life.

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. A vegetarian and a gluten-free option is also available.

Return of Club Trophies

So that we can check the condition of the trophies and make any repairs, may I extend a gentle reminder to all holders of club trophies from the 2018 season to locate them from the back of cupboards, armchairs, sheds and all manner of other places and return them both polished and engraved to the clubhouse by no later than Sunday 27th October please. Your understanding and co-operation is greatly appreciated. Thank you.


Bart’s Bash Race 2019

Sunday 15th September saw us here at Ely take part in the "Bart's Bash Sailing Race", the event itself being the world’s largest sailing race, held by sailing and yacht clubs all around the world. Our aim, therefore, was to get as many dinghies out on the water as possible with both experienced and novice sailors encouraged to participate in this fun race.

As it happened a fantastic number of sailors turned up on the day to both sail and crew with an impressive 22 dinghies taking part setting a club record for the most boats taking part here at Ely, beating the previous number of 21, set in the competition’s founding year of 2014.

The course lap distance was set at 1.25km allowing some interesting individual tussles to occur over the four laps of the hour long race. Despite leading for much of the race Kirk Stamford was pipped to the finish line by John Wells by a margin of only 3 seconds. Despite both their heroic efforts in Laser standard rigs, they were beaten into third and fourth place by the experienced Solo sailors of Gary Ungless and Simon Loach who claimed first and second place respectively overall.

Well done to Gary Ungless, Simon Loach, John Wells, Kirk Stamford, Suzie Sallis & Alayne Seymour, Ted Pepper, Mike Williams, Ian Wakeling, Sara & Alex Goujon, Phil Hardy, Gerald & Tanya Copsey, Xavier & Kate Goujon, Tibor Takacs, Tim Downs, Lori-Anne and Jess, Graham Tory, James Hatton & Family, Ben Barnes, Rhys Williams, Ian Thompson, Lily Harrison and Charlie Johnson.

Congratulations to all who took part, especially the newer and younger racers who contributed immensely to the tremendous atmosphere of the occasion and in setting a new club record of 22 participating boats.

Quiz Night

A fun and funny quiz night was enjoyed by nearly 50 members and friends who helped raise £238 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you to all who took part, not only raising funds for a very worthwhile cause, but for also showing support to fellow club member and one of the nicest ladies you could ever wish to meet, Goriana Horne, who has battled cancer yet again recently. The winning team kindly donated their prize back to the cause, a very generous gesture.

Many thanks as always must go to Jan Leeks for being a very benign and tolerant quiz hostess (I believe she is hireable for a small fee or large vodka and tonic). Throughout the evening she was able to tot up the running scores, masterfully swat away heckles, keep an ever lubricated bunch of Einsteins on track, whilst simultaneously keeping a close eye on hubby Simon in the kitchen. A stunning performance! Talking of galley slaves, our very own Simon Leeks served up the most delectable Chilli Con Carne feast with not a fluster or hair out of place. It was truly a wonder to behold! Thank you all so much.

Jamie Butcher Memorial Trophy

Last Sunday saw 6 dinghies take part in the Jamie Butcher Memorial Trophy race, braving the elements, the unpredictable gusts and the torrential downpours to complete the four-race event. The trophy was won by Kirk Stamford with two firsts and a second (4 points). The ever-improving Sara Goujon (be afraid you lot, be very afraid, she’s coming for you) crewed by her amiable and equally smiley younger sister, Alex, came second on eight points beating John Wells into third place also on eight points. Also suffering in silence were Ian Wakeling, Xav and Kate Goujon and Tibor Takacs. Never has such a hardy bunch set sail in such appalling conditions in memory of former club member Jamie Butcher who sadly died in a sailing accident in 2007 and to also raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

That’s all for now, happy sailing!




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