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The Club Line

Waldringfield Sailing Club Spring 2019

From the Editor


elcome to The Club Line! I rashly said I thought we could give the club’s magazine a new lease of life… so here we are! The aim is to inform and entertain you twice a year (spring and autumn), showcasing the strength and spirit of the club and its members.

In particular, when I come off the water on a Saturday or Wednesday I hear the buzz of conversation – that day’s joys, achievements, failures, challenges, silly mistakes, memories of other days, and so on. I wanted to share that more widely because it captures something of why we keep going back for more! This club, rightly, is known for its racing so here you will find stories from adults and juniors sailing the various boats in which members mostly ‘Go Racing’. At the same time the ‘Support Sailing’ team wonderfully turn out to enable racing and training to happen safely – now you can read how John Smith became involved. But members also sail simply for the pleasure of being on and around the water together. As you will discover, Dragonfly sailors lead by example on this (and have done so for 70 years), while yacht sailors enjoy the waters and the hospitality further afield. And now that people ‘Go Sailing’ at the club, this issue also has a story from someone who did just that. For years after I joined the club I had no idea how some things ‘magically’ happened or what those mysterious titles on the programme card meant. For example, how many of you knew (until now) what the King Crow does? The Club Line plans to interview

Editorial Team Anne Spalding (Editor) Patrick Cooney Helen Krailing Giles de Margary Rear Commodore / Commodore Front cover design Donna Johnston Typesetting Harry Margary Publisher Waldringfield Sailing Club Printers Fuller Davies Ltd, Ipswich


From the Commodore other volunteers who do such essential work, often behind the scenes. In case you thought nothing happens during the off season, read about a couple of winter activities involving the Newbourne Fox and Royal Harwich Y.C…. and if you are planning ahead, you might want to pick up some tips from the club treasurer Roger Challis on how to win the Navigation Race. All in all there is plenty to look forward to this season so check out the dates for your diary on the inside back cover. The Club Line would be impossible for me to do alone. So many thanks to the editorial team (detailed below) for your ideas, skills and enthusiasm. And thank you to so many of you for contributing. We hope you enjoy this first edition. Anne Spalding


From the Commodore Dragonflies - Now we are 70! Winter Highlights Junior Sailing Juniors: Cadets Juniors: Toppers Go Sailing Yachting - Cruising and Racing Go Racing: Lasers Go Racing: RS 200s Go Racing: Wayfarers Support Sailing Go Racing: Larks Go Racing: Squibs How not to win the Deben Dragon WSC King Crow - Deconstructed Dates for your diary

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am delighted to be welcoming you to The Club Line, an evolution of our periodical newsletter which I very much hope you will enjoy reading. As Anne has explained, a small editorial team will be working behind the scenes to plan the content of each edition and support the contributors in producing a publication that reflects the breadth of our club. I’m sure that by the time you have read through this newsletter you will want to join me in thanking the whole team who have got this initiative off the ground.

2019 is a very significant year for the Dragonfly class at Waldringfield, being their 70th anniversary. This is a very special achievement in itself, but to see how strong the class is today, with new and younger faces joining the longer established enthusiasts, I am sure the class is in good health, and will remain so for many years to come. To help mark this special milestone, Spencer Wix has applied his craftsmanship to design and create a new bench featuring Dragonfly wings, and a sculpture that will fittingly look out over the moorings. You can read more about the class in the feature article, starting on the next page. 2019 also sees the welcome return of an endof-season Laying-up Supper, which will be held in new facilities at Fynn Valley Golf Club in November. I know that several of you have missed not having a Laying-up Supper in recent years, so please do use this opportunity to take part again. Rani Pert has kindly taken the lead in arranging this event, so I’m sure it will turn out to be a cracker!

On the water, you may be aware that Kay Maddox had put in a great deal of work to take over as Principal of the RYA training wing of the club, but her personal circumstances have changed and she has reluctantly decided to stand down. At the time of writing, we haven’t found a successor, so we will reduce our training commitments this year and take the opportunity to step back and review our needs and how they may be fulfilled. If you have any thoughts on the subject please get in touch. Looking forward to the coming season, we have another packed programme in store, and plenty of sailing to look forward to here at Waldringfield and further afield. May I wish you fair winds and happy sailing for 2019. Ian Videlo

Photo: Robert Deaves

Front cover photo – Robert Deaves

Waldringfield Sailing Club - Spring 2019

Waldringfield Sailing Club - Spring 2019



Build it and they will come… In 1963 there were 43 boats numbering up to 45 (8 and 13 were never built) and 24 swung prettily on mooring trots. A fleet of 18 came to the line for the Deben Week of 1978 as the class approached its 30th Anniversary.

Now we are 70!


t’s September 1948 – an august body of beblazered chaps and elegantly-coiffured gals gather in an (almost certainly) smoke-filled committee room to politely argue their respective cases for a dozen or so names including The Deben Jolly Boat, Sandpipers, Waldringfield Peewits, Chameleons, Rainbows and Deben Fusspots. But at the vote, Mrs Parker’s proposal, seconded by Dr Palmer, that the new class should be called The Dragonfly was carried unanimously.

… and lashings of ginger beer!

Later that winter the partly-built skeleton of a new Dragonfly was transported to Ipswich and hoisted up to the first floor of the Great White Horse Hotel to be star exhibit at the annual Dinner and Dance.

