2010 Newsletter

2010 Newsletters (newest first)

Autumn 2010 Newsletter

The fishermen have returned and it’s back to putting out the buoys and then bringing them in at the end of the racing each week. But please leave the wreck marker buoy in place. It took Ian and Derek some time to locate the wreck. Following advice sought from the RYA, wire netting has been stapled to the pontoons.

Chris Wood has provided the Club with a 5 Star barbecue with fittings by Rob. It took Chris the best part of a morning to cut a wedge out of the oil drum. The wedge was then adapted to make a very effective lid.

On the social front: read accounts of The wedding on Barbados, Bob Luckhurst’s challenging cycle ride and Paradise in the Pacific. Have you had any bright ideas for the Dinner Dance? If so, the Committee would be pleased to receive your written comments. There is a box on or above the wall desk.

Do you have difficulty keeping up with the current rules of racing? It’s noticeable that those attending Open Meetings are somewhat sharper than someone like me trying to make sense of the book. Would there be support for an outside speaker? Those in favour please contact the Committee.


Junior Sailing Course                                            1st & 8th May

Summer was in the air with house martins swooping over the lake, a cuckoo in full shout and a duck with a dozen ducklings in tow swimming across the Clubhouse bay as the twenty eight participants arrived with their parents. Mike Smailes organised the course this year. There were eleven youngsters in Oppies, eleven in Toppers and six sailing RS Fevas hired from the Kent Schools Sailing Association. Mike took charge of the Oppies, Rob Purvis the Toppers and Jack Turnbull the Fevas whilst Yvonne Mumford and Hilary Pittock assisted. Brian Mumford, Dave Turnbull and John Ridley drove the safety boats. A brisk breeze and showers threatening were not ideal for the beginners but the single-handers were reefed and all looked in order as the youngsters practised on a beam reach tacking between two buoys. On the final day, again breezy, Tracy Amos and Gemma Gibson made up the team of instructors and most of the youngsters completed the syllabus.


10 RYA Stage 1 certificates were awarded, 3 Stage 2, 4 Stage 3 and 3 Level 1. One youngster only attending one day passed sections towards Stage 1 and another towards Stage 2. The six sailing RS Fevas were working towards Stage 4.


RYA OnBoard

Again winds were stronger than we would have liked for beginners on a taster sailing session.

Strong winds forced the cancellation of the evening session on 16 June for New Romney Primary School. but Lyminge Primary School went ahead with their day. 16 children aged 9 to 11 took part.

Gemma organised a sailing day for Shepway Council Union Fun day and 10 people came. It was very successful as a Team Building exercise.


Kent Schools Sailing Association                    by Marion Smailes

Redoubt hosted the Topper Team Race on 15th May. Ten teams from clubs and schools in East Kent took part. The sailing conditions were stressful with little or no wind at first. Teams consisted of 3 or 4 sailors under 19 with 3 sailing at any one time. Each team sailed 6 races rather than the nine intended due to the conditions. Racing was close and the two Redoubt teams did very well. The team of Jack Turnbull, James Hulbert and Tim Wood took third place overall. The other Redoubt team were Ellie Purvis, Greg and Doug Wood and Lizzy Nash. The winners were a team from King’s School, Canterbury and second a combined team with one each from Margate, Herne Bay and Minnis Bay.


Race Training and Sea Regatta                            3rdh & 4th July

Jack Turnbull as last year’s winner was race officer of the Littlefield Memorial All Comers Race on the Saturday at Sandwich Bay Sailing Club. A fleet of over 40 dinghies of all sizes and speeds took part which made it very difficult for finishing as the average lap system was used. Jack, in his Streaker 1478, competed on Sunday. Four races were scheduled to be sailed but due to the increasing wind strength only two were completed. Jack finished in 13th position from a fleet of 47 and was among the many that had to retire in the second race, a split transom made his Streaker unseaworthy in the heavy conditions. The results of both races were in fact calculated.


National Schools Sailing Association Regatta

Jack Turnbull was part of the Kent Team taking part in this week long event at the end of July held at Datchet Water Sailing Club. Sailing in his Streaker in the fast handicap fleet, Jack finished 10th overall from a fleet of 250 dinghies. The Kent Team as a whole won the Team Trophy for the second year running.


Spring Series

In the morning 25 sailed with 4 qualifying and in the afternoon 23 sailed but only 3 qualified.

Spring am

Spring pm

1 Tracy Amos & Gemma   Miracle 3692 6.85 1 Tracy Amos & Gemma 4.25
2 Ian Hodge                       Splash 1755 9.69 2 Neal Gibson & Keith Macey Miracle 4016 4.7
3 Alan Baker                     Rooster   377 13.13 3 Ian Hodge 13.3


Fun Day                                         August Bank Holiday Monday

Well it was sunny but the forecast was for north westerly winds force 5 to 7 easing to 3 or 4 in the afternoon.

