News & Media

Find all the latest news and developments going on at the club both on-the-water and off-the-water from racing information, member news, committee developments, picture and video galleries to social events. Frensham Pond also has its own very 'local' weather forecasting service so if you want to know the wind speed, whether it’s frozen or if you can pick up a tan …it’s all here

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Website Homepage Photo Competition

You will now notice that the Homepage Club photos have been updated and I would like to say a big thank you to all who sent in photos. You will see that the photos are of a high quality and a great representation of both the range of activities and the environment at the club.

I received over 150 photos that were taken recently and it was difficult to reduce them to 20, in fact there are 26 displayed.

The good news is that all the photos received will be put in the Club archive photo section.

You may recall that I was going to choose a winning photograph, that is a quality photo that represented the Club’s vibrant activities to both members and the outside world and It took me a while to select a winner. Eventually I chose the photo of the Cadet fleet flying on a broad reach in a strong breeze. The reason I have chosen this is because it represents a lot of what the Club is about and that is coaching youngsters to get to a high racing standard by their mid teens. The photograph was taken by Stephanie Videlo.

Well done Steph and you have won a bottle of Bordeaux.

Thank you again and let’s look forward to a great 2021 sailing.

Chris

Sad News - Laurie Weeden

Laurie Weeden

Long-standing members will be sad, though perhaps not surprised, to hear of the passing of Laurie Weeden. He was born 6th June 1922 and died after a brief non-Covid-related illness 14th November 2020 aged 98.

His renown extends far beyond the Club. You may read elsewhere of his Second World War exploits. How he was probably the last living glider pilot at both D-Day and Arnhem and on what happened on those occasions. And how he was one of 12 Second World War veterans to be selected by Prince Charles to be painted by a variety of artists in 2015.

Strongly involved with the Cadets initially and then his beloved OK`s he famously once said: 'Members approaching retirement should not necessarily assume that they are old enough to enlist in the OKs'.

But the sailing was far from all that he gave to the Club. He joined the General Committee in 1971, and became treasurer two years later, holding the post for five years. These were the years when VAT was introduced, and Laurie led the reformation of the Club accounts, splitting off berthing and social activities from membership income. He was also Rear- and then Vice-Commodore for the years 1984 to 1987.

He was a lovely person to know, having an infectious chuckle and yet a steel inside. In the 1970s he was Father Christmas for the Club's children's Christmas party arriving across the Pond with his sack of presents. He had a good 'Ho Ho' voice, recalls Keith Videlo. Former member John McLaren writes "What an innings. A lovely man with a great sense of humour. Good friend and strong supporter of my father in their quest for competitive racing at Frensham. Always Mr OK and would never be defeated by the elements. Producer of a son in his own image. A lovely family."

Our condolences to Tim Weeden and the whole family

A full obituary will appear in the next newsletter. My thanks to Graham Howlett and Pat Cushing for putting this together

David Innes Commodore FPSC

Sad News - Jim Morley

We are sad to announce the death of Jim Morley at the Royal Surrey after a short non- Covid related illness. As many of you know until recently Jim was an active 2.4mR sailor and Jim also helped the club with publicity until he gracefully retired a year or so ago. Jim joined the Club in December 2002 and he was the son of one of our founding members Commander Norman Morley, who was also the founding Secretary of the Club and it`s third Commodore. So Jim was at the Club enjoying childhood sailing in those very early days .

The funeral will be at Priors Dean Church but has not yet been arranged and will need to be a quiet limited affair.

From all of us at the club our deepest condolences to his sister Pam and his wider family

David Innes

Commodore FPSC

FPSC Homepage Website Photos

The recent great open meetings and Sailability photos have prompted me to volunteer to update the photos on our website homepage. The same ones have been on view for a long time and one of the photos is of a member who left over six years ago!

Please could you send me any great photos that you think will be suitable for our website homepage and we will pick the top ones for the website.

The good news is that I am also awarding a good bottle of Bordeaux wine to the person that has taken the best photo.

The suggestion would be that these photos would represent all that is good about our Club over a typical year or so and could include pictures of:

  • All main class boats
  • Exciting sailing photos
  • Large fleets racing e.g open meetings
  • Committee and Safety boats
  • RYA Training – sailing and powerboat courses
  • Sailability
  • MYG
  • Club activities such as 10 hour race, open days, coaching and BBQs
  • Frensham Pond wildlife
  • Dinghy park

…and I’m sure you will have many more suggestions.

Please send me your photos by the deadline of 30th November 2020 and the winners will be announced before Xmas.

Please also pass this request to anyone else that you may know might have some great photos, particularly those many photographers out there.

By entering you will be giving permission to use any photos for marketing our club.

Thank you and I look forward to receiving lots of photos.

Chris Ellis 

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