Archived News Items 2010 updated 16May2011

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On Wednesday 29 December the bar is not scheduled to be open.

On 12 December the Cheats Xmas Lunch was enjoyed by 46 members including 8 youths. Tony and Cassie Hopkins had prepared a super meal; Tony found the new kitchen a big improvement. Various quizzes etc. were intermingled with the courses. Special thanks to Helen and Stewart for all their help first thing, to the youths for serving and helping in the kitchen and to Nigel and Gordon for clearing up.

On Sunday 12 December there will be the annual Cheats Christmas Lunch; details, must book by Wednesday 8 December.

On Saturday 4 December 40 members attended the Annual General Meeting; this was very good considering how much snow there had been, it thawed just in time. We welcome Helen Barnett to the Social Committee; there were no other committee changes. The AGM was followed by the End of Season Party with a good selection of food organised by Diana Carpenter. Then there was the presentation of the seasons prizes. Sailing Secretary Report and Prizes, Trophy winners in 2010 (PDF files).

On Saturday 4 December the AGM, Prize giving and End of Season Party will start at 7:30pm for 8pm. This is our most important meeting of the year where the future administration of the club is discussed. Details.

On Sunday 28 November it was bitterly cold for the working party; fortunately it was fine, and no wind or snow. Twenty three members completed all the outside tasks that had been planned and more. Diana Carpenter and helpers provided a welcome lunch and tea but lunch was delayed due to a fuse in the car park distribution box blowing; Ken Ayers managed to get someone from Thames Water to replace it.

On SUNDAY 28 November there will be a Working Party from 10:30 am onwards. Lunch will be provided. Bring old clothes, gloves etc. Please come along with gardening tools.

On Saturday 21 November 45 members and guests enjoyed a super Annual Dinner organised by Diana Carpenter with help from  with help from many members.

aturday 21 November the Annual Dinner is at the Club. Menu and Booking form (PDF). Book by 13 November for reduced price.

The next Management Committee meeting is on Monday 15 November at 8 pm.

While conditions are suitable for sailing Fun racing and afternoon tea will continue to be organised after the published last race date of 7 November.

The Kempton Fireworks on 6 November were visited by 18 members and guests; they were the best we have seen there.  Unfortunately on leaving Richard Cannon walked into a 250mm high railing and his face hit the pavement very hard; the St John Ambulance crew sent him to hospital so he missed the food prepared at the clubhouse by Diana Carpenter. Richard can’t believe how minor his injuries are.

On November 6 there will be a visit to Fire Works at Kempton Park, the largest display in Greater London, then soup & victuals at the Club. Tickets in advance from http://www.kemptonfireworks.org.uk/ are £6 or £8 on the night. Alternatively Richard Cannon can also obtain advance tickets from a local shop, ring 01932 786636 by Friday 5 November. Meet and park at Richard's house, 77 Saxonbury Avenue, Lower Sunbury, by 7:00pm for a short stroll to Kempton Park, Map.  

30Oct10 The Autumn Newsletter as web pages or as PDF and the booking form for the Annual Dinner are on line.

On Wednesday 13th October members of the management committee will be meeting with the Metropolitan Police at our next club night at the club house from 7:30pm .  We will be explaining the issues we have with security and response to intruders as well as asking them for up to date crime prevention advice and how to get their help. All members are invited. There will be free light refreshments.

On Saturday 9 October there is ‘The Roaring Twenties’, with Cocktails, Outstanding Entertainment and of course a slap up repast. Details and Essential booking form (PDF).

Galley equipment moved to the Club RoomThe galley refurbishment is a huge project for Bodgit & Associates with a very tight schedule to have it in use for the ‘Roaring 20s’ on 9 October. More

AQSC Future Events for your diaries.

Next Social Committee meeting is in the club house on Saturday 18 Sep at 11:30 am; a light lunch will be provided. The next Management Committee meeting is on Monday 20 Sep at 8 pm.

AQSC On Saturday 11 September there is an Indian at 7:30pm. There will be an assortment of dishes supplied by an Indian restaurant; cost £6 adults, £3 youths payable on the night. Booking with Richard on 01932 786636 or Email by Thursday 9th is essential, please quote number of vegetarian.

