Whitefriars News

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RYA Club of the Year Award 2018

Last year we were finalists in the RYA Club of the Year Award and we’ve done it again by winning the Inclusivity category, in recognition for the achievements, enthusiasm and hard work for Sailability sailors at the Club.
We have a chance to be chosen to be overall winner, which is being presented at the Dinghy Show on 3rd March but that selection is based on votes received. So - we need your votes! Now is the time to twist arms, call in favours, hint, cajole and give meaningful stares to all you friends, colleagues and family. Closing date is 20th February so please act now to boost our chances of winning.
You can read all about our entry and cast your valuable vote by either going onto the RYA website or simply follow the link below:

Vote Here



Christmas Dinner Friday 8th December 7pm


At The Old George Inn
South Cerney
Tickets £20 ( £15 for U-16s )
buy tickets online through WebCollect here
or from the Commodore

AGM 16th Nov 7.30pm

In the clubhouse - please come along to air your views, offer to help and take a active role in the club management

Great North Run with Tony Jackson

Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor Tony and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.He will really appreciate all your support and thanks you for any donations. [Editor] He promises to post embarrassing and heroic photos and only has short legs [Editor] Here's the link you need to donate

PBL2 tidal conversion opportunity

If you already hold PBL2 Inland and would like to convert to Tidal, we have been offered a chance in Plymouth. Dates are to be decided based on numbers able to attend:
23rd/24th Sept
7th/8th Oct
Sat 13:00-17:00 and Sun 10:00-14:30 (both days needed) for £50, payable to Horizon Plymouth. They will provide tuition, 4 different boats and issue a new tidal certificate. 
We will need to organise transport & accommodation amongst ourselves.
If you are able to, please choose your preferred date on the Club Facebook page or email me directly : Alistair Baird, Chief Powerboat Instructor

Change of Training Focus - September

Training have responded to demand in courses and replaced the course originally planned for 23rd/24th September for a more popular to “Level 2 Basic Skills” and “Level 3 Better Sailing” and a summary is available here

Comet two-hander event on Sat Sun 29th-30th July 2017

Saturday is an informal coaching and rigging day followed by 1 or 2 races. Unfortunately our first choice coach supremo Bob Horlock cannot make the coaching on Saturday, but we have managed to source some local talent more accustomed to pond sailing.
Camping is open to all on our lakeside site and tents, motorhomes and caravans are welcome.
There will be a meal on Saturday evening in addition to snacks and lunch on Sunday.
Sunday will comprise of 4 races with 3 to count. Prizes will be awarded to best club training boat, first lady and first 3 places overall as well as junior prizes (under 75 !)
Entry fees are £10 for Saturday and £15 for Sunday. Compettitors are encouraged to attend for both days but Sunday will be treated as a separate event.
Starts are 13.00 on Saturday and 11.00 on Sunday.
Steve Ashford 07502266408

Sundowners are back!

Relax and sail from Friday 2nd June, 6pm on Friday evenings during the summer months

Wessex Region - Laser Grand Prix at Whitefriars Sailing Club 22nd April 2017

Notice of Race | Sailing Instructions

2017 Club of the Year Finalists

Following a great deal of hard work by the club committee and volunteer members, Whitefriars is delighted to have that effort recognised by the RYA by winning the Facility Development category. The entry goes forward to a final selection to be announced at the Dinghy Boat Show at Alexandra Palace on 4th March 201.

A history of the club that focuses on the recent developments has been added to the club development page, but is available to download here.

Rigging out Supper

rigging out supper

More more details click here

Christmas Dinner

xmas dinner


Sailing Rules
South Cerney SC are holding a couple of RYA organised events for teaching people to become Rules Advisors so that tthey can take part in sailing Protests on 28th Jan. Obviously a good knowledge of rules is a prerequisite - click here


It is the Club's AGM at the clubhouse on 10th November at 7.30pm. You will have seen the announcement via the printed newsletter, but please bring along your enthusiasm and positive ideas for your club. Refreshments will be available during the evening

PBL2 and Safety Crews Open Day
29th October at Whitefriars SC

We have around twenty members who have put their names down but there is room for more on the 29th Oct. Click the link below to remind yourself of the plan and email me if you'd like to attend, indicating your choice of veg lunch or otherwise.
Details will be emailed later this week of 17th Oct

Click the link for more details

Alistair Baird

Powerboat Instructor

summer training

We are delighted to invite you to join us in Weymouth at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre for our 5th Annual Weekend Away on 24th/25th September 2016.

