Windsurfing Girton Store Cleared – January 2018

A major exercise to rationalise our use of the Chivers Girton Store has been completed. A big thank you to all student and senior members who contributed to the effort. Work started last June (See Great Girton Gala) and continued this past Michaelmas term. Jeremy Johnson completed the task over the Christmas break.

Good homes were found for most of the surplus kit, as follows.

  • Six surplus shortboards went to Oxford, where windsurfing is somewhat weak at the moment.
  • Four IMCO longboards, three shortboards, plus four old booms and sails went to a North London charity for disadvantaged children.
  • All the rest of the boards (that would otherwise have gone to the local dump), the old boat-trailer, the remaining kayak, the mini-punt-thing, and a stack of old sails and booms went to an Essex-based charity that teaches stand up paddle boarding to kids – and needs smallish boards for them to practice balancing.

We are now in a position where we can effectively manage our stock of boards, rigs, and gear. We will be able to schedule repairs where needed, as well as seeing what needs to be replaced. We will also be able to get a clear picture of gaps in our inventory that need to be filled in.

Photo of store entrance and surplus gear awaiting collection
Surplus boards and rigs awaiting collection at the entrance to the Girton Store

View inside store
Panoramic view of the store showing the cleared area – and the good many boards being retained

AGM and Team Racing Dinner – November 2017

The Club’s usual and brief AGM was held in the Hawks’ Club on Tuesday 28th November. The main business was the election of retiring Senior Treasurer Tom Ridgman as an Honorary Life Member – see separate post for details.

After the AGM the Team Racers had their annual Christmas Dinner – see below for some photos.

Dinner Scene 1
Dinner Scene 1

Dinner Scene 2
Dinner Scene 2

Dinner Scene 3
Dinner Scene 3

Tom Ridgman Treasures His Last Committee Meeting – November 2017

Tom Ridgman (Wolfson 1997) attended his last CUCrC General Committee Meeting, held in St John’s Old Divinity School on Monday 20 November 2017. Tom has been Senior Treasurer of the Club since 2003 and his great contribution to the Club over the years was acknowledged with acclamation. He has seen the Club through many ‘interesting’ times, not the least being the separation of the Yachting Section to form the CU Yacht Club in 2013.

Tom expressed the pleasure it had been working with junior officers over the years (mostly good!) and that he had been pleased to help the Club. At the AGM on Tuesday 28th November Tom was unanimously elected an Honorary Life Member – to acclamation. Our best wishes go to Tom and his wife Valerie on his retirement from the Club, and from the Institute for Manufacturing next Summer.

Photo of committee in session
General Committee Prepares for Business: Mike Hayles, Tom Ridgman, Jeremy Johnson, Helen White, John Clay, Jamie Webb, Karen Thomas, Paris Thomas, Greg Sale

Purple Take Silver at Brummie Bender – November 2017

Cambridge Purple sailed well to finish runners-up to Durham at an excellent Brummie Bender held at Bartley SC on 18/19 November 2017. Congratulations everyone! Precise results not yet available for Beige, who sailed consistently to finish in the middle of the Silver Fleet.

Photo of Cambridge team
Cambridge Purple: Alex Smallwood, Ollie Jagger, Bethan Matthew, Freddie Scott, Holly MacAskill, Gregory Sale (Capt)

Photo of Cambridge Beige team
Cambridge Beige: Francis Treherne Pollock, John Clay, Hugh Tomkins, Hamish Lamotte, Callum Farnden, Tom Kosteletos

Mixed Results at Oxford Magnum – November 2017

Cambridge Blue put up a good performance to finish 4th in the Gold Fleet at a very competitive Oxford Magnum held at Farmoor 11/12 November 2017. They were top university after three strong Alumni teams in the field of 21 entrants. Cambridge Black were not so successful, finishing 6th in the Silver Fleet (5th university overall). A report and gallery of photographs are on the O&CSS website. Detailed results are on the kSail Events Portal.

