Archived News Items 2004 updated 13Feb06
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On Sat 4Dec04 there was a good turn out of around 38 members for the important AGM, Prize Giving and End of Season Party. Mike Baker gave an excellent report on the vast amount of work done around the club, particularly by Bodgitt & Son. All the committee members were re-elected, Stuart Schafer joins the social committee.
Charles Dennis won the majority of the Trophies and he also provided a magnificent new trophy for the best improved helm; presented to Bryan Clements whose Personal Handicap has come down from 50 to 4.
The evening finished with a buffet and delicious mulled wine by Joan Garrett.
On Sat. 27Nov04 there was an excellent turn out of 23 members for the End Of Season work party. More.
On Sat. 27Nov04 there will an End Of Season work party to include tidy up all areas and secure the moorings for the winter. Lunch will be provided.
On Sat 20Nov04 the Annual Dinner was attended by over 40 members and guests and was very enjoyable. We all had a thoroughly good evening with good food, good company and good fun and the more athletic of us danced into the early hours. Our ladies appreciated the new caterers providing the waitress service. Menu
Anne & Leo Bond
Although  there was a light drizzle, from the time the 20 members left Richard Cannon’s house for the Kempton firework display until they arrived back there, it didn’t spoil the excellent fireworks display.FI
While members were enjoying the display Diana and Peter Carpenter, Bob Sumners and Janet were slaving away preparing soup, sausage & mash, pies, sausage rolls and real coffee from the new Expresso coffee machine (a big improvement over instant coffee} for the social back at the club house; there were over 30 members and friends there.

fireworks2003diarial100x87lc.jpgThe Next event on Saturday 6 November 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 786636 by 3 November.

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:

Italian Evening 9Oct04
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The Autumn Newsletter for 2004 is on line.
The Next event is “A Taste of Italy” on Saturday 9 October at 8 pm, instead of the advertised Oriental Evening.
This will be a special evening hosted by Gus and Eunice Colletta with a sit down meal accompanied by Italian music at the Club House.
Tickets £7 each
Booking in advance, by 3Oct,  is essential. Please send your reservation request to Diana Carpenter, 11 Chestnut Avenue Ewell KT19 0SY
Some of you may remember the lovely buffet Gus prepared a few years ago - how delightful this Italian evening promises to be with him preparing food from his native country.
The Next event is a concert at the AQSC clubhouse on SUNDAY 19 September at 7 pm that has been added to the social calendar.
A rare Opportunity to see the Quartet Pro Musica led by Pat Halling and Internationally recognised harmonica virtuoso Jim Hughs.
Those who have seen them perform before know this event should not be missed. The programme has been designed to appeal to all the club.
Cocktails at 7pm (cash bar)
Concert at 7:30pm
Nibbles at 9pm
Tickets £7 each in advance, first come first served. Please book early, by phoning Richard Cannon on 01932 786636, to ensure a seat as numbers are limited.
On Saturday 11 Sep AQSC won the Mid Thames Trophy by a big margin Details
The Next event on Saturday 11 Sep 2004 is the Mid Thames Trophy inter-club event hosted by Staines Sailing Club. Please support this event to help your club repeat past  successes. Details
August Bank Holiday 27-28 August 2004
Nothing is organised for AQSC on Saturday or Sunday 26-27 August; there is not a visit to Bewl on Saturday or Sunday or racing organised at AQSC on Sunday.
AQSC members will be supporting a Signet Open Meeting at Littleton SC on Sunday and there will be an awayday to the Bewl Water Regatta on Monday for all members.  bewlpicturethb.jpg More
23Aug04 Weed has become a major problem extending to over a boat length from the bank and even clumps in the middle. Extreme vigilance is need to keep the foils clear of weed. The safety boat even became disabled with weed on the propeller. Picture (8kb) of pulling out weed,  a fraction of the weed weedheaps100x75.jpg  pulled out.
On 17Jul04 eleven members, and a tourist who joined us, enjoyed a boat trip from Tower Bridge to Greenwich with a guided tour. Although it was wet at the start the rain cleared up for the rest of the day.
On Saturday 17 July 2004 a guided stroll round historic Greenwich.
Aquarius Sailing Club has booked our own guide to take us on stroll round Greenwich. We meet the guide at Tower Hill Underground Station at 11am, main exit (street level).  Then we take the boat up the Thames to Greenwich, we are taken on a walking tour of approximately 2-3 hours.
After which we can please ourselves maybe have lunch in a pub or a picnic lunch. Walk round the market, visit the Cutty Sark, go to the Observatory - whatever takes your fancy.
The cost of the tour is £5.50 per person and £3 for the boat trip. If you are interested PLEASE CONTACT either Richard Cannon (01932 786636 or email by link in banner) or Diana Carpenter (020 8393 8029).
Look forward to a lovely day out.
Diana Carpenter, AQSC Social Secretary
The Summer Newsletter for 2004 is on line.
The Regatta on 19-20 June generally had very light and variable winds except at times in the last race it was strong and gusty during heavy showers. New member Regina Tam won the Ladies and Novice cups.
The BBQ on 19 June had the best attendance for many years. Fortunately the weather was fine for a very enjoyable event.
On Saturday 19Jun04 come and support the Aquarius Regatta (programme) followed by a Jazz/BBQ evening (details). The Regatta continues on Sunday.
The Hampton SC Regatta 12-13May was supported by 6 AQSC boats; Charles Dennis was 3rd in the Laser Class and Richard Cannon 3rd in the Handicap Class. The wind was very light and extremely variable and fluky.
The Hampton Sailing Club Regatta is on Saturday & Sunday 12-13 June. All AQSC members are invited; there is no organised racing at AQSC on Sunday. The AQSC safety boat will be leaving at 10:00 Saturday and Sunday to escort members sailing to Hampton.
The Bewl Visit 30-31May had brilliant weather. More
The next event from 29 to 31 May 2004 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 Spring Open Regatta with allcomers handicap racing. There is NO camping at the club. It is ESSENTIAL that anyone thinking of going rings Richard Cannon on 01932 786636 ASP bewlpicturethb.jpg bigger 11kb

