The latest stories from the Varne News Hound
A lone British windsurfer Jono Dunnett is attempting to windsurf from Russia to Russia
Jono started May 2018 on a 3 year adventure to windsurf from the border of Russia and Norway down through Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, France Spain, France again, Italy Albania, Greece he is at present in Turkey. His plan is to keep windsurfing up to Istanbul then into the Black Sea and then eventualy up to the Russian Boarder, a distance of 15,000 kms!
To follow his progress go to http://windsurfroundeurope.eu he has an active tracker so you can see his daily progress and read his log of his adventures. You can also pledge to buy him a coffee, a meal, or for his charity WWF The World Wildlife Fund.
Jono is trying to sail an average of 20 miles each day ( a channel crossing) and is surviving on sleeping on the beaches where he lands, with his sail for shelter or the generosity of people on route suplying somewhere to sleep!
Today March 16th 2019 Jono has just started again after a brief winter break and is now at the southern end of the Bosphorus getting ready to sail into the Black Sea and on to his goal of Russia. Then it's a quick cycle through Europe to where it all began in northern Norway to "close the circle" which is Europe!
1,100 is the magic number!
Since 2013 when we gave out 50 tasters/activities in watersports, year on year we have been slowly increasing our time on the water.
This October we achieved 1,000 activities in one year in either sailing, windsurfing, kayaking or SUP.
A big thank you goes out to all our dedicated instructors and our expanding army of water sports volunteers, who made this all possible. .
Waitrose Community Matters Scheme
Well done to everyone who put tokens in at the Hythe store in support of their local community matters scheme.
We raised our best total so far £316 and some might say more importantly beat another well known local sailing club into third position! Over the last 5 years the Waitrose scheme has helped the club raise £1342 .
The money will go towards part funding with EDF for a Blokart disabled extension seat so the Landyachting section can offer the thrill of Blokarting to disabled and visually impaired people.
Thankyou all once again well done!.
Saturday 5th May "Push The Boat Out"
Thanks to all the volunteers and instructors who made it a great day, the sun was out, light winds and the BBQ was on.
Dave Harvey from Folketsone Sea Sports can down again with his RIB as an extra safety boat, plus Roger from our Power Boat section supplied further cover on his jet ski.
We started the day with the Blo karts and then when the water hit the shingle the water sports got underway. 63 tasters were given out and the great part was over 70 % of people trying were under 18. We even had a two who had not eaven reached their sixth birthdays!
For further comments and photos see the club twitter feed.
28 April 2018
Zal, Zane, Maggie, Joss and Mark completed the swimathon to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.
They raised much more money than their target. Congratulations to them and a Big Thank You to all those that sponsored them.
Just love this one from Peter Hart.
If you're going for a catapolt turn it into a forward loop.
Adrift at Sea
Saturday 7 April 2018
Zal and Zane stole a shout from the RNLI to rescue a lady Kite Surfer. Zane pulled the young lady onto his board and checked her over while Zal chased the inflatable device. It was an impressive upwind stint, just shows what incentive can do.
Every day is an adventure at the Varne.
WatsApp Sailing Group
There is now a WatsApp Sailing Group to let people know who, what, where and when. If you want to join in the fun then ask the sailing members to be added.
The collection has now ended for our local defibrillator well done to all those who helped with the fund raising.
The defib and box has been ordered and will be sited outside the clubhouse for the local community, holiday makers and club members!
They are designed to be used by anyone, even with no training. In a cardiac arrest situation with no intervention you have a 10% chance of survival, with a defib at hand that can rise up to 74% if you are treated within three minutes.
Blakemore who run the Spar supermarket at Greatstone have been brilliant and have raised £817.The remaining money has been raised from club members who have amongst other things ran two tom bolas, quiz evening and general fund raising at the bar.
A great club effort from all involved thankyou once again.
Joke of the week!
What two words did the shark say when he swam up behind the paddle boarder?
SUP-rise and SUP-per !
Check out the NHS what to do for Jellyfish stings and other sea creature stings.