This year is even more special as we are opening the weekend to ALL our juniors members including our youngest stage 1s. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn to sail on coastal waters, in the shelter of Weymouth Harbour and under the expert support and teaching from the centre staff. Click here for more details


RYA Level 1 Dinghy Sailing Course 23rd-24th April 2016

Introduction to the sport of sailing. Covers all you need to know to get afloat under supervision.
To book on the course click here

RYA South West - Developing racing and recreational sailing activities

09.30 - 12.00 23rd January 2016
Venue:Whitefriars Sailing Club

RYA South West and Whitefriars SC welcomes organisers and committee members from local sailing clubs to participate in developing racing and sailing activities in their club.

Work Party 12th March 2016 - Briefing, safety and Coffee - 09.00

This work is essential in preparing our club for the season ahead and will give us the surroundings and an environment that we and our visitors will want to come back to time and time again.

Allocated teams for

  • Club House Building - Deep Cleaning and light maintenance in and out
  • Club House Grounds - Mowing, Paths and Slip Way clearing
  • Painting Team - Refresh all external woodwork and painted walls etc
  • Ground Force Team - Filling subsidence around headland and making good damaged or dangerous areas and fixtures
  • Lunch, teas and coffees to be provided to all work volunteers by the club
  • Finish time - TBA!

For those attending please be prepared for a full days activities and appropriate clothing for the work and the weather! Remember, its our members volunteer work on projects such as this that keeps the club improving and keeps our membership fees affordable to all.

For those interested in volunteering and to help gauge number for lunch, please contact Steve Watts with a Subject line "Work Party".

For longer term projects through 2016 and beyond, there will soon be opportunities to join project teams working around the club grounds or our extensive natural lakeside areas. These opportunities will be posted soon in the duty rota.

I look forward to seeing you all!
Steve Watts Rear Commodore (House)

Planning Barn
After much work by Tony Wootley the club now has planning permission for development of a new training / storage barn as outlined at the AGM and elsewhere on this website. The development should be ready for next years sailing season and will involve a far amount of boat park changes and there will be plenty of opportunity to pitch in and help. Look out for further notices.

The "Wednesday Evening" Xmas do
is to be held at the club on Friday 18th December with a traditional fare on offer. Tickets available from Simon Clark at £10.00.

News from the AGM
The proposal to split the "House" job into 2 posts was passed by all attending and Steve Watts and Pete Bone are now taking up those Flag Officer posts. After three successful years Tim Hopes has stepped down (as required by club rules) as Commodore and now takes over as Training Principal while Pete becomes Chief Sailing Instructor.
I have become your new Commodore after joining the club in 1979 and following my father who was Commodore in 1987-88. I look forward to the ongoing development of the club. If you wish to help in any way of have any ideas do not hesitate to catch me at the club - Simon Clark.

Two spaces available next weekend 21st/22nd Nov
There are two spaces left on our powerboat Level 2 course: contact Rosie Dalton if you'd like to join the course. It is a two day course covering practical and theory knowledge, taking complete novices to a recognised RYA qualification.

AGM 19th November 7.30pm
The Whitefriars Sailing Club Annual General Meeting is being held at the clubhouse at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 19th November. There will be a finger buffet after the meeting when you'll get the chance for informal discussions with your management committee.
Agenda and WSC Officials

At the 2014 AGM the Commodore agreed to make available the club Accounts in advance of the next AGM to give members the opportunity to read them and raise any questions at the AGM. If any members would like an advance copy then please request them by e-mailing exec@whitefriarssc.org

Training Barn
You can see the latest plans for the Training Barn here

Personal Details in Membership Database
Renewal time is rapidly approaching and to ensure that you receive your email renewal reminder please check your personal details particularly your email address in the WebCollect Membership Database. It is also a chance to let the membership secretary know if you've changed your boat.