Aquarius Sailing Club Open Weekend
8 and 9 May 2004 10:30am to 5:00pm

Have you ever fancied trying sailing? Here’s your chance.
Come to Aquarius, have a tea or coffee, and then go afloat with an experienced helm in a racing dinghy; it’s all free.
No experience needed; just bring some spare clothes and soft shoes. If you enjoy it you can join at an annual full membership fee of only £48; the joining fee is waived.
Club details and directions.

On Saturday 1 May 2004 6 AQSC boats, a total of 24, were at the Staines Sailing Club for the Mid Thames Trophy inter-club event. Unfortunately there was a 3 knt current and hardly any wind (1 to 3mph at Heathrow). Charles Dennis went out in his Laser to test the conditions and just drifted downstream. After an excellent lunch there was no option but to cancel the event; it will be held on Saturday 11 September.
The Next event on Saturday 1 May 2004 is the Mid Thames Trophy inter-club event hosted by Staines Sailing Club. Please support this event to help your club repeat past  successes. Details
The Dinghy Drive on 24 April was  enjoyed by 21 members.
The Next Social event on Saturday 24 April 2004 at 8pm is a Dinghy Drive, devised by Bob Sumners based on a beatle drive, compared by Diana Carpenter. Food is £3 per head.
A Tribute to Maggie
We are sad to announce the death, on 23rd April 2004, of Margaret Rogers who was a much loved and valued member of Aquarius.
Maggie was a member for some 20 years and served as Social Secretary from 1988 to 1993. Her enthusiasm and dedication inspired us all and even after her “term of office” ended she enjoyed lending a hand; one of our fondest memories must be of Maggie presiding over the barbecue on our annual Jazz Night celebrations.
She will be sadly missed and our deepest condolences go to Mike, Mark, Kevin, Steven and all their family.
On Wednesday 21 April 04 there were 7 members at the Club, but rather than sail in the threatening rain there was a very productive afternoon working on the store room, the gents changing room and installing a new refrigerator in the kitchen.
Organised sailing on Wednesday afternoons started on 7th April; racing or other events will start at 4pm. If you are available why not come along and join us.
The Next Social event on Sat 27 March 2004 is the Start of Season Party
If you enjoyed the entertainment by Pat Halling and Mike Leigh at the Valentine party you can hear Pat again on Sunday 14 March 2004 at 5pm.
Entitled "Jim Hughes and Friends" this concert will be held at the River House Barn, Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames.
Harmonica virtuoso Jim (you probably heard him playing the signature tune to "Last of the Summer Wine") will be playing with the Quartet Pro Musica. The programme includes your all-time favourites. It is highly recommended by Rodger Wheeler.
Tickets are £8 (£6) from the box office on 01932 253354, or ring Pat Halling on 020 8979 5707.
The Spring Newsletter, Program and Duty Roster for 2004 are on line. Duty Officers should have received an Email with the same dates. Could all who think they may be included please check it. If there is a problem please Email the webmaster by the link in the header or ring 01932 786636 by Wednesday 10 Mar evening so corrections can be made before the paper version is printed.
Saturday 28 Feb 04 was bitterly cold but that didn’t deter a superb attendance of 21 members at the pre-start of season working party. More Lunch was provided and tasks includede clearing weeds and growth etc along the boat berths and in the trailer park. Members came along in stout old cloths and gloves, with gardening equipment like cutters, loppers and saws etc. There was also be cleaning and painting.  
The “Valetine's Musical heart24x26.gif Diner Dansant” on February 14 was one of the best evening events ever held at the club. More It was organised by Rodger Wheeler with help from other gentlemen, especially for the ladies in the club.
The Bar Duty Roster for 2004 is online.
The Aquarius 2004 social programme got underway to a roaring start with 21 members enjoying  a quiz night on 24Jan04. Mike Baker set many devilish questions and we had a fish and chip supper in the interval. quiz20040124-<wbr>127x58.jpg bigger picture 19kb
The Committee of Aquarius Sailing Club wishes everybody a  Happy and Prosperous new year