Archived News Items 2003 updated 1May04
Items that have been on the News page but are no longer current are generally transferred to to an archive.
The Committee of Aquarius Sailing Club wishes everybody a  merryxmas01s100x51lc.gif
The last activity of the year on 13Dec2003 was 9 members taking the safety boat out of the river. safetyboatout20031213-<wbr>160x120.jpg another picture 15kb.

The Next Social event is the AGM, Prize Giving and End of Season Party on Sunday 7 December. NOTE DAY CHANGED from Saturday.
fireworks2003diarial100x87lc.jpgKempton Park fireworks
On Saturday 1 November there will be a club visit to the Kempton Park firework display, one of the largest in the area, followed by a social at the Club with hot food available.
For cut-price (£4 instead of £5) advance tickets, avoiding queuing on the night, contact Richard Cannon on 01932&nbsp;786636 ASAP (by 29 Oct).

Meet & park at Richard's house, 77 Saxonbury Avenue, Lower Sunbury, by 7:00pm for a short stroll to Kempton Park, Map. For more details see:

The Autumn 2003 news letter is online
The London Fun night with Bob and Janet
on 11Oct 2003 was one of the best.
11Oct03 London Fun night with Bob and Janet
Starting at 8pm sharp this coming Saturday evening join Captain Chaos and Calm at the Club for another night of fun, quiz, puzzles and banter. Pie & mash at half time if you deserve it.
Followed by another race under Captain Chaos's rules all for the princely sum of £3; that's good value. The bar will be open for your usual tipple. It's all based on you knowledge, or lack of, on London.
There was an excellent turnout for the working party on Saturday 4Oct2003. 18 members made great improvements to the Club and  Diana Carpenter provided a delicious lunch (Picture 33kb)
On Saturday 4Oct2003 there will be a working party at the club to tidy up moorings, paint the clubhouse etc. Come along at 11am - Diana will provide lunch and tea
Visit to Bewl 24-25 Aug03
It was hot and fine with ideal sailing in a 10 to 15 knt East wind.
August Bank Holiday 2003 Bewl Visit
From 23 to 25 August 2003 there is a visit to Bewl Water in Kent. There is cruising on Saturday and Sunday (Sunday is normal Bewl Club racing), and Monday is the Bewl Open Regatta with short course racing. There is NO camping at the club. It is ESSENTIAL that anyone thinking of going rings me on 01932 786636 ASP
Aquarius Regatta, Jazz/BBQ and
Signet Open Meeting on 28-29 Jun03

The Aquarius Regatta, Signet
Open meeting and Jazz/BBQ evening
were very successful and enjoyable. jazzband2003-<wbr>100x75.jpg

On Saturday 28Jun03 come and support the Aquarius Regatta (programme) incorporating a Signet Open meeting followed by a Jazz/BBQ evening (details). The Regatta continues on Sunday.
17Jun03 Summer newsletter
Is online and it includes a note on the Hampton Regatta.
Visit To Bewl 25-26 May03
Again there was some excellent sailing.
.AQSC Open Weekend 17-18 May03
There was a very good turn out of members but very poor weather for taking visitors sailing. openddaygraykaren100x78.jpg
On Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 May 03 there are open days at Aquarius Sailing Club from 10am to 5pm.
Have you ever fancied trying sailing? Well here’s your chance!
Come down to Aquarius which is located on the Lower Sunbury Road at Hampton (2 miles W of Hampton Court), have a chat over a cup of coffee and then go afloat with an experienced helm in a racing dinghy. Best it is all free!
Club Details, Map. For more information you can also call the club Secretary (Joan Bray) on 020&nbsp;8337&nbsp;9000.
Mid Thames Trophy 3May03
There was very exiting sailing at Hampton SC with AQSC coming second.
On Saturday 3 May 2003 it is time for the Mid Thames Trophy inter club and fun event again.
Come and help your club do even better this year; we have been 2nd for the last 2 years, and the top Hampton sailors will be away. We are allowed to have up to 10 starters so it is open to every one. Even if someone only does one race if they are in the top 4 Aquarius boats for that race they will have helped the club.
The event is for Aquarius, Littleton, Desborough, Staines, and Hampton Sailing Clubs; this year it is being run by Hampton SC so it will be very easy for our members to get there. We will be leaving AQSC at 10:00pm with the safety boat.
There will be a briefing at 10:30am and a morning handicap race starting at 11:00am. After lunch there will be 2 more races, and then tea and prize giving around 4:30pm.  All three races count with the the top 4 boats of each club in each race counting for the trophy. Two handed boats being sailed single handed should be having their handicap reduced by around 42 (Equivalent to 4.2 on AQSC club handicaps).
On Sunday 4 May 2003 there will be training and fun racing at Aquarius; they won't count towards the years results so very suitable for new members.
Commodores Quiz Night
Saturday 26 April 2003 7:30pm for 8:00pm
Come down to the club for an evening of Games, Quiz's and Questions. Pizza and a selection of fruit will be available to keep the wolf from the door and the newly revamped bar will be open to serve your favourite libation.
There will be chocolates on the tables and a new, rather handsome, 'quiz night' trophy will be awarded to the winning team. All this and stunning views of the river ... what more could you want ?
Over the last few weeks a great deal of work has been done inside the club; come and see the results. More.
Mike (Over Easy) Baker
Commodores Quiz Night 25Apr03
 Our commodore gave us a very entertaining and different evening.
Easter Egg Races 20Apr03
There were excellent conditions but they were full of incidences.
Start of Season Party 29Mar03
This was a great success and was there was reasonable sailing the next day.
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Club Improvements
Over the last few weeks a great deal of work has been done inside the club; come and see the results.
The start of the new season is approaching and you are reminded that we kick off with the Start of Season Party on Saturday 29 March 2003 at 8pm.
Our talented long time member Pat Halling and friends will be providing the musical entertainment and there will be plenty of free food.
Come along and give them your support.
The sailing starts on Sunday 30 March with the fun race at 11:30. For a change we have had a spell of dry weather and there is practically no current so we should be able to have a good sail.
On Sunday 16 February 2003 24 Aquarius members enjoyed a great  ‘Valentines Dinner’ at  Mr Wong Restaurant. More.
A 'Valentines Lunch' will take place on Sunday 16Feb2003 at 12 noon. Mr Wong Restaurant, 148 Walton Rd, East Molesey. (As much as you like from menu £12.80).
Bookings through Mike Baker 020 8393 5495.
Help us start the season with a good turn out.The next social at the club on 25Jan2003 at 8:00pm will be 'Who wants to be a Winner'. Lots of  fun, hot food and prizes; this is a change to the that published in the 2002 programme.
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The Bar Duty for 2003 is available online. The bar is open  every Wednesday evening from 8pm so come and put the world to rights over a pint of beer and enjoy a game of darts, scrabble or bar billiards.
Linda Wheeler’s Carrot and Coriander Soup recipe, as made for the 2002 AGM, was asked to be on the web site
1Jan2003 The new year is starting with flood conditions.
Today some members have been along the moorings securing boats that should have been tied down; getting very wet and cold feet in the process due to the water coming over the top of wellies.
Members should check their boats and for safety wear a life jacket and take someone with them; unsecured dinghies could be washed away and cruisers could be left stranded on the bank. The water is rising fast.
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