All posts by David Smith

Filling Pot Holes in Lane – Your help needed – Sat. 20th October.

Dear Member,

We are organising a day of work to repair the potholes in our Lane on Saturday 20th October, starting at 10:00 Hours.

This is our lane so All members are asked to get down to the club for a couple of hours this coming Saturday to help fill in the rather large potholes we are all now experiencing. 

Younger members are particularly encouraged to come down and give the old-timers a break and help to keep the lane passable. This is an interim measure until our nice new shiny tarmac arrives.

Refreshments will be provided so please try to find a couple of hours to come down and help.
Thanks in anticipation of a great turnout.
Peter Finney

November Social Events – Annual Dinner and Halloween Night.

Halloween Night – Saturday 3rd November.

We start with our Halloween Night on Saturday 3rd November 2018.  A night of fun and scary games. £2 entry gets you Tatty Ash and black peas. There will be no Fire or Fireworks but lots of other activities including : pumpkin carving; dress the mummy; bob the apple; best fancy dress etc. 6.30 pm start.

Annual Dinner Dance and Prize-Giving – Sat. 24th November.

Cost of tickets has been reduced to £20 per person. Please book early on web Collect, or via cash over the bar to Dave, as sales will stop on 3rd Nov. We are offering a fixed 3 course menu, courtesy of our new award winning chef, with vegetarian options and the usual celebration of a great years sailing at our exciting club.


Ladies Fashion Show – Thursday 18th Oct – Doors open 7.00pm for 7.30 start.

Cathy Blyfield one of our “Ladies who Launch” team, has organised a fashion show on Thursday 18th October at the club. “Creations” will also be on sale, so you can buy your Xmas presents or stock up your wardrobes.

Tickets are £7.50 in advance or £10 pay on the door. This includes a glass of prosecco on arrival. Feel free to bring friends and family.

Lots of key brands on show /offer including M & S; River Island; Oasis, Wallis, New and Next.

For tickets please see Cathy or phone on 07818 341219. It would be helpful if you can you confirm to Cathy if you are going. Juniors with adults are free.

Proceeds on the night will go to one of Junior Sailors – Abigail Blyfield – towards her attendance at the world scout /guide  jamboree.

North West Senior Travellers Series – 2018

The climax of a hard fought series of seven events held over summer,  at various sailing clubs throughout the North West takes place at Elton SC in Bury on Tuesday 2nd October.

Briefing on the lawn at 10.30am, start time for first race 11.00 am.   3 races, 2 to count on the day.
For the Series: 21 races, 12 to count for the series.

Entry fee £5 per event, payable on the day.

Handicap racing, any class may compete. No catering, competitors to bring packed lunches, drinks available. Prizes for achievement and under achievement All sailors must be 50 or over. (Crews in a double hander may be allowed below age)

Overall series trophies for 1st Overall, 1st Double hander, 1st over 70 and top club. Series coordinator – Dave Woodhead email Information and results available on the RYA North West Web Site


Laser Open Meeting and LwL and Juniors Trophy Day

THE LASER OPEN – SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER – 11.00 AM. FIRST RACE – Briefing on the lawn 10.30am.
The strong Laser fleet at Elton SC welcomes all Laser sailors from throughout the North-West to a great days racing at Elton SC.

The climax of a very successful season for the Ladies Who Launch and our well travelled and successful Elton Junior team takes place on Saturday 6th October 2018 in the form of a full on Trophy day. First race of three will start at 12.30.

Boat Shed Clear out

Dear Member,
Winter boat storage will soon be upon us so it would be timely to start sorting out some of the junk and mess that seems to accumulate in the boatshed during the season.
Of particular concern are the numbers of abandoned masts and booms which bear no identification whatsoever and which seem to have been resident for some time.
A condition of most insurance policies is that such parts are clearly identified with boat number/name etc and doing this would also be a big help in managing the sheds. Therefore, could owners please ensure that their equipment is clearly marked before winter storage takes place in November.
Equipment which remains unidentified after this time may have to be disposed of or moved to the back of the boatshed so as to free up space for others.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Peter Finney & Stan Beswick

Adult RYA Level 2/3 sailing course – 22nd/23rd Sept. 2018

We are running an adult RYA level 2/3 course for 2 days on 22nd and 23rd September. This is for members who have completed the level 1 course or can sail to at least that standard. Depending on numbers and ability, it may be possible to run level 2 and 3 in parallel.
Cost is £20. Please enrol on webcollect and notify Steve Restall or contact him if you have any queries:

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Southport 24 hour Race – Sat/Sun 8th/9th Sept

This weekend Elton SC have two dinghies, a GP 14 and an Enterprise, entered  in the annual 24 hour Race held at West Lance Yacht Club on the Marine Lake at Southport.

All club members are invited to this excellent weekend of sailing, fun and good fellowship. The weekend begins on Friday with setting up the Gazebo and BBQ and the boats. The race commences at 12 Noon on Saturday and crews and helms are changed every couple of hours or so until the race finishes at 12 Noon on Sunday.

Even if you have not put your name down to sail, just pop along find the Elton Tent and have some fun anytime throughout the weekend.  Parking is plentiful but has to be paid for on the front adjacent to the Marine Lake.

We wish Good Sailing to all Elton members.

Final Race in the Summer Pursuit Series – Wed 5th Sept. 2018

All members are invited to the climax of the Wednesday Evening Summer Pursuit Series this coming Wednesday. Last week saw some 34 boats on the water. Lets try and beat this number for the final.  Prizes for the series winners and throughout the fleet will be presented on the night.

Optimist start 6.40pm. Be there early for a car park space.

As always Karen will provide excellent grub on the night and Dave excellent beverage to enable full analysis and discussion to take place post racing.