Bernard Patterson

Bernard Patterson

We’ve received a somewhat sad note from Anne Giles. Sadly I have to report the passing of one of the Lightning 368 class early owners and a leading light for many years. Bernard Patterson bought Lightning no. 68 in 1982 amid great secrecy and introduced the class to the Island Sailing Club at Reading. For many years Bernard was Class Chairman and he and his son mark were great supporters of all events with Bernard’s wife June. Bernard introduced the Travellers series and presented the trophy which Mark Patterson won at least once. Bernard himself won the Northern Championship at Glasson Dock. He was editor of Flash for several years. He also suggested and named the Rum and Mince Pie meeting, which is still so popular, this event has been copied by other classes. His reports of events in his news letters were almost lyrical and highly amusing. When he finally gave up sailing he became the Lightning Class first and I believe only Honorary member. June Patterson died a few years ago but Bernard and his new friend Vivienne came to stay with us in Fishguard two years ago. It was while Bernard was Chairman that the class matured from it first uncertain steps into what it has grown to today. I am sure all those who knew him in those early days will remember him with great...

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Up River

Up River

Hi Folks, Our next event is almost here, Up River this weekend. Saturday is our second training day, Sunday is the open event. Camping available at the club, loads of places to stay locally as an alternative. Up River is a super place to sail, a good tidal river setting, and easy to get to, over in Essex. This is our most eastern event actually. There’s the usual good thread running on the forum and plenty of info on the Events Page. Boats Boats are moving along nicely again, with a couple sold to new owners this week. A couple of good examples still for sale. Our for sale page is always the best place to look for 2nd hand LN’s almost all of them will appear here as soon as they come up for...

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Cookham the Burkett Next, then Up River

Another great weekend at Cookham, big turnout with a strong turnout of the local fleet and a good attendacne from visitors. Light winds proved interesting, but kept the boats moving. A super galley kept everyone on top form, with local helms Richard and Martin showing everyone else the way home. Following a super day at Cookham (Results and series updates are now published) we are off to the Lord Burkett next. This is a just for fun event, but is becoming something of a fixture in the LN calendar now. There is a good chance we’ll have enough boats out this year for a Class Start. Next up is the Up River weekend with a training day on the Saturday and the Open Event on the Sunday. Camping is available at the club, all very relaxed, this is always a great...

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Cookham Reach Open

Hi Folks, well our next event is here already, Cookham Reach tomorrow 21 June, Club is open at 09.00, first race 11.00. The omens are looking good, it’s the longest day, the Summer Solistice, weather is looking fine. Luckily we don’t have to go anywhere near the A303, Stone Henge is going to be grid-locked I suspect. Cookham is easy to get too, just of the M4 by Maidenhead. Super stretch of the Thames to go sailing on, and great for spectators watching the racing. Hope to see you there.

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Manor Park Results

Manor Park Results

Hi all, Manor Park results and the traveller series update have been published this evening. Another good event with sixteen boats out on the water. Waiting for a bit of an update on the event as I couldn’t make it this time. Caroline took top slot with Paul coming in second and Alex in the third slot. Cookham in two weeks and a push for the Lord Birkett this week is really winding up the calendar. Boats moving along too, with Jane taking LN141 to Broxbourne.

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