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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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


Friday Night Social Evening – 2nd March

All members are invited to the FPSC Social Evening this coming Friday, 2nd March, at 7.30pm in the Clubhouse.

The evening will be hosted by the Solo Fleet Captain - Simon Lomas Clarke – and we expect a good turnout from the Solo Fleet.

For the first time on a Friday, we will be taking orders for Fish & Chips and please note that to ensure delivery we need your order by 7.45pm.

See you there!

Kim Davies
Social Secretary

Club Manager Appointment

Dear Club Member

I am pleased to advise you that the Club has recruited Julian Davies for the position of Club Manager.

Julian brings a wealth of experience to the Club and is ideally suited for this role. In addition to managing the many aspects of club life Julian will also be assuming Kitchen Management responsibilities when Sala Willis steps down in July.

The Committee room has now been converted into an office and many of the Club's important documents and data are now stored there. The room will also be used for training events and meetings involving General Committee members. As such access to the office will from now on be restricted and the key in the key press has been removed. Duty Officers should note that a break key device has been installed on the wall to the right of the office for use in emergencies.

The office will be open on Mondays and Thursdays between the hours of 12 am and 2pm. Julian will be also be at the Club during normal opening hours.

Jeff Dolton


Forthcoming Events

Race Programme