39 Birmingham Rd
Isle of Wight
I thought it was time to have a go at jazzing up the Jottings. Is it an improvement?
A great deal has happened in just over 4 months since the AGM and I need to say thank you to a lot of people. So
many members have helped over the last few months with social, sailing, site, Cowes Week, Classics Week,
Brambles Cricket Match, etc. that I am not going to even attempt to identify individuals but just say we are a
volunteers club largely and I am extremely grateful to all of you that have helped to make the summer so
successful to date. If you are not currently on the volunteer list but would like to get involved just let the
secretary or a flag officer know and we will try to make use of your services.
Enjoy the remainder of the summer. Mike Dixon, Commodore
Lendy Cowes Week
As is often the case Cowes threw up a bit of everything weather-wise. Fortunately we had no rain until the end of
the week so our social functions were largely unaffected.
We were the focal meeting point for the Squibs during their 50th Anniversary Regatta which incorporated their national championship. With 100 boats entered the Club was
heaving most days after sailing. Their daily prize giving was
always entertaining with everyone looking forward to the ‘
D*** of the Day’ award especially! At the prize giving for the
Nationals the Club was presented with a half model which will
shortly be mounted in the club room.
There were some individual successes by members - yours truly
even won a race in the Flying Fifteens! This year Cowes Week
Ltd pushed the Interclub Trophy hard and CCYC entered several
teams. The ‘Turquoise’ team of Men Behaving Badly
(Flying Fifteen), Crakajax (IRC7) and Fury (XOD) finished runner
up to the rather impressive Royal Thames team of Leon, Gladiator
and Yes! A pretty good result for a team that was rapidly put together.
Socially our own functions, the Commodore’s Cocktail Party on Sunday, Casino Royale and the Spanish Barbequ
were great successes. The Casino Royale especially was a fantastic evening from the cabaret singer in the early
evening whilst the gambling was taking place, through the “street food” and onto the dancing to Risky Business.
The social team did a magnificent job in decorating the marquee and cavern and the marquee extension was a
boon giving us the space to be comfortable.
As well as the numerous functions our social team kept the sailors fed with bacon rolls and coffee for breakfast
and burgers after sailing – everyone needs a burger after sailing!
At the end of the Week there was a tragic accident with an RS Elite sailor losing his life. Our condolences go to his family and friends. It must also have been a terrible shock to our own Elite fleet. It is a reminder to all of us that
race boats that we do take part in a sport that carries risk.
Brambles Cricket Match
On the Sunday immediately after Cowes Week we were scheduled to play cricket on the Brambles Bank again - you might remember that last year the match was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch! Again the weather was not perfect but an early pitch inspection by the Commodore and Rear Commodore (Sailing) deemed that the match would be playable and the armada set sail to play the Island Sailing Club. ISC won the toss and batted first posting a formidable 356 all out. With consistent performances by all our batsmen our last man went in needing a single to lead us to glory which was duly delivered.
Afterwards both teams enjoyed a hog roast washed down with plenty of ale. A new trophy was manufactured for the occasion by Barry Bessant and will be played for annually between the teams.
The site team as ever managed the demands of Classics Week and Cowes Week. There is always greater demand for places, particularly afloat, than we can accommodate. This year in addition we needed to make space for the Cowes Week launches to bring in the Squib sailors after racing. Every evening there was much shuffling of boats to make space for the various social functions, particularly on Tuesday evening when 280 attended the Squib Class Party.
Looking ahead dredging is a number one priority for the Club as those of us use the cranes and marina berths are very much aware. We are now in discussion with several organisations in the harbour which are in the same position. The cost of mobilisation of dredging assets is considerable so we need to share that cost. To carry out a full dredge we need to remove all of the pontoons so there could be disruption to the winter lay-up. As soon as we have a way forward we will be liaise with members that could be affected.
Without a Social Secretary many members have mucked in to ensure we still run a varied and successful programme. Much of the activity has been covered elsewhere here but we must mention Ray and Tiff’s South African Braai which made a return by popular demand with an exotic menu including ostrich.
The Tuesday evening suppers have been enjoyed by both sailors and non-sailors alike. With Tuesday evening racing due to end on 4th September there will be a switch to Wednesday Suppers during the autumn. Keep an eye out in your emails and on Facebook for details.
Dates for your diary: 6th October, Laying Up Supper; 13th/14th October, Beer & Buses Weekend (CCYC is a venue); 8th December, Christmas Dinner.
At the end of June we had TV cameras on site as John Sargent and Michael Buerk took part in our CCCA regatta racing in the XOD fleet. Thanks to Sarah Ross and Andrew Cooper for acting as their hosts. The filming was for part of a series for Channel 5, “Sail Around Britain”. We will let you know when it is due to be screened.
In July we ran the Dragon South Coast Championship. This was won by Jerboa sailed by Gavia Wilkinson-Cox with our own RC Sailing Mark Hart and Roger Guy in the crew.
Looking ahead we have the Forts Race on 15th September and our inaugural Members Regatta on 6/7th October. Details will be out soon so please keep your boat in commission until then as we really would like to get our members to race their boats against each other in a friendly regatta. On the Saturday evening of the Members Regatta the Laying Up Supper will be held so please support it.
As always we need support for the race team especially mark layers and race officers. We will be looking at running training courses over the autumn and winter in preparation for next season so please get involved. Experienced sailors especially would make great additions to the team and help spread the load.
We have had a couple of meetings of the Club Development Committee since the AGM. July/August takes up all of our time on the summer events but we are now getting back on track. We are delighted that Cordelia Ellis has offered her architectural skills to support us to undertake feasibility studies. We will definitely have a report on progress in time for the next AGM and ideally we will present our thoughts to the membership before then.
I really do not like having to bring this up but we do have instances of unacceptable behaviour on site and in the clubhouse. We are a casual club and there is inevitably a good deal of banter in the bar, however this does need to be kept within acceptable limits. We had one very unpleasant instance of what can best be described as abuse/bullying of a member of the bar staff. The General Committee will not tolerate this and next time it might not just be a written warning.
Many of you will be aware that Steve Butler-Trump parted company with us towards the end of June. We managed through the busy period by the dedication of our Secretary Wendy Owens and the rest of the regular bar staff plus the addition of an experienced temporary barman during Cowes Week. We will be advertising locally for a replacement Bar Manager in August and hope to appoint someone as soon as possible.
I was recently sent some scanned photos of the earlier days of the Club by my old sailing buddy Glen Print. This one is probably about 2 BC, 2 years before Cowes Corinthian, early 1950s, looking across from Westbourne House slipway to the empty site. Reproduced by kind permission of Bekens. More to follow next time.
A typical Squib starting line
Casino Royale - At the tables
A good time at the Sunday Cocktail Party
The pitch definitely needed the heavy roller
Winning captain with trophy
John Sargent crossing the finish line on Aora 2 and Michael Buerk on Xenon