Club Week is at the heart of Thornbury Sailing Club. Every summer, members camp at the club for a festival of sailing and fun with family and friends. There are usually around 100 campers and "day trippers" are welcome.
Club Week 2022
This year Club Week is Monday 1st August to Friday 5th August.
Julia and Chris Slack have picked up the mantle of running Club Week this year. They are keen to get everyone's input, so please check out the Club Week Forum if you have any ideas or would like to get more involved.
The sailing programme will be determined nearer the time, depending on conditions. But there will be a mixture of racing and some perhaps more unusual on the water competitive elements, as well as the option of free sailing with the knowledge of rescue cover everyday. And the Club boats (Wayfarers / Wanderers / Toppers / Optimists etc) will be available for those who'd like to sail them.
And there will be lots of activities to keep you busy and entertained.
It's worth noting that the tide times fall early in the day this year - with high tide on the Monday at 9:20 am - so worth arriving over the weekend to be on the water bright and early, if you can!
What happens at Club Week
Club Week runs from Monday to Friday, but Members start to gather the weekend before and many stay on for the weekend after, especially when the weather is kind. It is usually held in early August with the tides dictating the final date. Each day is centered around organised sailing (or you can do your own thing), the format is decided by the Officer of the Day based on the weather and the fleet. Everyone is encouraged to sail and everyone will be catered for. There is racing, but the emphasis is on involvement and fun. All of the club's boats will be out, there will be loads of children and families out on the water.
After sailing, there is an organised entertainment. This takes many forms, the treasure hunt, bike ride, Webber day, film night, music and quiz night are regular favourites.
Food is available throughout the week: breakfast is bacon and egg baps, lunch is rolls and each evening there is supper, either from an outside caterer or cooked by the members. And of course you can cook up whatever you want at your tent! The Club Bar is open as much as possible.
Spirit of Club Week
The event is run by members and everyone is encouraged to step up and do their bit; many hands make light work. It's a great opportunity to get to know new people, the more you get involved the better.
As with everything at TSC, the timetable is dictated by the tide, so you can expect the sailing to start early on Monday as it gets an hour or so later each day. We'd definitely recommend camping on Sunday night to avoid an early morning rush. Things wrap up with a party on Friday night, so plan to stay until Saturday (or longer) if you can.
Last updated 11:03 on 9 March 2022