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Cherub Chat => Calendar Events => : Tim Noyce February 19, 2008, 07:34:06 AM

: Post Dinghy Show Blast
: Tim Noyce February 19, 2008, 07:34:06 AM
As is the usual fashion, I am organising a blast for the weekend after the dinghy show. This year it will be Saturday March 8th and Sunday March 9th at Draycote Water Sailing Club near Rugby. Let's focus our efforts for the saturday and get as many boats on the water as possible if people are only able to attend one day as the lake is less busy.

Accomodation wise there is very cheap camping on site if you are very brave, or a number of hotels, bed and breakfasts etc locally. We stayed at a holiday inn express this weekend for £49 a night so £25 isn't bad for somewhere to wash and dry your kit, sleep in the warm and get breakfast!

Get your boats ready to sail and help us make this a good one!  ;D
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: Iain Christie February 19, 2008, 08:23:21 AM
Hmmm, not sure that my boat will be finished (or even started!) but we could dig the 18 out for a laugh!

Tim, shall I book the "all you can eat" Chinese now? :)
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: Stuart Hopson February 19, 2008, 05:26:27 PM
Iain get the Chinese booked!
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: Tim Noyce February 19, 2008, 06:10:51 PM
I agree. I'd get down there a few times between now and then though Iain as I doubt they'll be able to finance many more large groups of cherub sailors!

Also could you organise the weather to be similar to last weekend too... maybe just a touch warmer, and a tiny bit more wind!  ;)
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: neal_gibson February 19, 2008, 07:10:35 PM
iain isnt that the same weekend as the 49er and 29er open at your club? just in case that matters

will have to pull my finger out to finish off the boat building
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: Eggbert February 21, 2008, 09:58:01 PM
i'm am hopefully going to come if i dont't have to work and i can get the boat home and repaired!
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: ross_burkin February 23, 2008, 09:59:04 PM
I up for it! Not a fan of Chinese though...sorry. Peaking duck is FIT though.
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: Iain Christie February 26, 2008, 10:59:01 PM
OK all I'm just checking that they are OK to have us alongside the 9ers.  I'm also going to ask some favours from people coming as it's fair to say that Cherubs and some other easily confusable 12' twin wire classes have blotted the copybook a bit here and guess who gets it in the!

PAYING-please pay BEFORE you go afloat, no exceptions.  Freeloading windsurfers ended up making the club change policy so that no daysailing windsurfers are allowed any more, you MUST be a member to sail.  We don't want that with dinghies!  Just to reiterate, that's PAY BEFORE YOU PLAY!

PARKING-You MUST park your car in the lower car park before you go sailing.  Severn Trent have put up signs and put all kinds of restrictions on traffic around the lake, and as we are in delicate negotiations about the club's lease on their land, we must play by their rules.

SAILING-You must SIGN ON on the sheet by the bottom of the outside door onto the patio before you go on the water.  Also please make sure that you do not interfere with the 9er event happening...a certain Cherub who will remain anonymous got right in the way of the 18/49er open last year!  Also, there has been mumblings of PY limits at the club and we've had to step up rescue cover to double manning RIBs...we all know Cherubs fall in a lot and seomtimes break but if it's really too windy then please be sensible with regards to your limits.  Accidents happen but rescue boats totally tied up all day with constantly swimming or self-destructing Cherubs is not good PR or good for the skiffy DWSC members (hmmm, rich from the helm who manged to destroy Simon's slug's rudderstock on the bearaway last Sunday with the No2 Skiff rig up...ooops!  We sailed it back though!)

Sorry to sound arsey but please stick to this 100% and we'll remain welcome for years to come!  And for anyone who has not been before, Draycote is an awesome venue, superb rigging and launching, and well over mile long reaches! 

And bring your drinking boots, Chinese eating hat, and in case there's no wind, your bike! ;D ;D ;D

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: Born Slippy February 26, 2008, 11:12:57 PM
We stayed at the Village Green Hotel‎ (01788 813434). Warm, friendly and incredibly near to Draycote. If you phone the owner will match the online price of 60 per room per night (and be happy as she gets all of that instead of paying internet comission). 

Unfortunately we will be drinking cocktails on a giant cat in the middle of Lake Milawi - so wish you all the best.

PS The whole "pay before you sail" thing Ian was on about is worth doing with a smile on your face. There were rumours in the bar of one representative of another twin-wire-12ft-derivative who tried to skip out without paying for the privelidge of using the facilites (it's not as if we don't all know that it's £20 per day sail there before we turn up!).
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: Iain Christie February 27, 2008, 10:35:49 AM
Not once but twice!! >:(
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: ross_burkin February 27, 2008, 05:10:58 PM
Is anyone from around London going? I might need to scrounge a lift.
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: Phil Alderson March 03, 2008, 08:14:44 PM
Is there any more news about the blast, is it still OK with the 9ers?

Are there any times or a programme for the weekend?

Can whoever knows what is going on post something on the news page of the website.
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: Stuart Hopson March 03, 2008, 08:20:32 PM
phil expect an update in the next 24 hours.
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: Neil C. March 03, 2008, 10:30:33 PM
Not once but twice!! >:(

Er, what colour boat? (Scotland coughed up, although admittedly post- rather than pre- yottin)
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: Iain Christie March 04, 2008, 11:23:59 PM

Sorry to say this but the Draycote blast is off.

No room for us and the niners apparently.

Sorry...hopefully we can go back another time...

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: Tim Noyce March 08, 2008, 08:37:29 PM
Right chaps,

I've got a very nearly official ok for the blast to go ahead at Draycote next weekend, but we can pretty much consider it as a go. So this means blasting at Draycote on March 15th and 16th.

