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It is with great sadness that Ardleigh SC has to announce the passing of Fergus O’Sullivan after a long illness he had fought with bravery and courage. Anyone who was lucky enough to spend time with Fergus will also know what a terrible loss his demise is to all of us.
Fergus was a great friend, mentor and mediator. Always there to help someone rig their new boat, others how to improve their sailing, or helping fellow sailors with racing rules and disputes.
He helped out on the committee for many years before becoming Commodore. Fergus was instrumental in Ardleigh SC acquiring our 3 Argo sail training boats via a grant, and helping with sail training over many years. For many years he was also responsible for keeping safety boats and race marks up to standard.
Fergus was an accomplished sailor who competed at Club, Regional and National level, becoming National and Inland champion in the Comet Versa class with his great friend Mick Balaam. Although mainly known for Solo class sailing, he had over the years competed in Larks with his daughter Laura, and Laser 2s, RS400s, LASER 2000s with other crew mates. In recent years he could often be seen sailing his Mirror and Gull dinghies teaching his 2 granddaughters… passing his enthusiasm and the baton on to a new generation.
We will all sorely miss his smiling, cheerful personality, but be thankful that we were privileged to have known him and spent time with him while he was with us.
Our thoughts go out to his family at this very sad time.
My first meeting with Fergus was when I was trying to rig an old Wanderer when he was on his way home and stopped and helped me, I new nothing about mast rake then.
From then on our friendship grew.
We both shared a passion for classic racing cars and spent many enjoyable days together at Silverstone.
I crewed for him in the Versa and the 2000 and realised what an outstanding sailor he was.
Fergus was a man of many talents and interests outside of sailing, motorcycling, wildlife and not forgetting part of the ASC guitar trio that entertained us at Christmas parties.
I looked forward to our Wednesday maintenance work and our chat over a coffee.
Fergus became my advisor, my inspiration, my confidante but most of all my mate.
I will miss him terribly.
Anyone who was lucky enough to spend time with Fergus will also know what a terrible loss his demise is for us all.
Ever kind, ever gentle but also ever assured; he exuded a calm air of reassuring confidence in everything and everyone he had dealings with.
An accomplished sailor who competed at both National and Regional level, he was always willing, indeed keen, to help anyone improve their knowledge or technique relating to sailing, and in fact if you allowed him to, quite a few other subjects as well!!
Fergus served for years on the Sailing Club Committee in a variety of roles, including a period as Commodore; he was instrumental in numerous projects ranging from acquiring the Argo’s by way of a Grant to ensuring the Safety boats were maintained, buoys correctly laid… in fact it is hard to think of a facet of Club life that Fergus did not aid or enhance at some stage in one way or another.
We will all sorely miss his smiling, cheerful personality, but as well perhaps just seek in our minds to recall the fact that we were privileged to have spent time with him while he was with us.
Frost Bite Series: The Frost Bite will start on Sunday 9th January 2022. So don't forget to register if you haven't already done so.
We have reintroduced the upper wind speed limit of Force 4 for sailing without a safety boat being on the water. In addition, please buddy up & always sail within your limits. If you're not sure, please stay safe and stay ashore.
ASC is pleased to announce that it is hosting the ASC Solo Open Meeting on Saturday 17th July. Racing starts at 11am, entry fee £15.00 Please get in touch if you are interested.
Not all news is exciting, some is just plain old important!
Are you aware of your obligations for both risk and safety whilst at the club? Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the ASC Sailing Disclaimers here.
Are you looking to sell an old boat? Have you got some old (or even new) kit collecting dust that you really dont need? Why not list it on our club classifieds page? You never know - your old stuff might just be someone's elses treasure. See here for more...
Sunday 2nd May saw the return of the eagerly awaited Social Sailing. It's the perfect opportunity to dust off your sails, launch whatever you've got, get on the water and enjoy everything that ASC has to offer.
If you're lucky the sun may even make an appearance. (We cant guaruntee that bit though!)
Club boats and Canoes will be available, the galley will be open and we can even offer free safety boat training (upon prior request/agreement)
The next Social Sailing date is Sunday 6th June so make it a date. We'd love to see you.
Please remember to social distance & remain in groups of no more than 6 to comply with covid rules
We are pleased to advise that racing in back in full swing here at ASC. We are now sailing on both Wednesdays Evenings and Sundays. Covid safe restrictions are in place throughought the club, so please make yourself familiar with these before attending.
It is with regret that we have to let you know that Jonathan Reubin died last Saturday after a brief, but brave, fight with Cancer.
Jonathan was Commodore for two years from 2014 to 2016 and with his customary zeal made great efforts to improve the social side of the club; he will long be remembered for some of the memorable Club meals he put together, often aided by Andy Mumford. With his wry sense of wit, extrovert personality and passion for old boats, he will be sorely missed by all of us who had the privilege of being able to enjoy his friendship.
There will be a largely secular service, but concluding with the Kaddish, at Colchester Crematorium on Wednesday February 19th at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate Jonathan’s life.
Winter series starts this week, 13th October. First race 10.30. Registration from 9am. Visitors welcome. Prices as on website.
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