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Our much-delayed sailing adventure to the Norfolk Broads has been confirmed for 16th to 19th September. The weekend trip is based at Upton Yacht Station situated in the centre of the network of rivers and lakes that make up the Broads National Park.

We have reserved four traditional sailing boats from Eastwood Whelpton.


High Seas

Severn Seas


The fleet is well equipped and unlike our last outing has engines!

There are berths for 19 people, and if they are all taken then the approximate cost is £140 per person.

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If you are interested in coming along or have already paid your deposit and want to confirm your place then please contact David Jones  by mobile or by email on

Request David Jones mobile number by emailing to

Race report, 12th June 2022

Officer of the Day: Mary Short

Safety Boat: Dave Jones, Paco and Kieran Biekark

It was good that there was sufficient wind to warrant a B course rather than the fallback option of an A course. It was a delightfully sunny morning and the conditions at the upstream end of the course were calm though the wind was prone to vanishing completely for short periods.  Further downstream the sailors reported a tendency for changeable wind direction and wind speed.

The safety boat was manned by David Jones accompanied by Paco and Kieran Biekarck whose services were only called upon after the race finish to help Keith Clarke in his Laser get back to the club under the railway bridge on the rising tide.

Nick Floyer in his lovely Gull got off to a quick start and was first to reach the downstream buoy but was beaten to the first lap by Chris Greenwood and Felicia in his Leader. Chris maintained his lead on the second lap but then Lev Kolobov and David (Enterprise) sneaked ahead and stayed there to finish the fourth and final lap 10 minutes ahead. Keith and then Nick followed after a further ten minutes, only 6 seconds apart.

Next week is an A-course after a working party, and the Master of Sums is off to Greece for 7 weeks. Could OODs please leave results sheets in the Arch so that Nick can collect them and do the sums?

Mary Short + HB

Race Report 29 May 2022

Sunday was cloudy with a F3 N wind – appropriate conditions for a B-course.

Five boats rigged on a rapidly shrinking foreshore: Lev and David Kolobov in his Enterprise; Chris Greenwood and Felicia in his Leader; Sam Shemtob with two crew in his Wayfarer; Tim Young in his Wanderer; and Nick Floyer in his Gull.  Mary Brown (OOD) commanded the start line and Henry with David Jones and Tim Williamson manned the safety boat.  Nick made two attempts at launching but both times he was assaulted by a nasty gust upstream of the railway bridge and, fearing worse conditions further downstream, decided to retire.

The others started on time and running before the following wind set off in line abreast, abreast the tide.  Sam, with his well-ladened boat fell astern but the other three kept pace pretty well with Lev mostly in the lead.  We had dropped the bottom mark just upstream of Chiswick Marina and Lev, then Chris and Tim rounded it after about 15 minutes and started the steady beat back upstream with the tide.  Lev was well clear at the top mark (just downstream of the railway bridge) and completed his first lap after 25 minutes; two minutes ahead of Chris and Tim, who were a mere 2 seconds apart.  The second and final lap followed the same pattern but at a much slower pace: the wind had dropped considerably and the flood tide was still strong.  All four boats took between 80 and 84 minutes for the lap.    Lev finished about two minutes ahead of Chris, leading Tim by 4 minutes with Sam about 5 minutes astern.

Tim then had an unfortunate contact with the bridge as a gust caught him before he had lowered his mast.  The damage to Ait Knots remains to be determined.  But he has the compensation of winning in all three points series in a very consistent display of sailing.  And all participants were rewarded by a plate of flapjack provided by the OOD.

Next week is the 3-4 -day downstream marathon to our neighbours at Corinthians, South Bank and Ranelagh.


Race results 22 May 2022

OOD: Leona Shepherd
Safety Boat: Lev Kolobov
Weather: Fair; Light wind moving between E and SSW.
Course: A

Six boats launched by 18:40 in a light E wind. Race started at 19.00.
On the water there was:  Keith Clarke in Kaia; Distant Thunder, helmed by Chris Greenwood with Felicia crewing; Ben Chappell in Envy; James Armitage with Nikita as crew in Zephyr; Rob Adams in Phoebe; Nick Floyer in Flo.
A fine evening down by the river.
Thanks to the earlier premier league game there was an unusually large audience cheering our racers along at the start of the race.
A steady wind from the East made for excellent times with pacey upriver legs in the initial laps and it was neck and neck for a while. The audience support continued too. On the fourth lap the wind remained tangible but moved around, coming from the South and the West – though it was quite inconsistent on the water.
As the sun dipped Ben, always the competitor, was seen racing 2 geese with their 4 goslings – Ben won of course! After seven laps James crossed the line first at 47 minutes, followed by Rob, Chris, Ben and finally Nick.   
Leona (OOD)

You are invited!

