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! There will be relaxed racing and free sailing over high tide each morning, with rescue cover. And the Club boats (Wayfarers/Wanderers/Toppers etc) will be available for those who'd like to sail them.
We will of course be following Covid government restrictions and guidelines, but we're hoping that, under the current timetable, the Clubhouse (including changing rooms, bar, boat shed etc) will be able to be fully open. There will be some outdoor afternoon activities arranged and some evening entertainment, for those who want to join in - but not everyday, to leave time for relaxing and catching up. 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 during 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. Bring cash for food and bar.
As ever, many hands make light work of the Week. The sailing related duties are up on the Duties page now - so please sign up. And there will be jobs relating to food and the bar for sign up on arrival. 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 20:53 on 13 May 2021