They were Dennis Moore (No 1, Moppett); L E Ogden (No 2, Fantee); A A Gibbons (No 3, Snap); Paul King (No 4, Temper); G A Revett (No 5, Wings); Frank Mossman (No 6, Ripple); Jack Hoylans (No 9, Oriel); D.Thompson (No 10, Windrush); Brian Hawkes (No 11, Francesca); K E M Fish (No 12, Goldfish); J S Alderton (No 14, Dinah); Eric Wilde (No 15, Moon); G W Barnard (No 16, Pixie); Cyril Stollery (No 17,

Stinger); Ken Nicholls-Palmer (No 18); Miss H Parker (No 19, Windsong); Mrs Digby (No 20, Roseanna), and Malcolm Poole (No 21, Katurah).

So, a bit more history… (Pipe down Cadets, you won’t be young forever!) May 1949 was spent fitting out the new fleet. Master Roger Stollery was aboard for the launch of No 17 – under the command of the owner of Robertson’s yard – when it was promptly dismasted… Nothing changes! On June 11, the Dragonflies came to the line for their first race. Four boats competed; No 11 won followed by 18 and 6. The fourth boat, No 5, was recorded as having had a late start… Nothing changes! By the end of that 1949 season 16 dragonflies had competed, Dr Palmer had taken the newly donated Regatta Shield and One-Design racing had come to Waldringfield. The foundations for a pursuit of excellence that has nurtured national and world class champions had been laid.


Peter Fraser, trademark pipe clenched firmly in his teeth, did finally take home the Shield in 1973, sailing No 32 Linnett – the only Dragonfly to have been sailed every season at Waldringfield since its construction in 1952. D32 is now in the hands of infamous pot-hunting boat-building brothers, Fred and Steve Larkman… watch this space! Many mature members will (hopefully?) retain fond memories of Class stalwart and renowned squeezebox player, the indomitable Charlie Taylor. Charlie’s Dragonfly days came to a dramatic end in the North Sea at Felixstowe when he was plucked from the turbulent waters of the Deben Bar. Sadly Dragonfly No 2 could not be saved.

No less than 20 members had pledged a sum roughly equivalent to one and a half times the current working man’s wage to purchase one of the 14-foot Bermudan-rigged dinghies - £152.10s.0d including sails, rowlocks, royalties and measuring fee.

A bare four months later, with numbers carved into 18 new transoms at the yards of Nunn Bros and Robertsons – building ten apiece – a draw was held to allocate the new boats to their proud owners.

took home for a week’s work at the mill. (I hope it’s true!)

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Great characters emerged from those early postwar river rivalries. A driving force in dinghy racing, Cyril Stollery – Commodore of the ‘Democratic Sailing Club of Waldringfield’ for 21 years – is remembered today as ‘someone who was always tinkering with his boat in pursuit of a bit more speed – to no great effect…’ Class rules were always there to be stretched by some (Nothing changes!). Mr Garnham moored his boat at the top of the tide line in an attempt to get round the 24 hours afloat before competing rule… Ted Sudell shaved a bit too much off the end of his stern planking… Young farmer, Peter Fraser admitted after retirement to having taken his boat home just prior to Deben Week and attempted to reduce its weight in the grain dryer. It didn’t work…

It has never, of course, been all about the racing. As a family club, members agreed from the outset that they wanted something that would double as a ‘comfortable dayboat’. The enduring appeal of this 70-year-old design is that the Dragonfly is a very nice boat to just take for a sail. Whether it is picnics upriver of Wilford Bridge, riotous cricket on Felixstowe’s Horse Sands or a ladder rack of instant barbecues in a field at Methersgate Quay – the social side of the Dragonflies has always been a vital plank in the charm of the Class. Nobody remembers who the first Dragonfly World Champion was (‘cept maybe the winner) – but everybody remembers the superb treasure hunt!

But the guaranteed way to get amongst the trophies was to put local boy, George Turner, on the helm of your Dragonfly. Brought up on the Deben and generally acknowledged to ‘know the river better than anyone afloat’, George took the prestigious Regatta Shield a record 10 times in the first 20 years. A member of his family once told me that as a young mill apprentice George took more in prize money – helming his employer’s boat in Deben Week – than he

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The class has had its darker days. Boats have disappeared from the area, decayed to a state beyond feasible repair, and numbers on moorings dropped to a handful.

socials and sailing. The Dragonflies will play host to our Irish ‘twin class’, the IDRYU 14 from Dublin Bay, who will no doubt sail us off the water and give us a masterclass in drinking…

But as she hits 70 the Dragonfly is enjoying a heartening revival – largely due to the efforts of two members of a family which goes right back to the beginnings. James Palmer, grandson of founding member Ken Nicholls-Palmer (D18 and D42) has given the class the best possible ‘defibrillation’ with the production of Phoenix – a brand new traditionally-constructed Dragonfly (No 46).

Winter Highlights The Club Winter Walk


e thought we were early for the 11:00 start of the 2018 winter walk but Cathy and John Fish arrived at 10:00!

Sue Sinton did a marvellous job of keeping the stragglers’ spirits up. The youngest was 6 years old and did very well – mainly on his dad’s shoulders!

Completed in 2016, James took the Regatta Shield with Phoenix in 2017 and continues to be a Wednesday evening regular when the class gathers for a little boating and obligatory beer. Meanwhile John Palmer – Dad of James, son of Ken, has devoted countless hours in the last decade bringing two Dragonflies ‘back from the dead’, helping and advising on the restoration of others, and is currently working on the full restoration of D34. Greatly aided by the enthusiastic captaincy of Richard Smithson (D10) these efforts mean the class is in the best shape it has been in for years. A raft of septuagenarian celebrations is planned for the coming season starting with a special annual dinner and culminating in a September weekend of

and cottages that we passed. Then it was, well, more than a little muddy underfoot around Kirton Creek, passing Sluice Farm. William Sudell told the gruesome tale of the body in the water butt – just ask him!