If you are a windsurfer this is ESSENTIAL VIEWING of what to do when it all goes wrong.
Watch the video on this page, it might save your kit and you!
Saturday 10 March 2018
And they're off, well I think they are. Yet again The Varne Boat Club is host to the Blokart Regatta. Fantastic people braving the weather for 5 hours non stop racing. Then some serious partying tonight and back to the racing tomorrow.
Saturday 10 March 2018
Second time out and really getting the hang of it.
That’s the way to do it.
Saturday 10 March 2018
Look where you want to go and check it is safe.
Then give it stick.
Impressive that someone so young has got his head screwed on and playing safe.
Advertise the Varne Boat Club and you get a free beer.
Saturday 10 March 2018
Perhaps we could all chip in for a shave, facial and anti wrinkle cream! If only you could keep him out of the news!
The Silver Haired Racing Machine.
Saturday 10 March 2018
Sunday 4 March 2018
A big thank you to all those who turned out on a miserable Sunday morning to pick up rubbish from the beach. It is quite distressing the amount collected in a short time. Let's keep awareness of the Plastic Peril alive.
Those of you who did not turn out expect your membership to rise.
Gorgeous sunrise this morning - it doesn't look half as cold on the picture... pic.twitter.com/V6TPMm4Oeu— Varne Boat Club (@varneboatclub) February 28, 2018
Idiot of the Day
OK boys now I have your attention listen up.
Rigging a windsurf sail is not just a case of putting it on the beach and hoping for the best, there is a way to do it and be safe. Remember you are responsible for anybody that gets hurt or damage to property.
- Take your mast, boom, mast base, extension, rig puller and sail (tied or still in its bag) to the beach. None of this is going to blow away.
- Next take your board to the beach and point the nose into wind. Attach the mast base to the board.
- Take your sail out of its bag, put the bag through a foot strap to stop it blowing away.
- Rig your sail.
- Attach sail to board.
- Make sure board is upwind of sail and turn it upside down.
No sail should be left on the beach not plugged into a board.
If you are unsure ask someone to explain.
If you fail to follow this simple procedure and your rig blows away you will be exposed in the news as idiot of the Day. You have been warned.
Sunday 25 February 2018
17 club members many of them BloKart virgins took to the sand to have some fun without getting wet. Mark Rose & Mark Serejko did a fantastic job making sure everybody succeeded and had a great time. Given the temperature of 2 deg c at best being able to jump into a BlowKart and have fun makes the Varne Boat Club a really special club with so many activities.
A big thank you to Julie for sharing her photos.
Mr I'm having way too much fun.
Friday 16 February 2018
Wow what a privilege to be shown round the factory and given an insight to what they do. Welding the two halves of a topper together and installing the ancillaries.
Topper are a great British success story made locally in Ashford, thank you to those who gave us the tour.
The Varne hound is back to sniff the but of news, bringing you the latest stick from the beach with tricks, tips, mayhem and mischief.
Water sports dates for 2018 (plus for the first time Blokarting on this page)
Varne Watersports RYA Push The Boat Out, Sat May 5th (13.00-17.30)
NWF (National Water Sports Festival ) (8th-10 thJune) at Rutland Water, windsurfing and SUP National event
Bewl Water SUP Armada ,Guinness World record attempt (cancelled see below))
Hayling Island Round the island race on windsurfers or SUPs Sat 22nd Sept, so get practising.
If you want a brilliant watersports holiday in the sun, then try Ocean Elements for one of the best holidays around. Several of our memebers have been to Greece with Ocean Elements over the last few years and had a great time. They have various activities such as SUPing, windsurfing, sailing, mountain biking, all instruction is by RYA instructors and is included in your holiday plus free use of equipment. Please mention the VBC at the time of booking, or see Mark,Nigel, Ant or Clinton for more details.
Above is a taster of what they do so well....
An other organised outing from the Club - this time to sail the Whitbread 60 - Blueprint out of Hamble. Eight of us in our group; - with the combination of perfect breeze and sunshine all day. Ben Ainslie and his motley crew on their Americas Cup 'dinghy' kept getting in our way,- but apart from that it was an outstanding day!
