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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Club Class Championships–Sunday 28th October 2012

Below are the results of the Club Class Championships held yesterday.

Congratulations to the winners of their Class, and to all those who took part. Our thanks to OOD, Tim Hemsley and his team who braved the cold and gave us three excellent races.


  1. Ian Gregory
  2. Colin Dutton
  3. Graham Howlett
  4. Nigel Bayly
  5. John Haine
  6. David Farmer


  1. Roger Carter
  2. Colin Gilbert
  3. Roger Miller


  1. John Townsley
  2. Tim Deacon
  3. Jeff Dolton
  4. Alan Bird 
  5. Ray Baker


  1. Simon Millar & Ted Jeffries
  2. David Youll
  3. David Hawkins


  1. Chris Ellis & Judith Young
  2. Katrina Gilbert
  3. Nick Royse
  4. Alan Dance
  5. Colin Hammond

Farnham Sports Council Awards 15th October 2012

It was a great night for Frensham Pond Sailing Club and Frensham Pond Sailability as its nominees were awarded with a prize at the Farnham Sports Council Awards.

The Farnham Sports Council is an independent, voluntary body which represents the sporting interests of the people of Farnham and the surrounding districts. The FSC acts to promote sport in the community at all levels, to safeguard existing facilities, to identify sporting needs in the area and provides a forum where clubs and individuals can present their views on sporting matters to local authorities and other interested organisations.

Nick Clibborn won the category of Coach of the Year.

Nick has been a keen sailor and dinghy racer for many years and has travelled widely during a distinguished career in the Merchant Navy and the City before his retirement. He has been a valued member of FPSC for many years.

A knowledgeable and respected RYA qualified instructor, Nick has been involved in introducing people of all ages and abilities to sailing and his natural enthusiasm has encouraged many to join the sailing club and take up the sport. As a Senior Instructor and Racing Coach, he has played a very active part in teaching 1 week courses at Frensham Pond as an unpaid volunteer. These involve children from the age of seven up to adults of all ages.

From 2009 to 2012 Nick was the Principal of the RYA Recognised Training Establishment at Frensham Pond, again a voluntary post, and was instrumental in managing all the training courses for novice and more experienced sailors. He continues to help as a Senior Instructor for training courses and to train a new generation of instructors and racing coaches.

Nick has also been the Racing Coach for Frensham Pond Sailability for the past 8 years, spending many long hours in the classroom and on the water, in all weathers, encouraging and supporting disabled sailors to take up racing. Starting at the club level, many have gone on to compete in National and International events with great success.

His efforts have resulted in the Access Class sailors of FPS winning countless prizes and trophies, including two current National Championships, a French National Championship and FPS are the holders of the UK's "Ben Ainslie" Access Team Trophy for a record fifth consecutive year.

Nick's passion for sailing, together with his thorough knowledge of the subject and his lively and entertaining coaching style, continue to inspire and enthuse everybody who has had the privilege of being instructed by him.

Lindsay Burns was second in the Disability Award.

After being involved with Frensham Pond Sailing Club in its early days, Lindsay Burns suffered a severe road accident in the 1970s which left her very disabled and curtailed her sailing activities for some 30 years. When she discovered Frensham Pond Sailability in 2009 she returned to the sport and promptly became a champion sailor winning the National Championship for her Access 2.3 class dinghy for the past three years and also the equivalent French Championship in 2011 and 2012.

Lindsay has also taken to travelling to other UK clubs to participate in "Travellers' Trophy" competitions, becoming a key member of the Frensham Pond Sailability multiple trophy winning team. In addition, Lindsay has travelled to World and European championships winning a European Silver medal in Italy in 2011 and being a member of the UK team which won the top nation trophy.

As well as her personal successes, Lindsay has been passing on her skills to a new generation, achieving RYA Dinghy Instructor and Race Coach qualifications alongside able-bodied sailors, and then using this knowledge to teach sailing skills to disabled youngsters at Frensham Pond and being appointed national coach for the Access classes of boats for disabled sailors. All this is done on a voluntary basis in her own time.

Richard Smallwood was third in the category Service to Sport

Richard had a long career in the Royal Navy. However, he has always found time to enjoy sailing as well as contributing to the running of a number of different sailing clubs and organisations, most recently Frensham Pond Sailability, whilst achieving appropriate RYA qualifications along the way.

Richard first became involved with Frensham Pond Sailability in 2002. Although initially joining us as a sailing volunteer his extensive sailing CV and leadership skills were recognised and he took on the role of Sailing Captain when a vacancy arose. With his sailing knowledge and organisational skills Richard helped to develop the management of sailing sessions, paying particular attention to safety and training matters. He also made proposals for improvements to the Sailability fleet and took charge of procuring suitable additional boats.

As an RYA Racing Coach Richard frequently supports our racing members at meetings throughout the country and accompanies them to overseas events, sometimes towing boats when required.