Apparently my first sail in a Dragonfly was in 1954, inside my quite heavily pregnant mother – who never turned down an invitation to crew. In a lifetime of sailing in a variety of boats, I can say with confidence that the Dragonflies stand out as the friendliest and most supportive of dinghy classes. Come and join a growing fleet – we are the future! Steve Cooney

Gathering in the car park, 26 souls eventually set off. Ali Sudell was absolutely resplendent in pale pink wellies. Daisy, the Videlo’s dog, led from start to finish.

At the The Newbourne Fox we enjoyed soup and sandwiches outside, then we were off through Newbourne Springs (predictably damp). Past Waldringfield church, Sue Bartlett had thought there was a mysterious deserted house but Alyson Videlo explained its lessexciting history! Back at the clubhouse Alan Hall served up Cathy’s homemade cake and lashings of tea. Well done to all!

As we headed towards Hemley, Ali told me who lived, or had previously lived, in all the houses

Paul Bartlett

Sailing – Drysuits & Bobble Hats Recommended!


hile our club happily packed up for winter, Royal Harwich Yacht Club decided to incorporate an RS200 ‘Super Series’ in their Open Winter Series – six races over three Sundays when the tide was high. Several WSC RS200s joined in.

What a brilliant series! The format was simple – a 10am start, two well-run 45 minute races back-toback, then ashore for a hot shower, a beer and a nice lunch in RHYC’s fabulous clubhouse. Five WSC Cadets joined the handicap fleet and we were all made to feel especially welcome.

Derek Jacobs and Hugh Rowland


Photo: Robert Deaves

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On the water, the racing was seriously hot. After the first Sunday the leader was Alan Krailing, having swapped his Lark for a 200. But on the second Sunday ‘young guns’ Harry Chatterton/ Daisy Nunn and ‘old

guns’ Tom Stewart/ Fran Gifford each achieved a first and a second including spectacularly fast downwind legs. Our Commodore Ian Videlo also arrived with crew Alyson and notched up a couple of third places to prove they still have what it takes! On the final Sunday the wind was blowing even harder over a spring tide, kicking up proper waves. Any one of four boats could win the series but Tom Stewart, now with his wife Charlotte, took the series overall. In the Slow Handicap fleet, WSC’s Ines Green/ Amelia Mayhew emerged victorious.Since January, these hardy sailors and WSC Larks and Lasers have been competing in the Alton Water Frostbite Series – full results at and

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Andrew Nunn


Junior Sailing


unior Sailing is back for 2019 and is looking to be as popular as ever. Our aim is to introduce the over 8s to the river, to the fun they can have, the friends they can make and the boats they could sail.

We have a new format this year with our Group 2 looking at improving their helming and working with some of our youth sailors who are now dinghy instructors. We are hoping these children will be out racing next year having completed two years with Junior Sailing.

As with all parts of our sailing club we rely on volunteers and we want to make a special plea to our junior members. It is you who are vital to making Junior Sailing a success and it is you that will make the most difference in whether the people who come to junior sailing want to keep sailing and get out racing. Remember the sailors who inspired you – now it is your turn to be that person. We have lots of keen 8, 9 and 10 year olds who need that someone to look up to and who can help us by taking the children out in a Cadet or Topper. It is this that will keep junior sailing and racing alive. All enquiries and offers of help to or speak to Alan and Helen Krailing or Sara Cox-Olliff.

Photo: Alexis Smith


’d like to introduce you to my new crew Tom. He is eight and we started sailing together this summer in Cadet 9982 (‘Racing Stripes’). Since then we have both learned a range of skills to race successfully as a team. I have learned to teach whilst sailing, as I have previously sailed with a more experienced crew. This has been challenging as I must always be conscious of what we are both doing and make sure I communicate clearly exactly what needs to be done. However, it has been great getting to share what I have learned whilst sailing a Cadet

their experience with us, which has been great as many are talented sailors. Over the last year we have travelled to selector events and the Nationals in Southend. These events were really fun and gave us the opportunity to test our sailing ability against a larger fleet. They were also very social events so we got to spend time with friends who sail Cadets all over the country and the world. We are looking forward to the events this year, especially the Nationals in Brixham.

Charlotte Leigh and Tom Krailing

For our younger members, school year 2 and below we have the relaxed and informal Pirates and Mermaids sessions. Photo: Tim Hampton

with someone else and has made me realise how much more I know about sailing than when I was a crew. I believe this is one of the best things Cadets offer as a boat to learn to sail in.

We have developed a programme for our Group 1 sailors that will see them gaining experience with an adult in a Wayfarer, with one of our fabulous junior sailors in both a Cadet and a Topper, and having fun on shore with theory, plus fun on (and in) the water with kayaks and paddleboards. We also hope to run a Regatta session and a trip to the Rocks. The eight weeks will pass in a flash and I am sure participants and helpers will all have a lot of fun and be keen to develop their sailing skills further. Photo: Alexis Smith

There is no charge for this as the children are with their parents. The aim is to have fun in and around boats and enjoy the beautiful river Deben. Please contact Catherine Hughes on uk. Helen Krailing


Juniors: Cadets

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Sailing together has also given us the confidence to push our ability in order to do as well as we possibly can. We encourage each other to try things we find challenging again until we can do them, and keep the atmosphere fun, even when we are both a bit unsure really. Moving up the Cadet fleet has been really rewarding and has also introduced me to racing. We have been offered the opportunity to take part in many different training sessions which have helped us to think tactically when we are racing, and have given us the confidence to make our own decisions independently from the rest of the fleet. They have also allowed parents and ex-Cadet sailors to share