Pursuit Race

Nine entered the race with Doug and Mack using the small sails on their Toppers which was a good move. Max Hulbert, in an Oppie, started at 10.30am and seemed to be wafting round the lake for an age before the Toppers joined him 13 minutes later. Jack, with his Streaker out of action, looked initially as if he was Topper team racing as he shepherded the youngest on the first leg. Tim and Ellie in the Hobie 405 started at 11am and with no capsizes began to look as if they could win when a vicious gust struck near buoy 7 about 20 minutes before the end and their mast got stuck in the mud. Alan and Dave in Lasers had started a minute after the Hobie but with the gusts and shifts as much as 20° decided to retire as did Max and Mack who’d been out on the water a considerable time in such difficult conditions. Tony Russell, the race officer and maestro of pursuit races, decided to end the race 10 minutes early so Jack again first and James second. Many thanks to Tony and to the two safety boat crews – Ian and Caroline and Rob and Dave – who were kept busy.


Jack Turnbull Topper


James Hulbert Topper


Tim Wood & Ellie Purvis Hobie 405


Greg Wood, Doug Wood Toppers

As the race ended 10 minutes early, Marion was feverishly rushing to light the barbecue whilst the gale blew out the matches and Mike Amos had to come to the rescue with a lighter. Once the barbecue had been carried round to the more sheltered south side of the Clubhouse and the flames had died down the chefs set to work.

The Fun & Games

The wind had shifted to a more north easterly direction but there were still strong gusts chasing across the water. With eleven youngsters ready to play 2 Toppers were rigged and two Topper hulls and eight paddles were at the ready. Jack and Tim were appointed team leaders with James and Ellie as the next most experienced sailors as back-up. Jack and Tim sailed the Toppers towing a Topper hull round to the pontoon where the rest of their teams were waiting, paddles in hand, ready to be transported to the fishing station near the bank picnic table. Then the paddlers had to get the hulls back to the pontoon – managed with varying degrees of success. Then the game got more fiendish. The two sailing were to be blindfolded and have a crew who would issue instructions to sail back to the pontoon whilst the others paddled. Tim with Ellie instructing sailed to the pontoon in perfect order but Greg’s commands couldn’t have been too clear as Jack took a diversion or two before coming alongside some time after. Then just to make sure that “lessons had been learned”, Keith sent blindfolded sailors with crew and the two teams of paddlers round the island and back to the pontoon. – again Tim and Ellie were the victors in the sailing. The team with three paddlers got their act together better than the four but age and strength may have had something to do with it (or focus). Finally we released the ducks in the Club bay and the gatherers scooped them up as they drifted toward the island. Jack’s team had the highest score in this one. .A last jump off the pontoon to end to make sure everyone was really wet.The end of a very testing day and many thanks to Keith for his planning and the running of the events with Hilary’s assistance and to the participants for their wholehearted endeavours.


Miracle Championships:                                  by Marion Smailes

Welsh Area Championships                                 29, 30, 31 May

Hosted by Clywedog Sailing Club, sailing was on Clywedog Reservoir in the Cambrian Mountains. Very spectacular but difficult conditions with mountains and valleys all around. Five races were sailed over three days with unusually four out of the five to count for overall results. Thirteen Miracles raced in a variety of conditions from force 4 to 5 gusting 7 down to force 2 to 3 and virtually nothing. Neal Gibson and Keith Macey sailing Just Legal no. 4016 excelled in the stronger winds but did not do so well in the lighter winds. They did however take 3rd place overall counting two 1sts, a 2nd and a 7th, just one point behind 2nd place. Tracy Amos and Gemma Gibson sailing Bounty no. 3692 found the heavier conditions difficult and had a capsize in the force 7 gusts when lying 2nd but did manage to recover and finish the race. They were 6th overall counting two 5th places, a 6th and a 7th. They were awarded the first placed lady helm and crew prizes. The Redoubt contingent were the furthest travelled by a considerable margin.


Midland Area                             Burton Sailing Club                 12th & 13th June

Another long journey again for our Miracle Class travellers and their supporters. Sailing on Foremark Reservoir, Tracy and Gemma in Bounty and Neal and Keith in Just Legal competed in a fleet of 19 Miracle Class dinghies. Five races were sailed over two days in light shifty winds, very frustrating and not the best conditions for the Redoubt sailors. As usual the best three results counted for the overall positions with Bounty taking 9th place with a best position of 4th and Just Legal 11th with a best position of 5th.

