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    Commodore's Day features marauding and cake!

    The Annual Commodore's Day is Saturday, July 31. Always a highlight for its fun activities on and off the water, this year will feature fancy dress on the pirating theme and lots of cake! The now traditional "pursuit race by distance" will start at 11am. The afternoon will feature fun challenges for young and young at heart (and did we mention cake?). The evening social will start at 6:00 pm. Looking forward

    Published 16:20 on 14 Jul 2021

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    History of the Waterhead Race

    South Windermere Sailing Club's Waterhead race has been run annually since 1965. It was only cancelled once - in 2020 due to COVID restrictions. Phil and Margaret Bissell prepared a fascinating look back at the history of the only sailing race going the full length of Windermere and back. All the winners, with snippets and photos from past races - from no wind to too much!

    Published 17:09 on 20 Jun 2021

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    Anniversary Waterhead Race Enjoyed by All

    2021 is the 60 th anniversary year of South Windermere Sailing Club, and June 13 th was the 55 th year of the running of the Waterhead race a long distance race from Fell Foot at the south end of Lake Windermere all the way to the Waterhead buoy off Ambleside in the north, and back. The race includes racing through crowded Bowness Bay with its many ferries and tourist hire

    Published 17:07 on 17 Jun 2021

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    Waterhead Race is Back!

    South Windermere Sailing Club can confirm the running of the 2021 Waterhead Race, on Sunday 13th June, at 11am. There is another long distance race in the Lake District that quite few people attend, but this is longer, and probably trickier. It involves racing through crowded Bowness Bay and navigating the chain ferry at Ferry Nab. It sets off from South Windermere Sailing Club at Fell Foot park, and goes north to

    Published 15:25 on 30 May 2021

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    SWSC to celebrate 60 years

    On 13 May 1961, 20 keen sailors met in a room at Fell Foot to form the South Windermere Sailing Club. After an initial 10/- donation the fees were set at 1 guinea, and the club burgee (still in the SWSC logo) was designed. At the age of 17, the first Secretary, Bernard Rhodes, proposed they should purchase "Rope for racing buoys, whistle, yachtsman timer, loud hailer or megaphone, and one lot of 25 copies

    Published 15:59 on 14 Apr 2021

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    Before SWSC: My First Waterhead

    I was one of four engineering apprentices who hired Myosotis - a 30 foot ex broads yacht from Holidays Afloat at Bowness in June 1960. Dave 1 managed to convince the owner that he knew all about boats as he worked part time on Fairhaven lake. He failed to mention that this was in the cash office, but two of us were Merchant Navy apprentices. I think that this helped. After a short lesson

    Published 10:40 on 2 Apr 2021

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    2020 Trophies and Awards

    While our sailing season was shortened and all the races rescheduled, we still managed to celebrate racing and sailing achievements! Congratulations to all our 2020 trophy winners! The racing awards: Winner 2020 Trophy Series Mark Fearnley Anniversary Regatta Cup Anniversary Regatta

    Published 15:41 on 22 Nov 2020

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    2021 SWSC Officers and Committee Elected

    At its Annual General Meeting on October 24, the South Windermere Sailing Club thanked James Woolgrove for his two years of service as Commodore, and welcomed Angela O'Donnell as Commodore for the upcoming 60th Anniversary year in 2021. In his report, James noted the developments and accomplishments over an extraordinarily strange and difficult year. "I am pleased that we did get on the water this year," he said, "as at one point I

    Published 11:03 on 25 Oct 2020

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    First-ever SWSC Old Gaffers Regatta

    The bulk of SWSC's Old Gaffers set sail on August 15 for their first-ever Regatta. Six traditional sailing boats in the club's new fleet were able to join the day, and the light to non-existent wind allowed them also to use the oars typical to the boats as they ventured up the lake. After a picnic lunch they set sail back to the club at Fell Foot. The fleet was accompanied by club

    Published 16:42 on 17 Aug 2020

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    Regatta Week

    This week is set to be another fun week especially to build racing and sailing skills. Monday and Tuesday is fun and friendly race training for all abilities. Wednesday is a day to recover. Then the Anniversary Regatta will be held on Thursday and Friday.

    Published 19:12 on 9 Aug 2020

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