News & Media

Find all the latest news and developments going on at the club both on-the-water and off-the-water from racing information, member news, committee developments, picture and video galleries to social events. Frensham Pond also has its own very 'local' weather forecasting service so if you want to know the wind speed, whether it’s frozen or if you can pick up a tan …it’s all here

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RYA Laser 4.7 European and World Championship squad selection trial

Last weekend (9th & 10th April), with a consistent great performance, Zac won the RYA Laser 4.7 European and World Championship squad selection trial event at Datchet. Zac sailed extremely well in the very strong fleet of 32 sailors from the whole UK, including the Channel Islands. The reservoir provided the sailors with plenty of challenges over the weekend. They had some fairly serious and tricky wind shifts resulting in the constant adjustment of the race course, even during the races.

During the Easter holiday Zac travelled to Lake Garda (Italy) and took part in the International Laser Youth Easter Regatta. There was a strong fleet of 109 boats. Zac sailed very well and finished 8th U16. I attached a picture from the event. 


Frensham Cadets in World Selector

Strong Frensham Fleet in Cadet  World Selector

FPSC members sailed in 19 of the 50 entries in the first Cadet World selector event of this year. The 6 races were held at Weymouth last week in some strong winds. Our sailors were in 5 of the top 10 GBR places overall, with Isobel and Emily Speirs heading our representatives in 3rd place.

Well done to all of our sailors and supporting parents. We are proud of you. 

After the remaining two selector events, the top 10 GBR crews are selected as the GBR Team for the World Championship competition. So far so good! 

Colin Dutton


Typhoon Frenzy 2016 Report

The 2016 Typhoon sponsored Frensham Frenzy may perhaps be remembered for it’s sailing dynasty angle. Father and son Bruce and Matt Hill seemed to have the weather boxed off. Sub-planing for the dinghies and Bruce would be very difficult to beat in his 2.4m. Above that and Matt, sailing like a demon these days in his Laser was always going to be in the mix.
In the longer term, the younger generation may need to look out. Winner of the “bizarre moment(s)” award goes to none other than Nick Craig, in that, for the first time in the 25 years I’ve known him, this was the first time I’ve seen Nick enter a race with no focus on winning. Instead, the next generation of Craigs were being gently blooded. Be warned!
The Frensham Frenzy comprises two pursuit races held on the Sunday after the Dinghy Show. After Saturday’s flat calm, XCWeather delivered perfectly, with the forecast 10-15mph from the NE and a cloudless sky providing perfect sailing conditions. Unless you sail a 2.4m that is - they seemed to want OOD Clive Eplett to shorten 15 minutes early for some reason.
In Race 1, Chris Whitehouse and Simon Haighton broke early from the rest of the seven-strong Lark fleet and looked to be munching up the boats ahead. Matt Hill had similarly broken from the other Lasers as had John Winchester in his Radial. There were times that Ian Gregory was flying in his RS100 (8.4), but with the wind increasing slightly as the race progressed, other classes also were starting to plane too, making Ian’s catch-up job even harder. The Larks get a minute head-start on an RS200 and Katrina Gilbert/Jenny Rust seemed to spend the race struggling to work their way past yet another Lark.
At the finish-time, it was all extremely tight, so the OOD went for the fairer finishing option of a moving finish. This seemed to cause a bit of confusion, primarily, it transpired, for those that had not read the Sailing Instructions. Nigel Hufton/Mat Wood had hauled in Chris/Simon over the final two legs and the two were right together at the final leeward mark. Some, err, inter-boat communication resulted in Nigel doing a 720, giving Chris/Simon’s Lark a simpler close-out to take the bullet, closely followed by Matt in his Laser, Ian in the 100, Charlie Roome/Emma Hivey and Nigel/Mat’s Larks then Katrina and Jenny in the 200.
Conditions were similar for race 2, perhaps with a bit more breeze on average, providing some great looking sailing. Again Matt Hill was fast out of the blocks but this time Chris and Simon were back in the Lark bunch with Charlie and Emma making the break. Katrina was still finding the Larks a struggle to get past but was making a better fist of it this time. With 15 minutes to go, we had a Hill family 1-2 but Bruce was never going to hold back the dinghies today. With the fleet far more spread this time, a fixed line finish was chosen, Matt taking the bullet comfortably from Katrina/Jenny and Charlie/Emma with Steve Cumley/Eluned Stewart fourth in another Lark.
Overall, this gave Matt a comfortable win. Chris/Simon’s first-race bullet gave them second on count back from Charlie/Emma, both having 7 points. Katrina/Jenny were a point back for fourth, Steve/Eluned fifth and an exhausted, pie-deficient Ian Gregory sixth on count back from Nigel/Mat.
After the famous Frensham free tea, Commodore Colin Dutton presented the trophy and Typhoon sponsored prizes (they design and market the Neil Pryde brand too, who knew?) and thanked all those who had made the event, as ever, a great success. 
There is a gallery of over 200 pictures from the day on Clive’s website here. Feel free to download for personal use

Brewster & Tidey qualify for Rio

News Flash

Andrea Brewster & Saskia Tidey qualify for 2016 Olympics in 49erFX Class. We are thrilled that Andrea and Saskia have qualified to represent Ireland in the Rio Olympics.

Andrea learned to sail at Frensham, first crewing, then helming a Cadet and progressing to the Laser Radial National Youth Squad, before being encouraged by her coaches to embark on an Olympic campaign. In 2013 she switched to representing Ireland and her success in qualifying for 2016 is well deserved.

The link below gives the background to the qualification:

Frensham Pond Sailing Club is very proud to have given Andrea her early sailing experience and we wish her every success in Rio.

Commodore FPSC

Solo Open Meeting 2016

Sunday 20th March 2016
First Race 11:00 am.
Schedule of Races 4 races all , 3 races to count in final result.
Sailing Instructions Available on the day.
Further information and contact details: