Commodore’s Cup 2018 – Race Report

The Commodore’s Cup is our annual cup race in which the Commodore (or most senior committee member taking part) gets a 60 second head start over the rest of the fleet, who try to catch the Commodore and deprive them of their namesake prize.

This year, Janice (Club Secretary) gallantly stood in as honorary commodore, giving her a 1 minute head start in each of the two (roughly) 35min cup races.

Taking maximum advantage of her head start, Janice appeared to have an unassailable lead as the race reached the half way mark, but with the wind dropping, Steve stormed through in his Byte CII to win the first race comfortably from Ray, who lead home the fleet of Comets, despite going the wrong way, hitting Tim and capsizing. Tim was third, John fourth, Neil fifth in the Laser, losing out on handicap, Janice sixth and Richard seventh, with Jackie (Pico) and Dennis (Heron) bringing up the rear.

The second race, which took place in increasingly blustery conditions, saw Richard pull away from the pack to obliterate Janice’s lead within just a few short laps, taking the win from Steve, Ray, Neil and Tim. As the race came to a close, however, Janice’s biggest opponent turned out not to be the rest of the fleet, as she was finally defeated by an enormous gust, meaning she had to climb out of the lake having found it impossible to return to the jetty upright. It was a baptism of fire for new member Will who launched his new comet in fluky winds with all points of sail available on each beat.

When the overall points were totalled, Richard finished third (7th and 1st), Ray second (2nd and 3rd), and the Commodore’s Cup 2018 was won by Steve (1st and 2nd).

Big thanks to Rob for DO’ing and Phil and Arthur for assisting. Better luck to the Commodore next year.


Come along and try Sailing on Sunday 13th May.

The Club opens its boat park and invites you to  visit to find out what the club has to offer adults, families and young persons who want to find out what dinghy sailing is all about. Information about the RYA Training courses on offer, what you can expect if you become a member is provided by club members  making themselves available on the day to talk to visitors.

We offer  for the sum of £10 per group / boat a sail  around the lake  for approximately 40 minutes with an experienced sailor. Feel the power of the wind moving the dinghy through the water and try some of the controls under supervision.

To avoid queuing, we reserve you a  hour  time slot in which you are shown around the club, provided  with information  by a club member and taken for dinghy sail on the lake. All  equipment provided.

Suitable for adults and children aged 4 years  plus

To book a time slot – 11am or 12noon or 1pm or 2pm  contact The secretary :  Tel: 0208 405 9959  or  text  mob : 07913808969 – find us on facebook and send a message.