The BIG weekend!

Come and join the fun! Friday 11th to Sunday 13th July.

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Following on from the successful Fun day of previous seasons, this year sees a new event in July; the BIG weekend. For all members and their friends and family, the aim of the weekend is a social one with activities both on and off the water. Members and their friends and family can camp along the lake for the weekend and take part in activities. Club boats will be available for use.

A rough idea of activities are as follows but are by no means set in stone and if anyone has any ideas please let us know via the contact form.

  • Friday evening – Arrive, free sail and barbeque. The club will provide bbq facilities just bring your own food and drink.
  • Saturday – Improve your sailing/racing skills instruction, sail trail, Orienteering around the lake, make a model boat, walk/cycle to Ness. Live band in the evening.
  • Sunday morning – Fun orientated regatta racing to introduce new people into our racing programme, free sailing. Depart.

We are open to suggestions (within reason!) so if you have any ideas please let us know e.g. boat swap – to try other peoples boats.

We are also trying to get some advice on rigging boats etc from WYA.

To help with the cost there will be a charge of £5 per tent/caravan.

Jon Edwards

I started messing about in boats at school, did my National Elementary Dayboat Certificate (a predecessor of the current level 2) in 1980 and have carried on ever since. My first sail at Shotwick Lake was back in '91 and I've been a member for the majority of the years since. My boat owning history is very simple; I don't do "narrow" as testified to by an International Moth, 2 Merlin Rockets and 2 RS300's, all of which are between 6' 7" (2m) & 7' 5" (2.25m) wide! But that said I'll sail almost anything and have in most cases, including the Laser, Laser 2000, Topper, Solo, Wanderer, Albacore, Wayfarer, RS400, RS100, RS700, 59er, Pico, Laser 4000, RS Vareo, Enterprise, Scorpion ..... Racing is very much my thing in all its forms, whether it is around the cans at Shotwick, the Merlin Rocket nationals around Olympic triangle courses with 1 1/2 mile beats, the Lord Birkett on Ullswater (200 boats; 19 miles) or the Round the Isle of Sheppey race (32 miles) with the unique feature of having to capsize the boat to get it under the bridge. I've even managed to fit in team racing in Pico's too! And as I advance in age I've even ventured in to yachting, doing the round the Island race on a couple of occasions. This is an annual race around the Isle of Wight with up to 1,500 yachts of all shapes and size participating.