Same setup as was outlined before. Get to Draycote bright and early on Saturday then we can get some sailing in. Newbies looking for a ride try and get there Saturday morning so we can get you out in some boats.

Iain, get the chinese booked! I'll try and get an idea of numbers just so we don't end up taking the pi55 with loads of people! (to those of you worried about the change of cuisine from indian to chinese... truse us on this one. it's ruddy brilliant.)

Kippage can be arranged locally at a number of places. Camping at the club is cheap, sleeping in cars is cheaper but essentially still a rather cold and damp option. Bed and Breakfasts can be found in Dunchurch and Rugby. We're going back to the Holiday Inn Express in Rugby as £25 a head with breakfast included and only a few quid taxi ride from town makes it a very reasonable option.

Sunday can be used for training or some club racing. Bring your bikes incase there is crap wind and we can join in with the Draycote Mud Club.

If I could have a show of hands of people who are coming that would be brilliant. Either on here, by email at or by phone on 07828662185.
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: Stuart Hopson March 09, 2008, 06:15:50 PM
I'll be there  ;D
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: ross_burkin March 09, 2008, 10:40:58 PM
Is anyone from around London going, who is willing to give the crew, the boat and I a lift up there and back? Otherwise I think I might have to give this one a miss.
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: ross_burkin March 12, 2008, 08:27:47 PM
Not going  :(. However, I have a certain 14 sailor who is sailing with me on Sunday so we can get a little bit of practice in for Weston.

Looks like Sunday will be perfect conditions for us Cherub sailors.
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: smight at bbsc March 13, 2008, 10:20:44 AM
Is he technically a 14 sailor if he hasn't sailed his 14 yet ?  :P
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: Ratface March 13, 2008, 12:37:18 PM
ive sailed the boat... once
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: Iain Christie March 13, 2008, 09:12:59 PM
Right guys the Chinese is booked for 7.45 on Saturday night in my name.  In the absence of confirmed numbers I've booked it for 10-15 but they want me to confirm on the day, so if you are coming can you please just add a "coming" reply below if possible.

Venue is:

River Avon
2 Henry St
Rugby, CV21 2QA

01788 537888

Look forward to seeing you at Draycote, and again if people can just make sure that they follow the guidelines on parking, paying etc outlined previously that would be great.
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: Tim Noyce March 13, 2008, 09:17:27 PM
I and Alex will most certainly be there.
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: Will_Lee March 14, 2008, 04:23:54 PM
Not us! Lucy's exams are Monday and Tuesday. I have one on Tuesday, I am on call over the weekend, and have a submission on Tuesday too.


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: Iain Christie March 15, 2008, 06:46:29 PM
Hmmm, the normally windy Draycote did not deliver today so although Rupert and Richard both braved the 10 (ish) knot wind we (me, Tim, Alex) cheated and rigged the 18.

Just enough for some triple wiring uphill and plenty downhill if we stuffed it high.

Good times!

Apparently it will be windy tomorrow so it's Cherubs-a-go-go...whilst i do DIY... :-\
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: mrsdrlee March 16, 2008, 02:56:17 PM
It's official: a poodle just flew past my window.

How did the brave get on at Draycote, or was it just the foolish?
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: ross_burkin March 16, 2008, 03:24:00 PM
We got Stanley on the water but a severely tangled mainsheet meant we had to take the boat off. Cherubs and jetties don’t mix. I want a beach to launch off! If I had been at Draycote I would have gone out as I could have simply walked the boat in the water, jumped in a steamed off in a cloud of spray. I hope that at least one boat braved the conditions and pulled a kite run off. Any luck?
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: Tim Noyce March 16, 2008, 06:10:36 PM
We didn't even bother rigging up today. It was really chuffing windy and after they binned the Cadet training weekend and of the million boats at Draycote only 7 of them felt it was a good idea to club race (3 of those 7 had keels!) we decided that we would quit while we were ahead and go home happy in the knowledge that we hadn't managed to break anything!  I do realise that this action was a bit 'ghey', specially now being an 18 foot skiff veteran, dude, but I'm sure I can handle it!
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: Tim Noyce March 16, 2008, 06:56:16 PM
Iain, I didn't think anyone had a camera out but it seems that someone got this pic of us...  ::)

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: neal_gibson March 16, 2008, 08:11:46 PM
thats defintely cherub that like F.I.A.T.

Fix It Again Tomorrow

coudlnt have found a better picture
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: Iain Christie March 16, 2008, 09:04:21 PM
Yeah, I'd heard there was a snapper about, must have been checking out our new "F**** Incredible At Tacking" graphics we are running at the moment.

Noycey you and me look good in that picture mate, but tell Alex to get rid of that dodgy Golf visor thing, there's just too much windage mate, no wonder the bow's heading skywards again...
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: Eggbert March 16, 2008, 09:34:15 PM
I went down to Draycote on the saturday to catch up with the guys and i must say given the limited wind both cherubs and the eighteen looked awsome. i also have to add that it was my first visit to draycote and i couldn't have been made more welcome by Mr's Cristie Noyce and Taylor and especially the club members in the bar  where we all spent the afternoon watching the rugby and partaking of a quick swally.! A big thankyou must also go to Tom ( I presume Vian) for the lift up to the clubhouse after the derigging of the Eighteen and the rigging of Badger's as it was completly pissing it down at the time.  I look forward to my next visit with anticipation and will hopfully have the boat with me next time (April Training week).
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: JimC March 17, 2008, 02:41:48 PM
We didn't even bother rigging up today.
I was in the race box at my club on Sunday. Our windex has LEDs for direction at 10 degree intervals. The wind was shifting so far in the gusts that one time I saw both the NE and NW LEDs illuminated. It was also gusting 10 knots to thirty in about three seconds.