Many congratulations to BSC Optimist sailor Nick Evans! After being invited to the Optimist selections at Weymouth over the early May bank holiday, he has come away in 9th place out of 81 sailors. This means he has qualified to be part of the British Sailing Team going to the Europeans in Holland!
You can read about Nick's story here: http://allensail.com/2018/05/allen-academy-sailor-nick-evans-at-the-optimist-selections/?v=79cba1185463
Here are some great pictures of Nick from the selections, 1) demonstrating his roll tack, picture (c) Sportography.tv. 2) Rigging up 3) with GB Olympic 49er sailor Dylan Fletcher
295 visitors flocked to Blackwater Sailing Club on Saturday 5th May for our annual Open Day and RYA push the boat out “Try Sailing in May” event. The Blackwater was looking stunning under clear blue skies with glorious sunshine all day. 83 adult and cadet helpers from the club helped make this a fantastic day out for our guests, many of whom had never considered trying sailing before. 322 taster sails were provided during the day on our 7-acre training lake in our fleet of RS Quests, Wayfarers, RS Fevas, Toppers and Optimists. Even our local MP was spotted getting out of a Quest with a large smile on his face! As the tide came in, 56 people tried a taster sail on a cruiser, 126 enjoyed a river trip on one of our Ribs or the launch and many just sat and watched our club races. Sailing is thirsty work and our visitors managed to drink the bar dry after enjoying the food on offer throughout the day. Over 30 new members signed up on the day making this our most successful Open Day ever. A big thank you to all our members for the amazing welcome you gave to our guests and thank you to all our visitors for coming to try sailing and see what we can offer. We hope you enjoyed a wonderful day. With thanks to Chris Nichols, Zoe Nelson and Nigel Butler for these photos.
A sellout crowd of 92 packed into the main clubroom on Saturday 10th March for our annual Fitting Out Supper. Despite the recent unseasonably cold weather, this event serves as a reminder to members that the sailing season is upon us and their preparations for a great season of sailing should be well underway. After a delicious three course meal, guests were entertained with a very humorous talk by local boy and Practical Boat Owner columnist Dave Selby. Dave enthralled the audience with tales of his exciting voyages and his many transatlantic crossings. He wowed us with tales of his amazing navigational feats, the highlight of which was running aground on Northey Island during the highest spring tide for twelve years. He demonstrated that it is possible to sail with a limited budget and his Sailfish 18 "Marlin" is testament to that. He has recorded one of the slowest passages in maritime history from the Blackwater to the Southampton boat show, known in the annals of sailing as "Marlin's Mission". Dave has recently published the sailors "must have" book "The Impractical Boat Owner". Dave generously offered this to Blackwater Sailing Club members at a specially inflated price. He also gave us the opportunity to buy illustrated mugs and drawings in support of his charity to raise money for research into the rare neurological condition which means he has to be admitted to hospital every four weeks. As promised, those privileged to hear Dave's talk learnt absolutely nothing about sailing, but anyone who wasn't enthused to give it a try should take up golf.
TUESDAY 13TH MARCH 2018
Will members please note that due to necessary work there will be no Electricity to the Main Clubhouse and toilets during the day.
The power will be back on in the evening for the Tuesday Talk!
During the day there will still be power to the Sun Room, Members' Galley and the boat park and members' workshop.
The Annual Joint River Safety Meeting due to be held at the Clubhouse this evening(Wednesday 28th February) at 7.30pm has been cancelled due to the weather conditions. It will be rescheduled later in the year
There have been a few changes in the BSC Cadet Committee.
Cadet Commodore James Crook is standing down as he has been accepted into the Army. Well done James! We are sorry you won’t be with us for much of this year, but good luck and we hope to see you sometime out on the water.
Stepping up to the job as the new Cadet Commodore we are really pleased to have Lizzy Hood who was runner up in the election process.
Stepping up as Honorary Cadet Secretary is Lola Andrews to take on the role that Lizzy would have been doing. So, with Vice Commodore Jamie Norman, and all the Cadet Committee members, that now completes the revised Cadet Committee Dream Team for 2018.
I am really looking forward to working with you guys in my last year as Cadet Skipper before Rob takes over next year.