11 June - Egret Cup - Merganser first over the line!

Mark S. reports:

Frank and I were at Paglesham for this short race. First thing was to pump a lot of rainwater out. Then there was lots of discussion on the hard as to whether sailing was practicable – eventually a decision to race was made.

Frank sensibly decided to stay ashore and so John Langrick offered to crew (helm) Merganser - a tad windy for his own little boat.

We were last over the start line but reached both the windward mark and the finish line first. We should have been a bit quicker but in the windy conditions we struggled to get the mainsail up in time for the start and the jib sheets tied themselves into a very effective knot that took an age to unravel.

So, on handicap, we were fourth! But we all enjoyed a post race tipple at Plough and Sail.

10 September - Lifeboat Cup - race organised by the Roach Sailing Association.

Merganser led the fleet the whole way round – but only just and with a bit of luck with wind shifts.
The conditions were such that with a crew and full sail the Wayfarer would have been quite a bit quicker. But with 1 reef in the main and the small jib I felt safe enough single handed.
Choosing the wrong side of the river and beating into the wind and tide I was lucky not too need to tack and just about kept ahead of ELG (who did have some very fancy new sails).
Clem followed my example (silly!) was not so lucky with wind shifts but did well in his Mirror,
Nice beer and chips sitting in the sun outside the Plough and Sail afterwards.

2 December - Annual General Meeting

Our AGM was attended by a high proportion of our members - we had about 85% of our membership at our AGM this year.  We make a full day of our AGM, starting with a morning walk which this year was in the Lee Valley on the Essex/Hertfordshire border, this walk being followed by a pub lunch.  The meeting itself was straightorward with nothing contentious to be discussed. Julia stands down as our Treasurer, to be replaced by Mark S. Clem remains Chairman and John Secretary. 

As last year our club made a financial loss but since we do have some reserves at the bank we did not feel it necessary to make any change to our subscription rates - these are available at http://www.hostellerssailingclub.org.uk/index.php/about-our-club/subscriptions

Further socialising and discussion of a program for 2018 followed our meeting.  We chose a venue for our Easter weekend in 2018, our secretary just needs to check the availablity of accomodation then an announcement will appear on the home page of this website.