LAUNCH OF WINDSPRITE - 22 APRIL 2017
The 2017 Sailability season has started and, with it, two new boats have arrived. They are Hansa 2.3s, and one of them, ‘Windsprite’, was launched on 22 April. It was funded by generous grants from The Borrows Charitable Trust and Surrey County Council.
Sally Borrows, a Trustee of the Borrows Charitable Trust, and Surrey County Councillor Pat Frost jointly launched the boat. Sally told watching Sailability sailors and helpers that she had been very impressed by Sailability’s activities when she had first visited Frensham towards the end of the 2017 sailing season and she was delighted that the Borrows Trust was able to be the primary funder of a new boat. Councillor Pat Frost said that she had known Frensham Pond Sailability for many years and was delighted to be able to sponsor support from Surrey County Council. Frensham Pond Sailability Trustee, Brian Grimwood, thanked both donors.
In one of its biggest projects, Sailability has unveiled a new extension to Jetty 7, which will provide a more efficient, stable and user-friendly experience. The cost was considerable, at £32,000, and the planning process was complex with approvals needed, not just from the landowners but also from all the bodies concerned with protecting the environment of Frensham Pond.
The Jetty Extension was formally opened by Megan Pascoe, reigning World Champion in the 2.4 metre class. Brian Grimwood expressed the club’s gratitude for the tremendous support from the donors, the Wisley Foundation, Farnham Lions, The Farnham Institute and the Worshipful Company of Dyers. The guests were then treated to a demonstration of the new hoisting arrangements, when Barbara Wright, President of Farnham Lions, agreed to be the guinea pig.
The day was mild and sunny and conditions were perfect for the guests to be able to see the regular activities of Sailability.
Congratulations to everyone who gained awards at the Farnham Sports Awards ceremony on Monday 17 October:
Sports Club of the Year - Winner - joint Frensham Pond sailing Club and Sailability
Young Volunteer of the Year - Winner - Lucy Edgar
Volunteer of the Year - Highly Commended - Carol Clibborn
Volunteer of the Year - Highly Commended - Shaun Devoto
Disabled Sports Personality - Winner - Kate Hedley
Disabled Sports Personality - Highly Commended - Mark Barber
FRENSHAM SUCCESS AT HANSA NATIONALS
At the recent Hansa Class National Championships at Carsington in Derbyshire, our sailors excelled with three of them coming home as National Champion in their respective classes.
On the first day, Friday, two races were planned and with freshening winds the event got underway. There were four classes, the larger Liberties, Hansa 303-solos, Hansa 303-doubles and Hansa 2.3s with Frensham sailors in three of them. Competition proved very close with a number of good battles in both races.
Four races were planned on the Saturday with two in the morning and two in the afternoon raced back to back. The early rain cleared but the wind grew lighter, so much so that the afternoon races had to be cancelled.
Sunday began with misty conditions after the wet weather the day before but this soon dispersed. The two planned races were increased to three back to back races to make up for the two lost on Saturday and all were completed in fair winds and dry conditions providing ample chance to improve overall results.After three days of racing in a good range of wind conditions Frensham’s three overall winners and National Champions were:-
Paul Phillips – Liberty Class
Margaret Foreman – Hansa 303-Solo Class
Lindsay Burns – Hansa 2.3 Class.
When the members of Bourne WI watched an old video about the origins of sailing for disabled people on Frensham Pond, they were intrigued and interested enough to start collecting money for this local charity. They raised funds over the course of the past twelve months in a variety of different ways, and on Saturday 3rd September several of their members, ex-President Marion Stockley, Secretary Caroline Stancell and Programme Manager Sarah Steele came to Frensham Pond Sailing Club to present a cheque for £250 to Frensham Pond Sailability. Brian Grimwood, in thanking them for their generosity, explained how important donations such as this were to the operation of Sailability. The WI members were able to watch the activities of the Saturday morning Youth Group.
The official presentation of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was made on Thursday 4 August. It was a bright, sunny day with a good wind for sailing. It was also the ideal day for a party. Local dignitaries joined the Trustees and volunteers at Frensham Pond Sailability
The Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux, accompanied by the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant, Bill Biddell DL, brought the official grant from the Queen and an engraved glass trophy to present to Frensham Pond Sailability. It was formally received by two young helpers, Hattie Owen and Lucy Edgar.
