Erith Yacht Club

The finest sailing water on the tidal Thames

Club Ship 'Folgefonn'

Anchor Bay,

Erith, Kent, DA8 2AD

Tel 01322 332943

Secretary Tel 0208 310 2686

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Saturday 16th July 2005 Southmere Lake, Thamesmead.

Once again, EYC members and YMCA Thamesmead (personified by George Reynolds and co in particular Bert Cowley) gave up their Saturday to run this annual event. The idea is to encourage new families to join EYC and to give youngsters (members, friends, relatives etc.) an opportunity to sail away from the tidal waters at Folgefonn.
About 20 youngsters turned up for the day - Oppies Toppers, Mirrors, Bosun were there to try. The Oppie is ideal for complete novices, being very stable and simple to sail. Some adults found it was rather small, but nevertheless took youngsters for a sail. The Toppers were popular, and mostly two children went together, some introducing younger sisters and some introducing friends. The weather was perfect - sunny and not very windy but with the occasional puff that got the children shrieking for more.
After lunch a race was held which involved 5 Topper crews and 5 Oppie crews - a turn out to die for! The children were very enthusiastic and learnt the racing flags, too. Mr Elmes set a straightforward course, that they all completed - adults, watch out! Miss Mees and Miss Nicholl got a terrific start and took the lead to the second mark - at least a leg ahead. They were overhauled later by Master Butcher and Miss Butcher and, once he had sorted himself out, Master Reeves. Master Seal made a very good finish in an Oppie, crossing the line 4th. There were new crews there too, who raced very closely. A second race took place, for those who stayed the course.
After racing there was a small presentation and notable participants received medals. Bert reminded the children that they must all help to put boats away, and they all did. Credit to them because this involves a 100 yard walk along the road. Refreshments were provided by EYC members.
This was a very successful day, and some of those who had helped out met in the Folgefonn bar afterwards, for a well-deserved fish and chip supper. Later, once it was dark, they swapped electric light for Tim's Tilley and enjoyed the atmospheric ambience that was created.