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  • Wednesday 26th April - Race 1 of the 2017 Series
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    The Wednesday evening sailing series could not have got of to a better start.  20+ boats, a decent wind and some close racing. Well done to the Race Officer and all his team; four laps
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    Wednesday 17th August (End of Series)
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    A very pleasant summer's day, and a pleasant summer evening's sail I should think. Unfortunately the need to get results out meant that it wasn't really practical for me to sail. Lightish easterlie
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    Attention Focused Elsewhere? Weds 10th August
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Well, coming to the end of the series, and at rigging time: well actually I was more interested in the latest news from Rio. You can get the Olympic results from here. Anyway, its towards the end o
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    It must be the silly season (Wed 3 Aug) - updated
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    It is probably peak holiday season now with schools broken up because although there was a great wind - perhaps that put some off - there wasn't a huge turnout this week. Traditionally the press al
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    Must be Holiday time - Weds 27th July
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Yep, folk must be away on their holidays 'cos it was a really nice evening and yet a rather low turnout. Shame. Anyway, yes, nice westerly force 2ish breeze, warm, some dark clouds about bit no rai
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    Little Darling, it feels like years since its been here... (Weds 20th)
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Well, if there was a better place to be than on the water yesterday evening I don't know where it was. Hot sunshine, warm water (only too well aware of that personally), decent sailing breeze, more
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    Weds 13th July
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    What a 'Summer' its been so far. Amother rainy day, but thank goodness again the skies cleared somewhat for the evening. Light airs, but nothing as bad as last week's drift-fest. Course wise we
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    Elegy written on a Suburban Sailing Club
    Wednesday Evening Series...
      The airhorn tolls the knell of parting day    The Laser fleet drifts slowly to the bank The sailors drop and fold their sails away    And leave the lake t
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    Weds 29th June
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Well, another dismal day, and another pretty reasonable evening. Again the rain largely went each side of us, and there was a very decent breeze. Course... Difficult to describe. A longish beat
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    Leave or Stay? (Weds 22nd June)
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    It was certainly the sort of evening's racing when it was awfully tempting to leave the racecourse early. There'd been a nice breeze most of the day, but it dogged out at race time, which was a sha
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    Anniversary Series
    Anniversary Blog...
    Anniversary Series results are available now. For one reason and another I haven't really managed any news posts this year. Perhaps someone else would like to? No reason why it has to be me! ht
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    Some breeze at last (Weds 15th June)
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Has it been a wet late spring or what? Wet on Wednesdays anyway. It was chucking down with rain half the day today, but come the evening, as also has seemed to be the case on several occasions this
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    The Dreadful Mists of the Ember (Weds 8th June)
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    It was a calm quiet evening. The thunder storms of earlier in the day had departed, and a strange stillness had passed over the lake. The sailors dallied over their chilli and beer, and little susp
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    The Cold North Wind will blow again (Weds Week 6)
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    And it did. And it was cold too, but after a miserable wet day - at least where I was, it was good that the rain held off. At rigging time some of the gusts were pushing 20 knots, but the race was
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    We nearly didn't get this one in (Wednesday Series Week 5)
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Well, we nearly didn't get a race in this week... Driving to the club I really thought it was going to be no race, and I guess from the turnout plenty of others thought much the same and didn't bot
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    ... with bruised knees (Wednesday Week 4)
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Sorry we're late this week, been a strange couple of days. Another fairly ominous kinda forecast, with rain earlier in the day and plenty of cloud about. Anyway, rigged the Moth, and decided, s
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    Another Grey and Grim old Grimy Day (Weds Series Week 3)
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Boy it wasn't promising, and that was reflected in the turnout I think. After rain for much of the day I packed a selection of inadequate looking vaguely water resistant kit in the bag for what I t
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    Black Wings? and Stilts??!? (Wednesday Series Week 2)
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Yes, much excitement at the reservoir today.  It seems we had as guests a pair of Black Winged Stilts, which are not, as you might think, a Foiler Moth with black cloth on the trampolines, but
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    Thunder to right of them, Thunder to left of them (Wednesday Series 2016, Week One)
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Thunder  to right of them, Thunder to left of them, Lighning behind them Volley'd and thunder'd; Well, if you're going to steal, you may as well steal from the best. Apologies to the s
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    Overstanding/fetching/;Not Fetching the mark
    Anniversary Blog...