Southern Area                             Margate Yacht Club                   10th & 11th  July

Our doubty Miracle sailors were glad of an event closer to home. Five races were sailed with the best three results counting for the overall results. The races were sailed in glorious sunshine in the main and a good breeze apart from the last one on Sunday afternoon when the breeze dropped leaving the fleet to battle with a very strong tide. Only four managed to round the wing mark at the first attempt with the leader being Tracy and Gemma in Bounty who managed to hold onto their lead throughout the race. Neal and Keith were not so lucky and eventually retired. The Redoubt competitors had some very close races with top helms and on many occasions Just Legal was in first place only to be beaten at the finish. The final positions were a 3rd place for “Just Legal” with two 2nds and a 3rd with “Bounty” taking 4th place counting a 1st, 3rd and 4th.


National Championships                      Beaumaris Yacht Club    2nd to 7th August

Our Miracle class sailors returned from this event with three trophies between them. A practice race and ten points races were sailed over six days in varying wind strengths although there were more days of strong winds than lighter. In the main, the conditions were more suitable for the heavy weather sailors including Neal and Keith in ‘Just Legal’. Tracy and Gemma in ‘Bounty’ however coped well and were among the relatively few pairs who had no capsizes. Their best result was 2nd in the practice race and Neal and Keith also had a good result in this race coming 4th. The discards were the two worst results.

Just Legal was 6th overall with three 4ths , a 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th and 12th. Just Legal was 1st in the Silver Fleet. Neal and Keith were also presented with the Travellers Trophy for the most mileage done in attending the open meetings in the year.

Bounty was placed 6th overall with three 11ths , two 12ths , a 14th and a 16th. The first placed Ladies Trophy went to Tracy and Gemma and they were placed 3rd for the Travellers Trophy.

Only 15 out of 43 dinghies were given finishing positions in all ten races including Bounty and Just Legal.


Club Cycle Ride                                       Saturday 17th July       by Bob Luckhurst

On a sunny but very breezy day 13 members and friends met in the car park at West Hythe (actually the overflow storage area for the Purvis boatyard) to cycle across some of the lanes of Romney Marsh. This area is ideal for cycling as the roads are flat and the traffic on the more remote lanes is light. With cycles at the ready the Commodore, in his sexy lycra shorts, cut the starting tape and we were off heading as fast as we could to the pub. The going was moderate to hard into a force 20 wind as we wound our way along the Lower Wall towards Newchurch, up towards St Botolphs Church, along the back lane to the Newchurch-Ivychurch road and finally into Ivychurch where we were met by Caroline and Ian. Unfortunately the pub couldn’t do any food for us as they were short of staff due to shortage of staff and a booking for 12.30 by another ten people. But I had another crafty plan, plan B, but as Chrissie wouldn’t cook a meal for 15 persons we had to move on to plan C. Back on the bikes and on towards St Mary in the Marsh and to the Star. Caroline and Ian drove ahead (for a quick crafty drink before we arrived) to warn the owner to expect us. The food was good, the service was quick and everybody enjoyed the break.

Refreshed we headed off for St Mary in the Marsh through the narrow windy back roads to Burmarsh, past Lathe Barn where Rob, Chrissie, Mack and friends were hiding from us scoffing ice creams (I bet they couldn’t put the price of the ice creams on the slate there), back across Donkey St to the car park. Distance covered around 20 miles. Everyone enjoyed the outing and we might do another ride later in the year. How about West Hythe to Dungeness along the sea front and having a fish and chip lunch?


Sailing in Tahiti                                              by Caroline Hodge

(or circumventing cyclones in the S.Pacific Ed.)

As weary travellers we stepped onto the tarmac at Papetee capital of Tahiti and breathed that hot humid air of the tropics. We were greeted by the friendly inhabitants with garlands of bright yellow flowers and slightly embarrassed by our new necklaces went on to a lovely air conditioned hotel on the beach. After a couple of days of pampering and acclimatization we flew on to another Polynesian island called Riaetea to pick up the yacht.

The island was far less populated with an unhurried laid back air. We chartered the yacht from Sunsail and they had arranged to pick us up at the airport and also advised where to buy provisions. This was important as shopping opportunities are limited. Riaetea has a sister island called Tahaa and the two islands are contained within the same reef. The navigable water within the reef varies. At some points it is too shallow to sail but others there is a wide deep area with good sailing. There are several natural breaks in the reef and these are well marked.

The most striking thing about the lagoons is the colour which varies from indigo in the deeper water through to blue to pale turquoise as the water becomes shallower nearer the reef which was marked by the startling white of the crashing waves. The island provided a backdrop of bright green tropical vegetation. Dotted along the reef were small desert islands with white sand and palm trees. This was where we anchored off for lazy lunch time stops and went swimming and snorkelling. In the evenings we ate ashore at yacht clubs or on board looking at the amazing stars in the southern ocean sky.