Power Boat and Safety Boat Training
The Club wants to improve the standard of safety boat driving on the lake. To do this the Club rules related to powerboat driving at WSC are changing and the Training Group are offering courses and assessments to improve driving skills.
From March 2016 if you want to drive a powerboat you will have to hold an RYA Powerboat Level 2 Certificate. This qualification focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations.
You can get this certificate at the Club in two ways:

  • by a one-day direct assessment available by invitation and intended for those members who have previous extensive experience of driving WSC power boats but do not yet have an RYA PB L2 certificate.
  • by following an RYA Powerboat Level 2 (Inland) Course over two days.

After a review the direct assessment will now be offered free of charge to invited members, who can demonstrate their power boat handling skills. These members will be contacted by one of the instructors in the next few weeks to arrange an assessment or discuss alternatives.

The RYA Powerboat Level 2 course will cost £110 but it will be offered at a discount price of £50 if the participant agrees to attend the free-of-charge one-day in-house Safety Boat Course and take on 5 Safety Officer duties in the 12 months following the course completion.

If you pay the full course cost you will still need to attend the free-of-charge one-day in-house Safety Boat Course before volunteering for Safety Officer duties.

To further enhance your Power and Safety Boat qualification you can then take the official RYA Safety Boat Course. This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities and includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying.

Sailability 19th August session is cancelled
Volunteers needed!!

Some EPS Open Photos
from Ivor Keates, now on the website gallery

RYA courses week 27th - 31st July
A full week to mix and match the training you need with expert training and coaching. Click here to review the options and then book online

Last spaces remaining
Act now to grab that east spaces available for the Start Sailing L1 course on May 16/17. Contact training@whitefriarssc.org

Push the Boat Out - Open Day 17th May
In conjunction with the RYA, we are hosting a public event to Push the Boat Out and get people on the water. Lots of help needed to meeet n greet, kit visitors with buoyancy aids and experienced sailors needed to take people on the water. Contact Pat Green if you are able to help.

Midsummer Weekend 19th-21st June
The ball has started rolling and information is available on the fun website!

Training online
Courses and events can now be booked online here. To keep administration more manageable we're asking you to book online; update your membership details and of course check your duties

Work Party
Many thanks to everyone who was able to help out for the Work Party on 7th March, which was blessed with dry sunny weather. Although as always, there are still some other jobs outstanding, the main targets were met by a merry band of members. Here's what was done ( excuse the upper case )


Great job! Simon Clark, Rear Com House

Sailability - Help needed
The Sailability Group need some help please
We have a small group of disabled students from Gloucester College coming to us for 6 Tuesdays from 14th April, and we are looking for a few helpers, ideally for every occasion but at least for 3 sessions. Last session is expected to be 19th May. We need people on Shore, Safety Boat crew and some confident sailors. We will be using Club Comet Trios and the WSG Wayfarer for our sessions. They would appreciate your help (and I would too). Please give me a call to talk about it.

We are now running some Saturday Sailability sessions and need a new team of helpers. Our Saturday sessions start on 11th April with others on :
16th May, 13th June, 11th July, 8th August, 15th August, 22nd August, 29th August, and 12th September.
If you can help we would like you to commit some of your time to specific dates. Please give me a call to talk about it.

We also need helpers for our HANSA open event. This takes place on the weekend of 9th and 10th May. Helpers needed for both days. Unfortunately our planned Officer of the Day and his team have become unexpectedly unavailable so we need a new team here for both days. Lots of other help is needed too: for Safety boats; to operate the hoists; to act as catchers when boats return to shore; to help sailors register (and collect their fees); to help people unload their boats from trailers; to at as ‘gofers’; to made sure people don’t block up the berth park; to assist our professional caterers in the kitchen. Names, times and days, to me as soon as possible please. Race report

Our Wednesday Session are also coming under greater pressure and we have a clear need for more volunteers. Once again we are looking for some commitment, not to every Wednesday but to a few specific dates............. We have Pater Noster coming to us for a 20 week period starting on 22nd April. We will be using Trios and the Group boats as well. Give me a call, if you think you can help.


