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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Phantom Open Meeting – 1st April 2012

The curse of windguru and the difficulty of getting fuel deterred some people from travelling, but a small and very select group arrived at the pond to be greeted by beautiful sunshine and a mirror calm lake.

Fortunately for Race officer Bruce Hill, some pressure appeared on the water and the first race started with only a short delay. The committee boat end was favoured and Nick Mason and Tim Hemsley got away cleanly, Tony Cumerbatch picked up a great shift on the left and would have led around the first mark had he noticed the change of rounding. Tim and Nick led the way for the next 2 legs until Tim pulled away in some new pressure. On the second lap Tim had about a 300 metre lead when he sailed into a hole and the fleet caught up to him, Jeremy Hudson crept through to leeward to lead briefly before the wind swung 180 degrees and allowed Tim to pull away again. At the penultimate mark the fleet bunched up again but Tim held his lead whilst behind there was a lot of jockeying for the places eventually Nick Mason got second and Bob Larder third.

Whilst there was still some pressure Bruce Hill decided to hold race 2 back to back, and with a very Pin end bias line again Nick Mason and Tim Hemsley got away cleanly and pulled away, Nick led around the first mark but was then passed by Tim who was bringing up some new wind with the rest of the fleet. Tim Managed to pull out quite a lead, which although contracted from time to time he held to the end, whilst behind the rest had a nip and tuck battle with it appeared most of the fleet holding second for a while before Nick Royse managed a mini break and took second at the finish.

After a Phantomesque lunch of Pies etc. most of the fleet assembled for the last race Tim Hemsley decided that it would be more fun to send Nick Mason’s son Michael out in his place to battle his old man. After much deliberation from Bruce a start got away and Nick Royse got ahead by the first mark, Bob Larder and Nick Mason were always close behind looking for a way past coming close many times but this order stayed to the finish.

Thanks must go to Bruce Hill and the 2.4mR fleet for running the racing, Sala and her team for feeding us so well, and all the competitors who brought food for the afternoon tea.


1st Tim Hemsley FPSC
2nd Nick Royse FPSC
3rd Bob Larder FPSC
4th Nick Mason Island Barn Reservoir SC
5th Jeremy Hudson FPSC
6th Richard Cumberbatch Castle Cove SC
7th Tony Cumberbatch Sutton Bingham SC
8th Ian Swaddling FPSC
9th David Hutley FPSC


Lark Open – 1st April 2012

Hydon’s Triumph at Frensham despite difficult wind conditions.

It was a beautiful day but with frustratingly light winds. Thanks must go to Race Officer Bruce Hill was setting three courses in challenging conditions.

At the start of race 1 Chris Ellis/ Ed Cummins and Chris Holliman/ Kate Hutchins rounded the first mark followed closely by Stuart/ Nick Hydon. Holliman gybed out and unfortunately lost his position. The Hydons managed to go on top of Ellis but Ellis managed to get water on the Hydons at the leeward mark. On the second beat, the Hydon’s tactics of using the right hand side paid off and they got past Ellis and extended the lead. However, on the long run down to the club house the Hydons lost the lead as the fleet came through. Phil Whitney/ Lynda Williams took the lead for a short time until the Hydons came back through. During the second lap the Hydons opened another lead on the fleet. On the final leg to the finish there was a scramble for the first four positions. The Hydons just managed to get 1st with Charlie Roome/ David Marlow half a boat length behind them closely followed by Sam Mettam/ Geoff Phillips (3rd) and Ellis/Cummins 4th.

The second race saw the Hydons blocking Roome on the pin end and opening a substantial lead leaving the rest of the fleet to fight for 2nd place. The positions from 2nd to 8th place changed as frequently as did the wind. The end of the race saw the Hydons with a substantial lead and Mettam in 2nd place. Whitney got Ellis on the line leaving Ellis in 4th position.

After a delicious lunch a new course was set. The Hydons managed to stop Mettam from starting at the committee boat end and they rounded the windward mark first. However, Nigel Huffton/ Helen Scott were gaining on them but the Hydons managed to lose them and open another lead. With the wind changing all the time the positions 2nd to 7th also kept changing, a feature of the day! By the finish the Hydons had the lead and Huffton managed to get second place followed by Roome (3rd) and Ellis in 4th place.

Final Positions were:

1st Stuart and Nick Hydon Shustoke SC
2nd Sam Mettam and Geoff Phillips RNSA
3rd Charlie Roome and David Marlow OCSS
4th Nigel Huffton and Helen Scott Frensham Pond SC


Social Evening – Friday 13th April 2012

On Friday, 13th April we are holding another social evening in the Clubhouse.

All members are welcome and we would particularly like to meet our new members. Having joined the club we think it it is important that you hear what the club is about; whether your interest lies in class or handicap racing, recreational sailing, model yachts, disabled sailing, training and coaching, youth sailing or the social activities that take place throughout the year.

After a short introduction from the Commodore there will be an opportunity to discuss, in an informal atmosphere, any aspect of club activities; either with a Class Captain, group representative or the Officers of the Club and General Committee Members.

The Clubhouse will be open from 6:30pm.

We look forward to seeing you.

Jeff Dolton

Pond Superprix – Sunday 25th March 2012

It was a grand day out at the Frensham Pond Superprix. With a cloudless sky and a decent breeze thirty six boats representing the Club’s dinghy spectrum entered this fun and really beneficial competition. After the briefing by Race Officer Tim Hemsley, it was straight onto the water for the first of five morning races. After lunch the wind picked up a little and a further five races were run.

Tim presented prizes to the winners of each category as follows:

Not So Fast: Tessa Watkiss

Medium & Overall Superprix Winner: Tim Deacon

Fast: Nick Royse

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