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Thamesmead Sailing Club. A lake right by a dodgy housing estate, walked round it once and saw a bloke sweeping all the dog mess from the paths into the lake....
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This lot make Shearwater seem lovely! Just an incredibly shifty puddle in nice looking valley surrounded by pine trees and the only lake I know where you can put out 4 marks in small square and have all their flags flying in different directions so the sailing can be poor.
We've been flying the spinnaker running down the lake only to have another boat also flying their kite coming directly towards us running up the lake! We met in the middle (didn't bother to argue who was windward boat!) both dropped the kites and each beat on away in opposite directions.
Winds are usually light to non-existent so being stationary is quite common when racing and water quality depends on what bait is in favour with the fishermen - dog food must be the worst and they've also been known to use sailors and their boats as catapult targets.
The club hut is a wooden shed which, when bought second hand in 1961, was expected to last only ten years - the ladies facilities are tiny and the gents is just awful and there's no hot water in the sinks. The landlord only gives a short lease so no grants are available for improvement.
But the members are friendly and it's a good club to travel away from and it's only 5 minutes from home with no local alternative so we live with its failings.
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Agree about Hayling.
 
Haven't been there for a good few years now, but used to go regularly in the 1980's & 90's for events.
 
- Always met by a miserable man at the entrance who told you all the things you were not allowed to do as you were only a visitor.
- Always charged the highest amount for an open
- Spend over 1 hour sailing out to the course and same back in if it is in the bay and the tide is coming in/out.
- Run aground if sailing in the harbour
- Have to use the visitors bar which only ever had one barman serving who was incapable of remembering an order.
- Then stuck in traffic trying to get off the Island if it was a sunny weekend.
 
I'm going to be very interested to see what happens at the Moth Worlds this year if there is a bit of a soutwesterly blowing, they had enough problems at Weymouth a few years back, and that's a much easier place to launch and sail from than HISC when its windy.
 
39 years of dinghy racing and still waiting to peak.
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Originally posted by Nipper

Agree about Hayling.
 
Haven't been there for a good few years now, but used to go regularly in the 1980's & 90's for events.
 
- Always met by a miserable man at the entrance who told you all the things you were not allowed to do as you were only a visitor.


Yes that brings back happy memories.. LOL

almost as good as the sign posted outside the front door of the Royal Lym YC for the easter regatta for many a year in the 90's which said "no entry for regatta competitors"

Luckily they later started to see sense and replaced it with something along the lines of 'Sailors in wet kit please use the changing room entrance' which was largely what they were trying to achieve with the original sign

Still apart from that, and the horrendous tides it always was a great start to the season and there's a mountain of memories that have come from the easter regatta, which sadly seems to have gone to the great regatta knackers yard...


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As a dinghy sailor, I have now learnt to steer clear of any club that has "Royal" in its title.

About 100 years ago when sailing with my Dad in a small class (Leader), for some reason we had our Nationals at the Royal Corinthian at Burnham on Crouch.
 
The class was made up of normal family people who had brought their kids for a holiday as well.
 
At the opening reception, the Commodore told everyone, that children were not allowed in the clubhouse when the Bar was open, and that in the evening you had to wear a Jacket and tie.
 
Funnily enough no-one went back into the club until the prize giving at the end.
 
The sailing was also tedious as well, launching at low tide so mud everywhere, then basically sailing up and down a ditch, sticking in the middle or the edge depending on the tide, and a bit of reaching up and down the Roach.
 
After 4 days we couldn't wait to go home.
39 years of dinghy racing and still waiting to peak.
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Ah Royal Corinthian- puked up there several times, jumped off the balcony at high tide in my pants and tbh, was served beer and alcopops with gusto courtesy of a Fake ID... Not as snotty-yotty as you guys are making out. Not in Burnham Week anyway.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote blueboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 May 14 at 11:50am
Originally posted by Nipper

Agree about Hayling.
 
Haven't been there for a good few years now, but used to go regularly in the 1980's & 90's for events.

- Then stuck in traffic trying to get off the Island if it was a sunny weekend.


It really is an awfully long time since you were there, isn't it? Have you considered the possibility that anything might have changed? The mass afternoon exit of the bucket and spade brigade is ancient history, for starters.


Edited by blueboy - 31 May 14 at 11:54am
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I'm guessing that they haven't built another bridge or a tunnel or something to improve the access though in the last two years?
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Had a holiday at emsworth last year, in late July. Spent a lot of time cycling on and off hayling island. No sign of any trouble getting on or off the island.
The only traffic jams we got stuck in were at west wittering.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote blueboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 May 14 at 12:40pm
You just don't get the crowds on Hayling that you did 20-30 years ago. In the 1980s you could count on it taking 30-60 minutes to get off the island any sunny summer weekend afternoon. It's rare to experience that any more. I'm a regular visitor to Hayling and a bit of slow-moving traffic in the last couple of miles to the bridge is the worst I've experienced in the last 5 years.
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