Graham Nicholls
45a Chevening Road
SE19 3TD
T: 0208 771 5686
E: [email protected]
Honorary Secretary
Anthony Frankford
19 St Thomas Court
Queens Road
CM14 4FS
T: 07511 381843
E: [email protected]
The Commodore, Graham Nicholls, and the Committee would like to wish all our members and friends
a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
This is also a reminder that our AGM is coming up, to be held in the College Board Room at 11.30am
on Saturday 31 January, with lunch in the Salle at 12.15pm for 1.00pm. We have brought the date
forward so that we don’t clash with any Six Nations games and, more importantly, we do not clash
with the College 1st XV if they reach the latter stages of the NatWest Schools Cup. (We wish them well
and presume that we shall see the team at Twickenham once again!)
We have, for the past three years, been talking about charter trips abroad. 2015 might actually see
this come to fruition. We have a core group that is looking at chartering a catamaran in Majorca in
mid to late September. More information will follow, so watch this space. We are also in discussion
regarding a cross channel trip, most likely to Cherbourg then round the corner to Saint Vaast in late
May/early June. I will contact all members when details have been confirmed.
The Boys Sail Training Week will take place from Sunday 5 to Friday 10 July. We are hoping for five
yachts with four boys from the College on each boat. Our thanks go to Jemima Lofts (Head of Sailing)
for organising this. The last night supper will be held at the Island Sailing Club on Thursday 9 July. All
are welcome and the Corinthian YC is a very good B&B.
We are desperately hoping to have a yacht in this year’s Round the Island Race (Isle of Wight) on
Saturday 27 June. Costs are an inhibiter: £3,000 to charter a yacht. If anybody knows of anyone who
owns a yacht and is looking for keen young crew then please get in touch. We will be defending the
Arrow Trophy later in the year, on the weekend of 3-4 October.
While we sit by the log fire, drinking a dram, munching a mince pie and dreaming of fair winds and
blue skies, a lot of our younger members and Arrow Trophy crew are out on the water participating in
the Solent Winter series.
Web sites to wile away the evenings: and are
both informative and contain some great videos showing the AC45 cat that is the TeamGB design that
Ben Ainslie has put together for the next America’s Cup. The Volvo videos show one of the yachts
hitting an atoll in the Indian Ocean and ending up being surrounded by sharks before being rescued.
And for older members to think about, Sir Robin Knox–Johnston finished third in class in the Route du
Rhum yacht race, aged 75 – so get the zimmers trimmed…
The Commodore and I look forward to seeing you all at the AGM (see the separate form to book). We
have a crèche in place so that younger members can bring the whole crew.
With best wishes,
Anthony Frankford
Hon Secretary