    Here's a little tip that may be familiar to most of you, but I don't recall ever hearing: Once tacked, you know if you are fetching or not by taking a bearing through the mark to the horizon or s
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    Anniversary Series October/Finale
    Anniversary Blog...
    Your correspondent arrived to late to start, so this is a beach report. It was lightish airs, with a course, of beat, long just kiteable reach, run, second beat, deep reach back to the start - defi
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    Wednesday Finish
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Drizzle, southerly, and very shifty. That was one recipe for the last Wednesday evening. There was another recipe, and it involved chicken and chilli and seemed a lot more appetising to me... N
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    Penultimate Wednesday 2015
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Two races to go in the closest Wednesday series for many years, and most of the leading candidates were rigging up after what had been a windy day, but which was calming down. The breeze was easter
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    Wednesday Series 5th August
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Well... things are hotting up. The race last night, was, I fear a bit of a nothing. 20 minutes or more to do a single square course in about a quarter of the reservoir in appallingly light airs. I
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    Wednesday 29 July 2015
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    It was windy when I left the house. Windy enough that I nipped back in and got the camera. Its been a very windy summer, Its funny: you get windy years and quiet years, even (I did some research wh
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    Wed 22 July
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Another great evening for a sail, another nightmare for the RO. The wind decided to shift from w to nw soon after we launched. RO made a quick adjustment from 87X641 to 98x642. With the wind still
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    Weds 15 July, lighter airs
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Its been a windy year so far, but tonight definitely wasn't. It looked really ominous at rigging time, but in the end there were usable light airs for racing: it certainly wasn't a drift fest by an
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    Cuckoo in the Nest - Wednesday 8th July
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Yes, we had a guest for the Wednesday evening series: RS had brought along their demo boats for an Aero session in the afternoon and RS Sales manager Charlie Merchant decided to brave his own produ
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    Warm Wednesday...
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Well, I think I've used the notorious Sun or Mirror headline before, and besides which every fifth web site in Britain seems to have used it today... Here's a little gallery from Wednesday nigh
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    Wed 24 Jun
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    What a glorious evening for a sail - and 22 sailors all agreed. Enough wind to move briskly but not enough to cause many mishaps. Great to see some of the juniors participating swelling the Laser f
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    Wednesday Series Week 9
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Well, what a delightful evening for sailing! The blustery winds of earlier in the day had calmed down some, and we were greeted with a nice force 2 or 3 from the west, and very warm with it. Curiou
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    Wednesday Series Week 8 - now with photos
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Another windy evening, but unusually an easterly. Kind of an odd course, which was long beat, shortish reach across the top, moderate length run down to the middle, fetch across to the clubhouse a
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    Wednesday Week 7 2015
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Our usual editor has an injured arm and can't drive so here's a late subs report.... Summer made a brief appearance for a lovely shorts and t shirt evening race. The wind was pretty much due we
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    Wednesday Week 6 2015
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    From Ian Hamilton: "I'm afraid that we didn't have time to take in much of the action other than to watch for capsizes at the gybe mark at 9.   By the time the leading boats approached
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    Wednesday Series 20th May
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Another nice day. Breezy too when I arrived, with gusts showing on the anenometer hitting the 20knot region, but quite harmless looking clouds. Somehow it didn't look as if it ought to be that wind
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    Anniversary Race May
    Anniversary Blog...
    Sunshine, sunshine with overcast admittedly but sunshine, reasonably warm, and a nice breeze. Pretty reasonable. The course, was a bit subject to the vagaries of the wind, of which there were s
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    Wednesday Week 4 2015
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    It was sunny, it was warm, lightish but nice breeze. So sunny and warm, that your scribe thought he might risk it without a wetsuit. This turned out to be a dubious decision when I managed to get m
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    Windy Wednesday (Week Three, May 6th)
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Well, breeze most certainly on. A very light turnout suggested that many people had spotted that passing aerial canines were lacking in metal neckwear... We didn't have anyone in the club watc
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    Solo news 3 may
    Solo News...
    Solo news 3 May A small but extremely competitive fleet this week for a fairly windy Pursuit race. I think a lot of people were away over bank holiday weekend, helping with the Junior Level 2 c
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    Wednesday Series Week 2
    Wednesday Evening Series...
    Bright sunshine, not cold, lovely F3 breeze... good stuff eh? And a reasonable turnout for early in the series too. Another figure 8 type course, with a good length beat a run down the lake (mo
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