We spent a couple of days exploring the main islands before leaving the safety of the lagoon to set sail for Bora Bora about 35 miles away. The winds were gentle but you were aware of the ocean by the long swell which lifted the boat deceptively high. Bora Bora can be seen at some distance because of the impressive extinct volcano. We ran parallel with the island before reaching the entrance through the reef. Bora Bora was the American base during the second world war for attacking Japan and made famous by the film South Pacific. It has now returned to its original beautiful tropical island visited equally by American and Japanese tourists! Some days before we arrived on the islands there had been a fairly strong cyclone which had caused quite a lot of damage. Tourist accommodation is very sympathetic to the beauty of the place and hotels consist of thatched cottages on stilts in the water. These had been damaged so we saw the island almost tourist free. Just us and the dolphins.

Thinking of going? Well, it is very hot, very beautiful and pretty close to paradise.


The Wedding               Neal & Gemma Gibson                        26/04/2010

After weeks of agonizing over the possibility of not getting to Barbados because of the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland, Gemma & Neal were fortunate enough to find that the airports reopened the day before their departure for their dream wedding that they had been planning for months.

The wedding on the sand at the Almond Beach Club & Spa Resort was attended by Gemma’s parents Mike & Tracy Amos, her brother Jonathan, grandfather Mike Smailes and her Auntie Lynne, as well as Neal’s parents Gillian & Ian, brother Iain, sister in law Kirsty and last but of course not least Neal’s best man Keith Macey.

The wedding took place on the 5th day of the holiday preceded by days of waterskiing, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, sunbathing, eating and lots of drinking. The morning of the wedding Keith refused to come ashore until he had actually mastered the art of waterskiing and luckily for Neal, with some determination, Keith succeeded on his last attempt! The wedding which was laid back and relaxed was conducted on the beach by a local minister, followed by champagne and a chocolate wedding cake chosen by Gemma!

The happy couple stayed on in Barbados for a week longer than their wedding guests for their honeymoon (or was it to watch the Fireball World Championship sailing event which was also taking place on the island!!)


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Ian’s four year term as Commodore has ended and we thank him for all his work on our behalf. Welcome to Alan Baker as our new Commodore. If you have any ideas or suggestions for social events he would be glad to hear from you. He wondered whether there would be support again for a Barn Dance.

Congratulations to Jack Turnbull on qualifying as an RYA dinghy Instructor and also being awarded the KSSA Sailing colours.

The big question, “Were Gemma and Neal able to fly to Barbados for their wedding ? Or did the volcano scupper things?” Yes, we now know they did fly!

You may have noticed the plastic fencing which has appeared on the in-fill site. These are pens to check on the existence of amphibians (particularly crested newts – none so far) and move them to safety before the developers move in. Whilst on the Nature notes, a goose has laid an egg on the island (beware) and there was a perfect rodent’s nest made of reeds in a Laser.


Annual Dinner Dance and  Prize giving                     27 March

There has been a mixed reaction to this year’s event with many reports of an enjoyable evening and also a number of criticisms of venue, food and music. The Club has probably been too ambitious in deciding to have such an extensive menu, which gives rise to organisational headaches for ourselves and a lot of complications for the caterers. For functions of this kind Sene Valley Golf Club normally, and successfully, operates on the basis of a restricted set menu.


In order to plan for next year’s event the Committee would be pleased to receive any comments or proposals on format, food, music – or anything else. Plus, are there any suggestions concerning the prizes?


Please place written comments in the suggestions box fixed to the notice board on the wall behind the desk.


The Club’s website now features photographs of the 2010 dinner dance. We are grateful to Linda for continuing to maintain this colourful site, she has offered to accept members’ photos of this year’s sailing on the Lake for inclusion. Email them to her on Linda@frithcc.demon.co.uk Please compress the files for quickness of viewing.                By Ian Hodge


Junior Learn to Sail Course                     Saturdays, 1 & 8 May

Twenty four have signed up with roughly equal numbers in the Oppies and the Toppers plus one private Pico.


August Bank Holiday Fun Day                     Monday, 30 August

11am Pursuit Race, 12.30pm Barbecue – own food, 1.10pm Games. Approximate timings.


Boat Hire

A reminder to all new members or any members without boats, that the Club’s training boats – Optimists, Toppers, Pacer and Laser are available for hire when the Club is open – £2.50 per half day session for juniors and £3.50 per half day session for adults. For insurance purposes, non-members must sign the form (kept in the drawer) which gives them free temporary membership for the day. The Club has also been donated an Enterprise which needs a bit of work doing on it.


Kent Schools Sailing Association                      Saturday 15 May

The Redoubt is to host the Topper Team racing. Supporters will be welcome.


Frostbite Series 2010

There were 9 races with 5 to count.