I have loved sailing a Cadet and have made some amazing friends who I hope to keep sailing with when I leave the Cadet class. It has been great seeing Tom discover the same enjoyment from sailing a Cadet. When I asked him why he liked it so much, he said, “It’s FFFUUUNNN!!!” Charlotte Leigh To get started please contact Jamie Whittle, the Cadet Squadron Leader, on jamiewhitvet@gmail. com. The 2019 Class Captains are Ethan Davey and Isobel Stewart. New for 2019 - Cadet Junior Racing Squad! This is a squad at Waldringfield (no travel required) for those who have done the two years of Junior Sailing, or equivalent, and want to build confidence in racing a Cadet. Contact Neil Collingridge or Sarah Northey on or sarahnorthey@

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Juniors: Toppers


n sunny Wednesday evenings last season, a bunch of Toppers could be seen preparing to start in the Slow Handicap race. Clearly a good

time was had – they were there the next week too! Lucy Rains says, “Toppers are a very friendly class and I really like racing against my friends. We have lots of fun on and off the water.”

In practice, many children have found their way into a Topper through Junior Sailing. Jessica Wright found that “as an older child it’s fulfilling to take out the younger ones and teach them how to sail a Topper – I thought that was quite nice also I like the relaxed atmosphere and no pressure.” Turning to 2019, Lucy is “looking forward to this year’s training and to there being more Saturday sailors. Wednesday evenings are really great too. I think I will really enjoy the Topper Open and I will learn a lot. I like sailing at WSC because there is a good mix of ability, lots of people ready to help me get better, and the club is very sociable – especially Photo: Alexis Smith the Topper Christmas party.” (Photo below.) For more about the Topper class, contact Julian Rains by email or 07585 770792.

Julian Rains, Class Captain, tells The Club Line, “The focus this year is to get our novice sailors confident on the helm and to enjoy their racing on the Deben, particularly on Saturdays [in the K start]. We also want to help our more capable sailors get even better – the Start Racing coaching run by Tony Geary on Saturday mornings will be a big factor in achieving this. Another important event in 2019 is the Topper Training and Open weekend in June. Coaching for all levels will be available on Saturday followed by the Open racing on Sunday. It promises to be a great event and accessible to all our WSC Topper sailors as well as visitors and we expect a few from the Eastern Region. Chris Woodard has volunteered to prepare for and manage the weekend. Thank you Chris.” You can join in – there are two Club toppers available for hire (£5 via the club’s website) and plenty of members happy to take others out for a trial sail or to loan their boats.


Go Sailing

Julie Noy tells her story


aving moved to Waldringfield four years ago, I thought it would be a good idea to take to the water and get involved in the sailing club. I had been on a yacht before but had no experience of dinghy sailing. I signed up for WSC’s adult ‘Learn to Sail in a Weekend’, then the instructors encouraged me to attend the biweekly Saturday Go Sailing sessions, where experienced sailors give up their valuable time to take novices out for a gentle sail. The whole morning is very flexible and people are given the opportunity to take the helm, crew, or generally relax and let others take the strain!! There are a host of different boats to experience, ranging from a Hawk 20, Squib, or Cornish Shrimper to a Wayfarer or Hartley 15.

The nominated helms are knowledgeable and are happy to share their expertise, encouraging confidence and awareness of the weather through their different styles. No Saturday is the same as they are all dependent on weather and tides. After

The idea of the sessions is twofold. Firstly, to encourage people with limited sailing experience to get on the water and build their confidence and enjoy the company of Photo: Alexis Smith others, and secondly to have the opportunity Julie Noy and John Starling in a Wayfarer to sail a variety of different boats, seeing how they function and gaining new experiences. several weeks of regular Go Sailing sessions, I had In the last year I sailed in all the boats which has just enough confidence to take the next step when broadened my knowledge, and given me a greater I was asked if I would like to crew in a Wayfarer. So understanding of the river Deben. with anticipation and excitement I entered the racing arena!! This opened my eyes to a whole new world of tactics, spinnakers and capsizing!! My helm gave me lots of support and encouragement and was extremely patient during my first year, so here’s to next season! The whole experience has given me a new hobby and I now understand not only people’s dedication and encouragement but also the strong bond and rivalry between the different race classes. The number of new people attending Go Sailing has increased and making that transition to racing is both enjoyable and interesting. The whole setup works brilliantly. Julie Noy

Photo: Julian Rains

Oh yes… and adults sail Toppers too. Celia Mason ( or 01473 736740) can tell you more...

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Where does that spinnaker go?

Photo: Alexis Smith

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Go Yachting

were just in time, although mooring on the pontoons had been tricky.

Cruising and Sailing


he Yacht Class cruise in company – with good socialising and a little competition:

Whitsun Cruise

A cruise to Lowestoft, and return via Southwold, was well supported by eight club yachts: Skye of Deben, March Hare, Bliss, Cahoots, Deben Warrior, Rose Hilda, Harmony and Barcarolle. This cruise was to include timed passages, enabling the winner to be awarded the Bell trophy. Neil and Annie Cawthorn kindly undertook the organisation and held a preliminary briefing on a warm and pleasant evening at their home in Waldringfield. On the Saturday the eight yachts rendezvoused off the Haven buoy and set off at 12.10 in fine weather and a moderate SW breeze. Those flying spinnakers and cruising chutes soon took the lead and the fleet finished at Lowestoft after about four and a half hours. We arrived in the marina, then the RNSYC made us very welcome at their bar, followed by supper in their spacious dining room.

