BSC Newsletter 26 May 2021
Published 13:10 on 27 May 2021
Scow 21st Birthday
Despite the weather twenty-six members of CSCA (Chichester Scow Class Association) gathered at BSC on Friday 21st May for a Supper to celebrate the 21st Birthday of the Chichester Scow.
Prim Hoult, owner of one of the first Chichester Scows, (Cowslip CS5), gave a remarkably interesting talk.
Fiona Windebank (a founding member) was unfortunately unable to be with us. Fiona had started the ball rolling in the late 1990s, buying a Bembridge Scow to learn how to sail. In her first summer she was instructed by her husband Martin and soon they were joined by David Ware who had a West Wight Scow.
Paul Dewing, a local boat builder realised there was a gap in the market for this type of dinghy and together with his boat designer Justin Adams they set out to design a new Scow using the best features from existing Scows. Hence the Chichester Scow was born. The first three boats were wooden, then in early 2000 Paul started making GRP hulls. Another early Scow was bought by Sandy Woodward, who as Rear Admiral, Commanded the British Naval Task force in the Falklands Conflict (1982). As the group of Chichester Scows grew Sandy enlisted the help of Martin and David to raise the level of sailing skills.
As more Scows appeared Sandy decided the best way forward was to go one design and he along with Paul Dewing and Mimie Curry created our one design rules. Sandy then managed to persuade BSC to give Chichester Scows their own start on a Sunday morning. David Ware became the first, Class Captain and Martin Windebank chairman of the committee.
Paul Dewing has now built 80 Chichester Scows of which around 40 remain at BSC. In recognition of this amazing feat and his contribution to Chichester Scows, Prim Hoult presented him with an engraved glass tankard.
Following the presentation, the members enjoyed a delicious meal provided by Helen.
We were very well attended to by Charlotte, Colin and their team and ended the evening with a small slice of 21st Birthday Cake. Well, we do have to think of the racing results!
Whether racing or social sailing we enjoy great camaraderie and fun. Come and join us.
BSC Optimist Sucess
Zac and Pippa Shepherd and India and Tom Eastwood took part in the IOCA Early Summer Championships at Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire last weekend. There were 107 Optimist sailors, and as it was a ranking event every top British Oppie sailor was there.
After 12 hours on the water over the two days - 7hrs in very fluky conditions with multiple re-starts and 5hrs in extremely strong winds - the BSC sailors achieved some excellent results, generally sailing against children who were older than them.
Zac was 36th and India was 50th. They have both been selected for the IOCA training squad taking place in June where they are training alongside the European's Team, which is likely to be a great experience.
Tom was 63rd and as the 11th U12 sailor was selected for the U12 IOCA UK GBR Irish Team - representing GBR at the 2021 National Championships at Loch Derg, Ireland in August. This is particularly impressive as Tom is one of only three 11-year-olds to make the team.
Pippa was 82nd, which was a strong result as one of the youngest female sailors at a very windy event.
First Aid Course
Two day outdoor first aid course spaces available (RYA Approved) 29th & 30th May - £60 down from £135.
To book send an email to email@example.com
Cadet racing this weekend
Sunday 30 May - A new addition to this weekend's schedule is some racing at Cutmill for the Optimists. There will be a briefing at 1330hrs and the first race will start at 1430hrs. Please contact the Optimist Class Captain for more information and please don't forget to volunteer for a duty via the BSC website if your cadet is sailing.
Cadet Whitsun Series trophy event. Races 1&2 on Sunday 30 May, first race starts at 1315hrs. Races 3&4 on Monday 31 May, first race starts at 1245hrs. Committee boat or Cobnor starts on both days. There are duties still to be filled.
Half term training
There are a few remaining places on several training courses over half term in case anyone would like to make a last minute booking. Here is a summary of what is currently available:
1 & 2 June: BSC Oppie gold race coaching: 1 spaces
3 June: BSC Topper silver race coaching: 2 spaces
3 June: BSC Topper gold race coaching: 2 spaces
4 June: BSC Feva race coaching: 8 spaces (4 boats)
4 June: BSC Laser/420 race coaching: 8 spaces
4 June: Oppie Friday night training - silver (5-7pm): 1 space
4 June: Oppie Friday night training gold (5-7pm): 6 spaces
Please book via the website if you wish to make a booking.
Saturday is for Bagels
Since they went down so well last weekend, we have more fresh, deep filled bagels being delivered for Saturday. Available from midday. No need to pre-order, just get in there quick as they will be popular.
Sunday Lunch Menu
This Sunday, Helen will be serving another spectacular roast lunch. Please see the menu below and book here.
Slow cooked shoulder of pork with crackling and apricot & walnut stuffing
Both served with;
Red cabbage & apple
Roasted root vegetables
Apple tarts with clotted cream
Cheese, biscuits & preserve
BSC Junior Regatta Saturday 5 June
After Junior Week, the Junior Regatta is the second biggest BSC cadet event of the season. There will be up to 3 back-to-back races per fleet so perfect Junior Week race qualifying opportunities too. Optimists will have a Quay start and all other fleets will be starting from the Committee Boat.
To enter, please book online as soon as possible For further information, please contact your Class Captain.
To round off a glorious day on the water, we have planned for the Taco Box to feed us afterwards. Please don't forget to book your taco's by 31 May.
Feva Open Sunday 6 June
The 2021 BSC Feva Open Meeting will take place on 6th June. Enter online here Participants will launch from BSC or their harbour club and rendezvous at the start line in Chichester Harbour. Up to four back-to-back races are planned.
Sunday Club Racing Volunteers Needed
Please sign up on the Duty Roster if you can volunteer as Race Officer or Race Officer's assistant this Sunday.
New Members Induction
As restrictions are easing it seems that we may be able to host our new members coffee and introductory morning on 5 Jun 10am! If you have recently joined the club and might enjoy a coffee and a chance to chat to other new members and some of our Flag Officers it will be a very relaxed way to learn a bit more about what BSC has to offer and ask any questions you may have about BSC. Starting at 10am it will likely be to a backdrop of preparations for the junior regatta that is taking place, for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Club member John Meredith Hardy's Jaguar 21 Sessa sunk on her mooring last week and in the process her rudder was lost. The rudder has a wooden blade 1½ m in length x 40 cm in width x 4 cm thick, is light coloured wood and has a metal handle.
If anyone happens to see a lone rudder fitting that description please let John know: email@example.com, Mobile: 07973 676 709
Last updated 09:26 on 7 June 2021