Future Events for your diaries Jun-Seo2010

For 30 August a 16 to 20knt N wind was forecast at Bewl; fortunately it was a little less, 10 knts most of the time. It was much more shifty and gusty than usual although the 14 members could cope and had excellent sailing. It was a warm and fine.

On Monday 30 August there is a visit to Bewl ValleyBewl Water arial view Sailing Club for Family sailing and cruising; there should be a race for novices. It will be an excellent opportunity for members to experience a relaxed day sailing on a large expanse of open water. You don’t need to have a boat to bring and it should be a super experience for new members. If you think you may come it is important to ring Richard on 01932 786636 to help plan boats required. General Bewl details.

At AQSC on the previous day, Sunday 29 August, there will be training for new members and fun sailing. Please support our new members.

Saturday 14 August was very wet but fortunately it was dry for the BYO BBQ and Sunbury Regatta fireworks in the evening; junior member Millie helmed the patrol boat taking 9 members to Sunbury Rivermead Island for an excellent view of the illuminated sail past and the fireworks; it wasn’t as crowded with cruisers as usual. Six members stayed at the club and said they could see the fireworks OK.

Saturday 14 August - Sunbury Regatta Fireworks, details.

Bring your own BBQ and don't forget to book a place on one of the boats going up river for the show. See booking form in clubhouse nearer the time

Wednesday 28 July Thameside Harmony Chorus, which includes Pat Irving, will sing in the clubhouse from 7:30pm with light refreshments.

Thameside Harmony, click for larger pictureOn Sat 17 July at 19:30 there will be a General Knowledge Quiz Evening With a Fish & Chips supper; there is a team prize up for grabs.

Regretfully the AQSC visit to the Paxton RLNI 24 hrs race on 10-11 July has been cancelled because the number of members wishing to go was too few to support a boat for 24 hours. There will be fun sailing and training at AQSC on Sunday 11 July.

The Signet Open Meeting at Aquarius on 4 July was very successful. It was hot and fine with a force 3 to 4 shifty and fluky SW wind that gave challenging sailing; there were many changes of position. Keith Hatton and Mike Baker in ST369 won the last 2 races to claim the Hawker Trophy; a Hunter aileron bracket.

On 4Jul10 a Signet Open Meeting will be held as well as normal Sunday racing, Notice of Race. There will be combined Signet and AQSC starts. The normal 15:30 Summer Race 3 will start after first afternoon race finishes; note this will be earlier than the normal 15:30 start. The normal 15:00 Tea and Cakes will be delayed until the last race finishes.

The Hampton SC regatta is on Sat 26 and Sun 27 June; AQSC members are invited. Racing at Hampton SC isn’t suitable for novice helm and on Sunday the patrol boat will be at AQSC for those who would like informal sailing and training. Details.

The cruise on 23 June was excellent; but to the Weir Hotel instead of the Magpie so through the lock. There were 2 dinghies, 2 cruisers, a row boat, the patrol boat and 18 members.

Wednesday 23 June Mid Summer Madness! Twilight Cruise leaving 6.30pm. Take advantage of the long summer evenings and the (near) full moon and join us for a cruise up river to the Magpie at Sunbury.

On arrival at the Magpie we will moor up (you will need fenders) and spend an hour or so there, giving time to buy supper etc. for those who want to.

Boats will leave the Club at 18.30 accompanied by the patrol boats/cruisers. For anyone who doesn’t want to sail, seats will be available on the patrol boats on a first come basis. Alternatively join us at the Magpie from 19.30.

We will commence the return to the Club at around 20.45, and the patrol boats will ensure that all boats are back at the Club by 21.45

13Jun10 The regatta results are online.

The Annual Aquarius Regatta is on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th June, details. Don’t miss the Hog Roast/BBQ/Jazz at 7:30 pm Saturday; save by booking and pay by 9 June. Booking form (PDF 19kb)

On Monday 31 May twenty four members with 9 boats were made very welcome by Bewl Valley Sailing Club. Fortunately there was less wind than forecast and although rather cold the shifty and patchy force 2 to 3 gusting 4 wind was ideal for less experienced members.

On Monday 31 May there is a visit to Bewl Valley Sailing Club. There is no racing and it is an excellent opportunity for members to experience a relaxed day sailing on a large expanse of open water. You don’t need to have a boat to bring and it should be a super experience for new members. If you think you may come it is important to ring Richard on 01932 786636. General Bewl details.