1 Tracy & Gemma Amos Miracle  3692 5
2 Neal Gibson & Keith Macey Miracle 4016 7.5
3 Alan Baker Rooster 8.1    377 14
4 Ian Hodge Splash 1755 21


Easter Series 2010

Numbers were down this year – a combination of bad weather, the Miracle stars and their support team away at the Miracles North East Championships, and the closeness of the new key issue date.The Committee are considering bringing the start times forward to 11am.


Global Warm Up Series Following on from the Bloody Mary race Neal and Keith sailed in the Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy races at Northampton Sailing Club on 30th January. Over the weekend of 6th and 7th February, Tracy crewed for Neal in the Rutland Challenge races for the John Merricks Tiger Trophy. Very little wind and a postponement because of fog led to the final race being cancelled. These three events were due to be followed by the Hoo Freezer on the Medway on 28th February. Unfortunately the race was cancelled due to strong winds so the previous day’s practice race results were counted. Neal, with Brian Mumford as crew, arrived for the race which had been called off and luckily were given a DNS rather than a DNC as all four events were to be counted for the Travellers Trophy. This led to ‘Just Legal’ being given a 6th overall position – missing out on the prizes by one position. A very creditable result with the Miracle being the slowest dinghy qualifying.



NE Area Championships                                 3rd and 4th April

Our circuit sailors and their support team travelled to Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire over the Easter weekend for the championships hosted by North Lincolnshire and Humberside Sailing Club.  The sailing was on a disused claypit alongside the river Humber. Five races were sailed over two days with a very shifty wind force 2 to 3 on Saturday and a more consistent wind from a different direction force 3 to 4 on the Sunday. Racing was close with the second to fourth places hingeing on the last race. As usual the three best results counted for the overall positions. Neal Gibson and Keith Macey in “Just Legal” no. 4016 took second on a tie break with 1st, 2nd and 4th places. Tracy and Gemma Amos in “Bounty” no. 3692 were 3rd with two 2nd places and a 3rd.


Kent Schools Sailing Association:  Opening Splash      10th April

Jack Turnbull took part in this regatta hosted by Bough Beech Sailing Club. Four races were sailed in a force 2 to 3 wind and brilliant sunshine. The three best results were counted for the overall positions. Sailing his Streaker no. 1478 in a fleet of 25 dinghies in general handicap races, Jack took 4th overall with a 1st, 3rd and 6th place.

Reports by Marion Smailes


Annual General Meeting                                           14th March

A good attendance again at the meeting in the Clubhouse. After soup and rolls provided by Chrissie Purvis and Marion Smailes, the meeting began at 1230. As it was Mothering Sunday Ian whizzed through the meeting in quick time. In his Commodore’s report he summarised the Club’s year. The bad weather in 2009 had affected numbers sailing especially on Wednesday afternoons. The questonnaire resulted in a significant majority opting for a 4pm start. There had been no disernible advance on the Martello Lakes development. The Club sign has been installed to the left of the main gate. Rob and Ian had helped Derrick remove vast quantities of dead fish from the Lake after a thunderstorm. On the social side, the dinner dance had been profitable. Ian thanked Keith and his team for running the training and Keith especially for his tireless efforts in procuring grants for new equipmment. He also thanked Marion for running the Tea Bar, Linda King for maintaining the Club website and Hilary for editing the newsletter. In his final report, Ian thanked the Committee and Club members for their support. He ended by proposing that Marion Smailes should be awarded Honourary Membership of the Club and this was passed unanimously.


It was proposed to retain membership rates at: £30 – Family, £18 – Single, £9 – Student, £9 – Social and £18 – Block.

The committee for 2010 were elected as follows: Alan Baker .Commodore, Ian Hodge Secretary, Bob Luckhurst Treasurer, Rob Purvis Membership Secretary, Colin Howard Sailing Secretary, Geoff Earland, Keith Macey, Dave Pescod and Brian Mumford who was nominated by the Committee. There is still another vacancy.


Dinner Dance Distribution of Prizes and Trophies                                           27 March

Burgess Rose Bowl  Frostbite Tracy & Gemma Amos Redoubt Cup – Winter am Neal Gibson & Keith Macey
Spring am Trophy Yvonne & Brian Mumford/ Tracy & Gemma Amos Winter Shield – Winter pm Neal Gibson & Keith Macey
Spring pm Redoubt Shield Jack Turnbull Streaker Trophy Jack Turnbull
Surrenden Cup – Summer am Tracy & Gemma Miracle Trophy Tracy & Gemma Amos
Channel Cup – Summer pm Tracy & Gemma Bob Young Endeavour Trophy Brian Mumford
Midsummer Mug – Wed pm Fred Barrington Novices Cup Greg & Doug Wood