Dear Sailors,
The Jubilee is creeping up fast!
We have been invited to take part in the Jubilee sailing regatta on the Thames which runs from Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th with a return back Strand on the Green on Sunday 5th.
Three other clubs are taking part. Corinthians, who are based on Hammersmith Mall, Southbank, who are opposite Fulham Football Ground, and Ranelagh, who are a little further downriver at Putney.
There is a mixture of races with passages from one club to the next, down-stream races, and high-tide courses around buoys.
Because of the tide times, SGSC is not able to host a race that is convenient for our neighbors. The other clubs are offering parties and food and the opportunity to leave our boats overnight so we can return home and go back the following day. Corinthians and Ranelagh are also offering dinghies for hire for the events held on their stretch of the river.
This is the program:

If you are interested in taking part in any of the regattas then please let Chris Greenwood know. David Jones and Andy Ross have volunteered to look after the safety boat. We have three boats taking part so far. If you want to hire a boat for one of the events or crew with someone else then this could be a good option too.

Entry for SBSC
The SBSC On-Line Entry Form for the round the cans race on Saturday 4th June is on SBSC website and ready for your club members to sign up. There’s a tick box for the BBQ post-race on the form too. Go to Menu on the front page and it’s there under Jubilee Regatta –
If we could have an indication of numbers by next Friday 27th that would be helpful. Inevitably there will be a few who won’t decide until the day before but we can deal with that on the 4th.
Looking forward to seeing everyone. All we need now is some nice wind and sunshine!

Chris Greenwood, SGSC

Race Results 15th May 2022

The Black Swan Event

The afternoon did not get off with a promising start and if anything it just got worse!

There was little breeze and a persistent drizzle from the outset.  The planned “B” course was never a realistic possibility so thoughts moved towards a short “A” with a Zoffany start provided we had enough sailors/boats (at least 3) along with a safety boat crew and OOD.  We had a full complement of officials but it was well inside the last 40 minutes or so before we had three boats declaring intentions to launch and in the end we got four.  Perhaps the televised Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley was keeping everyone away. By the time the last trolley was back up the ramp the OOD had too little time to close up the arch and hasten along to the start which was three minutes late as a result.  Many thanks at this point to Heather Adams for providing a folding chair which was later moved to under the shelter of a tree.

Two Buoys had been laid for a short “A” with the upstream one by the Bell and Crown.  Progress was agonisingly slow and after 30 minutes no-one had reached the first mark and one boat had been rescued from the jaws of Kew Bridge at least once.  That race was then cancelled, the downstream buoy moved nearer the bank and the upstream buoy only just downstream of the start/finish line.

The second attempt at holding a race was more successful but only just.  The most exciting event of the afternoon was the appearance of a black swan (pictured) which seemed to swim around totally at ease with a dozen of the white variety and a few of the inevitable Canada geese.  “Porpoise” (Enterprise) eventually broke free and completed a lap in 24 minutes followed by the other two survivors about ten minutes later.  The other Laser had long since requested a tow back to base so all finishers got on the podium!

OOD – Steve Newell;  Safety Boat – Tom Broadhurst, David Jones.


Our Sunday visitor …

Race Report 8th May 2022

OOD: Tim Wellburn

Safety Boat: Keith Clarke with Dave

Weather: Sunny with an moderate easterly wind

Course: A

Start Time 18:31

Eight boats took advantage of the good sailing weather.  The combination of a flood tide and easterly wind was unpropitious for the scheduled ‘B’ Course, so a triangular ‘A’ Course was substituted, with the orange River buoy serving as the downwind mark on the Surrey Bank, matched by one laid opposite The Steam Packet steps, with an upwind mark towards the eastern end of Oliver’s island.

Half the fleet achieved a sub-10 minute first lap, Rob Adams making a very fast start on the Surrey side and pipping James by nine seconds to be first boat round.  This duel continued, with positions reversed on the second lap but only six seconds separating the two, a margin which James and crew Felicia slightly increased over subsequent laps.

Chris and Lev also dualled throughout the race, switching places several times over the six laps which they sailed, chasing James and Rob.  Ben, sailing hard and never far behind Chris and Lev, crossed the finishing line a lap but only two seconds behind frontrunner James, seemingly not deterred by the near-prospect of having to make another full circuit. 

