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September Newsletter

Now that September is upon us it reminds us all that the sailing season is drawing slowly, but inexorably to a finale. Thursday evening sailing has now finished for the season due the nights drawing in, but Friday evening sailing will continue for two more weeks. However, weekend sailing continues until the last weekend of October and so there are still plenty more opportunities to sail, have fun and maybe get your hands on a trophy or two.


BARTS BASH RACE - Sunday 15th September - 12.00 Noon Prompt

All sailing members are keenly invited to take part in Ely's "Bart's Bash Sailing Race" on  Sunday 15th September in aid of the Andrew "Bart" Simpson Sailing Foundation. He won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics as crew for skipper Iain Percy representing Great Britain. Sadly he died in the capsize of the catamaran he was crewing in 2013, while training for the America's Cup in San Francisco Bay.

It inspired over 700 sailing clubs from more than 60 different countries to take part in their own individual Bart’s Bash race at their location, helping to encourage more people to get on the water and enjoy a day’s racing. 

Our aim, therefore, is to get as many dinghies out on the water as possible for the race to begin on time at 12.00 noon. The most boats we have managed to date is 21, but with sunny weather predicted, we very much hope to beat that this year.

Both experienced and novice sailors are encouraged to participate in this fun race helping to raise funds for a good cause by donating £5 per boat entry fee, payable on the day. As always, club boats are available for hire on the day on a first come first served basis.

If you would like to take part in this fantastic event, please sign up to the Ely event in advance on the Bart's Bash website by clicking on this link:


QUIZ EVENING - Saturday 28th September - 7.00pm in honour of Goriana Horne by raising funds for Cancer Research

On Saturday 28th September, the club will be hosting a fun quiz evening in aid of Cancer Research in honour of club member Goriana Horne who has recently bravely battled this disease again. It will be held in the clubhouse and will start at around 7.00pm. Quiz masters for the evening are club celebrities Simon and Jan Leeks who nearly made it onto TV - The Chase's loss me thinks!

All members are welcome to come along, please bring partners, family, friends, work colleagues and any Geniuses at a loose end, to raise funds for this worthwhile cause and to support not only a fellow club member, but also a fantastic and brave lady too.

Entry is £2.50 per person arranged into teams of 6 or thereabouts. Food will also be available to purchase during the evening and the bar will be open too!


On Saturday 16th November 2019, Ely Sailing Club will hold its Annual Prize Award Presentation and Laying Up Supper. The event is being held in the Clubhouse. Please arrive for 7.00pm to take your seats by 7.30pm.

This evening is entirely for you, where trophies are awarded, thank you’s are proffered, recognition rightly bestowed to those who has contributed to the vitality and good humour of club life and where a good evening is enjoyed amongst fellow sailing friends over a glass and a meal. So, to all those who haven't done so to date yet, but would like to come along, you can book to confirm your attendance by clicking the link below. Price is £10 per adult and £6 for children 16 years of age and younger (cadet/child membership criteria). It would be lovely to see you. 

Laying Up Supper (Annual Prize Giving) 2019



The last Thursday evening sailing session for this year culminated in the George Washington Cup, a standalone sailing award especially designed to reward any sailor who hasn’t been fortunate to get their hands on a sailing trophy to date. An excellent turnout on the night saw seven eligible helms, four with crew, mostly recent sailing course attendees and novice sailors give this race a crack.

Third place went to Kitty who had the misfortune of having her 20 stone Dad, Steve as ballast, sorry I mean crew, with her all the way round the course. With a little work I think he’ll get the hang of it sooner or later and no doubt next year Kitty will move further up the fleet. 

Second place went to James Hatton crewed by his young family with two second place finishes with the evening’s honours deservedly going to Tatiana Hazelwood with two firsts and with it collected her first piece of sailing silverware at ESC.

The other participants who deserve a mention for making the event a competitive and fun occasion are Fernando Calamonte, Helen Bridge and Ben and Aaron Styling


Having sadly not been held for the previous three years due to non-availability of “Partners” the renamed and revamped Double Hander Trophy saw a much better turnout this year with five boats all with helm and crew.

First place and accompanying honours went to Kirk Stamford and Mike Williams with a first and second place. Second place went to Chris Horne and Suzie Sallis and third place went to Alan White crewed by recent course attendee Charlie Johnson. Also racing were Ian Wakeling crewed by Carla Johnson and Rhys Williams who picked up the Junior Trophy.

Well done to all those cadets who raced for the first time, we hope you enjoyed the experience and wish to try it again soon.


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