In addition to his role at Frensham Pond Sailability Richard was Chairman of The Access Class Association (UK) for four years and continues today as vice chairman and a member of the international committee. The Access Class was designed for disabled sailor to enable those with disability to sail and compete against abled bodied sailors. In his role as chairman he was instrumental in raising the Association’s profile both nationally and internationally, providing technical input and advice for the development of this class. In this role he also chaired the committee which organised the Access and Skud 18 World Championships at Rutland Water in 2010.

GP14 Open Meeting 2012

Seven visitors from the Southern Travellers circuit joined ten local boats for the annual Frensham Pond GP14 open on Sunday 14th October which was shared with the Enterprises. Faced with mist on the lake and ice on the boats Race Officer Keith Videlo kept both fleets in the clubhouse until a 5 to 10 knot Northerly blew away the mist resulting in glorious blue sky light weather racing. Richard Lord and Norman Brown led the fleet away from a port biased line followed by Steve Cooper and Eugene Shrimpton-Phoenix from BTYC and Nick Clibborn from the home club. These positions were maintained for lap one after which Lord and Cooper extended their lead with James Ward / Richard Whitehill of Papercourt SC coming through to third and David Innes /Jon Denyer from Frensham in fourth these positions being maintained until the finish.

The second and third races were run back to back after lunch. In race 2 Cooper lead of the line with Lord following and Bryan Taylor from Frensham Pond and Ben Kaplan from Seahorse coming into the fray in the shifty conditions. Lord and Taylor overtook Cooper with Kaplan coming into third just before the finish. With Lord retiring to the clubhouse with two firsts the third race commenced in similar conditions with Helen Allen of BTYC, Andy Wadsworth of BTYC and Brian Taylor of the line fast. The whole fleet appeared to arrive at the windward mark together spreading out on the run down to the first leeward mark. Those gybing to the right picked up a breeze. At the end of the first lap Wadsworth led from Taylor, Innes and Ward and with the wind becoming variable both in direction and strength positions changed regularly. Taylor took the bullet from Wadsworth and Ward with Innes taking fourth .

Final positions

  1. Richard Lord and Norman Brown Seahorse SC
  2. Bryan Taylor and son Frensham Pond SC
  3. Stephen Cooper and Eugene Shrimpton-Phoenix BTYC
  4. James Ward and Richard Whitehill Papercourt SC

Enterprise Open Meeting 2012

The last of the SE Area Enterprise meetings on 14th October saw Frensham at its picturesque best at 11:00 with mist rising from still water but the race officer Keith Videlo’s delay of 1 hour was timed beautifully as the wind filled in from the north west.

During the day the light wind held up with shifts beyond westerly, especially under the large clouds, making for interesting tactical racing with some planing but never taxing even with 19 Enterprises and 17 GP14s. All races were dominated by the visiting trio of David and John Beaney, Ann Jackson/Alan Skeens and Martin and Laurence Davies showing their prowess at roll tacking. The nearest to challenge in the 3 races were Nick Carr/Nick Stevens, Phil Chambers/Chris Parker and Colin Gilbert/Andy Majury with local boat, Colin Gilbert/Andy Majury, taking 4th overall just pipping Alex and Ian Johnson on a tie-break.

David and John Beaney’s place in the Thames Valley Bowl was already secure but the 1st also gave them the Frensham Packard Cup and the South East Area Championship.

It was such a lovely day that few were in a hurry to leave and 14 entered the last race before a convivial tea with the prize giving by Jeff Dolton aided by Bob and Paul Southworth.

Position Helm Crew Sail No. Club
1 David Beaney John Beaney 20234 Castaways
2 Ann Jackson Alan Skeens 22933 Burghfield SC
3 Martin Davies Laurence Davies 22320 Rugby & Daventry SC
4 Colin Gilbert  Andy Majury 21836  FPSC
5 Alex Johnson Ian Johnson 23168  FPSC
6 Philip Chambers Chris Parker 23218  Hampton SC
7 David Hodgson Steve Bell 23243 Papercourt SC
8  Dick Lankaster Jo Lancaster 22866  Weirwood SC
9 Nick Carr Nick Stevens 22870  FPSC
10 Roger Carter David Pite  19510  FPSC
11 John Haine  Joao Rocha 9414  FPSC
12 Jeremy Whiting Elenor Priestnall 21107  London Corinthian SC
13 Richard Best  Suze Watling  20819 FPSC
14 Mark Cropper  Erika Cropper 18555 FPSC
15 Liz St. Clair-Legge Peter Hallett 23273 London Corinthian SC
16 Roger Miller  Andrew Todd 22625  FPSC
17 Bob Boyd Mary Boyd  1049  FPSC
18 Sylvia Rhodes Carol Craig 17968  FPSC
19 Trevor Hallifax Daniel Hallifax 12293  FPSC






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