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The RYA and Yachts & Yachting have once again joined forces to recognise the outstanding achievement of sailing clubs across the UK through the Club of the Year Awards – which recognise and promote the hard work which goes into making the UK’s sailing clubs successful. The RYA Awards Panel has selected the finalists, representing the RYA Regions.

Sounds like a cue for FSC. It is. We are nominated in the RYA South West Region.

Voting has already begun, and continues until January 24th. The Club of the Year will be announced at the RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show 2022.

Club News

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The latest guidance requires people to wear a mask in shops and on public transport.

For the reassurance of our members and volunteers at FSC, we are asking people, even those who have been double- and booster-jabbed, to obtain a negative result on a lateral flow test before attending club events. Please wear a face mask if it you feel it makes you or others feel more comfortable.

Keep Safe

Important Stuff

The Club has changed its banking arrangements. We used to bank through Santander, but as you prepare to pay for your 2022 Club membership remember to change the sort code details of the payee to Lloyds Bank if you pay by BACS. We'd hate the money to end up in the wrong account.

In fact the Club has no less than three new accounts with Lloyds. In all three cases the sort code is 30 98 97

  • 32308063: General Account: for the clubhouse running expenses, Membership and Race entry fees and all non-bar related receipts. There is a card machine tied to this account.
  • 32303262: Catering Account: covers all income and expenditure related to the Bar supplies. There is a card machine tied to this account which can be used to purchase drinks at the bar.
  • 78639660: Fundraising and Donations Account: for the Building and Pontoon Fund.

Tuesday talks, and more – into 2022!

  • Where marked zoom logo the talk will also be available over Zoom (Meeting ID – 304 203 4596; Password – POFSA)
  • 30th November – the talk by Pete Goss has been cancelled. Jack Penty has stepped forward with one of his quirky videos of a voyage (well, boat trip) he took from St Petersburg to Moscow. If time permits we may also visit Morocco. zoom logo
  • 7th December – Emily Stevenson: Plastics in the Ocean
    Emily is co-founder of ‘Beach Guardian’ and has been picking up plastics from beaches in Cornwall for over half of her life. zoom logo
  • 14th December – Christmas Party – supper at the club from 1900:
    A 3 course Christmas dinner by Denise to celebrate Christmas and with the added attraction of Daisy Clark an acoustic guitarist and singer fresh from her performance in front of the G7 summit. No Room At the Inn! Sold Out.
  • 4th January – Neil Andrew: Preparing for the weather routing for the AZAB race
    Neil gives us a detailed insight into his preparation and his weather planning for the AZAB race. zoom logo
  • 9th January (Sunday) – Treasure Hunt: 10am start, The Moor, Falmouth
    A treasure hunt on foot around Falmouth, taking about 1½ hours, picking up details of history and general features of the town. Followed by soup, drinks and prizes back at the Club.
  • 11th January – Steve Jermy: Wave Hub Project
    Steve lives in the village of Flushing and is going to give us an insight into ‘The Wave Hub’ which is a floating offshore wind and wave power research project. The project is developed approximately 10 miles off Hayle on the North Coast of Cornwall. zoom logo
  • 18th January – Simon Treen: Beer tasting and Brewing
    Treen’s Brewery have been providing us with our favourite tipple. Simon Treen is providing us with an insight into brewing and possibly a bit of tasting.
  • 25th January – Sally Kettle: Atlantic Rower
    Sally is an inspirational speaker, adventurer, event host, television presenter and author of ‘Sally’s Odd at Sea’. Sally is the first woman to row the Atlantic Ocean. zoom logo
  • 28th January (Friday) – Club Supper Singalong
    Many of you have experienced the impromptu singing of the crews of the working boats and we thought we would have a supper and a great singalong to some of your favourite songs.

“Hospitality”

Just when you were starting to relax

Although many restrictions have been removed, and many of us have been double-jabbed and boosted, the presence of Coronovirus variants like Omicron, means we are not yet ‘back to normal’. With facemasks being required on public transport and in shops, we are asking people, even those who have been double- and booster-jabbed, to obtain a negative result on a lateral flow test before attending club events. Please wear a face mask if it you feel it makes you or others feel more comfortable.

    • Wear a face mask indoors when moving around
    • Avoid standing or queueing at the bar or food hatch
    • Continue to be careful about contacts even if double (or even triple) jabbed
    • Take a lateral flow test before attending events

Thank you from the Committee, Staff and volunteers of FSC.

Friday evening

Friday evening opening will continue and the clubhouse itself will be open and serving food from Denise and drinks from the bar.

