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See What You Were Missing

On one side, you missed the cold, penetrating wind that gusted across the lake, and created challenging conditions for those on the water. But you also missed the challenge and excitement of taking on those conditions, and beating them.  A few ended up in the water, but with the right clothes and an excellent safety boat crew, all were fine.  Why not give it a go next week?  And if you don’t fancy getting wet, you could just come along and watch from the race hut, or even, as I did, from the warmth of the clubhouse.  It was worth being there, if only for the lovely soup from Gail.

Volunteers are needed for Safety Boat cover for the next two Sundays of Chilli Dogs.  One Volunteer is needed for Sunday 8th February, and two are needed for Sunday 15th.  You can volunteer via 'Duties' on the Club Website.

A reminder that the Working Party Weekend is on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd February.  Pam would like to remind you that tea/coffee and a slice of cake will be free.  Hot lunch will be available to buy on both days. 

In this, our sixtieth year, some have been wondering how the club started, and who started it.
A little bit of research on the internet, shows that Sir David Gamble - our first Commodore and Commodore for the first five years, was the 5th baronet of Windlehurst.  He was born in Cirencester in 1933, and was a pilot officer in the RAF Volunteer Reserve.  From the late 1970s he was the landlord of the Roadmaker Inn in Gorsley, Herefordshire.   Sir David died in Somerset in 1984 at the age of 51, shortly after leaving the Roadmaker. He was a descendant of the Gamble family of Proctor & Gamble.

Many of you will remember Norman Halstead. He's just contacted me about a new event on March 8th at his current club: Roadford Lake Sailing Club. It's called the Roadford Rocket, and is to be held on Sunday March 8th.  The venue is Roadford Lake, Broadwoodwidger, W Devon. It's the largest inland water in the West Country and offers the ability to set testing courses in all wind directions. The race will be a long distance endurance handicap race, duration 2.5-3 hours, start time 12.30pm.   Go to the website   for full details.

Happy Sailing


Malcolm Stone
Malcolm Stone

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