A most enjoyable weekend was had by all, with good weather and good company excellently organised by Neil and Annie. Barcarolle won the Bell trophy on handicap and Barcarolle now owes all a drink and a ting of the Bell.

On Friday evening, after welcome drinks on Wandering Star, we all sat down to an excellent meal at the Club. We were made very welcome by the Commodore and food and beverage manager, Tina. On Saturday the sun shone and the Club held its annual Regatta day with a visit by the lifeboat on which all were able to look over, RNLI stalls, plastic duck races, hot dog stalls, and tombola. Looking over the £2.5million lifeboat was quite an experience.

Pimms on the terrace at Southwold

Cruise to Walton and Frinton Yacht Club

Bliss: Chris Cook at the helm in the Inner Sound, Scotland

That evening after a drinks party on Moonbeam, 16 of us sat down to supper at the Club. We had been joined by Tricia and Richard Hopkins, and Jenny and John Chaplin – all four had driven round by car.

Our intention was to start on Friday 10 August from the Deben and arrive at the pond behind W&FYC at about high tide, 11.30 hours.

Photo: Helen Cook

Class Laying-Up Supper Fifty-one Class members enjoyed our 2018 LayingUp Supper. Guests included Tony and Christine Lyon as a small thank you for all Tony’s hard work on our behalf as Harbour Master. A number of Trophies were awarded including:

The shipping forecast on Thursday evening was for gales in Thames area, winds cyclonic then NW, 6 to gale 8, rain/ showers. This almost stopped us in our bunks. Rosemary and Mike Nunn on Ricassa in Levington were well prepared and keen to go. John Palmer on Moonbeam was already on a mooring at the Ferry with two crew and ready. John and Gillian Shambrook with daughter Sarah were on a mooring at Waldringfield, also well prepared, while Ann and Peter Thubron on Wandering Star were thinking, ‘Should we or should we not?’

Spinnakers in sun On Sunday a similar timed passage started at 09.30 to Southwold involving some long tacks, again in fine weather, eventually finishing on a line off the harbour mouth after about two hours. After we had moored up John and Diana Foster kindly provided drinks and snacks on the pontoon adjacent to March Hare, prior to a three-course fish supper at Southwold Yacht Club. Monday dawned fine, with a fair wind from the NE, and the final passage started at 10.15. We finished off the Woodbridge Haven buoy after three and a half hours.


• The Waldringfield and Hemley Boating and Sailing Cup (1928) to Chris and Helen Cook (in Bliss) for the longest cruise in 2018 – to Scotland;

At 06.00 hours on Friday we had bright sunlight and no wind so we set off down the Deben. Wandering Star led the way over the bar as she has a twin keel and shallow draft. We were met by a head wind over the flood tide, giving us an uncomfortable motor all the way to Stone Point and up to the Twizzle. Here we met Ricassa and all picked up moorings to await the high tide. With all four boats safely on pontoons in the pond, the wind went up to 30 knots with heavy rain. We

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• The Admiral’s Trophy in the form of three canons to Tony Carter for being first Waldringfield yacht in the Haven series.

Heading down the Deben We were royally entertained by Walton & Frinton Yacht Club throughout our stay and all hoped the Club would welcome us in 2019.

8th June 21st June 19th July 15th Sept

Pimms Party London Cruise Walton & Frinton YC cruise Ore & Alde cruise

Details from Class Captain, Peter Thubron

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Go Racing: Lasers

Go Racing: RS200s, John Hughes posting results and Patrick Cooney running this year’s Open meeting.

I am really looking forward to a great summer of sailing, and may even go to the Nationals. I would really recommend this class to everyone (Mum and Dad?!).” Harry Chatterton: “RS200 sailing at Waldringfield is always action packed! Lots of manoeuvres and tight racing make it a great boat to race on the river. With some great sailors in the class it makes for some really competitive racing. I would highly recommend youth sailors moving out of Cadets to give the 200 a try!”

Our aim remains to provide competitive fleet racing and be inclusive of a wide range of sailor abilities. We have some of the best sailors at the club pushing at the front of the fleet and a variety of races-withinraces all the way through the fleet. We’ll continue to run ‘all-in’ series results where racers can use either the full-size standard sails or radials depending upon the weather conditions with both counting in the overall series Photo: Robert Deaves results, and we will also breakout radial results. This helps equalize the weight and age range across the broadest range of conditions possible to maximize sailing time for everyone.

Class Captain Clive going well


ooking back at a great 2018 season we had excellent support for fleet racing: the Wednesday evening Laser class start attracted more than 10 boats most weeks, and for several weeks we managed over 20 Lasers on the start line. The Saturday race We have two club Lasers for hire so people can series remained highly competitive with six different literally try before they buy and see if the Laser series winners in 2018: Cameron Harris (twice), is the boat for them, be it for a quick Wednesday Mike Hanes, Chris Spark, Doug Hutton-Squire evening race and/or Saturday racing. Both the club (twice), Dan Scurrell and Diana Pipe. The age group winners for the year with the best results across four series were: Dan Scurrrell (Apprentice, 35-44), Doug Hutton-Squire (Master, 45-54), Peter Mills (Grand Master, 55-64), John Hughes (Great Grand Master, 65+). Congratulations to all. We also nearly had a first when a Photo: Robert Deaves Laser almost won a Lasers downwind behind the island trophy race! Harry Ogden was catching the winning hire boats were re-rigged last year and had new sails, boat approaching the line, finishing second in the both standard and radials. So why not come and a Trafalgar pursuit race – no reason a Laser can’t go give a Laser a go when you have a spare couple of one further this year. hours! Hope to see you all on the water in 2019.

