Paper Boat Race 2015


Congratulations to this years winner of the Paper Boat Race which took place on Boxing Day. Despite many starters, there were only a select few boats that made it to the other end of the lake, and only one which made it all the way across, this was Jon Summers.


Jon Summers

Lunatics Race - 20th December 2015

Yesterday was the last race of our season, despite quite challenging conditions, there were four 'lunatics' who took to the water.

The wind varied throughout the race, from very strong to easing off and then back strong, which did mean a few swims for Phil! But this did not stop him taking 1st place, followed by Benedict and Rory Whybrow (Tasar) in 2nd and Chris Copper (Laser Radial) 3rd.

Here's to next season - Next years Programme and Open Events schedule to follow.

Race Winner - Phil Isaac (Phantom)

Christmas is coming...

Club looking festive for the Christmas period,

Christmas Party next weekend!

Saturday 19th December 2015 - 8pm

Paper Boat Race Rules

Boxing Day - Marine Lake - 1pm


Design Rules

  1. The boat should be made primarily of paper or cardboard, exceptions to this rule are outlined below.
  2. Two styles of hull design are permitted. Monohull and Multihull; no other shape is permitted. The design of all craft must be boat like in spirit (boxes are not allowed).
  3. The maximum dimensions are as follows:
    • Monohull shall not exceed 12 inches in length
    • Multihull shall not exceed 12 inches in length and 8 inches in breadth
    • Rudders and bowsprits will be included in the lengths stated.
  4. There is no restriction in sail area.
  5. Rule 1 suggests that other materials may be used in the construction of the paper boats, these exceptions are:-
    1. Ballast in the form of nails or screws maybe used to stabilize Monohulls.
    2. Wood may be used for the construction of masts for both styles of hull.
    3. A thread or cotton or similar materials may be used to support the mast and control the sails.
  6. The boats may be fastened with glue or adhesive tape. Other materials may be             allowed at the discretion of the race officer.
  7. The boats may be painted any colour the builder fancies.

Racing Rules

  1. A maximum of one boat per entrant is allowed to race. However a boat may be built and raced by more than one person.
  2. The course is to be set by The Race Officer on the day.
  3. Boats must stay in one piece and not disintergrate. Those which do fall apart will be deemed to have Retired.
  4. Boats which capsize will also be considered as Retired.
  5. The first boat to complete the course in accordance with these rules shall be considered the winner.
  6. Protests; if there are any will be heard by a quorum of sailing committee members.


    Laying Up Supper Prize-Giving

    Spring Series

    1st - Robin Goff (D-Zero)

    2nd - Phil  Isaac (Phantom)

    3rd - Martin Gibson (Laser)

    1st Cadet - Grace Cherry (Topper)

    Summer Series

    1st - Robin Goff (D-Zero)

    2nd - Martin Gibson (Laser)

    3rd - Phil  Isaac (Phantom)

    1st Cadet - Grace Cherry (Topper)

    Evening Series

    1st - Robin Goff (D-Zero)

    2nd - Martin Gibson (Laser)

    3rd - Phil  Isaac (Phantom)

    1st Cadet - Grace Cherry (Topper)

    Cadet of the Year

    Powder Monkey Trophy

    Grace Cherry

    Rudderless Trophy

    Stuart Turner (Laser)

    The Regatta this year not only saw Stuart upside down, but his Rudder going in the opposite direction to his boat and sinking into the depths of the sea!

    Presidents Trophy

    1st - Pursuit Race - Martin Gibson (Laser)

    Elton Trophy


    Cordelia Twigge

    For her consent support and help at the club, stepping in to cover rescue boat and OOD at short notice, the outstanding calmness showed in a very testing day at the Regatta this year. 

    Commodores Award

    Carol Gell

    For supporting Phil throughout his time as Commodore, keeping him in check and organised.

    Best Improver

    Jubilee Cup

    Anna Marriott

    John Ashley Trophy - 28 June 2015

    After a 30 minute postponement due to squall passing through race officer of the day Howard East got this year’s John Ashley Trophy underway. A large course in the Channel had been set with a short first beat to the Bandstand mark followed by a very long one to the Clevedon Buoy and a run to the Avon buoy before returning via the end of the pier to the start line. Although the wind ashore didn’t seem that strong offshore it was, and with large waves conditions were demanding. Jon Somers and his son Diggory sensibly decided this was too much for their Miracle and retired early in the race. In the meantime Phil Isaac (Phantom) and Martin Gibson (Laser) battled it out to the Clevedon

    buoy with Isaac finding the Phantom over-powered just rounding behind Laser. However, he quickly overtook Gibson on the run and pulled further ahead on the following reaches. The following Lasers of Chris Cooper, Paul Sheldon and Martin White also struggled and there were several capsizes. Despite pulling ahead on the reaches of the second lap Isaac was unable to beat the Laser on handicap. Fortunately there was a capable beach party to retrieve the dinghies and the 2 safety RIBs in the large waves on the slip and there was no damage to any boats, just a few bruised and tired sailors.

    Race Rules Night - 24 April 2015

    The Sailing Committee has great pleasure in inviting all sailing club members and guests to attend a talk on RACE RULES by renowned ISAF rules specialist JON NAPIER.

    Jon is the Competitions Manager and In-House Counsel at the International Sailing Federation and a highly respected expert on the ISAF racing rules.  He regularly attends events worldwide.  His talk will begin with ‘the basics’, which he then develops and illustrates with various common scenarios. His style is entertaining and informal and questions can be asked at any time. 

    Jon is a lawyer by profession specialising in Sports Resolution and Arbitration. His expertise and clarity on racing is both compelling and understandable and will appeal to everyone from regular and occasional racers, cadets and ‘experts’.

    Please note: The bar will be open from 7.00 pm but is likely to be closed at 7.30 pm in order not to disturb the presentation. Please arrive in time to get a drink and settle down for what is likely to be a very enjoyable and informative event!


    The Sailing Committee


    Easter Bonnet - 12 April 2015

    Clevedon Sailing Club’s 2015 season opened last weekend with the Easter Bonnet held on Sunday. Only 6 boats turned out on the day, probably due the gale warning forecast the previous evening. Competitors were not disappointed and the 3 races were held in strong south westerly winds. Race 1 saw Stuart Turner in the Laser Radial not far behind the faster Phantom of Phil Isaac and D-Zero of Robin Goff beating them both on handicap. Both Isaac and Goff capsized at the gybe mark in race 2 and after difficulties righting the boats decided to join the Vision of Martin and Monty White ashore. Turner went on to win with Gibson, who had also capsized, just behind him. Only the 3 Laser Radials of Turner, Baker and Gibson were left for race 3 with Gibson leading from start to finish.


    1st - Stuart Turner (Laser Radial)

    2nd - Martin Gibson (Laser Radial)

    3rd - Trevor Baker (Laser Radial)

    Phil Issac (Phantom)

    Phil Issac (Phantom)