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AUTUMN REGATTA - 5th/6th September 2015

18 Aug 2015

We are holding our Autumn Regatta over the weekend of 5th/6th September.

This is the highlight of the year for many members and visitors.

This year we've shaken things up a bit and come up with the following programme:

  • Separate race series for Saturday and Sunday which include a Lemon's Hill Bridge race and several short sprint races.
  • Standalone Sunday pursuit race.
  • Saturday afternoon/evening fun and games together with afternoon tea and cakes followed later by a hot dinner and quiz.
  • Cafe and bar open all day.
  • The cost of racing is £12 for members and £18 for visitors (FREE to race card holders). Food and drinks can be purchased separately.
  • Single day entry (either the Saturday OR the Sunday), £7 members and £10 for visitors.
  • Free overnight secure berthing, free camping (sorry NO CARAVANS or CAMPERVANS).

Why not come along and join in the fun, enjoy some good racing and socialize with friends old and new?

To enter, click here.

Alton Water Single-Hander Open

14 Aug 2015

Alton Water is holding an open event for single-handed dinghies on Saturday 19th September.

The aim is to bring all single-hander classes together, to have some fun, socialise together and of course race for the highly desirable prizes on offer!

  • The event is open to all RS Aeros, Lasers, RS Teras, Toppers, in fact, any single-hander class.
  • 3 races to be sailed with one discard.
  • We expect to have separate starts for the following classes: RS Aero (all rigs), Laser (all rigs), RS Tera (all rigs), Fast (PY < or = 1050) and a Slow (PY>1050) handicap start.
  • For anyone who wants to camp (sorry NO caravans) at Alton Water to take part in the events of the following day (Bartís Bash), this too is possible, but please contact the office first.
  • Entry fee is £5 for members and £10 for non members - Entry can be processed online here. Entry forms can be downloaded here.
  • Alton water has a cafe and if anyone would like to pre-order food, please let us know.

Suffolk Schools Regatta 2015 - RESULTS

25 Jun 2015


Many thanks to all of today's competitors, the army of volunteers (including parents), supporters and visitors who made the regatta such a memorable day for so many.

We look forward to seeing many of you back again next year.

Results from today's regatta can be found here.

A small selection of photographs from the event can be seen here.

Summer Series starts this Sunday, 28th June at 11am

22 Jun 2015


Thank you to all who responded to our survey regarding weekend racing through the summer. We had 69 survey responses.

  • 64 out of 69 responses were in favour of racing.
  • 28 people voted for Sunday, 26 for either day and only 10 for Saturday.
  • 33 voted for an 11am start, 17 for No preference and 15 for a 2pm start
  • 45 people voted for two races each day and 19 voted for only 1 race

So, the net result of the survey is that we will be racing on Sunday mornings, 11am start with 2 races back to back! We are proposing a 10 week race series, with 4 discards.

We had lots of volunteers for race officer duties and on shore duties, we will be in contact with these people imminently to arrange a duty rota.

There were 5 members who voted against any summer racing. As we had such an overwhelming response in favour, we will be going ahead. For those with concerns about racing interfering with other users of the lake, we have made some provision to limit the impact. Racing will occur in an area defined on the blackboard, we are trying to keep this consistent week to week and away from the clubhouse/launching areas/dam. Racing will occur over a period of approximately 2 hours, so if you are keen to get on the water when racing isnít on, that leaves all of Saturday, plus Sunday afternoon to be certain of this.

Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey, we hope to see you on the water soon!

Suffolk schools

24 Jun 2015

As you know this is something I am proud of. At Alton water we teach hundreds of children a year how to sail and we offer schools a discounted coaching programme. SWSA was an association that promoted sailing to our schools as a bona fide sport and we have supported them (and they us) in persuading some schools and parents that sailing is a great activity and a bona fide sport for kids, and everyone, an alternative to cricket and rounders if you like.

Sailing is a green sport that teaches children several sciences and maths as well as self reliance and problem solving. What's not to like about it as an activity? Sailing is competitive yet friendly and all participants are winners and all racers soon become friends, so what's not to like about it as a sport?
The regatta tomorrow gives kids a chance to show off their skills and represent their schools in what for some will be their first and for others, yet another, regatta. 
This regatta is put on as the result of a great deal of help and organisation by many volunteers. Every year, every one of those volunteers feels it was all worth it to see the kids perform. I, personally, owe those volunteers a great deal of thanks. as it is not only the children and the schools that benefit but it is all those who come to Alton Water tomorrow or any other day that also benefits from events such as tomorrow's.
But most importantly, every year the kids love it. they love racing and racing for their school. they love the water, the atmosphere and have a great day out. For spectators too the sight of many boats out on the water in all colours, shapes and sizes is a highlight of the year. So come on down and see the kids get away from their studies (and in some cases their Xboxes I am sure) and compete at Alton water for their school.

Mark Hainsworth

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