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March 2016 

Commodore's Section
Dear Members
You may have noticed that last month’s E-News had a new look and more functionality through links and electronic booking capability. We have decided to re-brand the monthly bulletin “The Porthole”. It will be your window into the Club and as well as updating you on relevant news in the Club and the community, it will be your guide to what is going on both on and off the water, with the ability to book in to events and courses directly from the text. The idea being that, if you choose to, you should be able to organise most of what you do at the Club through The Porthole on your smart-phone, tablet or laptop from wherever you may be in the world, without having to go to either the website or the notice-board or phone the office! We will refine The Porthole over the coming months to make it as useful and user-friendly as possible: your comments are most welcome – please send them to Daniel -

We are also in the process of developing a new website. The current one is cumbersome to use and time-consuming to keep up to date and as a consequence is not as useful to members as it should be. Our new website will be fully interactive, easy to use from a computer, smart-phone or tablet and should be a vast improvement on the existing website. We are planning to have the new website up and running by mid-summer. More details will follow in due course.

I am delighted to inform you that at its meeting earlier in the month the Management Committee decided that Dorian Campbell should be proposed to become our next Rear Commodore (House) at this year’s AGM. Dorian pursued a successful career in the catering and hospitality industry, lives in Bembridge and has supported Lisa when needed during her time in office, so she is very well qualified for the role. 

Please join me in extending a very warm welcome to all of the new members detailed below who were elected at the recent Management Committee meeting. I would also like to welcome the Revd. Dr. Amanda Bloor and her husband, Mark, who became honorary members at the same meeting. Amanda is the Priest in Charge, Bembridge and has agreed to become the Club’s Honorary Chaplain.

In a fitting tribute to the memory of one of the Club’s most distinguished sailors the Management Committee also decided, with the Janson family’s agreement, that the racing mark “Patch” should be re-named “Janson”, in memory of Johnny.

Easter is not far off and it will now not be long before keelboat and dinghy sailing starts up again. We are very grateful to Michael and Miranda Acland and Alastair and Fiona Gornall who have, respectively, donated a Topaz and a laser to the Club. Together with the two Fevas that we are acquiring for BSDC, this enables us to offer a wide range of dinghies for hire to cadets wanting to start sailing or move up to different boats, but for whose parents acquiring a boat doesn’t currently make sense. We hope this will further encourage cadet sailing and enable more children to attend our courses.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Club over the Easter break.
Sailing Report
Illusion sailors have had a very busy February, culminating with the Illusion Nationals on 27th & 28th.

Twenty Illusionists made the start of the first days racing in the 2016 National Championships held in Bembridge Harbour over the weekend in the pretty cold and breezy conditions. With a ENE F5 blowing it was possible to lay quite a long course, however as tends to be the case with the wind in that direction, the beats are invariably one sided with the St Helens shore definitely the way to go. The overnight leaders after 3 races were Mark Downer (5 points), Julia Bailey (6 points) & Bruce Huber (8 points).

Sunday’s conditions were pretty similar with a cold NEasterly F5 - 6 for most of the time; not that that seemed to deter competitors! After a short postponement so that the eighteen hardy souls were all able to work out where they wanted to position themselves on the start line, the first race of the day got away to an almost clean start with only one boat, Mike Toogood, penalised for being OCS as the gusts increased for a time to 24 knots.

The Final results at the end of day 2 - The overall Championship on count back went to Mark Downer, second place was Julia Baley and third place Bruce Huber.

An excellent weekend’s racing - well done to everyone involved. The next Illusion Regatta is in a fortnight’s time - the Spring Plate

First Aid - 
A First Aid course will be running on Thursday 24th March, to enroll please email

Race Officers
On Saturday 26th March, there will be a rules talk with Barry Dyer at 17:00 followed by a race officers' update at 18:00. Race officers are invited to attend a supper at the Club afterwards. If you would like to learn how to become part of the race officer team and have never done any or are feeling a bit rusty please come and join the day. Contact Daniel for more information regarding this.

Powerboat Level 2 - 
There is a course running on 25th-26th March, and there are 2 spaces available. If you are interested in taking this course, please email

Instructors -
If you would like to come and instruct this summer, please click here to complete the application form.
Febrary Quiz Night
6 teams enjoyed the Valentines Quiz night and Supper. Much laughter and scratching of heads was caused by Mikes wonderful questions and amazing aerial photo quiz. Thank you Mike.
March-April Sailing Programme
Date Illusions Time BOD/BSDC Time
Sat 12 Mar Spring Plate 12:00    
Sun 13 Mar 13:00    
Fri 25 Mar Racing 11:00 BOD Oppenheim Trophy 12:00
Sat 26 Mar Easter Egg Cup 12:00 12:30
Sun 27 Mar 13:00 14:00
Mon 28 Mar     14:00
Sat 9 Apr Racing 12:00 BODA Weekend -Off Season Points 12:00
Sun 10 Apr 13:00 13:00
Sat 23 Apr St Georges Day 12:00 BOD Off Season Points 12:00
Sun 24 Apr Woodford Long Distance 12:30 13:00
Thu 28 Apr     Oppy Open- RVYC  
Fri 29 Apr Fri Night Challenge 18:30 BOD Fri Night Challenge 18:40
Sat 30 Apr Quail Trophy Margaret Philips Cup 14:30 Woodroffe Bowl 14:40

Many have already booked for the ever popular Maundy Thursday Ladies Lunch on 24th March, make sure to book soon to avoid disappointment. We are also looking forward to the Fish & Chip Supper on Good Friday, the Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Sunday Lunch. There is limited availability for all of these so be sure to book soon!