Dutyman deadline - 23rd Feb
Thank you to all those members who have volunteered for duties in the duty rota that runs from 1st April 2015 to 30th September 2015. To date just under 40% of the duties (OOD, AOD, SO, ASO, Kitchen Duty) have been filled.
It would make the Dutyman administrator's life a lot easier if those unallocated duties could be filled before 23rd February. After that date duties will have to be allocated so that duty labels can be printed and affixed to handbooks.
Please act immediately and before 23rd February get your name down as a volunteer in Dutyman on a date and duty that is convenient for you.

Pat Green

UK Laser Class Series 2015

Sail at only 4 events to qualify
Great prizes at each event
Superb prizes for all qualifiers, plus radials, grandmasters and youths
Free prize draws for new Laser gear
Racing ideal for newcomers and experienced laser sailors

Boxing Day Race

For those members who are new to the Club or find themselves wanting to work off the Christmas turkey or avoid the Boxing Day sales , don’t forget we have the Boxing Day Bottle and Finishing Gun races starting at midday (that’s 26th December, when else of course!)
Pat Green has offered to be OOD and Tony Perks has volunteered as AOD. And we have had offers to cover SO and ASO duties. One of our members, Steve Watts and his family, has offered to cook brunch.
It is custom for members to also bring along some food to share after the racing. We have been asked how does this work with the kitchen food safety requirements.
Provided the food you bring does not require reheating in the kitchen then please complete the attached simple form and bring it along with you. If you need to reheat your food, then food safety law requires us to operate the full kitchen procedures which includes recording heating and serving temperatures.

Whatever you are doing, enjoy the festive season!

Merry Christmas from your committee
Tim, Ben, Ian, Nigel, Pat, Pete, Simon, Al, Tony, Joe

Training Barn Latest

Have a look at the latest amendment for the Training Barn, which is part of the Club Development Plan. As ever, your comments and feedback are welcome - email the committee.

Web Collect now up and running!

You should have seen the email inviting you to review your membership details. If not, then click here to sign in, check your details and renew your membership

Eeek! A Mouse - 20th November 2014
Watch out - it the time of year that mice take up residence in dinghies and make nests from your soft ropes and sails. There have been one or two incidence already so now is a good time to remove anything that can be chewed into bedding.

Wednesday Evening Sailors Meal - 3rd December 2014

Pat Ward has arranged the customary Christmas Dinner for Wednesday Evening Racers and guests at the Old George Inn in South Cerney on Wednesday 3rd December. I have attached the Old George Xmas Dinner menu so you can course choices. Time 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm.
Please RSVP to Pat Ward or Wolly Merchant with your menu choices accompanied by a cheque made payable to the Old George Inn.

Whitefriars AGM Thursday 13th November 2014 7.30pm in the club house: all members welcome. AGM report can be downloaded here

Quagga mussels - 27th October 2014
Roving sailors take note! Yet another water-born menace as recently appeared in UK fresh water lakes and rivers. In October 2014 Quagga Mussel was found in Wraysbury Reservoir and the Wraysbury River, a tributary of the River Colne, near Egham, Surrey, and subsequently in a number of other waterbodies. This is the first UK record of this species.
The Quagga Mussel (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) is a highly invasive non-native freshwater mussel from the Ponto-Caspian region, very similar to Zebra Mussel ( which we have at Whitefriars ). It can significantly alter whole ecosystems by filtering out large quantities of nutrients and is also a serious biofouling risk blocking pipes smothering boat hulls and other structures.
There is no effective eradication method for quagga mussel once it has established in a reservoir and the downstream river system. Download a PDF

Blue-Green Algae- 27th Sept 2014
The long spell of warm weather has encouraged excessive weed growth, but we suspect that we have Blue-Green Algae in the lake: it is noticeable on the surface on calm days, but is present in the water even if it is not obvious. Please read the PDF and take the appropriate measures to prevent children and dogs from swimming in the water. Adults are advised to avoid unnecessary contact with the water, avoid ingestion and pay particular attention to food hygiene.