For 2019 we are looking forward to having 50 Lasers at the Club. We’ve got a great team in place to support Laser racing this year including Toby Tracey managing the club hire boats (book at www.



he RS200 is Waldringfield’s asymmetric class and is a great double hander. The fleet has grown significantly over the last few years. There are now over 20 boats at Waldringfield with a wide range of ages and abilities. One strength in

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Clive Quantrill

Ethan Davey: “I love sailing the 200 especially when it’s windy. When you’re flying along, going so fast and you haven’t even got the spinnaker up. Then you get it up and you’re away! It’s such a speed boost from the Cadet.” Harry Chatterton and Tim Crossley particular is the number of youth sailors that have joined the fleet over the last year. Here’s what they have so say about the RS200:

If you would like to find out more about the RS200 or have a sail then please contact Stephen at stephen.videlo@ Photo: Emer Berry

Cara Bland: “Having come out of Cadets, the WSC RS200 class seemed a really appealing and exciting way to continue sailing at the club. So I began helming for Luke at Saturday racing. We had a big shock the first time we went out, in 25 knot winds, and found ourselves checking out the centreboard quite often. However since then, we have been so lucky to be able to sail weekly against not only some of the best sailors at the club, but also in the country, and this means that we are constantly learning new things every time we go on the water. It was a big step up from the Cadets that I had been used to for so many years; more powerful, faster, more Archie Goodhead and Alex Bell-Jones intense and definitely more unstable. The RS200 sailors are so friendly and helpful, and we all have a really great time, on and off the water…

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Photo: Robert Deaves


Go Racing: Wayfarers


t is easy to think that the Waldringfield racing Wayfarers are all about the new Hartley boats and the (often) very close racing at the front of the fleet. However, the Wayfarer fleet is much more than that and there is real enthusiasm throughout the whole fleet. In fact some of those who sail most regularly are still in the old style Wayfarers – here is Margaret’s story: Unbelievably it is 22 years since we bought our first Wayfarer and, with fear and trepidation, joined in the racing. I say ‘with fear’ because I had been terrified of being in a boat with white flappy things since I was about five, and Matthew was only 15 and it was a huge step up from helming a Cadet (for three years) with a lovely crew to going out in a Wayfarer with a very nervous mum, who insisted on racing because the safety boats were out.

Support Sailing

Admittedly some of the high spots were the times we did not capsize when all around us were; did not get caught up with commercial traffic (and being protested out) at Medway, and of surviving a very, very windy Orford Day during Aldeburgh Week. In fact we survived some very windy conditions at all sorts of venues… once we overtook 14 boats on the last mark because they all capsized.

… I’d been sailing for a few years and decided that racing wasn’t for me – I’m not competitive enough! So when an instructor course came up, I decided to have a go. It included powerboat training, so two of us were asked to join the WSC safety team. I found myself driving Fynnlass on one or two Saturday afternoons each month and I was encouraged to take the safety boat course – as usual this took place in calm conditions so was somewhat unrealistic. The first time I was asked to drive a RIB I had to assist a Squib that was aground on a lee shore with an ebb tide. That was certainly a learning

Matthew is still sailing his ‘woody’ and thoroughly enjoys each and every Saturday afternoon. He takes his triumphs from the buoys they round in first place, seeing the seals, and watching others doing the wrong course – or capsizing!

After about four years we sold our boat and bought a ‘woody’ and we had so much fun in that. We sailed in several Deben Weeks (mostly at the back of the fleet). We also branched out to sailing in some Open Competitions, including in Denmark and the Nationals in Weymouth. With a heavy heart I gave up crewing in 2010, and handed over my jib, spinnaker lines, Rachel and Matthew and seat to Rachel.

Waldringfield Sailing Club - Spring 2019

. . . and where is the crew? The role can be quite varied. Our primary duty is ensuring safety of competitors, including dealing with breakages (masts, rudders, halyards etc.) and watching for boats aground. An inverted dinghy with its mast in the mud is a challenge! We may need to move marks when there has been a wind shift, and we escort traffic through the fleet. We are always in the way, although we try not to be! Windy days can be busy but it can also be a bit frantic when the wind has died and we have thirty or more boats to tow home. When there are no sailing events there is always regular maintenance to catch up with – ask the Club Bosun!

Margaret Lake

Margaret and Matthew We discovered the Photo: Steve Bell / Fotoboat true value of ‘time on the water’ and gradually managed to finish a race while the other helms were still in the dinghy park. Then, after lots of help and guidance from the other helms, we actually arrived at the dinghy park with other Wayfarers still in the water (that memory is still very clear).



our editor asked, “Why do you go out in safety boats week after week in all kinds of weather?”

Cadet training experience! Many of our team would agree that it can take three or more seasons to become confident in rescue techniques. However, many days there is little to do other than laying marks, although we do need to monitor the whole course, attend capsizes ensuring everyone is ok. If we do need to assist, it usually just involves keeping the boat head-to-wind until upright and ready to continue racing.

Photo: Alexis Smith

John Smith

Some of the best experience in boat handling can be driving a RIB for race training – lots of practice at manoeuvring in the middle of a racing fleet, anticipating tacks and gybes and, of course, lots of capsize rescues. And it’s a good way to learn more about racing techniques too (but I still haven’t mastered roll tacks). Towing in

Waldringfield Sailing Club - Spring 2019


Go Racing: Larks


fter a year which saw Lark sailors tied up with families and house renovations, the Cartoon Trophy reignited the Lark flame towards the end of the 2018 season. We had 11 boats out on the water for some exhilarating sailing and close competition. The November AGM, with a traditional visit to the Maybush afterwards, resulted in the idea of providing a specially modified WSC Lark racing calendar, proposed for the 2019 season (ask Dan for details).

