Tuesday 11 June 2024

UTSC Open Day and an unexpected Rescue

 ​Getting Ready for Open Day

Before the Open Day could happen, many other things had to happen. The Cakes had to be made—Paul's Vanilla Slice and Rock Cakes. On the Day, there was much to do, including setting up tables, getting boats ready, and deploying the 3 safety boats. Signage had to be put up ready for the visitors.

Getting on the water

The Sailing Cadets were also present at the Open Day, taking out friends in the RS Zests and RS Feva XL's. They made a great sight of the club boats out on the water.

The A-Rater Shuttle Service

​The A-Raters are not only some of the most beautiful dinghies on the Thames; they are also among the fastest. Visitors eagerly signed up for their turn, and the Raters were busy all day, taking passengers on 20-minute cruises up and down the river. One of the first trips I witnessed involved several six-year-olds setting off in Spindrift early in the morning. They loved every second of the experience, and their excitement was palpable as they jumped for joy upon returning to the Thames Path.

Adventures in a Safety Boat

​Sometimes, the adventures on the water are more thrilling than any action movie. Take, for instance, the escapade involving two RS Feva XLs, a couple of young sailors, and a determined safety boat helm - Paul. Two RS Feva XLs managed to get stuck on the opposite bank, quite a distance from the sailing club. The situation escalated when one of the boats capsized, tossing two young girls into the water. As fate would have it, Paul was wrapping up his safety boat duties when he noticed the commotion and decided to lend a hand.

Paul's arrival was a sight for sore eyes. With the precision of a seasoned rescuer, he plucked the girls from the chilly waters and helped them back into their righted boat. Mission accomplished, or so it seemed.

Just as Paul prepared to return, his motor decided it was time for a dramatic twist—it refused to start. Stranded, Paul found himself in need of rescue. Luckily, one of the other safety boats swooped in, towing Paul and his stubborn motor back to the jetty.

Tied to the jetty, Paul inspected the cause of the malfunction. Lifting the engine out of the water, he discovered a large sheet of plastic wrapped tightly around the propeller. With the deftness of a sailor used to unexpected challenges, Paul whipped out his trusty penknife and set to work. A few minutes later, the plastic was gone, and Paul, ever the dedicated Safety Boat Helm, was back on the water.

In the world of sailing, even the rescuers sometimes need rescuing. But with a bit of teamwork and a lot of determination, every challenge is just another wave to ride.

Busy Day

The Open Day was busy. Many of the Members were sorting out the Tea by the Thames—the Vanilla Slice went within minutes ( we will do two or three next time)—while others manned the desk, signing up for the rides in the boats or handing out life jackets and ensuring they fitted well. There was a constant stream of visitors.

Saturday 8 June 2024

UTSC Open Day

 Open Day in Full swing - Lots of people having their first time out on a sailing boat on the River Thames

Monday 3 June 2024

Sailing in the Sun

 Sailing in the Sun

Some days never turn out as planned. The sun shone. There wasn't a cloud in the sky. We arrived at the club at 10am knowing we had to move the boat from the boat park onto the grass by the Thames and that we would need to fill in a hole and move some bunting to get the boat in, take part in the handicap race and have some fun sailing too. But that wasn't what happened.
We were off to a good start. we extracted the boat from the boat park and loaded it up with all the sailing gear and took the boat across the railway line. The Toura is heavy and its double wheels caused us problems in the potholes in the newly repaired road. We can fixed this.

So out came the spade and wheelbarrow and we spent some time filling in many of the pot holes from the boat park to the railway crossing. Four barrow loads disappeared into the holes and soon they were level.


We couldn't put the boat in its place because the mast was higher than the bunting. But that didn't really matter because we would put the boat in the water and go sailing. The bunting would have to wait until later, but as things happen some of the safety boat crew hadn't turned up and another Paul and his two small kids were all that was available to support the race. Alistair, running the race, asked if we could help and of course we did , so I took to the safety boat, and my Paul said that he would ready the boat, so if the safety boat team turned up, we could take part in the second race.

The OK Dinghies and the Handicap Race

The OK race took part in very light winds that we either gusty or no wind. The race was in two parts  - the boats that got to the end mark and had some wind and the rest of the boats that arrived and found no wind and had to amble around the mark.

UTSC Open Day and an unexpected Rescue

 ​Getting Ready for Open Day Before the Open Day could happen, many other things had to happen. The Cakes had to be made—Paul's Vanilla ...