"For reasons which are not yet fully understood, bloom and scum forming blue-green algae in freshwaters, brackish water and seawater are capable of producing TOXINS.
These toxins have caused the death of wild animals, farm livestock and domestic pets in many countries, including the deaths of farm animals and dogs in the U.K. in 1989. In humans, rashes have occurred following skin contact, and illnesses have occurred when blue-green algae have been swallowed.
Blue-green algal blooms and scums are not always toxic. It is not possible to tell from its appearance whether or not a bloom or scum is harmful."

Pre-race Training and ABCs - Last dates!
Check the calendar for the last chance for these useful training opportunities. You need to sign up as soon as possible:

  • 14th Sept for Pre-Race Training: Contact Ivor Keates or Rosemary Lawless
  • 4th October Sailing ABC's: Contact Rosemary Dalton

Volunteers BBQ, 5th September
To end the Sundowners Friday evening Sail and BBQ series, we will hold a volunteers evening at the Club house from 6.30pm. The AGM is not far away ( November) and a number of committee and other volunteer posts will be coming up. It's a chance to find out more about the posts available and to see if you'd like to become more involved in the running of the club. It's a sociable occasions and any club member is welcome to come along

Barts Bash - 21st Sept

You may have heard about Barts Bash on 21st Sept. It's an international incentive to break a Guinness record for simultaneous racing, but also as a focus to help clubs raise funds for themselves. There is also an option to make a charitable donation to the Barts Bash Foundation. The Foundation is a charity set up in Andrew's memory in 2013 to inspire the next generation of young people through sailing in the UK and around the world.

The requirements to fulfill the Guiness record are quite onerous: minimum of 25 participants; a fixed course length set by GPS; video record of the start/finish and independent validation of results to name a phew! Nevertheless, we are able to take part and help the fund-raising via a JustGiving.com portal and we will run our races to coincide with the main event.

If you'd like to take part you need only sign-on for racing on the 21st Sept and make a £5 donation towards the Barts Bash Foundation. Results that day will go towards the club series, but we will offer some small prizes on the day for the first three places.


Moonlight Series

Just a reminder that the Moonlight Series, 20th August onward, race starts at 6.30pm

Novice Racing

A great idea for Saturday 19th's Junior Group has been floated to me. The club are looking to encourage beginners to racing, and to that end, I'm going to put on 2 races on the afternoon of Junior Group both for Juniors who wish to take part and any club member who'd like to join.

Boats will be available to borrow, if needed, and it should be possible to team up for doublehanded boats. 2 or 3 experienced sailors will be on hand to explain what happens in a race and to offer advice and encouragement on the way round. Races will be kept short to avoid boredom!

If you'd like to take part, please email me and let me know so I can plan things. If you are interested in doing more sailing as an adult, but not in joining in racing, please let me know what help Junior Group can be in getting you on the water.

Rupert Whelan

Race Rules Talk - The Basics
6th July 9.30am in the club house. Ivor Keates and team will give an overview of the basic rules you need for racing. Most rules are intended to stop collisions on the water and then know when to say "After you!" If you hear shouting on the water then it is most likely to warn someone who hasn't seen you approaching - it's just politeness!

We need you!
Up on the hall way noticeboard is a list to help us organise extra help for our Regatta and second Open Day. Please have a look at the roles, how much time we're asking ( usually only a couple of hours on the day ) and put you name down. Without volunteers we may need to curtail what we do or cancel altogether.

Sundowners Summer 6th June
Friday 6th June from 5pm-ish till dusk is the start of the Sundowner evenings: supervised sailing for everyone and bring your own food to BBQ. Why not start the weekend off on the right note?

RS Aero demonstration
4th June - at WSC is a demonstration day for the brand new RS Aero dinghy

Sailing survey
We would like to encourage more people to race and enjoy racing at Whitefriars sailing club.

Racing enables sailors to improve their sailing, come more often, and enjoy making friends with other people. It gives a purpose to coming down to the club as well as being great fun!

