2017 marks the Golden Jubilee of our Sailing Club and to mark the occasion we have a specially-created graphic.
It incorporates the flag of the original Bredbury and Romiley Sailing Club with its cross fitchee motifs, along with the current ECPSC logo.
The B&RSC flag can be seen in the foyer area of the clubhouse.
The first event of the year was a prize race on New Years Day and then the traditional club walk to the Sportsmans Pub on Strines Road.
The Committee will discuss the final format for the annual Presentation Night due on January 28 but it expected to be a three course meal.
On the following day, noraml cailing competition will be enhances with a Pairs Prize Race.
Despite the forecasts of really high winds locally, Storm Conor could not deter seven boats from joining in the traditional Boxing Day Prize Race, though the planned two races were reduced to one.
Well done to Phil Howarth (Solo) who had a battle with John Berry (Laser) at the front of the fleet with third place on the water being held by Tony Woods in his Solo. The gusts proved really challenging with lumpy air and big shifts. Phil said he went backward twice during the final beat but he made good time and second spot on handicap went to Tony with John third.
Behind that group, there was drama for Ian Renshaw who managed three dry capsizes and a voyage into the trees, adding up to delays that put his Laser last.
Mark Daniels took his Laser through some tricky bits but held up with a sixth spot both on the water and on handicap.
Simon in his Solo took as dip as a vicious gust blew through but he got back up quickly and passed Richard (Solo) who was playing for survival and just making the finish. One or two people got some fairly dramatic planing spells which provided a spectacle for the Boxing Day walkers and in-boat anxiety about getting through the gybes.
Mince pies in the club house afterwards could be justified on the basis of calories used. Now the focus in on the New Years Day racing that will mark the start of the club's 50th Jubilee Year.
We are a hardy lot at Etherow well maybe not everybody, and we generally keep sailing while the water is still a liquid (though we have been known to break the ice with a safety boat even then).
Sunday races are brought forward to 1pm and the two races are back-to-back (i.e.no return to the jetty in between) so we can be finished (off the water) by 3.30 at the latest and hopefully get all the boats put to bed before the dark descends.
Friday afternoon racing is another feature for those who are retired or have flexible work schedules. Come along and enjoy the fun.
Thursday nights see opening times of 8 till 9.30. As well as a social chat we hope to put on some presentations / workshops. Suggestion of topics people would like covered will be welcome.
Now you can catch the action both on our own water and across the oceans of the world thanks to a new page on this site.
Our Videos page (find it under Our Club) features the latest action in top flight sailing events across the globe thanks to World On Water. Episodes change on Friday each week but you can wind back to 2014 using a button in the top left of the video area. You can also expand the video to full screen in HD with the button at the bottom right.
We did have videos on the old website and we will soon have some of that archive available but we need new material . Members are invited to submit their own footage - bearing in mind that it must have the right clearances (eg parental permission where youngsters are featured).
Thank you for visiting the website of the Etherow Country Park Sailing Club, the only sailing club in Stockport. Feel free to browse our site and see what we have to offer.
Etherow is a friendly club (when racing we experience good-natured rivalry!) and we welcome everyone: from those who may never have put their foot in a dinghy before, to Olympic team coach. Membership is inexpensive and we have some club boats that can be used, for a nominal charge, during the early stages. There are plenty of boats for sale within the club and elsewhere for very little money.