Junior Sailing from 27th April

Our parent supervised Junior Sailing group re-starts Saturday afternoon 27th April 2019.

The aim of Juniors is to introduce youngsters to sailing and, with parents, enhance sailing skills and have fun. All juniors have opportunities to progress in skill to club racing through the Juniors fleet of boats, including Optimists, Toppers, Picos and high performance Fevas. Any young person who is already a member of Littleton Sailing Club or Littleton Lake Sailing Club via family can join Juniors sailing sessions. There is a contribution towards maintenance of the Juniors fleet of £60 for the season.

Sign up through our teamSTUFF app https://teamstuff.com/join/littleton-junior-sai/48d22ec7

For more information about our Junior sailing group …

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New! – Personal Handicap Pursuit Racing

6th April sees the first of our personal handicap pursuit races. Handicaps and a guide for competitors will be placed on the desk in the foyer as soon as possible after the new PY numbers are released by the RYA. The boat class start numbers for the 14:00 Personal Handicap Pursuit race will differ from the numbers used for the Twilight pursuit because the race is a slightly different length and because the Twilight starts 15 minutes past the hour. To obtain your start time you take your boat class start time and add your new personal handicap to that number. That gives your start time in minutes. When the 5-4-1-0 race start sequence is completed, 00 will be displayed and the numbers will count up every minute. You start when your number is displayed and the hooter sounds. Note that a negative start time means that you will be starting during the start sequence (before the 00 is displayed). Personal handicaps will be adjusted every week, so you need to check your start time every race.

Racing should be very close and everyone should have a chance to win!

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Double Award for Littleton

Littleton Sailing Club has been awarded the title of Spelthorne Sports Club of the Year! This annual award was presented to the Club by Spelthorne Council in recognition for outstanding activities in sports. The 2018 Spelthorne Sports Awards ceremony which took place on 9th October at Shepperton Studios, saw 10 awards given out in all.  In the past we have been successful in other categories but this is the first time the Club has won the overall award for best sports club.  This is very much a shared award and demonstrates how passionate we are as a group about our sailing and our club.

At the event, attended by a delegation of our committee members, we were treated to a speech from Debbie Flood, double Olympic silver medalist in rowing on the power of persistence, and how, by continuing with your aims along with commitment and dedication high levels can be achieved.

At the ceremony club member Jo Lloyd also won the award of Volunteer of the Year for her dedication to duty co-ordination, an award richly deserved. With 150 clubs in the borough, these awards are prestigious and along with the others won on previous occasions confirms that Littleton is a really active and great club to be part of.  Well done Team Littleton!

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Moonlight Race – 2nd September

Our annual Moonlight Race and BBQ attracted 15 entries in all this year, including a number of our junior sailors.

The evening began with a BYO barbecue cooked on our newly purchased BBQ. Thanks to Rear Commodore, Andy Bennett and also Ed Pepper for assembling the BBQ just in time for the hungry hoards to descend upon it!

Race Officer Jon Jowett then briefed competitors on the modified start procedure using coloured lights in place of flags and handed out mini mars bar and milky way snacks to all those competing.

With only a light breeze at the start, competitors made a great sight for all the bar spectators, with various fairy lights being sported on rigs, making the job of choosing the best lit boat quite a task.

Unfortunately the wind completely died part way through the race but every competitor was given a finish using the number of laps they had achieved during the time allocated.

Congratulations to Tim Hore on winning the race and also to Brian Hennessey for winning the best lit boat with his spectacular ‘disco light’.

View the race results …
View some images from the evening …

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South East Working Newfoundland Dogs Demonstration at Littleton – Sunday 22nd July

The South East Working Newfoundland Dogs group in association with the RNLI, will be visiting Littleton on Sunday 22nd July and will be providing demonstrations of how these wonderful dogs are used in rescue situations. We are looking for volunteer ‘victims’ to be rescued from the lake.

To take part the RNLI ask that the person to be rescued has sponsorship of at least £50 for the RNLI.

If you would like to take part please let us know by email to info@www.littletonsc.co.uk

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60th Anniversary Weekend News – 16th/17th June

This year Littleton Sailing Club will be 60 years old and we are celebrating our anniversary in style over the weekend of 16th/17th June, both on and off the water.

We are delighted to be welcoming the Mayor of Spelthorne and her Consort for lunch on Saturday and will be inviting her to start one of the races. We also hope some of our old time members and ex-members will come along to share this special occasion.