A number of local dignitaries attended the event, including the High Sheriff of Surrey, Richard Whittington, the Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Chris Storey and Farnham Town Mayor and his Consort, John and Gillian Ward. The two assessors for the Award, Rosham Bailey and Jenny Griffiths also attended. After a formal welcome to the Sailing Club from Sailing Club Commodore Colin Dutton, who explained how important Sailability has been in the life of the Club since 2001, The Deputy Lord-Lieutenant read out the wording on the Royal Certificate, and the Lord-Lieutent presented the Award. He went on to thank all the volunteers on behalf of Surrey and to emphasise what a difference the work of volunteers makes to the community. Responding on behalf of Sailability, John Richardson, Chair of the Trustees, expressed everyone’s appreciation for a really special honour. As the organisation approaches its 15th anniversary he noted that it had provided more than 20,000 sailing experiences to disabled people and those with a long term illness. He concluded by recognising that it was all started by Ted Bonner back in 1982 when, through Farnham and District Sports Association for the Disabled, sailing for people with disabilities began at Frensham.
Following the formal speeches everyone adjourned to the Clubhouse for a celebratory drink and some light refreshments. While everyone was relaxing they were able to enjoy a display of sailing, which showed off the setting to perfection and the skills of some disabled sailors.
Rotary Funds New Boat Ellie 2 - Launched on 28 April 2016
A group of Rotarians from 6 local clubs gathered together at Frensham Pond Sailing Club to celebrate the launch of the new Sailability boat, Ellie 2. The Rotary clubs have come together and raised sufficient money to provide a replacement boat for Ellie. That boat was originally bought by Camberley Rotaract in 2004 and has now come to the end of its life. Several Rotary clubs have close links with Sailability, and a number of Rotarians belong to the army of helpers. The boat was launched by John Grenham of Farnborough Rotary Club, who is Assistant District Governor of District 1145, the District to which all the clubs belong, who wished success and enjoyment to all who sail in her. The Rotarians present were John Grenham (Farnborough and Assistant Governor District 1145), Peter Sauter (Farnham Weyside), Stuart Bass and Dick Harris (Hart), John Forsyth and Chris Johnson (Fleet), George Alford (Farnham), and Alan Costello (Camberley).
“Breeze” Sails Off In The Breeze - 21 April 2016
The start of the 2016 sailing season at Frensham Pond Sailability was marked by the arrival of a new boat “Breeze”. Money raised by the COINS Foundation enabled the purchase of a 303 Hansa dinghy. The COINS Foundation and its founder, Larry Sullivan, have been generous supporters of Sailability from its inception. They have provided two other boats in the past, both named after daughters of Larry. This time, the name was chosen by one of the sailors from Stepping Stones, who felt that it described how they felt while sailing at Frensham Pond.
Stepping Stones has brought children to learn and enjoy sailing to Sailability for many years now. Approximately 20 children from the school are interested in sailing, and they come in small groups every week. Its work is supported by the COINS Foundation.
The day for launching “Breeze” was bright and breezy! The honours were performed by Melissa Farnham, Executive Headteacher of Stepping Stones, who gave her good wishes to everyone who will sail in “Breeze”. This was followed by an enjoyable party, with refreshments provided by Stepping Stones own cake shop, the Cookie Bar.
Frensham Pond Sailability were delighted to be invited to meet Lady Beryl Tindle and the other helpers at the Downing Street Charity Shop, where they were presented with a cheque for £1,000 representing the trading from Christmas sales, Vicki Hinde and Michael Buttler expressed their thanks and gratitude for such a generous donation and said how much it would help the disabled sailors who come to Frensham Pond Sailability.
There was a real end-of-term atmosphere on Saturday 31 October as the 2015 season closed at Frensham Pond Sailability. The day was marked by a party spirit with sparkly headgear, cakes and doughnuts, and the presentation of certificates and for meeting the season's challenges. The winners of the different boat classes received their trophies and awards for progress, and the highlight of the morning was the presentation by trustees of the Wisley Foundation of the Wisley Endeavour Trophy to Parice Smith for her courage and determination as a relatively inexperienced participant with Sailability.