1 Tracy & Gemma Amos     Miracle 3692 1 Fred Barrington    Miracle 3584
2 Jack Turnbull                   Streaker 1478 2 John Bashford                 Supernova 434

Spring am

Spring pm

1= Yvonne & Brian Mumford     Miracle 3831 1 Jack Turnbull                  Streaker
1= Tracy & Gemma Amos          Miracle 3692 2 Alan Baker                     Rooster 8.1   377
3 Alan Baker                      Rooster 8.1  377

Summer am

Summer pm

1 Tracy & Gemma Amos      Miracle 3692 1 Tracy & Gemma Amos      Miracle 3692
2 Roger Filby & Yvonne Mumford Miracle 3831 2 Alan Baker                     Rooster 8.1  377
3 Alan Baker                       Rooster 8.1   377 3 Neal Gibson & Keith Macey  Miracle  4016

Winter am

Winter pm

1 Neal Gibson & Keith Macey  Miracle 4016 1 Neal Gibson & Keith Macey  Miracle 4016
2 Tracy & Gemma Amos         Miracle  3692 2 Tracy & Gemma Amos         Miracle 3692
3 Alan Baker                      Rooster 8.1 377 3 Alan Baker                    Rooster 8.1  377


KSSA Award On behalf of the Kent Schools Sailing Association Mike Smailes presented Jack Turnbull with the KSSA colours for his contribution to the Association.


Canterbury Cruising Club 2010                       Tony Gilbert 01303 276402







Sat 29 May Whitstable Sailing Club 1000 Harty Ferry – return. Pub lunch 1420  6.3m


Tues 13 July Whitstable S.C. 10.40 Harty Ferry reserve date 1440  6.2m


Wed 4 Aug to-Sat 7 Aug Norfolk Broads. Camping w. dinghies and bikes Arrive 1900 ish Bureside camp site at Oby. .Launch straight into the dike  rivers Thurne and Bure etc 0720 HW at Harwich

Sat midday

Wed 25 Aug Annual cycle ride in France Early start details in due course Numbers early please.
Sat 11 Sept Kent Churches  – cycle ride 1000 Chez Gill Rowell, Littlestone. Details later
Sat 9 Oct Hythe: Stade St. or Hythe & Saltwood S C 1230 Folkestone (small beach in harbour)  –


1330  6.6m


Tues 26 Oct Deal to Sandwich 0930 Sandwich Quay. Lunch afloat 1520  6.0m



For all cruises please bring alternative means of propulsion, but there will normally be at least one dinghy with outboard  (+flare)  if weather etc indicate likely need.  If in doubt re weather etc., please ring Tony. Route may be switched at short notice, or one-way cycle ride (downwind) laid on  Decision normally made on morning of cruise. HEALTH WARNING:All cruises undertaken at own risk. Please bring buoyancy aids. Please ring Tony as soon as possible to indicate which events you are/ are not likely to attend as it does helps to know numbers well in advance.

Dinghy Instructor Course

Jack attended the six day course at the UK Sailing Academy (formerly the National Sailing School), with on-site accommodation, at Cowes. Twelve students started but only eleven finished and some did not make the grade. Needless to say, Jack did! They were assigned three Wayfarers, one Laser 2000 and a Pico. Jack was the youngest but the majority were under 20 with a few in their late 30s ealy 40s and he said it was great fun. The only experience of some of those who struggled was a three week intensive course at the Academy prior to embarking on the Instructors’. Winds were variable force 2 or 3 but force 5 on one day. With very bad weather forecast for the end of the week, the course was telescoped into five days intensive action so when Saturday dawned much better than expected, Jack enjoyed the day handling and manoeuvring the central console RIB in the river.


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January 2010 Newsletter

Happy New Year and a good season to you all.

Club Trophies

Please return these to Colin Howard as soon as possible and not later than the end of January.

AGM                                                                                       Sunday, 14th March 2010

The Annual General Meeting will be held at the Club at 1.30pm. Last year Chrissie and Marion provided hot soup and rolls which went down very well

Dinner, Dance & Prizegiving                                                    Saturday, March  2010

Sene Valley Golf Club at 7pm for 7.30pm. The date is still to be finalised depending on the availability of the disco. The event is open to all members, family and friends.


Training Courses

Junior Sailing Course                  Saturdays 1st & 8th May 2010

Mike Smailes will be running the course for juniors aged 7 to 14 years. Please phone 01303 258125 or see him at the Club for further details and to apply.

The adult courses and more RYA OnBoard sessions, possibly one for adults too, are currently being planned, and courses and dates will be posted on the Club noticeboard or on the website. Please keep a look out if you are interested. In the meantime here are two photos from last year’s junior course.

Kent Schools Sailing Association             Topper Team Racing   Saturday 15th May

The Redoubt Club is hosting this event again and spectators are welcome.


