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 2021
This year Club Week is Monday 9th August to Friday 13th August. The tide times fall early in the day this year - with hightide on the Monday at 9:15 am - so worth arriving over the weekend to be on the water bright and early, if you can!
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.
In the afternoons, a firm old favourite Jane's Dog Show is back, while the Webber family have promised to lay on a frisbee golf competition, and one afternoon will see a bike ride for those wanting to explore the lanes. Here's the programme for the week:
The Club are, of course, mindful of the ongoing Covid pandemic in how the event is run. While the Clubhouse and bar will be open, in line with Step 4 guidance, there will be careful efforts to make sure that social distancing can still be observed. Evenings will be mainly outdoors if the weather allows, and if not, the marquee will offer additional, well ventilated space. With this in mind, there's no cramming into the Clubhouse for a Club Meal or other more 'cosy' evening activities organised this year. Members are reminded not to come to the Club if they are experiencing any symptoms of Covid, and to leave the Club and take a test if they start experiencing any symptoms during Club Week.
There'll be some food during the day, as previous years - breakfast baps, lunch rolls. And a different meal option each evening (outside caterers in the car park / BBQ / Anchor Inn) to be signed up for at the start of the week. In the tried and tested formula, the emphasis will be on relaxed, family fun. Non-members are able to join in and experience the Club as guests of members. The sign-up cost for the week is as before: £15 per adult, £5 per child. The bar can now take contactless card payments for drinks, to pay for registration, and to purchase 'tokens' for lunch rolls etc. The outside caterers may need cash, however.
To keep it all ticking over on and of the water please be sure to sign up to help out during the week on the Duties page (go to 'My TSC' at the top of the page, then to 'Duty Roster'). If you have any questions or suggestions, please do get in touch via the Contact page.
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 19:02 on 5 August 2021