COME AND GET ACQUAINTED WITH YOUR NEW PUBLIC ACCESS DEFIBRILLATOR
You may have noticed that a new heart Defibrillator has been installed on the front of the Clubhouse.The bright yellow and green cabinet is hard to miss! This important item of lifesaving equipment has been made available through the British Heart Foundation initiative and has been funded by the Department of Health.
We are planning some basic defibrillator training sessions to familiarise members and other users of Hedgecourt Lake with the equipment. These sessions are free of charge and open to all. You do not have to pre register, just turn up at the club house at the appointed time. We are very fortunate that Neil Hobbs is a CPR/defibrillator trainer and he has kindly offered to lead the sessions.
The initial dates are as follows:
This Saturday 20th May 11.00 alongside Saturday Club.
Wednesday 7th June at 19.00
Monday 12th June at 19.00
More sessions will be arranged according to need.
This training is not intended to replace the existing RYA first aid courses which will continue as before and are a requirement for all instructors.
Do come along.
Team Racing at Bough Beech
On Saturday 11th March, 6 Juniors and 6 adult sailors from Crawley Mariners met at Bough Beech for the WKSSA fun team racing. WKSSA stands for Weald of Kent and Sussex Sailing Association.
The day started off with a briefing that explained about the course and the races. After, we had a team discussion about tactics and became familiar with the boats. I was quite excited as I’ve never been to Bough Beech or sailed in a Firefly before!
I was lucky enough to crew for Angus and apart from having fun he helped me as the Firefly has a different set up to the Feva, he also taught me how to roll tack, he assured me I wasn’t going to fall out of the boat!!!
It was a slow start for the races as we were waiting for the fog to lift, we had light winds for most of the day. Angus and I were able to practice tacking and jibing and getting used to sailing with each other.
We all managed to complete16 races throughout the day. We all did really well and Crawley Mariners Juniors came first and received a box of chocolates each.
The sun was out for most of the day so we all sat outside and had our lunch together.
It was lovely to have people come from our club to see us and support us.
I had an amazing day, thank you so much to Donal for organising the event. Maria Townsend
PURSUIT RACE AND PIES
the 8th January was sheduled for the Mariners Annual Pursuit Race and yours truly was conscripted as race officer. Quite a few Mariners were already thronging the Clubhouse when I arrived, no doubt attracted by the promise of mulled wine and mince pies rather than any thought of sailing. Hedgecourt lake was shrouded in mist, glassy and still. The forecast was for winds of 1 knot or less, direction variable. The reality no wind at all. Into the bin went the carefully prepared tables of start times and handicaps.
Mariners are a resourceful lot so having given up on sailing we organised two teams. The Blue team led by Dan Gibson was pitted against the Red team led by George Colcombe. The Task was to get your team of five motley Mariners from the Western jetty to the Eastern jetty and back. The mode of transport was one Oppy and two paddles. What I had thought initially might make for some innocent diversion soon turned into a no quarters given combatative contact sport. The assorted crew sported a selection of bizzare headgear in preparation for the Funny Hat Competition later.
The racing was close throughout. The Red team eventually scraped home first looking exhausted.
Allan Pemberton won the Funny Hat competition giving a passable impression of Sideshow Bob of Simpsons fame. I will never see him in quite the same light again. Luke won the Junior hat competition and well deserved.
We then retired to the Clubhouse for some Mulled wine and a selection of snacks prepared by Caroline and Adrian. Thanks to everyone who helped to make the day such a success.