Tidal Diamond 510 – Geoff Steele, Maintenance Opportunities, Patrol Boats, Friendly Friday, Gig

Tidal Diamond No. 510

Geoff Steele

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Geoff Steele. Geoff was Director of Portsmouth Outdoor Centre for 20 years and a great friend and supporter of Tudor Sailing Club. Sadly, Geoff was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2013 and died peacefully at home on 28th April. His wife Alison, who also worked at the Outdoor Centre and will be known to a good number of members, is following Geoff’s wishes by urging all those who knew him to remember him as someone who loved boats, the sea and had an immense love for Langstone Harbour.

Geoff’s funeral will take place at Wessex Vale Crematorium, Hedge End at 1.45pm on Tuesday 17th May. All friends welcome. Dress is smart but not black please.

Hannah Barnes

Push The Boat Out & Family Fun Day

If you can volunteer to assist run the BBQ on either or both of these event days please can you contact me asap please.

Steve Francis
Social Secretary

Tudor Patrol Boat Scenario Discussion – NEW START TIME

Please note that the start time of this session will be 8:30pm, rather than 7:30 as previously published. As we are running a Friendly Friday session, this will still give people the chance to get out on the water beforehand.

Paul Rivington will be running a discussion session for all Patrol Boat helms and crew. During this session, Paul will be explaining a number of scenarios that we could face and will be asking everyone to consider what their course of action would be. We can then discuss the relative risks and merits of possible options before hearing the choices that Paul would like to see us taking.

It can be all too easy to consider someone’s competence as a Patrol Boat helm by their boat handling skills but, in most cases, the relative safety of individuals on the water will be enhanced or degraded far more significantly by the quality of decisions they make in the heat of the moment. This session will allow us to consider a wide range of scenarios, both in and out of the harbour, in calm or deteriorating weather and in racing or cruising scenarios and we can challenge ourselves (out loud or just in thought!) about the decisions we would take.

I highly recommend this as an excellent way to refresh your decision making skills and, as a club, we hope that all PB helms and crew will make every effort to attend (including those who have not yet got their Tudor PB1 or PB2).

The bar will be open and we will be firing up the BBQ so please feel free to bring along something to cook.Will Stokely
Sailing Secretary

Friendly Fridays – Friday 13th May 2016, 19:00

The second Friendly Friday this season starts around 19:00 at the club and as an added bonus coincides with high water this week!

TSC invite all members to get on the water in the company of others and enjoy our wonderful facilities and sailing area. Help will be on hand to those members looking for advice and support, from rigging your boat, to building up your confidence on the water. Last week, owing to the lack of wind, club members rallied round and helped a relatively new club member with his Wanderer so that he is ready to take to the water. If you need some help with a tricky boat fix, this is your opportunity to enlist the knowledge, advice and tools of fellow club members.

After the water activities the TSC gas BBQ will be available, so if you fancy some food post activities, please bring your favourite meats or meat substitute and accompaniments to cook on the grill. The TSC bar will also be open to keep you hydrated with your favourite tipple.

The club dinghies (Feva’s & Q’Ba) will be available for those who wish to try them out in an informal environment. Help will be on hand to show you where they are stored and how they are rigged. We are also encouraging all our kayaking members to come and enjoy a paddle.

Any trained Tudor patrol boat helms / crews looking to brush up their boat handling skills are also welcome to take out one of the TSC patrol boats.
If you would like any more information, would like to book a club boat, arrange a session in a patrol boat or have any other questions, please contact Richard Barnes, Dinghy Captain. dinghies or call me on my telephone number published in the club calendar.

Richard Barnes
Dinghy Captain

Bruce, Committee Boat Project – Sunday 15th May 2016, 11:00

If anyone is able to volunteer a few hours to help out on Bruce, the clubs committee boat project this Sunday, we welcome new and existing offers of support.