To enable more people to race or get better at racing, we would like to know what coaching you want. Please fill in this short survey by clicking this link
This survey has already generated a lot of discussion and ideas. There are offers from our top racers to pass on their knowledge. There are requests for race rule training. We are getting feedback on the best time and place for coaching.

The first pre-race coaching session was excellent. Thank you to Ivor and Richard for video'ing the sailing and giving excellent feedback on how to improve. This happened before the first race, preparing the sailors for the first race of the day. There will be more sessions to follow, as we learn what is required.

Thank you for your help.

RYA South West Instructors Day
A summary of the very successful day on 29th March is now posted on the RYA website.

Always ready
Bison plant hire are always ready to dig a hole, or in this case get you out of one! Our thanks to Team Bison who volunteered to rescue our marquee after it went for a swim

bison plant hire

Newspaper cuttings

An appeal to newspaper readers, particularly our local papers. If you spot any articles about the club please cut them out and either pin them to a noticebaord in the club or send them to Jane Lawrence. It would be great to put them in our scrapbook!

Orange Ribbons - Help is at hand - 26th March
helpers ribbonHighlighted in the E-newsletter this week were a number of courses and ways to help you get your boat on the water. If you need help with the basics: how to rig your boat, or help with getting your boat on or off the water or someone to keep an eye on you whilst you familiarise yourself with tacking then look out for club members with Orange Ribbons on their buoyancy aid. They've all said "Yes, of course" to the question 'would you be prepared help?' in this way. Just ask!

Courses include Sailing ABC's as refresher days; L1/L2 to start from scratch or Pre-race coaching and the RYA Level 3 course for those keen to get into racing. Check the Training page for details and booking

Prize Giving photos 8th March
was Work Party day but it was a chance to present the sailing prizes from 2013 after a top lunch from Steve James and his kitchen crew. A selection of photos can be seen on the gallery but a special mention for Pete Bone, who received the Graham Clark Trophy for outstanding contribution to the club after his many, many years of expert coaching and management.

Thanks! Work Party
to everyone for their help on the work party. There would have been photographs but he was digging a hole for the new road signs!

Saturday 29th March – RYA Day Help Required
Whitefriars has been chosen to host a regional RYA Instructors Training Day on Saturday 29th March, when 60 instructors from the South-West Region will be come together for talks, updates and practical sessions. This is a great opportunity to showcase the Club and we need a few helpers both in the kitchen and to help run the event. Our catering manager, Steve James, will be providing lunches as well as snacks throughout the day and need two helpers in the morning and two for the afternoon. Our commodore, Tim Hopes, needs one or two members to help him make sure things go smoothly and to greet our guests.
Please email Tim (thopes@theiet.org) if you can help even if only for an hour or so. Please do not leave it to others, get involved.

Follow up: it was a fantastic day weather wise and all our guests had a great time and were well fed by the catering crew led by Steve James. More news to follow but there are now photos on the Gallery.

Unclaimed Plaques and Unreturned Trophies
Currently in the Blue Room are plaques for H Halstead, C Knight, M Andrews, J Johnson, S Kemp, R Domoney, N Yeatman, P Mallaband, B Yeatman, J Wray, C Johnson, C Freeman and S Payne. You won them - come and pick them up!
Please return any trophies to Simon Clark by dropping them off at the clubhouse asap please. You only keep them for a year!
This year's prize-giving will be after the Work Party lunch on the 8th March. It's always a very sociable day so come along from 10am

Wednesday Evening Sailors, Christmas Supper - 7.30pm 11th December 2013
At the George in South Cerney: Pat Ward and Wolly Merchant are now taking bookings - payment essential to reserve your ticket, so contact them by phone or email asap.