We have a full programme over the weekend, racing for the coveted Burgee Trophy which was first raced for on our 50th anniversary. There will be 3 races on Saturday and 3 on Sunday with the best 5 out of 6 to count. Entry is open to all members.

Race times:
Saturday – 12:00, 14:30, 16:00
Sunday – 10:30, 12:00, 14:30

There will also be some on-water ‘fun’ sailing related team games for the junior sailors. This will start around 14:00 on Saturday.

On Saturday evening the celebrations will continue, with a jazz band and a hog roast, and to end the evening a  spectacular firework display. Information and tickets …..

Overnight camping is being allowed on Saturday night, then the final 3 races will take place on Sunday, followed by a prizegiving ceremony.


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2018 Trophy Days So Far

The first trophy day of the year was our Annual Icicle Trophy event on 7 January. The day was a cold and somewhat breezy one resulting in a smaller number of entries than usual. With Simon Derham managing to clinch the title by winning the first 2 races in his Solo, it was only the hardiest that made it through to the very end of the day.

Brass Monkey prizegiving

The Brass Monkey Trophy followed closely on 4 February. Again a chilly day reminding us of where the name name of the event originated, but this time with a little less wind, so attracting a good turnout. The leaders on the water enjoyed a day of close nip and tuck racing, though it was Malcolm Underwood in his Pico Sport following round who pipped everyone to the post on handicap in all 3 races.



The Burgee Trophy, competed over two sailing days on consecutive weekends, a mini series of 10 General Handicap races in our popular ‘Short Race’ format, took place on the 25 February and 4 March. The first of the two days was bitterly cold with a raw wind blowing. Those who braved the conditions did well if they managed to sail all five races of that day.

Burgee Trophy prizegiving

It was this week between the two event days that saw the ‘Beast from the East’ arrive and although we certainly didn’t suffer as much as some other areas of the country, there was considerable doubt as to whether the second of the two days would be able to go ahead. Thankfully the day before temperatures rose melting most of the snow and ice just in time for Sunday and the event was able to be completed. After a day of fierce competition it was Julian Rickards, sailing his Solo, who sailed consistently to claim the trophy as his. Over the two days of racing a total of 17 competitors participated.

View the latest club race results on our results page …

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Littleton Member Honoured in RYA Volunteer Awards

We are delighted to report that our Rear Commodore Andy Bennett was among dedicated volunteers from across the UK who had their endeavours recognised by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at the annual RYA Awards ceremony in London 24 November.

Andy Bennett of Littleton Sailing Club (LSC) received an RYA Lifetime Commitment Award for his dedication to boating.

The RYA Awards are presented to outstanding individuals or groups nominated by their sailing clubs and class associations and selected by the RYA Awards Panel.

Before the awards presentation, RYA CEO Sarah Treseder presented Her Royal Highness with a pair of marine binoculars on behalf of the RYA’s Members to mark her 30 years as President of the RYA.

In nominating Andy LSC wrote: Andy has been volunteering at Littleton Lake since 1993 and has served as Commodore of the former BP Sailing Club and at LSC and on various club committees, most recently as Rear Commodore Facilities. This role encompasses the management, maintenance and repair, with a team of helpers, of LSC’s extensive boundaries, utilities and structures.

A natural team player, Andy was responsible for organising major repairs after serious floods in 2014. He is helping to negotiate a lease with the landlord and has represented the club during the Thames Flood Relief Scheme consultations.

Andy stills sails regularly, helps run races, organises cruising days, takes new members out sailing and assists both the juniors
and Phabsail, a local group for sailors with disabilities. His wide-ranging support has been instrumental in making LSC a vibrant and successful club.

Andy said of receiving the award:  “I feel incredibly honoured that my contribution to a sport I love has been recognised in this way. I am indebted to those who have supported me over the years, without them I would not have been here today. The awards ceremony was a wonderful experience and meeting and chatting with other award winners made for a most enjoyable day.”

RYA Director of Sport Development, Alistair Dickson concluded: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of our sport. Today has been an excellent opportunity to celebrate the fantastic work our volunteers do to support boating activity in all forms throughout the UK.

“All of the stories behind these special people have been truly inspiring to hear and it’s really an honour to be able to say thank you and celebrate their amazing achievements.”

Do you know a volunteer who always goes the extra mile? Nominations for the 2018 RYA Volunteer Awards are now invited. For more information and to make a nomination visit www.rya.org.uk/go/ryavolunteerawards

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