This trophy is sponsored by The Wisley Foundation, the charitable arm of Wisley Golf Club is particularly active in supporting projects for young people and the elderly and has been generous in helping Frensham Pond Sailability bring a purpose-built Hansa sailing boat plus other essential equipment to the sailing programme.
Congratulations to the following who received awards at the Farnham Sports Awards:
To read the full article in the Farnham Herald click here.
Sailability has acquired a smart new addition to its fleet thanks to Farnham-based charity Help Autistic Children (HAC). They held a fundraising day at Hankley Common Golf Club and raised enough money to buy a Laser Stratos Keel dinghy. This new boat was launched recently at Frensham Great Pond. The ceremony was attended by four representatives of HAC led by chairman Paul Findley and they were welcomed by Paul Phillips and Richard Smallwood. Paul Phillips thanked the visitors for their generosity as the new boat would greatly enhance the sailing opportunities for the Sailability members at Frensham Pond for many years to come. Paul Findley said how gratifying it was to see such a smart boat, complete with their logo on the mainsail, which he was confident would give great enjoyment to the members. In the traditional way he then splashed a suitable liquid onto the bow of the boat, naming her Jemima. This was the name of the young person with autism who had inspired the formation of the HAC charity.
Following the formal ceremony Paul Findley and HAC member Jane Powis were then treated to a sail around Frensham Pond in Jemima and said how impressed they were and promised to return to see the boat in action later in the summer.
The Guildford Symphony Orchestra are performing a concert at Charterhouse School on 21 February in aid of Sailability.
The programme is:
Mendelssohn Overture - Ruy Blas
Dvorak Symphony no.6
Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor
Cello Soloist: Arthur Boutillier
Conductor: Darrell Davison
To book tickets go to the Guildford Symphony Orchestra website : www.g-s-o.org.uk
GSO Box Office: 01483 415847
Guildford Tourist Information: 01483 444334
Record Corner 01483 422006
Ticket prices are £14, £7 under 25s, £5 under 11
For more information see www.facebook.com/events/993540627341636/?source=1
Congratulations to Toby and Ollie Fitzgerald who won the Surrey Playing Fields Young Volunteer of the Year Award at the Surrey Sports Awards at Kempton Park Racecourse. This was for their work at Frensham Pond Sailability, where they have made a huge contribution to the Youth Group and its success.
The late summer series had 6 qualifiers and was won quite convincingly by Paul Phillips with 12 wins, with Tessa Watkiss in 2nd with 7 wins. Combining the final scores for the early and late series reverses the positions, with Tessa on 34 points and 18 wins and Paul on 35 points and also on 18 wins, close or what!
The final TT of the season saw FPS dominate the 303 1 Person class which was won by James Woosnam, with Tessa Watkiss 2nd, Paul Phillips 3rd and Ali Grant 4th. For a full race report click here.
Overall TT Series Results: Congratulations to Paul Phillips on winning the overall 303 1 Person series and to Lindsay Burns on winning the 2.3 series again.
Click here for the 2014 Hansa/Access National TT Series Final Results.
The TT and National Championship were held on the 8th and 9th October respectively. Conditions were very challenging with 20 to 30 mph squalls and thunderstorms! Frensham took a clean sweep in the TT with wins for Monique Foster in the 303 single, Peter and Peta Etherton in the 303 double, and Lindsay Burns in the 2.3. We nearly did the double in the National Championship with Lindays Burns winning the 2.3, Monique Foster the 303 single. FPS was also represented in the TT by Lara Sturgis and Greg Parker. Greg, sailing in his first national competition, did extremely well in the difficult conditions and was rewarded with an excellent third place in the TT series and was also awarded the Novice Cup for the event, with Lara in 5th. For a full race report click here.