House Maintenance North Shore Pilings and Dry Room roof
If you've not been to the club for a couple of weeks you'll have missed a couple of major repairs. The original pilings by the middle slipway had begun to fail, leading to the adjacent area of berths subsiding as well as the level of the jetty dropping. Remedial work is almost complete as these progress photographs illustrate

pilings start

Dry Room / Blue Room
One other essential maintenance task is complete: the over-roofing of ther old dry-room, which had begun to leak, now has an insulated roof. Simon Clark has been at the centre of these works and here found time to rake some weeds off the slipway - courtesy of the webcam! Good to know the work is in sailing hands - Nice one Simon!

slipway simon clark

Abandoned canoe and Windsurf boards - Latest - 5th October 2013
Saturday's work party has tidied the trailer park and gathered up the abandoned canoes & Windsurf boards prior to disposal. If you think your canoe or board is in there: this is your last chance to save it - check the heap. No canoes or boards have been moved from berths - these are items that have been lying unused in the berth park for months / years. If you check the items you will see they are in a poor condition so this is not a wanton act: they are scrap! If you'd like to claim any and remove it immediately then please contact Jim Aldis, otherwise they will be destroyed at the end of October. Alistair Baird, Vice Commodore

canoes boards


Club Safety boat course - 12th October 2013
When someone gets into trouble on the water we need a safety boat there quickly and safely. Pat Wards' course teaches you how with straight forward instruction on powerboat handling, righting capsized dinghies and recovering crew from the water. It is not a full RYA course but will make you are aware of potential dangers and best practise on the water. It's a one day course, free to members and there is room for more whether you just need a refresher or start from scratch.
Contact training@whitefriarssc.org

Volunteers Evening - 3rd October 2013
At chance for volunteers and committee members to meet and discuss plans for future and how you may be able to help. We have some posts coming up at the AGM in November but volunteering doesn't have to be a long-term commitment: if we need a Dory hauled off the water; tidy up the garage; research costs for developments - know anything about solar power?; could you liaise with local schools? There is huge range of one-off tasks that might take your interest and contribute to the club.
Refreshments will be available from 7.30pm at the club house.

Open Day and Members 4-hour race
8th September 2013

Following the success of last years 4-hour race that also attracted a number of enquiries for membership, we have decided to make it formal, by combining the events officially in 2013. In doing so prospective members can see the club in full swing and have plenty of time to have a sail on the lake under the supervision of experienced helms. BBQ from 5.30pm

Hire boats
Our hire boats have been updated and are available for hire. A Laser 2000 has now been added to the list

Sailing Skills week - 22nd - 26th July 2013
Do you need a confidence booster? Want to sort out your spinnaker flying? Remember how to sail backwards? (Or even forwards!) Trim your sails to their best advantage? Remember how to use the wind shifts? Find out more

Newly Qualified L1 / L2 recipients - 21st June 2013

Say Hello and congratulations to Sarah Edmonds RYA L 2, David Liddle RYA L2, Jo Trott RYA L2 and Chris Mills RYA L1 who were presented their certificates at the club on a very pleasant Friday evening by Pete Bone. They had a chance to meet some other club members and ask questions about their all important next steps: making use of their new skills on the water.

Club Documents and Print outs 19th June 2013
You need never be short of a sign on page or a race result sheet: they are now available online.

New Dry Room seating 17th June 2013
As part of the club house upgrades we now have new non-slip flooring and new seating and tables in the Dry Room - or is it the Blue Room?


Regatta Day 27th July
Tickets are now on sale via Wayne Bull £10 / £5 U12 if bought in advance.

25th May: Activate Your Boat Day.
Get your boat off the grass and on the water and get help with basic sail rigging. On the water sailing practice, beat, reach and the other thing... downwind. Cruisers and racers welcome. Get the most from your club. Plus - “Your chance to grill a committee member”!! Activate your boat

Cost free.

Try the Sport Day 19th May
in conjunction with the RYA's Push the Boat Out Day, will take place on 19th May 2013. Lots of volunteers will be needed to help staff the club house, safety boats: Pete Bone is organising this event and has a team of instructors organosed to run this popular event.and help publicise the day.