Go Racing: Squibs

crews, for those wishing to try something different. Give it a go!

The Lark is a fast symmetrical dinghy and has produced some of the best, nationally recognised, sailors on the Deben. This year, with a view to increasing participation and competitive sailing, the special Lark calendar targets high water weekends, Alan Krailing and Hannah Edge Photo: Robert Deaves including Super Saturdays, and gives busy sailors the chance to plan their sailing In addition, the National Class Association has (and other commitments) in advance. So we are promised to sponsor Try-a-Lark days at Waldringfield hoping for maximum turnout while optimising the – pizzas will be provided as a welcoming gift for those trying the boat for the first time. Dates for these events TBC so watch this space! Already this year, at Alton Water, the frostbite series has seen up to five Waldringfield Larks regularly making the start line as some try and get in practice in for this year’s Nationals which are being held in Rock, Cornwall over the May Half Term Bank Holiday weekend. There will also be strong fleet of Larks heading down to Salcombe for their Town Regatta on 3-10 August, as well as other events throughout the year. A busy Lark start at the Cartoon Trophy best Waldringfield conditions. This Lark series, and subsequent prizes, will be based on those participating over the planned weekends, and it looks awesome. The Larks are keen to support WSC’s Junior Sailing programme and are always on the lookout for new


So if you fancy a sail in a Lark, or would like to find out about the Lark dinghy, check the availability of the Club Lark or just want to know more about the class then contact Dan Watson on or 07818 011003.

Photo: Robert Deaves

Waldringfield Sailing Club - Spring 2019


quibs are sailed at around 30 clubs around the UK and Ireland and are often named with an explosives theme, such as Jumpin’ Jack, Gunpowder Girtie, and Ignite. The 2018 national championships were held as part of Cowes Week and attracted an entry of 100 Squibs, a record for the event. (The spinnakers were sponsored by IT company AQL.)

Squibs were introduced to Waldringfield as a class in 1970 and have been active on the Deben for almost 50 years. The Waldringfield fleet comprises of about a dozen boats and we are welcoming two new Squibs who will be joining the fleet this year. We are a friendly lot and always on the look-out for new crews. Squibs participated in the popular Go Sailing mornings last year and we recruited several new Squib crews from there. The Deben is a beautiful river with abundant wildlife both above and below water level. As we keep our boats on swinging moorings, boat bottoms become quickly fouled with marine organisms. (‘I’m now trying out yet another antifoul for 2019!’) The Squibbers have addressed this fouling problem by organizing regular scrubbing gatherings during the ‘high fouling’ season. We have our own trolley system and, with a powerboat and team of ‘scrubbers’, we can deal with the active fleet on a flood tide. If you would like a wet and muddy workout, please feel free to come and join us!

‘The boat was going well last year, I must resist fiddling with the settings during the winter!’) Some Squibbers practice their towing skills (behind a car) and venture off to Rutland Water,

Photo: Tom Hicks

Oulton Broad, Burnham and beyond for Squib open meetings. This year the Eastern Region Championship is being hosted by the Haven Ports YC at Levington. There should be a good WSC representation there in May where we will be able to go out to play with the Orwell fleet and with others from around the country.

The Waldringfield Squibbers come from a variety of backgrounds, though most of us are no longer inconvenienced by having to go to work all the time! Many are experienced sailors who enjoy good competitive racing. (To remember:

Waldringfield Sailing Club - Spring 2019

Barry Searle

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How not to win . . . the Deben Dragon

Memorable previous winners have avoided all the above and maybe we can learn from them. Names have been omitted to save their blushes.

How fast will you sail? That’s another prediction to get wrong. Your speed will surely depend on the wind strength and direction. So is that sea breeze going to arrive after you have started in light airs, to blow all the late starters faster than you? And we know that dinghies sail at different speeds on different headings, especially faster if planing. So an RS200 will plane over adverse or dead water quickly to regain the helpful tidal stream, whereas a Cadet would be influenced for much longer.

Where to go? Will you keep in the favourable tidal stream but sail a further distance as the river bends? More to get wrong. Keeping off the mud in hat’s the Deben Dragon?’ I can guess you’re Martlesham Creek is a good strategy. Finding yourself thinking. A few club members will know first- stationary, have you simply run out of wind, or are hand because it is the prize for our annual you quietly aground? Navigation Race, one of the Club Championship series of trophy races. And where is the wind coming from? This is not always clear especially as you pass under the trees It is the most frustrating of races. The format at Martlesham creek, and off the Tide Mill marina is deceptively simple. You can start when you like entrance at Woodbridge. Here the wind will box the within reasonable limits, sail up our beautiful Deben River to Martlesham Creek buoy then turn round Wilford Bridge buoy to sail home for the traditional cream tea. The results are calculated on your elapsed time and boat handicap. So what can stop you winning the Dragon?


First there is the tide prediction to get wrong. Wisdom would suggest that you should time your start so that you arrive at Wilford Bridge buoy at the top of the tide, thereby having the flood taking you there and the ebb bringing you home. Is this a Where is the wind? simple calculation of time? The high tide for WSC is published but how much time correction is applicable for Wilford Bridge? Also some advise that the tidal velocity you experience is not the same for going and return. And don’t forget to include corrections for such variables as atmospheric pressure and any recent wind piling water up in the river.