RYA OnBoard                                                by Marion Smailes

In the Autumn, the Redoubt Sailing Club was awarded a trophy and plaque for the highest achieving  club in the South East in getting young people sailing under this scheme. The Club also received a £25 voucher to spend on sailing goods. Thanks must go to Keith Macey for his energy, enthusiasm and hard work, to Chris Purvis for cajoling the parents and children from Lympne Primary School and to all the Club instructors and helpers without whom this would not have been possible.


Powerboat Training                                              Autumn 2009

Keith had offered to provide basic training in power boat handling and the first session on a blustery day had to be postponed. Derrick Weller, the bailiff, thought the water quality should be tested as the fish were dying from lack of oxygen. The training was completed successfully later.



Working out the results                                    by Colin Howard

This is a short article to try to explain how doing a duty can improve your performance in a series. When I first look at the results I check to see which boats have qualified for example in a series with 11 races you would need to have taken part in 6 races or 5 races and done one duty. In a longer series, like those in the summer, two duties can be used instead of races to qualify. To work out individual results I then either

1. simply add up their results in the six races they have done best in or if they have done a duty

2. work out the average for their five best results and add this to the total of their five. best results

Below is an example



































Without the duty boat B would probably not have done as well. If you think this system is unfair or could be improved I would be pleased to discuss it but remember we need people to do duties or we couldn’t run races.


Summer Series

Numbers sailing and qualifying were very similar to last year.

am 38 sailed  10 qualified pm 33 sailed and 6 qualified
1. Tracy & Gemma Amos  Miracle 8.15 1. Tracy & Gemma    Miracle    3692 7.43
2. Roger Filby & Yvonne Mumford        Miracle 3831 19.45 2. Alan Baker            Rooster  377 9.0
3. Alan Baker                    Rooster 377 28.0 3. Neal Gibson & Keith Macey    Miracle 4016 22.57
4. Mike Smailes          Streaker  1476 34.9 4. Brian Mumford         Topper 21413 36.0

A very creditable effort from Greg & Doug Wood in coming fifth and sixth in the afternoon series.


Miracle Inland Championships  September 2009                      by Marion Smailes

Tracy Amos with crew Keith Macey competed in this event in the Miracle Bounty no. 3692. The two races on Saturday were sailed in light fluky winds with plenty of sunshine. But Sunday was different again with a cold north-easterly wind force 4 and mainly overcast. After a breakage in the first race on Sunday a hasty repair was made in the very short time in the back-to-back races and Bounty was on the water with a minute to go before the start of the second race. From a fleet of 31, the Redoubt boat was placed fifth overall counting a third, a fourth and an eighth. Tracy was again the first lady helm.


Barn Dance                                                  10th October 2009

Unfortunately this event had to be cancelled as there was a clash with Marian’s and Jake’s wedding. The Vagabonds sportingly waived their cancellation fee and Saltwood Village Hall did not keep the deposit



Ionian 2 Week Flotilla         June 2009              by Chris Baker

(In which Alan demonstrates his diving skills and learns to snap out of racing mode. Ed.)

Our two week sailing holiday started at the Neilson base of Nidri.  We had flown to Preveza on the Greek mainland and taken a short coach journey across the causeway onto the island of Lefkas.   We had chosen this area of the Greek islands as it is an area we know well from previous holidays and this was the first time we had ventured on a flotilla holiday with just the two of us on a boat.

Our boat was an Oceanis 331 called Joy .  The first evening was spent stowing our luggage away (no problem with just us and 3 double berths), stocking up on provisions and meeting our lead crew: Dave our skipper, Beth our first mate and Justin alias Lemon, our engineer.  They explained the basics, lights, toilets etc., to get us through the first night on board.  We were moored on a pontoon and immediately started to get to know some of our fellow flotilla members.

The morning briefing took place in a local taverna followed by engine and safety briefings on the boats.  There were 9 boats in our flotilla including our lead crew on San Giorgio.  The morning was warm and sunny and our first stop was the small island of Kastos.  This is one of our favourite places so we were delighted with this choice.  The days sailing was excellent with just enough wind and we arrived safely in Kastos before the lead crew and, with help from others already on shore, moored successfully.  Kastos has only 38 inhabitants and two or three restaurants in high season.  We made our way to the popular Chef Johns on the hilltop to watch the sun go down and spend our first full evening getting to know the other people on our flotilla over a meal and few drinks.  The following morning the briefing took place on the quayside and we set off for Frikes.  The wind had blown up in the night, the sea had quite a swell and the journey was far from pleasant.   With the wind on our nose there was little we could do but put up a little of the mainsail to steady the boat and motor to Frikes.  We reached the large bay outside the harbour just after lunch and decided to anchor in the shelter of the bay for a while before heading in only to receive a radio message to say that there was no room in Frikes could we head for Kioni.  So back out into the wind and swell we went to rendezvous at Kioni.

