Winter on the water for Saltford sailing club

November 06 2012
Winter on the water for Saltford sailing club

Far from being fair-weather sportsmen and women, the hardy sailors from Bristol Avon Sailing Club have decided to extend their season well into the winter with the aptly named Frostbite and Winter Warmer series.

Winter on the water for sailing club

Far from being fair-weather sportsmen and women, the hardy sailors from Bristol Avon Sailing Club have decided to extend their season well into the winter with the aptly named Frostbite and Winter Warmer series. Here, they tell us about the past month at the club.

At Bristol Avon Sailing Club we sail on the river between Saltford Lock and Kelston Lock.  The height of the river at times this summer has been so high that we could almost launch the boats from Mead Lane. Avon Sailing Club

This in itself is not a bad thing but if that same raised river is racing down at some 8-10 knots, then you need a pretty powerful wind to get a sailing boat to move against that kind of river flow. Some days we had that kind of combination, swollen river and good windy conditions. On those days we had some wonderful, exciting sailing that was a pleasure to enjoy whether you were taking part or watching. The cars and walkers along Mead Lane often stopped to just admire the hardy sailors out there doing their stuff on Saturdays, Sundays and Thursday evenings.

We all had such a great time that we are extending the sailing season almost as far as Christmas.   The “Frostbite” series and “Winter Warmer” series will be sailed on Sundays up to and including Sunday, December 16, with a day off for Christmas shopping on December 23 but back again for a Boxing Day race on Wednesday, December 26, and then a New Year’s Day race on January 1, 2013.

In recent weeks we’ve had a Royal National Lifeboat Institution benefit day but sadly racing was curtailed due to a combination of high river level, fast flow and little or no wind. Nevertheless we expect to have raised about £200 by the end of the year through events, Christmas card sales and donations.

As the daylight hours reduce, our Thursday evening activities become less sailing and even more social-based.   The clubhouse becomes a place where you can improve (or prove) your knowledge with a quiz evening, or where you can learn to dance with semi-professional Le Roc teachers, take part in a barn dance or just enjoy the company of others in the club’s Cosy Corner where talk is usually  of races won or lost, gales and mists, boats and sails.

Do come and join us.  We love to welcome visitors from other clubs, other organisations and of course potential new members – remember, we’ve got a fully-accredited RYA sailing course held every year, members young and old, cadet section for the junior sailors and their own trophies to race for. Contact the membership secretary on 01225 874820 or the clubhouse on 01225 873472.