• A Mirror started as the first boat at the earliest time permitted, in quiet airs on a hot sunny day with a sea breeze certain to arrive. Reputedly they needed to return early for a social after sailing. On the bank, we all said that they had started much too early! In the event the sea breeze didn’t come and we were left fighting the ebb tide past Woodbridge and all the way to Wilford Bridge. • The crew of a Lark arrived unintentionally late to Photo: Alexis Smith be the last to launch – just as Rounding the Wilford Bridge mark the easterly breeze filled in and so they flew under spinnaker for much of the course. Who would have predicted this? • A Wayfarer timed its arrival off the marina twice just right to carry the breeze through this doldrums area. They said it was just luck but… • A Wayfarer started after the bunch but just as a significant wind shift became permanent. They carried their spinnaker on a long plane leg towards Woodbridge where the rest had close-reached in slower displacement mode. • Surprisingly a small cruiser started, being possibly the most inappropriate boat for the close tacking in the confines of the upper reaches. But there was no fairy tale ending for them, even with their handicap! In hindsight, even the best laid plans are not guaranteed to yield results but we keep trying. Before the start, ignore the banter advice and misinformation offered by competitors on the beach – their planned start time will be their best-kept secret. Really the Navigation Race is you against the river which is probably why this is arguably our most popular trophy race. And racers from every class have won this trophy since the race started in 1993. This year, will lady luck help you to claim the Deben Dragon?

Photo: Alexis Smith

compass and then it is likely to desert you, or be apparently contrary between jib and mainsail. Get this wrong and you will be parked up, moving only on the tide. This corner is where you will be especially punished for getting the timing on the tidal flow wrong.

Waldringfield Sailing Club - Spring 2019

Roger Challis Heading Home

Photo: Alexis Smith

Waldringfield Sailing Club - Spring 2019


WSC King Crow - Deconstructed


ho or What is the King Crow – the top dog on race management or a punchbag for participants?

Fleet racing in six races over two days, all competing for lovely chocolate Easter Eggs… and for trophies and glory!

Wednesday evenings from 24 April

The perfect end to a summer’s day: approximately a 45 minute race, then a delicious evening meal (book beforehand) – or come for the meal and watch the evening racing.

Regatta, 28-30 June

Fun for all the family! One-off handicap race on Friday evening; laughter on the beach with fancy dress and beach games on Saturday; meal and entertainment at the club on Saturday, and a series of four races over the Saturday and Sunday.

Yachtsman’s Service, 30 June @ 1800hrs

Gather in front of the club in your boat or on shore for a boat-based service led by local clergy and brass band – a great way to round off the Regatta.

Cadet Week, 28 August - 1 September

harassed OOD and urges us to give credit as well as constructive criticism to the occasional hapless volunteers on Boadicea.

A competitive series of races in Cadets and, this year, RS200s for Year 13 and below - lots of fun on and off the water.

There is also a significant clerical side to the King Crow role although Neil has managed to reduce more than 50 club racing documents down to a handful of laminated sheets and a clear set of race management guidelines. Folders are now colour coordinated and the aim is to review operational procedures annually to keep up with member requests and national sailing trends. The club has more than 115 flags to maintain and Neil spends £20 each year on declaration pencils!

Bottle Boat Championships, 1 September

The job is not all about courses and committee boats but you can be sure that the King Crow will always have an eye for the Club Line. Neil Fletcher, Chas Edwards and Mike Oldroyd on Boadicea


Do come – and invite your friends… Easter Egg Open Meeting, 19-20 April

Neil Fletcher has been the King Crow for nearly seven years and there is no doubting his commitment to the role. Not so much club royalty as a race management tzar with the general goal of providing the best racing possible to club members on weekends and Wednesday nights. Our current commodore Ian Videlo was his predecessor in the post for four years and before him Mike Pert and John Fish both did a fair stint. History does not tell us how or when the role first came about but the incumbents either seem to enjoy the position or get stuck with it, as both John Laws and Mike Oldroyd took on the King Crow mantle for at least eight years each… maybe now is the time for a Queen Bee (as in B for Boadicea) to be considered? Whoever succeeds Neil (one day) will have to enjoy talking about sailing… a lot! Despite its name, it is an unassuming ‘behind the scenes’ role which brings out the passionate sailor and committed club man in equal shares. Neil has actively sought to develop the concept of the Course Adviser with a posse of six pundits from across the classes. He organises a huddle with them (often in the Maybush) at each end of the season to experiment with Sailcom [Sailing Committee] ideas and to digest feedback from sailors and surveys. Hot topics for 2019 include the expansion of Super Saturdays, RYA race officer/ team training, and the hunt for a few Principal Race Officers. In the meantime the King Crow will provide what support he can to the

Dates for your Diary

Photo: Alexis Smith

Radio-controlled boats made locally from plastic bottles – lots of short races in front of the club at high water. To learn more, ask for Roger Stollery.

Cartoon Trophy Open Meeting, 14-15 September

Fleet racing in six races over two days, this time competing for sailing cartoons by Giles or Mike Peyton.

WSC Golfing Day, 29 September

18 holes at a local golf club (venue TBC), open to any member with their own clubs and ability to play off a handicap, with a meal afterwards.

Laying-Up Supper, 22 November

This year a special occasion at Fynn Valley Golf Club – look out for details.

Details on the club website:

Patrick Cooney

Waldringfield Sailing Club - Spring 2019

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Waldringfield Sailing Club - Spring 2019

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Waldringfield Sailing Club Spring 2019 Edition

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Waldringfield Sailing Club Spring 2019 Edition