Dinghy Insurance
There are still many members who are yet to complete the new online dinghy insurance form - if you keep a dinghy at the Club, please click to complete this form, irrespective of whether you have historically given us the details. We require this now as the Insurance company has requested an update on the details of all the boats covered in the policy.This is an amendment to the previous policy where your details rolled over to the following year. Further information is available in the Members' area on our website.

Race Reports
You will have noticed that the race reports are being uploaded in the news section of our website, so you can read all about what's been happening both on and off the water here.
March-April Social Programme
Click the links below (in blue) to book in.
7th Mar Rummikub & Scrabble
11th Mar Steak Night in the Bar
18th Mar No Fears Bridge
24th Mar Maundy Thursday Ladies Lunch
25th Mar Redwing Meetings
25th Mar Fish & Chip Supper
26th Mar Race Officers’ Supper
27th Mar Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Sunday Lunch
4th Apr Rummikub and Scrabble
9th Apr BODA Supper
21st Apr Monthly Lunch – Bluebell Walk
22nd Apr No Fears Bridge
New Members
We would like to welcome our new Members to the Club:
Full Members: John R. Harley, Dr Susan House Wade & Mr Richard Wade, Mrs Anna Standish, 
Cadets: Sacha E. Harley, Juliet C. Harley, Sophie Rose Knocker.
Amendments to the Blue Book
Flory Margaret Email:
Guiton Vicky, Alex, John NO IOW TELEPHONE
Vicky Mobile: 07906 423822
Alex Mobile: 07950 489775
John Landline: 020 8948 5476
Laughton-Scott Hugh Email:
Laughton-Scott Joss Email:
MacInnes Michael & Donna Sue IOW Telephone: 01983 872108
Petit James   Email:
Phelps Michael Email:
Rickett Sarah Mobile: 07770 865473
Rowton-Lee Jane Change Scow Boat Ownership:
"Pollyanna" to: Rowton-Lee Family
Stanley Adam Email:
Tate Family Jeremy Mobile: 07866 319686
Penny Mobile: 07962 126491
Penny Email:
Sophie Mobile: 07919 384205
Lucy Mobile: 07717 522073
James Mobile: 07786 386390
Willard Martin & Penny Address: 4 Foxbridge Drive,
Hunston, Chichester,
PO20 1NQ
Wilson James (Jockey) Email:
Winser Crispin New Address: 13 Rigault Road,
London SW6 4JJ
Jonathan Janson Buoy
The renamed Buoy freshly painted by Boatman Rod
Thanks to the wonderful generosity of some Members, we now have another Topaz and a Laser to add to our hire fleet!
J70 Weekend
It's not too late to sign up for the Sports Boat J 70 weekend 16-17 July which has now been confirmed. Your name will go on the waiting list but we will try to accomodate you in the two days  of fun sailing in these exciting boats. Contact Daniel for more info.
In the Clubhouse
The Club bar is open on Saturday evenings from 18:30 - 20:30, come in and take advantage of this
Dinghies are already starting to move from the front of the club, and the Backgammon board is now clear. Evenings are getting lighter and we are looking forward to seeing many of you using the Club over the next few weeks as Spring arrives.
A reminder of the bar winter opening hours:
09:00-17:00 Mon-Fri
18:30-22:00 Fri
11:00-14:30 & 18:30-20:30 Sat
11:00 to 15:00 Sun 
Ned & Victoria Truman
Have great pleasure in announcing the arrival of Ceciy Sophia Carew Truman, born on Wednesday 27th January 2016
In Memoriam

We were saddened this month to hear of the deaths of two of our Members;

Past Commodore Dr Philip James died on 9th February 2016.

Pat Wirdnam who was instrumental in establishing No Fears Bridge nights at the Club, died on 13th February 2016.
Parish News

Bembridge Spring Beach Clean - Saturday 19th March 10:00-12:00

Fly a Flag for Commonwealth - Monday 14th March 10:00-10:15 
War Memorial Gardens, Bembridge.
For more information on either of these events, contact 
Bembridge Parish Council Office on 01983 874160

Harbour Dues
We have been asked to remind all of those who keep their boats in the harbour that harbour dues are now payable. 
Please email:
or call the HM on:
1983 872828 with any queries.
Host an Event at the Club
Thinking of having a business meeting or hosting a corporate event?
Bring them to the Bembridge Sailing Club! There is plenty of space, and facilities including projector, screen, PA system and staff on hand to serve tea and coffee throughout. Email Laura to discuss the possibilities.
Life Jacket Servicing
It is that time of year again, and if you have a life jacket which needs servicing, drop it into the office, and we will send it off to be serviced for you, email the office for more information.
Storm Imogen in Bembridge.
A picture of our pontoons during the storm, curtesy of boatman Rod.
If you own a Scow, and havent completed the census form yet, please click here to do so.

If you own a dinghy which you would like to be made available for private hire, the office is compiling a list. Click here to let the office know.

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