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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Lark & Phantom Open – Sunday 1st April 2012

Frensham Pond, often known as the ‘home of champions’ is a ‘great place to get to grips with the relationship of wind and rig, and with lots of mark rounding practice’ says Nick Craig the 2011 Yachtsman of the Year – it will be a great warm up for the season ahead.

Any support team will be welcome and we have a great Clubhouse to watch the racing from (free wifi and plenty of sockets for your lap tops), and if you are feeling fit there is a great walk round the ‘Pond’.

The Briefing on Sunday is at 1015. The first race will be at 1100. There will be three races, one before lunch then two back to back after lunch with two to count. Prize giving and free tea will be about 1600.

Entry fee £10 for the Phantoms and £15 for Larks.

Hope to see you on Sunday 1st April.

Further information: Larks: Chris Ellis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phantoms: Tim Hemsley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Pond Superprix - March 25th 2012

On the 25th March 2012 we will be holding the Second ever “Pond Superprix” a series of 8-10 single lap short course sprint races. The aim of the Superprix is to give us all some needed starting practice.

The original Idea came from David Youll who suggested that we should have a day of starting practice, which I then developed into the Superprix. We ran it last year as a replacement for the RS 200 open meeting, as a filler for a moved event but as it was so popular and fun we decided to make it an annual event.

The format of the day will be for 5 races in the morning, have lunch and then have 5 races in the afternoon. There will be 3 classes each having their own start as follows:-

Fast- i.e Laser, RS200, Phantom, Lark RS 100 etc.

Medium- i.e Enterprise, GP14, Solo, Comet Trio etc.

Slow- i.e. Access, Cadet, 2.4mR, Laser 4.7

All races will be committee boat starts, with an area cordoned off with buoy’s as a starting area in which you may not enter until your warning signal, if you are over the line then you have to return to the box and do a 360 degree turn before continuing.

In order to gain a very quick race, all courses will consist of a beat, a spreader leg and a run to the finish, there will be a number of windward marks so that the different fleets can have similar length races. To avoid confusion and to make recording easier there will be separate start and finish lines. The fleets will have 3 minute starting gaps.

All the races will be timed and the results calculated in the normal fashion.

With the start of the club open meeting calendar on the horizon I can think of no better way to get prepared.

Sounds fun!

Keep this date clear, if you want more info please contact me.

Tim Hemsley
Hon. Sailing secretary

Guildford Marine & Henri Lloyd Frensham Frenzy–11th March 2012

By Jim Morley on 12 March 2012

The day was warm the sun shone and the sky was cloudless but where was the wind?

A sailing event with no wind is like a motor race with no fuel. For long periods the lake’s surface was like a sheet of glass. A good entry of forty seven boats took to the water for this pursuit event, including many visitors in a wide selection of designs. These included an Albacore, an interesting prototype X1, two OK dinghies as well as entries of Lasers, Solos, Larks, Phantoms, RS200 and 100, plus a good turnout of local Cadets.

Race officer Tim Hemsley managed to set a course with a reasonable windward leg, although this varied crazily as the morning progressed. In the end the race was dominated by a local 2.4R mini-keelboat sailed by Frensham’s Richard Smallwood. His was an expert display of how to keep momentum going in wind zero conditions. Richard was followed by the first visitors a Lark sailed by Stuart and Nick Hydon, with Frensham’s Keith Videlo third in his Solo.

With lunch over the wind had finally died leaving only a few tiny zephyrs ranging through 360 degrees. The race officer took the committee boat to various points on the lake but in the end had no option but to abandon the event. A huge disappointment only lessened by reports of the same conditions everywhere in Southern England including the coast. A fine selection of prizes was presented by the event sponsors Guildford Marine and Henri Lloyd.

Overall Results:

1st 2.4R, GBR 48 R. Smallwood Frensham
2nd Lark, 25 S & N Hydon Shustoke
3rd Solo, 4369 K. Videlo Frensham
4th OK, 2141 S. Davies Upper Thames

Special Prizes:

1st Cadets: Megan Ferguson & Charlotte Videlo 1st Age 17 – 21: Connor & Ollie Hudson

Celebration party in honour of Nick Craig

On Sunday March 4th a packed clubhouse greeted Frensham Sailing Club’s outstanding competitive sailor, Nick Craig for a lunch in his honour. The party was to welcome Frensham’s finest who has just been awarded the Pantanenius UK Yachtsman of the Year 2011. Nick, Farnham born, learned his sailing as a Frensham Cadet. Frensham’s club Commodore, Jeff Dolton welcomed Nick and his family and asked him the secrets of his racing success. Nick Craig cited enjoyment of the sport and the different classes of boats that he races.

Yachtsman of the Year is a long standing trophy that has some of the greatest names in world sailing engraved on it. Nick Craig is generally rated as the finest amateur competitive sailor of all time. As of 2011 Nick has won a total of thirty seven World, European and national titles. The majority of these in his favourite OK dinghy, but other titles in: Enterprise, RS400, and single-handed Phantom, as well as the extreme high-tech B14 and the newly launched D1 class. The truth is that Nick Craig will win in every design of racing boat he steps into. There is no other amateur sailor in this league now or in the history of the sport of sailing. Nick has stayed loyal to his home club and always enters a contest under the Frensham banner.

Frensham Commodore Jeff Dolton remarked that the club was running out of space on its honours board. When asked what his plans were for 2012. Nick replied: “to keep going”. Frensham and the wider world of sailing anticipate more great things.

Jim Morley 5th March 2012


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