SUP NEWS, Bewl Water 2018
It has just been reported by SUP Armada who run the Guinness World Record attempts at various locations around the country including Bewl Reservoir that there will be no SUP World Record events this year. This is great shame as the club have had two great days at Bewl in 2017 & 2018, the good news is the SUP World record holders in the club ( you know who you are ) are still world record holders!
Topper Topaz Race Training - The Varne WATER SPORT'S Club
Santa crashes at sea off the Varne
SUPers search for Santa on Christmas day.
Just Chillin at the Varne
I love this photo, must be worth a free drink at the bar. If you have't renewed your membership or joined yet this is what it's all about.
New Water Sports shop opens on Romney Marsh GenXSports
Check out our new local water sports shop GenXSports and all the very latest equipment at genxsports.co.uk.
The shop is located in Littlestone Road, Littlestone, TN28 8LN on the way down to the Varne Boat club.
The shop is stocking Kite Boarding gear ,SUPs, WSUPs, wetsuits and accessories plus they have a cool coffee bar.
Brands such as Core, Brunotti, Element,Manera and Reef are in stock.
Contact Tony on 01797 458 070 or mob 07808 548 070 for more info.
Windsurf around Europe anyone?
In 2015 Jono Dunnett became the first person to windsurf around the UK totaly unsupported in 98 days!
A copy of his book is doing the rounds in the club " Long Standing Ambition," which is an amazing read or brilliant early Christmas present.
Well not content with the UK, Jono is off on his travels again, this May he set off from the border of Russia and Norway and is sailing unaided again but this time around the entire mainland of Western Europe to the Russian border in the East, a distance of 15,000 km.
Spring is just around the corner, but the sea is still cold stay warm and get seen on the water!
Spring is slowly creeping up on us hypothermia is the wrong side of cool, so please play safe.
Wear a decent winter wetsuit, boots and a neoprene beanie or hood or even a helmet.
Make sure you can also be seen at sea, BLACK is NOT a good look at sea, wear a nice bright high viz bouyancy aid or day glow head gear, (ION do a nice hi viz beanie) Those very nice peole at our local SAR (Search and Rescue) helecopter team at Lydd recon a good way to be spotted from the air when in the water is to splash water up in the air, it makes you more three dimensional!
Pop in to GenXsports in the Avenue at Littlestone to see what new gear Tony has to keep away those winter blues.
Make sure your nice and warm before you go out.
Take a mobile phone in an Aquapac
Let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
Buddy up if possible.
Onshore winds are safer as if anything breaks you get a free ride back to the beach.
If in doubt don't go out and don't become a statistic!
Winter Watersports monthly quiz and get together club
Great night on 30th Jan, nautical quiz and dvd's. £110 raised and donated to the RNLI guys next door, thank you all for your generous donantions. Plus ION for supplying 5 neoprene high viz beanie hats and Musto at Ashford for the very nice Musto bag Everybody had Fish and Chips washed down with a beverage of their choice. Looks like the next meeting will be in March, will post here as soon as a date is confirmed.
Topper Factory visit
All the 10 places have now been filled for the Topper dinghy Factory tour at Ashford on Friday 16th Feb, if its as good as we expect we might try and run a second visit.
Great Windsurf Videos
Check out this link http://www.sam-ross.co.ukfor a really good video on how to Carve Gybe.
Magnox 1 and Magnox 2
Fantastic new addition to the sailing fleet for members to use, and a second donation by those very nice people at Magnox.
We have also had great support from the Roger De Haan Charitable trust of over £18,600 of funding. Waitrose have helped the Varne with its Community Matters Scheme as have David Baker our local County Councillor and KCC.
MUSTO at the outlet in Ashford have given the club some great deals on our buoyancy aids and not forgetting the brilliant help and support from Steve at ACTIV of Folkestone.
A Big Thank you
Members saying thank you to everybody who has helped the club over the last years!