Charlie Edwards, Lester Hill and Freddie Burns left the Houses of Parliament at 3am on Saturday 27th September and cycled to Paris arriving just after midnight. They did it in memory of their friend Andrew Bridge who was one of the crew lost on the Cheeki Rafiki earlier this year in the Atlantic. A fuller report on their ride is available here. Donations can be made by clicking on the following link:
Six of our sailors headed to Ipswich for The Woolverstone Project at Alton Water. They met with challenging conditons as the wind reached gusts of 25 knots during the day!
We had a successful day with Lindsay Burns winning in the 2.3. Meanwhile Andy Sheath and Ced Sheath came 2nd in the two person 303. The one person 303 was won by Monique Foster with Kate Hedley 3rd and Paul Phillips 4th. For a full race report click here.
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Most of you will be aware of the tragic loss of the yacht 'Cheekirafiki' and all her crew in May this year. The skipper, Andrew Bridge, and his family had a very close association with Frensham Pond Sailing Club over many years. A group of Andrew's friends are planning a sponsored cycle ride from London to Paris in under 24 hours in September in memory of Andrew, and are very generously donating the proceeds to Frensham Pond Sailability. Further details and donations can be made by clicking on the following link.
Frensham were nearly the only club represented in the 303 one person with James Woosnam winning. Tessa Watkiss was 2nd, Paul Phillips 3rd and Martin (Hurricane) Hadley from New Forest was 4th. In the 303 two person Peter and Peta Etherton were on the rostrum in 3rd and Lindsay Burns being the lone 2.3 competitor came 1st. For a full race report click here.
On Thursday 21st of August Fleet Lions launched their new Hansa 303 dinghy. This boat is named in honour of former Lions member Ian Imray MBE and was launched by his widow, Joy who poured the champagne.
The boat was then launched in the water by members of the Imray family. Fleet Lions President Paul Doughty and former president and Sailability helper Julian Behmber paid tribute to Ian Imray.
No less than three Sailability boats have been donated by Fleet Lions who also provide a number of active helpers. Fleet Lions also donated a defibrillator which later saved the life of a member.
Frensham took nearly a clean sweep in the 303 one person as there were only two sailors from other clubs. Paul Phillips won with Tessa Watkiss 2nd, Kate Hedley 3rd, James Woosnam 4th and Alison Grant 6th. Lindsay Burns came 2nd in the 2.3. For a full race report click here.
More success for Frensham with Lindsay Burns taking the honours in the 2.3. Paul Phillips won the 303 one person with Monique Foster 2nd and Tessa Watkiss 4th. Andy Sheath and Kate Lintott came 4th in the 303 two person. For a full race report click here.
Frensham sailors did not have any other clubs to race against in the 303 single person. Monique Foster took 1st place, Tessa Watkiss 2nd, Kate Hedley 3rd and Alison Grant 4th. There was competition in the 2.3 and Lindsay Burns came 2nd. For a full race report click here.
On Saturday 24th May Sailability launched a new boat to join their fleet. Kate Richardson, welcomed David Frank, Chairman of the Community Foundation for Surrey to the event. Joining him were Shirley Jeffries, also from the Community Foundation for Surrey and James Dickens and Jo Ranger from Grierson Dickens, Chartered Financial Planners who represented a donor to the Foundation who had sailed at Frensham Pond as a youngster.
The new boat, “Simply the Best” is a Hansa 2.3, which David Frank launched in the traditional manner with a bottle of Champagne, and shortly afterwards Tommy Dickens went for a short sail with one of the Sailability helpers.
Frensham Pond was busy that day with The Sailability Youth Group and adult members who came to sail with Sailability. David Frank commented that this was his first visit to Frensham Pond and he was pleased to see that the activities met their objective of matching local donors with local needs to support a project of clear community value. Kate Richardson remarked that the continued support from the Community Foundation for Surrey particularly helped the Youth Sailing Project which is aimed at young people with disabilities, who may be unable to participate in other sports. It gives them a sporting hobby for life and also provides them with a social network of peers..
Funding for this new boat also came from the Wisley Foundation which has long been a supporter of Frensham Pond Sailability and the Youth Sailing Project in particular, and Kate Richardson expressed her gratitude for their continued support.