Photo of Cambridge Blur team
Cambridge Blue: Robbie King, Cat Wallace (Capt), Henry Morley, Jules Welham, George Hopes, Jemima Lawson

Photo of Cambridge Black team
Cambridge Black: Michael Smith, Jamie Webb, Anna Prescott (Capt), Fiona Tait (Sub), Dave Robertson, Paris Thomas

Cambridge Finish 12th at BUSA Fleet Event – November 2017

Arthur Henderson and Rachel Tilley sailed consistently to finish 12th in the 62-strong Firefly fleet at the BUCS/BUSA Fleet Racing Championships held at Draycote Water on 4/5th November 2017. Congratulations to both of them – a full report of the event is on the BUSA website.

Arthur and Rachel in action at Draycote Water

Train, Train, Train – November 2017

The weekend of 4/5th November 2017 saw great activity at Grafham Water as all four Cambridge teams trained – against a background of 150 boats contesting the Laser Inland Championships. They were joined on the Sunday by an Oppie Squad being trained by former CUCrC Commodore Bryan Ormond and CUCrC members on the second half of their Level 1 RYA Training course. Over 40 people had to be transported to Grafham and back to Cambridge.

No less than 12 students signed up for the RYA course, three times as many as last year, and training proceeded under the watchful eye of SI Karen Thomas, plus DI’s Ellie Pendlington and Sam Martin. Conditions were not ideal for beginners with Force 5/6 on the first day and 4/5 on the second Sunday. As a result it was not possible to award Level 1 certificates, but plans are afoot to complete the training later this term.

Next weekend (11/12th November) sees the first major competition of the season – the Oxford Magnum. Blue and Black will be there to show their mettle after all the training; Purple and Beige will be doing the same thing later – at the Brummie Bender (18/19 November).

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Successful Taster Weekend, Squash, and Trials – October 2017

Generally good weather, with one or two spills on the Saturday, and excellent organisation made for highly enjoyable taster sessions on the weekend of 7/8th October 2017. People who appear in photographs are listed below.
Elaine Schmidt, Maddy Green, David Fischer, Fiona Tait, James Scott-Anderson, Karen Thomas, Josh Adams, Paris Thomas, Jamie Webb, Helen White, Josh Flack, Jemima Lawson, George Hopes.

Generally good weather, with one or two spills on the Saturday, and excellent organisation made for highly enjoyable taster sessions on the weekend of 7/8th October 2017. Morning and afternoon sessions were held on each day and around 60 students sampled the pleasures of dinghy sailing and windsurfing at Grafham Water. Some photographs of the weekend’s activity are in the gallery below.

The Taster Weekend was followed by a very convivial squash in Clare College on Wednesday 11th October, and membership registrations are starting to flow in.

The usual highly-competitive University Team Trials were held at Grafham on 14/15th October under the watchful eye of Team Captain Cat Wallace and old Blues Josh Flack and Tim Gratton. Some photographs of Saturday’s activities are towards the end of the gallery below.

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Cambridge Top Yachting University – August 2017

A CUYC team were victorious in the first International Top University Regatta held at Qingdao, China 11-15 August 2017, from a field of 9 entries. The event became a real battle between Cambridge and Melbourne, in somewhat fluky and tidal conditions, with Cambridge winning the tie break by virtue of their three 1st places.

The Cruising Club was represented in the team by current member Arthur Henderson and former member Charlotte Petter. Congratulations to all involved, and a big thank-you to Alex Randall of CUYC for organising the trip!

Arthur Henderson (Robinson-Helm)
Nina Luckmann (Jesus-Pit)
Charlotte Petter (Murray Edwards-Headsail Trim)
Alex Randall (Hughes Hall-Main / Tactics)
Tom Weatherby (Churchill-Bow / Mast)

Cambridge Finish 9th in Governor’s Cup – July 2017

James Pinder (Helm), George Hopes, Jemima Lawson, and Jamie Webb finished 9th in prestigious Governor’s Cup held at Balboa YC, California 17-22 July. They had the pleasure of finishing just ahead of current BUSA/RYA match racing champion Matt Whitfield.

Congratulations to the team on a very good performance in their first showing at this tough international youth event. It is accepted that at least two visits are required to achieve a top result.

Photo of Cambridge in action on their boatCambridge in action on Day 3 of the Governor’s Cup – Jamie Webb, George Hopes, Jemima Lawson, James Pinder