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The club is organising another visit to Bradwell Outdoors on the river Blackwater for the August Bank holiday weekend, starting on Friday evening, 25th August. This will be for two nights or three nights (if there is sufficient demand) and follows two previous successful visits. There is no need to take your own boat as we will have the use of the centre's own Wayfarers, Picos and brand new Dufour keelboats for the whole weekend. There will be one full day of keepboat sailing and at least one day of dinghy sailing included in the price. The centre also has a brilliant high ropes challenge course and mountain bikes for rides around the Essex countryside.
Accommodation this time will be in the new "Tented Village", comprising large tents with bunk beds and hard floors. Meals will be provided from breakfast on the Saturday until we leave on Sunday or Monday, depending on the length of stay. Arrival is any time from Friday evening (no meal provided Friday but there is a great pub up the road).
All inclusive price £125 per person for a two night stay or £155 for 3 nights (only available if there is sufficient demand).
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A big “Thank You” to everyone who came and helped with our Push The Boat Out event on May 13th and also to the scouts for providing much-needed sustenance with their excellent barbecue.
Turnout at this sort of event is heavily weather dependent so we were extremely fortunate that the weather gods were smiling down on us with just enough wind to get the juices flowing but not so much that you end swimming rather than sailing.
The Argos are ideal boats for introducing newcomers to sailing as they are roomy, stable and quite forgiving. They performed exceptionally well on the day and showed what a great asset they are to the club.
As well as the Argos we had a selection of other boats on the water.
Nick was kind enough to launch “Gloria”, a gaff-rigged, clinker-built boat with traditional lines that really wowed the visitors. She also showed a good turn of speed in the freshening breeze.
Robert had one of the club’s Picos on the water for those youngsters happy to leave Mum & Dad on the shore and go it alone.
For anyone with prior experience we had a couple of Toppers rigged. Of course prior experience doesn’t mean you won’t capsize as one young lady found out. Fortunately she’d brought a wet-suit.
All of the boats were kept busy throughout the day and we fully expect to see a rise in course bookings and memberships as a result.
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On Saturday the 14th May we will be joining in an RYA National event called Push the Boat Out, which is your opportunity to have a free taster session at your local club and try out this fantastic sport that many of us already enjoy every week. Whether you are a member of the club or not, aged 8 or 80, you are welcome to come down and give sailing a try. We'd be especially pleased to see parents of children who have been on our courses so you can have a go at this fantastic sport that your children have already taken advantage of.
We will have our training fleet of Toppers and Picos available and will be launching the latest additions to our fleet, two brand new Topper Argo double handed dinghies. We will have committee members and instructors on hand to chat to on all aspects of sailing, from cruising to racing and how to get into it if you've never tried it.
There will be free tea and coffee throughout the afternoon while you chat and watch what goes on on the water.
Start time is 2pm and we look forward to welcoming you to our club.
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Latest Club News:
- New race marks have been ordered and should be with us soon.
- The dye has been topped up to the lake looks a little more blue. Hopefully it will help to keep the weed at bay again!
- Pat is closing in on the new boats for the RTC. Watch this space for news of his purchases.
- We had and eventful All Day Breakfast Race with winds gusting up to 50mph. 75% of the entry did not make it to the finish with a few equipmet failures and lots of capsizes. Well done to all those, particularly the juniors, that braved the conditions and congratulations to Gareth Russell for spending the least time in the water to win the race!
- The first part of the Duty Rota has been published. Please check to se if you have been allocated a duty