A second boat, “Running on Water” was bought thanks to Year 6 Pupils and staff from Cranleigh Preparatory School who raised more than £5,000, to buy a new sailing boat. The boat was named by pupil Lily Mitchell and launched on Saturday 31 May by a group from the school. The children’s initiatives included cake sales, busking, recycling and a summer fair. In addition, one of their teachers, Dudley Manning, ran 500 miles in three separate events.
“We are hugely grateful to the staff and pupils from Cranleigh Prep for their support and generous donation to support the project,” said Kate Richardson, Chair of Frensham Ponds Sailability. “When I became involved with Sailability four years ago it had a large adult membership but very few youngsters and we were keen to encourage young people to take the next step and enjoy sailing as a hobby.
“We are now three years into the programme and have around 12 young people with a diverse range of disabilities sailing every Saturday morning. The addition of this new boat has meant that each youngster can sail independently within the group and compete for a weekly trophy.
Frensham Pond Sailability were very pleased to welcome FPS sailor Jill Innes and her family: the Rev John Innes and Mrs Sue Innes, and her brother and sister for the launch of the new Laser Stratos dinghy “Tawny Owl” donated by Jill and her family. The Reverend Innes explained that Jill had donated the new boat as a token of gratitude to Sailability. They are especially grateful to Elizabth Gradwell, the MS Practitioner, who introduced Jill to the Club and to the volunteers who have helped and taken Jill out sailing.
Jill has been a member of Frensham Pond Sailability for the last 6 years. Prior to her disability Jill had been nurse at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and Kings College London. She was a very keen caver and has been down some of the world’s deepest caves. Frensham Pond Sailability has given her the opportunity to remain active and to participate in a sport despite her increasing disability. The Laser Stratos “Tawny Owl” is a fantastic asset to the FPS fleet as it is stable and allows sailors to be accompanied by their carer as well as the FPS buddy and helm.
The FPS Youth Group invited the FPSC cadet sailors to join them for a joint sailing session for two Saturdays this season. Each cadet sailors was paired with a Youth Group member in the 2 person Hansa boat. We were fortunate to be joined by Paralympic Elite sailor Megan Pascoe.
Frensham again dominated the day's racing with Tessa Watkiss 1st, Paul Phillips 2nd, James Woosnam 3rd, Kate Hedley 4th and Alison Grant 6th in the one person 303. Lindsay Burns won the 2.3. For a full race report click here.
Three Frensham sailors headed north for the Carsington TT and Lindsay Burns again won the 2.3 with Monique Foster winning the one person 303 and Tessa Watkiss coming 3rd. For a full race report click here.
The best day's racing so far this year saw wins for Peter and Peta Etherton in the two person 303 and Lindsay Burns in the 2.3. In the one person 303 Paul Phillips was first with Tessa Watkins 2nd, James Woosnam 3rd and Kate Hedley 4th. For a full race report click here.
Frensham's success continued at the second TT of the season. Lindsay Burns was unopposed in the 2.3. Paul Phillips, Margaret Foreman and James Woosnam came 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the one person 303. While in the two person 303 Peter and Peta Etherton came 2nd with Andy Sheath and Reg Hook coming 3rd. For a full race report click here.
Frensham had an excellent start to the season with a clean sweep of all the classes entered. With Lindsay Burns winning the 2.3, James Woosnam the one person 303, and Peter and Peta Etherton the two person 303. For a full race report click here.
Last weekend two of our young volunteers, Rebecca Rayner and Ella Hargreaves were awarded joint winners of the RYA Youth Volunteer Award. They were presented with their award at the RYA National Conference - pictured here with the RYA Chief Executive Sarah Treseder and the after dinner speaker Gerry Hughes (the worlds first deaf yachtsman to sail single handed around the world).
FPS Youth Sailors, Jo and Sam Dyer were champions at the Farnham Sports Council Awards winning the Disabled Category and FPS helper, Yvonne Cockett was recognised for her services to sport.
Jo and Sam are founder members of the FPS Youth group and have learnt to sail independently and race on Frensham Pond despite their significant learning difficulties. Well done!
Yvonne Cockett was highly commended in the Services to Sport category for her support to Frensham Pond Sailability and Farnham District Sports Association for the Disabled for the last 20 years! Congratulations! Without the support of our volunteers none of our sailors would get on the water!
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