Newsletter - 2nd August 2020
In This Issue: Ladies Sailing tomorrow; Youth two day courses; Weed update; View from the Race officer; Sunday AM Series update; Charity Masks; Sailing Session Times

Ladies Sailing - Monday 3rd August from 6pm

The first Ladies sailing evening of 2020 took place on Monday 6th July with a fantastic turnout, which included both brand new and long time members. We were fortunate that the gale blew itself out, but went slightly too far and died completely as the wind is prone to on summer evenings. There were at least 17 boats on the water (accuracy of counting is on a par with the government!) and everyone enjoyed the sailing. Many thanks to the helpers who kindly gave their time and to everyone who came along and made the evening a success.

The next ladies sailing evenings will be on

- Monday 3rd August
- Monday 7th September

Please come along and join us on either or both occasions. We can be on the water from 6.30pm.

For the next session, weather conditions permitting, we have kindly been offered the loan of a Scow or two if any ladies would be interested in trying one out. Please let me know if you are interested.

If you have any questions please just email me on

I look forward to seeing you all on 3rd August.
Ladies Sailing in July

Training News

Youth Two Day Courses in August

These courses are now operating a waiting list.   If you are interested, please email Jeremy Riley on and he will put you on the list.  Regrettably we still cannot take complete beginners in youth training due to Covid restrictions.

We can however consider Adult Beginner Training..............

Adult Complete Beginners Training Opportunities

The training team are considering an adult beginners course on four Saturdays (all day) in September and October.   Please email as soon as possible if you might be interested so we can decide whether to progress.   A note of any previous experience would be helpful.

Start to Race - Saturday 12th September

This is a morning's training, for those level 2 or thereabouts to explain how racing works at Papercourt and to give some basic coaching on starts, rules etc.  9am start theory first then out on the water.   Club hire boats available.  No charge and you can turn up on the day, but an idea of numbers would be helpful.   Email for more information or to register.

Racing News

A view from Charlie Beck who has been kindly organising the Saturday afternoon races;


Sprint Racing – Saturday Afternoon

'The short quick fire races that we have executed on Saturday afternoons for the past couple of months have proved to be very popular, ( 15 to 25 boats on the start line each week) and are set to continue for the foreseeable future. 

The races are for all classes and all abilities.  Each race has two starts , with the slower classes and the less experienced going off 1 minutes before the remainder. Usually 2 laps around a short simple course and very little waiting around between races.  Coaching and encouragement is provided by fellow competitors.  There are no results. (You might get a finishing whistle, if you’re lucky).  It is great practice,  great fun and no pressure !  Just show up between 1 and 3 on Saturdays.'

In addition we have been running more formal races on Sunday Mornings,  - 11am start for some GH races - and you can see the results to date by clicking the button below.   No surprise that our talented Commodore is leading the pack at the moment!  Everyone is welcome, and slower boats will be given a separate start.

Sunday AM Results so far
Cruising Times - Wednesday Saturday and Sunday

For those who would rather cruise than race, the lake is available on Wednesday Evenings from 6-8pm (dusk) and on Saturdays from 12.30 to approximately 3.30pm and on Sundays from 10.00 to 3.30pm.   Current racing instructions ask racers to treat cruisers kindly, but equally if cruisers try to avoid the racing marks everyone is happy.
Weed News

With the warm and sunny weather our weed has been growing well, but likewise our volunteers and contractors have been working hard to cut the weed.  Last weekend it was all clear apart from some “floaters” but this week by Friday a lot more was visible, having not cut this week due to ICS being on site.  We have redoubled our efforts, and cutting and clearing has been going all weekend,, and we are pretty clear again.  The current weed is now showing signs of coming to end of its natural life-cycle  — probably fed up with being repeatedly cropped over the summer, but our weedcutting team will continue their efforts for as long as it takes.

Masks for Charity

As mentioned in the last newsletter I am making masks to support our regular club charities - RNLI, Sailability and Guide Dogs for the Blind, and have so far raised around £300.  Jeremy Riley will be able to sell you masks on Saturday morning from the stock in the clubhouse, but going forward  I will make to order.  I have a large selection of plain and patterned fabric, and can make in any size from toddler to large adult.   If you would like to order, please email me on and I can send photos of fabric to you to choose.  Llama fabric is proving popular!  Masks are a minimum donation of £2.50, for a three layer mask with nose shaping strip.  Jenny Snow

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