On Sunday 30 May the activities day was very successful; the force 3 gusting 5 variable and shifty West wind gave excellent very exciting sailing. There was an excellent turnout of of about 35 members and guest with 16 youths. There were many capsizes with most needing assistance to recover.

On Sunday 30 May we are having an afternoon of activities for the newer, younger and less experienced members. We will be showing how to rig and launch the club boats, and having a few informal fun events on the water. There will be opportunities to try different boats. All are welcome, and youngsters are invited to bring friends; the Visitors Condition form (PDF) Must be signed by their parent. The games will be similar to last year's youth event, so a change of clothing and a towel is a must! Wet suits are a good idea if you have them. Come and join the fun from approximately 1 pm to 4 pm !

On Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May, 10:30 to 17:00, everybody is invited to the Aquarius Sailing Club Open Weekend to have a look at the club and experience FREE sailing in a dinghy or cruiser. Details poster (PDF file 30kb). Club details.

About to start first raceOn Saturday 1 May there was a great turn out for the Mid-Thames Trophy Regatta; 23 starters. Unfortunately there wasn’t much wind and there were many DNFs and the last race was cancelled. Results; won by Hampton SC.

On Saturday 1 May Aquarius SC are hosting the Mid-Thames Trophy, an inter-club fun event.  Notice of Race (PDF 15kb). Sailing Instructions (PDF 13kb). For visitors Location and Club details. Even if you are not sailing in this inter club event we would like to see as many members as possible at the club on the day. Apart from supporting our team there will be a number of activities to be undertaken ashore to ensure that this event runs smoothly and your help would be greatly appreciated.

On 25 April there is a Working party from 10:30am. Come along with gardening tools and help make the club presentable for the visitors to the Mid-Thames Trophy event. Lunch will be provided.

River conditions. Given the current ambient river water temperature, and following an unprecedented number of capsizes during racing on Sunday 11 April, members are advised, under the clubs Duty of Care, that the wearing of wet/dry suits at this time is highly recommended when sailing.

Urgent Update.

The Indoor Olympics, scheduled for Saturday 10th April,  has regrettably had to be cancelled.  As of 9th April we haven't received any indications of interest, so hopefully nobody will be disappointed.

On Sunday 4 April there are Easter Egg Trophy races. Four races, 3 to count for Easter Egg prizes

11:30 2 sprint races back to back

14:00 2 sprint races back to back

15:30 Tea and cakes followed by presentation of Easter Eggs prizes

It is important to be in time for the 11:30 start as it won't be delayed for late comers. The first race of the season on 28 May started on time.

Start of AQSC 2010 Sailing Season. The clocks go forward on 28 March which is the first day of the 2010 racing season. Leave time to sort out boat problems after a long lay off and don't be late for the 11:30 start.

On Saturday 20 March there is the Start of Season Party with guest speaker Gordon Tripp giving an illustrated talk on Admiral Robert Fitzroy, Capt HMS Beagle, pioneering meteorologist after whom the shipping area is named. Please arrive in good time and be seated by 8.00pm sharp! Free refreshments etc.

14 Mar The Spring Newsletter PDF is on line.

8 Mar The Program and Duty Roster for 2010 is online.

HeartOn Sunday 28 February 2010 there is Lunch at the Clubhouse, followed by a ‘treasure-hunt’ cruise on the river. Booking is necessary, details.

On Sunday 14 February 2010 (1:00pm for 1:30pm) a Ladies 'Valentines' Lunch will be held by AQSC in the clubhouse.  Bookings should be made to Tony Hopkins (020 8847 0170) no later than 1st February 2010. Details.

3 PrincessesMany of the castThe AQSC Panto on 17 January was a resounding success. Youth members were heavily involved with Edmund and Imogen Morris being the Director and Script Writer.

The plot involved sailing and there was excellent audience participation; an audience of 50 and 16 members were involved in the production. The Program as a web page or as a PDF file (275kb)  Picture by Rodger Wheeler click for larger version

On Sunday 17 January 2010 there will be a Pantomime at 1:00 pm for 1:30 followed by lunch; cost £5, children £2. Must be booked with Richard Cannon on 01932 786636 or email Email. Note change in order and time.

 14 Jan The Bar duty Roster for 2010 is online.