Welcome to Frensham Pond Sailing Club. Based on a beautiful lake in South West Surrey, the club welcomes new members, both experienced sailors and those wishing to learn. If you would like to find out more, please look further at our website or why not take the opportunity to visit and talk with the club manager or the clubs members. Frensham Pond is a club for all ages, all abilities and all seasons.
On Saturday 9th May from 10AM until 2:30PM, Frensham Pond SC is hoping to get lots of people out on the water on RYA Push The boat out weekend. The club will be opening its doors and inviting people of all ages and abilities to come along and have a go at sailing.
Starting at 10AM there will be a taster sails, a display of the types of boat sailed, model yacht sailing and a plastic bottle boat race to watch with boats built by members. There is no charge. Just wear some clothes and trainers that you don’t mind getting wet and bring a towel.
Commodore Keith Videlo said: “Do come along and have a go at sailing and see what the club has to offer you and your family. As well as the taster sails, the normal club activities will be taking place including Cadet sailing, Sailability, RYA training for adults and children plus racing in the afternoon. Club members will be delighted to help with any questions you may have”
Phantom first start: 1045
Lark first start: 1050
Schedule of races: 4 – 2 back to back in the morning, lunch, then 2 back to back in the afternoon. Three results to count.
Entry fee: £15.
Bacon butties served from 0900, lunch available.
Frensham free tea.
Plenty of parking, easy launching off jetties.
Sailing Instructions available on the day.
The 2015 Frensham Pond Solo Open Meeting will take place on Sunday 19th April.
There will be 4 races with 3 to count, the first race at 11.00am with a briefing at 10.30am
Full details can be downloaded here
Frensham Sailing Club's annual March Frenzy once had a reputation for high winds and capsizes but Sunday March 8th brought sunny skies and a moderate but shifting Westerly breeze that strengthened at times. None the less it was a most enjoyable day's racing.
There were forty three entries for this two race pursuit event. The entries included visitors from nearby clubs and even a team from Anglesey. Frensham has always claimed to be "the nursery of champions" and this was well illustrated by the presence of past present and future champions who learned their skills as youngsters on this tricky water.
So, those taking part included veteran Finn helm Richard Hart, famous racing helm Keith Videlo, and current multi-class champion Nick Craig. Also a young local Cadet dinghy crew, Megan Fergusson and Yasmin Sfaxi, who could have a brilliant future. So that was the result after two races. Three boats, all on four points after two pursuit races; piloted by a junior, a grand master, and perhaps the UK's finest amateur sailor.
In race 1, Nick Craig was on fire overtaking forty boats plus and starting thirty-two minutes behind the Cadets. But Megan and Yasmin in their Cadet gave even Nick a good run and he only stole the race in the last few metres of the rolling finish. Meanwhile Richard Smallwood in his 2.4 metre took third from Frensham's Matt Hill who had a fine race in his Laser. So each of the first six were a different class of boat. Perhaps the PY system does work.
The wind had dropped for the afternoon race but it was the same front three who battled for the honours. Those ashore were impressed by the handling skills of the young Cadet dinghy pair and cheered them on. These gave the famous Nick a real challenge and were ahead of him at the finish. This time it was Richard, (grand master) and a former offshore racing skipper, who sailed his 2.4 keelboat to win. Megan and Yasmin held off the great champion to come second and Nick Craig third. The racing was really tight throughout the day a 7th and a 4th secured Clive Eplett of Frensham 4th overall (and first master).
In the second race 11th was enough for Matt Hill to secure 5th from Huw Powell, European RS100 champion who was first visitor in 6th. It was difficult to separate the first three on equal points but the trophy was awarded to Richard Smallwood, with Nick Craig second, on count back, and Megan and Jasmin third. But the event was a credit to the skill of all who sailed on a very tricky day.
A fine selection of prizes were donated by the event sponsors Guildford Marine and were presented by proprietor Chris Granger. Competitors took part in a raffle for five copies of Nick Craig's very own new book Helming To Win. Something Nick is supremely good at.
Strangely, Commodore Keith Videlo was reluctant to present The Most Bizarre Moment award. So it fell to the sailing secretary to take over and award it to Keith whose mainsail fell down a minute before the start. Some said it was a shame there was no book on knots to present him with.
Keith Videlo thanked the race team with their leader Andy Shorrock and a special thanks to the kitchen staff who kept everyone well fed and happy throughout.
Top 6 results:
1st. Richard Smallwood – 2.4 metre - FPSC - 3rd and 1st. 4pts
2nd. Nick Craig – Devoti D-One – FPSC - 1st and 3rd. 4pts
3rd. Megan Fergusson & Yasmin Sfaxi - Cadet - FPSC - 2nd and 2nd. 4pts
4th. Clive Eplett – RS100 – FPSC - 7th and 4th. 11pts
5th. Matt Hill – Laser – FPSC - 4th and 11th. 15pts
6th. Huw Powell - RS100 – Red Wharf Bay Anglesey – 5th and 12th. 16pts