Welcome

Welcome to Frensham Pond Sailing Club. Based on a beautiful lake in South West Surrey, the club welcomes new members, both experienced sailors and those wishing to learn. If you would like to find out more, please look further at our website or why not take the opportunity to visit and talk with the club manager or the clubs members. Frensham Pond is a club for all ages, all abilities and all seasons.

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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

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