Please select your home edition
Edition
Leaderboard June July August 2022

60th celebrations at Fishers Green Sailing Club

by Christian Hill 6 Sep 2021 07:15 BST 4-5 September 2021
60th celebrations at Fishers Green Sailing Club © Claire Chown

Two days of sailing and games on and off shore were held to mark the celebrations of 60 years of the beautiful Fishers Green Sailing Club.

It may be a small disused gravel pit, with fickle winds and various shallows, but it has been built on love and family feel, with a warm welcome to visitors, for 60 years. Various locations and clubhouses have come and gone until we settled on Holyfield Lake, the present clubhouse being entirely built by the club members at the time.

Saturday

The celebrations started with a 36 boat pursuit race for the newly presented 'Conroy trophy', the Conroy name being involved with the club for well over 50 years, this will now be added to one of the big ones to win on the club calendar.

The revitalized Topper section got the 90 minute race under way. There were 15 different class of boats involved and the spectators, made up of members past and present, were treated to a great race. The fairy tale was nearly written as Steve Conroy (solo 5328) took the lead, only to be pipped at the post by the vintage Merlin, with a rich history at the Green, Cream Cracker(2997) sailed by Christian Hill/Clive Gladwin.

As ever at the Green everyone was treated to a superb lunch, and later in afternoon, tea created by Jane O Brien and Sandra Williams and everyone also had a chance to chat to members of the Model boat section and admire their impressive display.

Step forward Fishers Greens resident compère, straight from his race win, now into game show apparel to announce inflatable racing, Topper tug of war, egg throwing, obstacle course challenge, VR headsets, musical chairs and children's treasure hunt. Great family fun with enough action to work up an appetite for a monster BBQ produced by Christian Hill and Genevieve Braas.

As the sun was a setting, a toast was made by commodore Kevin O'Brien. VIP former members and current members and their families and friends raised their glasses which was the signal for the epic, outstanding, amazing (unfortunately my words can't do it justice) light/firework/music show which could have graced any opening ceremony. This awesome display was engineered by new members Karl Moss and Matt Stolton who are also the driving force behind the resurgent windsurfing fleet. Finally 3 kegs of beer, from the New River Brewery, ensured that a good night was had by all.

Sunday

3 Menagerie fleet races took place, the emphasis being on involvement, with new crew pairings all over the fleet. Competitors were blessed with a pleasant force 2 northerly, which gave everyone room to race. New member Tony Cooper (Laser) sailed two flawless races to take the win. Two stalwarts of the club, Paul Rayson (Solo 5181) and Godfrey Clarke (Solo 4807) took 2nd and 3rd places respectively and Matteo Mancini, crewed by Nick Yannakoyorgos in the vintage Merlin Shogun (3055) was the first U/18 junior helm.

Mo Allen led the sunset paddle safari to explore parts of the lake inaccessible to boats. Craft included SUP's, Toppers, kayaks, and windsurfer boards, if it could be paddled it was, just another way the club has grown over the last 60 years to include recreational paddling.

The staple meal of any sailing club is the chilli con carne, this time created beautifully by Genevieve Lappage. As the sun set, with a few pints still left in the kegs, the annual prize-giving from 2020 was finally held, and club champion Graham Sexton (Streaker 2126) was crowned.

A great weekend of sailing and fun was had by all. Old film and photos were brought into the digital age, past members were remembered fondly and new memories combined with the old ones. Here is to the next 60 years with a bright future.

Too many 'thank you's to mention individually. Club Secretary Vicky Hill was the driving force behind the scenes, writing lists and thinking of everything, who co-ordinated the 40+ team of members who all contributed to the success of the weekend.

Thank you to everyone who turned up to make it such a special occasion.

Related Articles

Laser/ILCA Thames Valley series at Fishers Green
Helms from seven different clubs enjoyed the excellent weather Fishers Green SC held their annual Laser/ILCA open meeting on 11th June. Helms from seven different clubs enjoyed excellent weather for the open which is part of the Thames Valley series. Posted on 15 Jun
Vintage Merlin Rockets at Fishers Green
An ideal northerly wind direction straight down the axis of the lake With an ideal northerly wind direction straight down the axis of the lake, the Fishers Green home boats were joined by some very welcome visitors, the race team had no trouble setting a true beat the full length of the lake. Posted on 7 Jun
Fishers Green Solo Open
A superb turnout of 25 boats Fishers Green Sailing Club held their annual Solo Open Meeting on Sunday 8th May 2022. The forecast was for variable conditions with prevailing wind from a north easterly direction. Posted on 11 May
Phantoms at Fishers Green SC
The host club provide 'Phantastic" hospitality yet again Fishers Green SC held their Phantom open meeting on 7th May, as part of their eastern travellers series. The competitors asked for four races so that is what they got. Posted on 11 May
Fishers Green Comet Open
Part of the Comet Eastern Travellers' Series Fishers Green SC held their Comet open meeting on 7th May, as part of the Comet Eastern Travellers' Series. The competitors asked for four races, so that is what they got. Posted on 10 May
Fishers Green Sailing Club Icicle Race 2022
30 club members take part in 8 different classes for the first silverware of the year Sunday 9th January saw the first piece of silverware in the FGSC calendar was up for grabs, the very much sort after, the one to win, marvellous Icicle Trophy. Posted on 12 Jan
Lasers at Fishers Green
17 helms for this Thames Series event Fishers Green SC held their annual Laser open meeting on 19th June. 17 Lasers from 7 different clubs weren't put off by the light forecast and made the journey to this picturesque location for the open which is part of the Thames series. Posted on 28 Jun 2021
Phantom Eastern Travellers Series at Fishers Green
Ben Falat only just takes the win from Bob Portway Fishers Green SC held their Phantom open meeting on 12th June, as part of their eastern travellers series. Thankfully this year the lake is weed-free, so at least all the area could be used as needed. Posted on 22 Jun 2021
Comet Traveller's Series at Fishers Green
No weed this year so the whole lake was in use Fishers Green SC held their Comet open meeting as part of their traveller's series. The forecast of NE wind is usually considered a good direction but the wind would be up and down all day with big shifts creating a snakes and ladders affair. Posted on 22 Jun 2021
Solos at Fishers Green
Pleasing to see 37 entrants on the start line Fishers Green Sailing Club held their annual Solo Open Meeting on Sunday 16th May 2021. The forecast was for variable conditions with prevailing wind from a southerly direction. Posted on 19 May 2021