Ex Commodore Ron Whitmey has kept a log of significant events at the Club during the early years and here is a selection.
3 February 1979. Thick ice stretched some 70 metres out from the shore. The rescue dory acted as an ice breaker to clear a channel so that the dinghies could reach a clear race area.
24 February 1981. An amphibian Grumman aeroplane with engine trouble attempted an emergency landing on the reservoir but hit one of the metal aeration markers and ended up partially sinking not far from the shore. The pilot and passengers swam to safety in very cold water. The plane was parked in the dinghy park and later salvaged, repaired and flew out of Bough Beech.
20 January 1985. The lake was frozen solid and the temperature fell to -21oC. Two days later it had all melted. The next year the ice thickness was measured at four inches.
16 October 1987. The Great Storm caused havoc in the dingy park, especially among the Catamaran fleet. A Laser ended up among bemused sheep in the next field.
31 October 1990. Over 100 people attended the Club’s Novices Trial Day.
22 March 1992. 54 boats entered the Club’s 21stBirthday celebration race but faced F6-7 winds from the South West, which then veered NW F4-5. A celebration party was held with 21 large firework rockets fired into the night sky, unfortunately the cloud base was so low only 21 dull flashes were seen.
12 March 1993. The Club’s “Spring Fling” Open Meeting attracted an entry of 82 boats.