100 boats take to Chew Valley lake for anniversary celebrations

By Chew Valley Gazette in Sailing

On the hottest day in June since 1976 Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club saw 100 dinghies take to the water.

This event was part of the club’s 50th anniversary celebrations. During the day members, including some of its original founding members, sailed in the midday heat followed by a celebratory lunch and tea. The evening saw racing with a wide variety of fleets including flying fifteens, lasers and wayfarers.

Andy Bones who joined the club in 1967 and is the present flying fifteen captain said it "was an unforgettable occasion with a huge turnout of boats leading to nerve jangling racing and toe to toe competition. We are so privileged to enjoy our sport in such a beautiful and scenic environment. In spite of the countless years of coming to this place I always leave the better for it.”

On 17th September the sailing club will be participating in "Bart’s Bash" - the largest worldwide event in honour of Andrew ’Bart’ Simpson, a double Olympic medallist. Bart’s Bash is an annual fundraising and participation campaign, promoted by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF), which includes support for disabled sailors.

If you are interested in finding out more about Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club, visit www.chewvalleysailing.org.uk

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