The following day saw the weather much improved although still overcast it was warm and calm.  The morning briefing was early as our next stop was Fiscardo on the island of Kefalonia.  Once again an excellent choice, although to get a good mooring you need to arrive fairly early in the afternoon.  However this is a plus as there is nothing better than sitting on your boat in Fiscardo with a large glass of wine watching the world go by and the other boats fighting over moorings and crossed anchors.  Once again we met up for cocktails and group meal in the evening.  Everyone seemed to be getting on famously and beginning to jell as a group.  The following morning’s briefing had a few sore heads but everyone was keen to get off to our next destination Vasilikki, famed for its wind and wind surfers.   The sailing was excellent with the sun coming out at a last.  Having successfully moored on the quay we met up with the rest of our group for a punch party before dinner.

The following morning was the start of two days free sailing while the lead crew went back to base at Nidri.  Alan and I had chosen to go to the island of Meganissi which is very beautiful our first evening being spent at Spartahori with a romantic meal for two on the waterside.  The second day we sailed over to Vonitsa and then found a bay all to ourselves for lunch and swimming before returning to Meganissi and Port Athena for the evening.  Port Athena saw our first sailing hitch with a ‘domestic incident’ over the laying of the anchor which left us short of chain just before the quay and a pair of sunglasses overboard.  Despite this we regrouped and successfully moored on our second attempt.  The sunglasses being retrieved by Alan’s marvellous diving abilities and showing how clear the water is.

Sunday dawned and we were due to rejoin the rest of our flotilla at the mouth of the Lefkas canal where we were scheduled to travel through to the Northern Ionian via the road bridge when it opened at noon.  Everyone arrived on time and we motored through together like ducks in a row.  Our next stop was Preveza Town which marked the start of the second week of our holiday.  The marker buoys for the entrance to the harbour are huge when you see them up close but hard to spot from distance.   However we arrived safely ahead of the lead crew and moored on the town quay.  Everyone was keen to swap stories from their two days free sail and a group meal was soon arranged for the evening.

After a rather noisy night moored on the Town Quay next to the bars (we discovered that is was a Bank Holiday in Greece hence the partying which had gone on into the small hours) we set off for Parga another big town.  Rather than moor in the harbour we chose to beach the boats on a small beach to one side of the main town where we could swim and enjoy the water.  Water taxis were ordered for the evening trip into town where we went for cocktails and the poshest meal of the flotilla all returning with much laughter to our boats tired and relaxed.  The beaching of the boats is something which is done regularly by flotillas in Parga however our skipper Dave was new to this and had not got us positioned quite right which made the morning quite an experience trying to get off the sand with other boats pulling and people in the water pushing.  The wind was light and we made our way across towards Gaios on the island or Paxos with a plan to stop at Emerald Bay for lunch and a swim.   Wind was light and not good for sailing so we put on our motor and headed across.  On arrival it was not too busy and we soon found a suitable spot to anchor.  Once anchored, I went below to prepare lunch.  I had not been below more than a few minutes when Alan called for me to come up as we were drifting.  We pulled the anchor up and laid it again.  Still it did not hold in the fine sand.  So we thought third time lucky we would try again.  I lifted the anchor, which I thought came up easily, only to find the shackle on the anchor had broken and all I had brought up was the chain. Luckily Emerald Bay has the most beautiful clear water and we were well in the shallows so Alan decided to dive down to see if he could retrieve it.  We laid our kedge anchor first so we did not drift and Alan demonstrated his excellent diving skills and with the aid of a couple of ropes and a fender we managed to secure the anchor and pull it back on board.  We then proceeded to Gaios where we moored next to another flotilla boat so that we could tie on to them until our anchor was repaired.

The next stop, Lakka, is probably the prettiest of all the places we have visited.  We anchored out in the bay and rowed in with a couple from another boat for dinner.  Followed the next day by Petriti a fishing village on Corfu where we gathered for another group meal before sailing off for our second free sail.  By this time groups of friends had formed within the flotilla and four boats including us set off for the small fishing village of Sayiadha which is a small ethnic village originally closed to the public due to its close proximity to Albania. The wind was good and we had an excellent sail.  The gap in the harbour wall at Sayiadha is very narrow and quite daunting to motor through in the choppy sea.  A good evening was had by all eating the local speciality prawns.

The following day saw us sail back along the coast, sighting dolphins on the way, to our final destination Sivota Mourtos for a final group meal and the inevitable prizes.  Alan of course won the anchor award for retrieving our anchor from the seabed.  An excellent holiday, we travelled over 250 nautical miles in total, we have kept in touch with new friends and hope to meet up again for another holiday in 2010.