Pre-ordering your food through the Flushing Food WhatsApp is the preferred option, but Denise will always have a few extras for those who fail, but they may not be your first choice. Examples of what may be on the menu is under the Suppers page on the website (bookmark it). Denise also sends out a WhatsApp message outlining the menu to those who have registered.

Tuesday evening

The Club is open from about 1830, but talks do not begin until 2000. The bar will be open, but no food is served. Some talks may also be presented over Zoom.

Flushing Sailing Club is a truly amazing, flourishing sailing club running the finest yacht racing in the port of Falmouth.

Founded in 1921 for the benefit of Flushing residents, the club is situated on the New Quay commanding stunning and panoramic views of the inner Falmouth Harbour and the reaches of the Penryn River.

The club has a long history of providing exhilarating and competitive racing for yachts in and around the Carrick Roads as well as coastal and offshore events. A strong involvement with the Sunbeam class during the early years of both the Club and the Sunbeam class continues. We enjoy the full support and participation of the Falmouth Working Boats Association.

With their distinctive topsails, the working boats and the gaffers are a symbol of the region and continue a traditional form of sailing. But the club supports contemporary yachts too, providing competitive and friendly racing for many classes.

Most racing takes place in the Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay, usually finishing on the club line (an imaginary line between ourselves and the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club). During the summer we can expect around 50 boats racing on a Tuesday evening, and an awesome number of yachts setting sail for their Saturday afternoon races. They make a grand sight as they come up the harbour to the finish line.

Members are joined together by their love of sailing, but being a visitor friendly club, non-members are also invited to share our facilities on Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon racing throughout the season.

Flushing Sailing Club has been honoured to host the main prizegiving for the whole of Falmouth Sailing Week. It was a day to remember for all competing sailors and families. We look forward to hosting the 2022 prizegiving.

And we are inordinately proud that Pete Goss MBE consented to become an Honorary Life Member of the Club, together with Nessa Simcock and Harold Martin.

A potted history of the first 75 years of the Club is available here.

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Sing along

Well-known Cornish Dame Compere and fundraiser Betty Stogs leads a fun evening of music and singing celebrating Cornwall and the Cornish way of life, with all male folk music choir, The Oggyman and Pendennis Brass. The evening will end with a sing-along of well-known songs decided by the performers.

Tickets £15 from Minack Box Office.

Harbour Commissioners Open Day

Ever wondered what the Harbour Commissioners do? Falmouth Harbour are running their annual meeting as a drop in day on the 9th of December, 10:30 – 19:30 at Engravers Cottage on Custom House Quay. Come along to ask the Commissioners and staff any questions you may have.

Falmouth Harbour have also developed a survey to allow harbour users to let them know what you think of them and provide information on where you think they may be able to improve. To complete the survey, please click the following link.

Back at FSC

The Tuesday Talks series continues to go from strength to strength with another eclectic and varied mix of talks and other activities. The full list is available here. As usual there will be a slight break over the Christmas period. But to compensate there will be a Christmas party with food and music.

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Just in time for the end of the racing season, the finish line is now much easier to spot thanks to the fluorescent striped sleeve at the FSC end.

FSC Covid Risk Assessment
Return to Boating

Competitors (and all Club members) are reminded that FSC is following Guidance devised by the RYA. A full statement of the Club's Covid Risk Assessment is available here.

Social Media

You can now follow the Club on Facebook. Simply click on the icon and ‘like’ the page, and news will be delivered to you. We also have a ‘closed’ group which can be available to all members. Just ask to be added. It allows us to share with Club members rather than the whole world.

The page features reminders and updates to all our activities.

Join

We are a friendly sailing club and always welcome new members. If you would like to join, please follow this link for membership details. Or come along any Tuesday evening, or on a Saturday afternoon through the sailing season. You will be guaranteed a warm welcome.

A short (2 minutes) promotional video was created by Katie Barker and Nick Bray, journalism students at Falmouth University.

Cups

A partial list of all prizewinners from this year's racing is available here. There will be no mass awarding of trophies, as in previous years, but where possible and with the agreement of our sponsors we will try to take a picture of trophy winners being awarded their prize on the sponsor‘s premises.

Talking Heads

Just before we entered lockdown (over a year ago!), Gaye Slater, our Commodore, interviewed a few club members as part of another project. To remind you of the Club and see a couple of friendly (!) faces, we decided to offer a couple of them to you all. The first two are from one of our oldest members, and one of our younger non-members, covering our wide age appeal. To find out more, follow this link.

Development Plan

The Club's Development Plan is available here.

Newsletter

We send out a newsletter to all Club members on a monthly basis to provide some up-to-date information on what is going on at the Club. Why haven't you received yours? Perhaps because you aren't a member, we don't have an email address for you, or it's in your spam folder. All three can be easily rectified.

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