First Aid course 18th May
Many thanks to Clair Meikle-Taylor for running another excellent first aid course. first aid

Mike Horsley reports on a hectic Feva weekend for the Juniors at Oxford
Race report

Simon Clarke recounts the Dart 18 meet at Mumbles Yacht Club May, 2013
Race report from his perspective

2000 Class
report by Charles Freeman plus lots of photos on the Gallery

Comet Versa and Comet Association Championships at Cotswold SC 26th/27th May

Changes to Racing Rules
Ivor Keates led another useful evening so racing tips and rules on the 27th March. Since some did not have a chance to attend he has posted a list of rule changes that will be applied at WSC Changes to Racing Rules 2013 - 2016

Work Party
Many thanks to everyone for their time and efforts today. The conditions weren't ideal but the fleet is looking much tidier and the pressure washer was much in demand ridding surfaces of winter's coating of green. Congratulations too to Catering for their first big serving with 48 meals served and appreciated! Simon Clark

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Work Party Notice: 9th March 2013
Because of the recent weather the bulk of the works planned for Saturday revolve around the cleaning of the club's fleet of boats. There are a smaller number of gardening type jobs to be undertaken also. If you plan to attend any scrubbing brushes and buckets you have to hand would be helpful.
The usual grass cutting is not required but I would like to remind members that they are to keep their berths tidy throughout the year.
Food will be available during and after the "party".

See you all Saturday
Simon Clark


19th Feb 2013
On 19th February, following an inspection by the Wiltshire Food Safety Team, Whitefriars achieved the maximum rating of 5 for Food Hygiene under the National Food Hygiene Rating scheme.
This rating means we are now ‘open for business’ in time for the new season and many thanks to all who have helped the Club to achieve this.

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There is a list of Kitchen Questions and Answers on the Catering page, which hopefully will provide you with enough information about what this means.
In addition, more information about the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme can be found here Food Hygiene
Please also see the catering section on the website.

28th / 29th April 2013
2000 Class Open Meeting with Association class coaching on Saturday from 10.30am and a Winter Warm-Up Races on Sunday from 11am.


29th October
New kitchen
Have a look at our new kitchen: Photos

14th October
New kitchen facilities
The new kitchen is nearly complete - read a little more about what it offers to us

Olympic Feedback: Dispelling the Elitist Myth

The Olympics brought many sailing coaches together and one topic that came up was the perception that sailing was expnsive and elitist. To counter this misunderstanding we have compiled our own Questions & Answers page for prospective members.

7th October
Juniors Meeting changed
Due to commitments with an event at Weymouth we do not have enough Instructors to cover this date and it has been moved forward to the 14th. I do hope most of you will be able to manage this new date, apologies if you cannot.
Please advise Simon Furber if you will/will not be attending and he will make any financial adjustments necessary.
Andrew McArthur.

22nd September 2012
Autumn Work Party
A big thank you to everyone who was able to come along and lend your enthusiasm and time. John Fellows did a stirling job at the BBQ - tasty hotdogs :P

9th September 2012
4-hour race
The day was a great success with great weather and lots of visitors to the club. For the full news see the Autumn 2012 newsletter

21st July 2012
Regatta Day
Help needed for some fun decorating the clubhouse on Friday evening and of course getting things ready on Saturday morning. For full details click here.

26th May 2012

Try The Sport and Community Day

Last year was a real success and TTS day is key to helping us recruit new members. We need help in every area: Instructors; Tea-bar; Safety; Meet and Greet; Spare buoyancy aids so please contact Pat Green if you can help for a few hours from 10am with BBQ later in afternoon. If you like to help publicise the event there will be fliers available from the clubhouse from the 29th.

Update: If you'd like to help out, there will be a briefing at 9.15am and 1pm at the Start hut for the morning and afternoon helpers.

5th & 6th May 2012

Activate your boat weekend: Training have organised a couple of resident experts to give guidance on boat maintenance and repairs-both wood and synthetics. Help will also be on hand to offer guidance on rigging and generally making sure you have everything you need to enjoy your sailing this season. From 10.30 am onward.

23rd April 2012

Cotswold Outdoor Discount Code The code, printed on WSC membership cards needs to be adjusted: to help their staff advise them the last two letters should be 'T4' not 'BS'

10th March 2012


Remember the gates and clubhouse have new codes: see your membership card for details. Please help security by ensuring all the gates and clubhouse are locked if you are the last to leave. If in doubt telephone a committee member.