ASC Annual Rally Thames Sailing Club Sunday, 13th September 2009
ASC Annual Rally Not all our members enjoy the frenetic adrenaline rush of racing. For our cruising members we’re running a rally to Thames Sailing Club near Hampton Court. The Rally will be an opportunity to meet our new members, all of whom are desparate to, in the words of Mark Twain, “Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” and have fun on a leisurely cruise along the Thames. This booklet should, hopefully, contain all the information required to enjoy your rally, whether novice or a budding Eleen MacArthur. Stuffed full of useful information like what to do and see en route, how to moor up in a raft and what to bring. Like all good sailing excursions, details of a backup, badweather plan are included.
Date, Time etc. •
Date: Sunday, September 13th 2009
Time: 10:30 BST for an 11:00 BST start
Cost: Share of mooring fees and BBQ food
Boats: Suitable for all sloop rigged dinghies with steppable masts
Please Email [email protected]
to book your boat.
Hampton Court A Royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in south west London; it has not been lived in by the British royal family since the 18th century. The palace is located 11.7 miles
(18.8 km) south west of Charing Cross and upstream of Central London on the River Thames. It was originally built for Cardinal Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII, circa 1514; in 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the palace was passed to the King, who enlarged it. The following century, William III’s massive rebuilding and expansion project intended to rival Versailles was begun. Work halted in 1694, leaving the palace in two distinct contrasting architectural styles, domestic Tudor and Baroque. While the palace’s styles are an accident of fate, a unity exists due to the use of pink bricks and an, albeit vague, symmetrical balancing of successive low wings. Today, the palace is open to the public, and is a major tourist attraction. The palace’s Home Park is the site of the annual Hampton Court Palace Festival and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Along with St. James’s Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned by Henry VIII.
Thames Sailing Club Thames Sailing Club, the UKs oldest river sailing club. Located between Surbiton and Kingston on the Surrey bank of the River, the Victorian clubhouse overlooks one of Londons most beautiful stretches of the river, bordered as it is by Hampton Court Grounds on the Middlesex bank. Home to a large ﬂeet of Thames A Raters.
Getting There 1: To the bridges
Section 1 takes the ﬂeet from the ASC clubhouse south towards Stephen’s Ait (the island). Stephen’s Ait is home to the Small Boat Club. For safety reasons, dinghies should stay between Stephen’s Ait and the Middlesex Bank. On the left, as you pass the island is the (in-)famous Boater’s Inn and a park which, during summer time often hosts Sunday Concerts. Wait near the bridges for the safety baot to ferry you through. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS YOURSELF!
ergy plus hydration so isotonic drinks are a solution as they provide the maximum. Ordinary soft drinks are not recommended as they need to be diluted with ﬂuid from the body which therefore exacerbates dehydration. Carbonated drinks can cause heartburn and stomach discomfort. Caffeine, cola, tea, coffee and sports drinks containing Guarana (Red Bull) are stimulants which increase alertness but also act as diuretics. For anyone feeling seasick, bland foods are best: bread, rolls, unﬁlled pittas. Keep any sufferers well hydrated. Anyone being sick will lose nutrients and salts and needs to replace these. Ginger biscuits, ginger capsules or active ingredient oils (not to be taken if on blood thinning tablets or cancer treatment) might also help.
Alternative Bad Weather Plans No BBQ, No Sailing. Movie night comes to ASC. Disney’s Morning Light screening with a takeaway from the Bombay Bicycle Club or similar.