We are going to push to finish off cleaning the hull and anti-foul the bottom, make some gel coat repairs and finish the construction of the race gantry on the working deck this weekend, so if you can spare a few hours, please meet in the compound at 11 am.

We are also operating tours of the boat, for any club member who wishes to get a closer look at the project.

Richard Barnes
Dinghy Captain

Available Bar Duties

We have a few gaps in the bar duty calendar over the next few months that still need volunteers! If you are available to cover one or more of these duties please either volunteer through duty man or let me know which you can cover by emailing me and I will assign you. The dates are:

Date Duty Type Start End
20-May-16 Early Friday Bar – Friendly Fridays Bar – 1.5 Hour 18:45 20:15
20-May-16 Friday Bar Bar – 3 Hour 20:15 23:15
25-May-16 Wednesday Evening Bar – Cadets Bar – 3 Hour 18:45 21:45
27-May-16 Early Friday Bar – Friendly Fridays Bar – 1.5 Hour 18:45 20:15
27-May-16 Friday Bar Bar – 3 Hour 20:15 23:15
17-Jun-16 BAE Systems Charity Cricket Bar – 3 Hour 15:00 18:00
17-Jun-16 Friday Bar Bar – 3 Hour 20:15 23:15

If you are not yet bar trained please email me with the duties you wish to perform and I will arrange the necessary training for you.


Jason Chipper
Bar Manager

Tudor Sailing Club Open Day, Saturday 21st May – Help Needed

Following our great event last year TSC are holding an open day on Saturday 21st May (aka Push the Boat Out / PTBO). There is a poster attached if members would like to print and put up at work, please spread the word around the local area. Prospective members that sign up on the day will not have to pay the usual joining fee. We need lots of volunteers to assist in various roles, examples are below:

  • Conducting tours of the club
  • Car park marshalling
  • Taking people out on the water in dinghies / cruisers
  • Boats that we can borrow for the day to take prospective members out in (we will put in an experienced sailor) – good boats would be Visions, wanderers, wayfarers etc
  • Loans of sit on kayaks for the day
  • People to rig boats such as Oppies / Fevas
  • Help on BBQ and bar

If you can spare some time to help make the open day a success (and increase our membership) then please get in touch.

Hannah Barnes

Maintenance Projects

The maintenance committee has been working steadily with the help of members to ensure the clubhouse is kept in a good state of repair as required in the terms of our lease and meeting all the statutory regulations such as legionnaires checks , PAT testing and fire safety. However we need to push ahead with various projects and are seeking members who have professional experience and would be willing to advise us.

  1. Fencing contractor, for improved compound security.
  2. Electrician, improved extraction for the changing rooms and lighting for the club room to allow for different functions.
  3. Drainage / Groundworks, to ascertain the viability of connecting the clubhouse to mains drainage.

General work available towards your maintenance:

  • The galley needs redecorating
  • Some barge boards require replacing due to the timber rotting
  • The paving outside the front entrance could be improved by being repaired and repointed.

Please contact the maintenance committee if you are able to offer assistance maintenance.

Bill Jones
Maintenance Officer

Gig Rowing for Pleasure

Hi all, these are the times I will be putting the Gig on the water over the coming week. Saturday 14th May @ 0930 hrs and Wednesday 18th. May @1800 hrs. To be included in a crew just email me at rowing. Please be reminded that I am “Out of Commission” from 26th May till 15th. July so we need members to put the gig afloat and take out novice crews to continue to build a long term activity.

Best Regards

Diary Dates

Social Events Sailing Events
RYA Push the Boat Out May 21st Cadet Training May 13th
Langstone Harbour Race Weekend June 3rd – 5th Friendly Friday May 13th
Family Fun Day June 25th Forts & Fairway 1 (Ian Silk trophy) May 14th
America’s Cup Weekend (event TBC) July 21st – 24th Trafalgar Pursuit May 14th
Prospective Members Evening May 27th Cadets on the Water / Cadet Series 2 May 18th