Archived News Items 2015

On Sunday 13 December 28 Aquarians enjoyed an excellent Cheats Christmas Lunch; story, Photos by Frank Rainsborough.

 Jenga tower tumbling

14 November AQSC Work Party
Weather wise we could not have picked a worse day for a work party; story.

31 October Russian Balalaika Evening
The Russian Balalaika ensemble made a very welcome return to our club, performing a wonderful variety of songs and dances; story.

On Friday 16 October for a change the annual dinner was held away from the club at the IL CAPRICCIO restaurant in Ewell Village; story, photos.

On Wednesday 14 October there was a working party to lay paving stones in the trailor park. The owners of many trailors need to be identified else they will be scrapped; you have been warned. Story

On Saturday 19 September there was a Cowboy Theme social evening; story

On Saturday 12 September AQSC hosted The Mid-Thames Trophy inter-club event; story

On 15 August both patrol boats were full for the trip to watch the Sunbury Regatta illuminated sail past and fireworks; story, photos

The Hog Roast on Saturday 18 July was a great success; 81 attended. Story, Pictures by Frank Rainsbough and Jean Maracchi.

On Midsummer Day, Wednesday 24 June, it was warm and fine for the cruise to the Weir Hotel for Dinner. Just enough wind for Rodger Wheeler to sail and get in to the lock before the gates shut. Graham Thompson took his rowboat, there were 13 in the 2 patrol boats and one cycled. Rodger got back to Aquarius at 22:00. Photos.

The AQSC Regatta on 13-14 June had very little wind on Sunday; story, photos.

Club Graduate at Molesey CarnivalOn Sunday 6 June the club Graduate was at the Molesey Carnival; story.

On Wednesday 27 May eight AQSC dinghies (two Grads, two Lasers, a Comet, Lark, Pico and SigneT) had a good sail in a WSW force 1-2 gust 3 wind, 10mph on the weather station. The most sailing on a Wednesday for a long time.

On May 16-17 conditions were perfect for the AQSC Open Weekend with the RYA Push The Boat Out promotion; fine with a fairly steady West force 2-3 wind. There were more visitors than we have ever had.

Sunday 10 May – Chestnut Sunday
This was the clubs second visit to Bushy Park to promote Aquarius and the Open Weekend. Nigel, Pete and I took the small gazebo and the Graduate to the park early on Sunday morning and by 11:00am we were set up and ready for business.

The event was very well attended by the public, probably better than last year. We had the same plot as last year which, for us, was in an ideal location. There was lots of interest so hopefully we can expect to benefit during our Open Weekend.

We were also visited by a number of club members who had elected to visit the general event. Thanks to Debs Lea, Pete Carpenter, and Jon & Michelle Larsson for assisting on the stand, providing information and answering peoples questions and of course to Nigel for transportation.
Mike Baker

Saturday 9 May - Work Party at AQSC
Some 14 people turned up for this work party which was aimed at getting the club ready for our Open Weekend. Teams worked on the clubhouse, inside and out, while others tackled the external ground work. The club Graduate was valeted for the ChestnutMembers rewarded with lunch Sunday event the following day. Although down on numbers, due to some members being at a another event, a lot was achieved by those that come.

Diana and her team kept the bacon rolls and coffee coming early on and by mid-afternoon Debs Lea provided an outstanding casserole lunch for everybody with soup and dessert provided by Ann Rainsborough. A big thanks to everybody, you all did a great, much appreciated, job. Photos.

On Saturday 25 April 36 members and guests had a very enjoyable quiz night with a 70’s twist. Leo and Anne Bond Bond provided the quiz questions which really got the members thinking. There was also a deliA gorgeous selection of 70s foodcious 70s style supper of Coronation Chicken, flan and Rice prepared by Helen Barnet. The puddings were done by Diana Carpenter. Anne & Leo did the pineapple and cheese cocktail sticks. Many came in 70s style dress. Mike Baker kept everyone supplied from the bar; for most of the evening it was manic. Gordon Courtney helped clear up at the end to ensure the club house was back to normal for Sunday racing. It was a great night and all our thanks go to everybody involved in its organisation. Photos

On Sunday 29 March it was extremely windy for the Start of the new season Sailing; 15 to 26 mph morning and sailing cancelled in the afternoon because 35 to 46 mph. Wind speed graph.

On 21 March 30 members enjoyed a gorgeous buffet at the start of season party organised and prepared by Diana Carpenter. Deborah Lea and Diana Howley made the delicious sweets.  Helen Barnet the salad; Linda wheeler and Anne Bond gave general help.

The 2015 program and duty lists, bar and sailing, are on line.

5 March On Wednesdays the opening time of the bar has been advanced by 30 minutes to 19:30 - 22:30. When there is Wednesday sailing the bar will open when sailing finishes.

3 February Since the end of the 2014 sailing season the current has been 1 knot or more and there has been no sailing but on most Sundays there have been 10 to 15 members at the Club for a burger lunch, afternoon tea and cakes. Thanks to Di & Phil, with Joan and Gordon as backup, who have generally made it happen.

On Saturday 24 January 34 members joined a Burns Night Celebration with Haggis Tatties, Neeps and Cranachan - the traditional Scottish dessert.  Photos by Frank R.O

On Thursday 1 January although only one member sailed, Pat Halling, 22 members had a great lunch and tea thanks to Di & Phil Howley, Helen Barnett, Gaill Mackintosh, and Stuart Schafer. The SW wind was very fluky and it was difficult to go upstream against the 1 knt current. Photos