The larger and smaller boats – Sam’s Wayfarer, Tim’s Wanderer and Nick’s Gull were, perhaps, less suited to the conditions, Sam, achieving five laps in just over an hour but Tim and Nick only four.

Tim Wellburn

Race Report, May-day, 2022

OOD: Leona Shepherd

Safety Boat: Sam Shemtob

Weather: Fair; Light wind moving between NE and S.

Course: A

Four boats launched at 14:25 in a light NE wind. Race started at 14:41.

On the water there was:  one Laser – Keith Clarke in Kaia; oneEnterprise – Dave Berger helming Big Polly;  one Little Boat – Tim Young captaining Ait Knots; one Leader – Distant Thunder, helmed by Felicia with her husband Pacu crewing.

The rain cleared just before the starting whistle, and a steady, if light, wind ensured that the race got off to a good start. Keith almost made the perfect start but unfortunately had to come round again in the last 7 seconds allowing Dave to take an early lead. This did not last long and throughout the first three laps the fleet was neck and neck.

On the fourth lap the wind became more variable in direction and strength, making the down-river stretch slow and tricky, while the up-river leg was quite pacey. Unfortunately Tim accidentally caught the up-stream buoy at the end of his 3rd  lap and took a penalty. As near-by competitors struggled to see the buoy, which was hidden by Ait Knots, this was a moment when the race started to spread out.

The wind eventually died making the last laps much longer than the first three and bringing the average lap time down. After six laps Dave crossed the line first at 64 minutes, followed by Keith 12minutes later with Felicia and Pacu only 3minutes behind him, and finally Tim.

Leona (OOD)

Race Report 24 April 2022

OOD: Tim Wellburn

Safety Boat: James Armitage

Weather: Sunny; Light NE wind, gusting at times.

Six boats launched at 16:10 in a light NE wind, heading for Hammersmith.

Three Lasers took to the water: Joseph in Punt; Rob in Phoebe and Keith in Kaia.

Enterprises were represented by just Lev and David in Porpoise, and by Big Polly, the latter helmed on this occasion by David Berger.

Nick Floyer brought a little variety to the fleet in his attractive wooden Gull (flo).

A run took the competitors as far as Barnes Bridge, but it was beating beyond that, and quite gusty in places.  However, the River outran the race, with the tide turning just before Chiswick Pier, so James in the Safety Boat dropped a buoy to shorten the course.

Returning, the boats had a run to near the brewery, but beating thereafter, meeting some renewed gusts after Chiswick Bridge.

Nick put discretion before valour on the return leg and initially sailed on the jib but, confounded by contrary winds, subsequently retired, accepting a tow.

The OOD resumed his post neatly in time to record Joseph and then Rob over the line, separated by less than a minute, followed 5 minutes later by David in his borrowed Ent.  Then, a bit under 10 minutes later, Keith pipped Lev to the line by less than 30 seconds.

Tim (OOD)

Race Report 17 April 2022

A dry, sunny afternoon. High spring tide with varying wind conditions 2 gusting 4 from SSE.

A “B” course was set with an upstream buoy laid at the Bulls Head Pub close in and a downstream buoy laid at Chiswick Staithe.

Four Enterprises:  Zephyr (James and Ruth), Porpoise (Lev and David), Big Polly (David and Shelia) and Ixion (Tim and Emma).

 A Leader (Chris and Felicia in Distant Thunder) and Envy (Ben in his Laser) and not forgetting those tan sails of Eeyore (Nick and Nicole plus Poppy the dog).

The race commenced at 14.40.

A good start was made by all apart from Eeyore, swept under the railway bridge well before the start. Ixion was also struggling against the tide and wind. Sam helped in the safety boat with a tow – accepted by Ixion but Eeyore decided to row back to the Club Ramp. Poppy was very pleased.

A difficult sail against the Spring Tide and the SSE wind but incident free, no capsizes but long lap times.

 Zephyr raced ahead and maintained the lead throughout the race.

Zephyr completed three laps in 70.25 minutes.

Big Polly and Porpoise also completed three laps in 91.22 and 92.40 minutes – close racing.

Distant Thunder and Envy completed two laps in 87.00 and 91.55 minutes.

Ixion persevered with stemming the tide but eventually retired.

Thanks to Sam and Nikita in the Safety Boat for course setting and for safety watch.

OOD John Bull