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You will recently have received an invitation to renew your membership for the 2017 sailing season and you will be aware that we’ve revised pricings downwards and enhanced benefits by providing free First Aid and free refresher PB2 courses.
Do renew your membership before the end of February to obtain a discount.
Review of 2016
The entrance gate, picnic benches and race box have all been redecorated. The clubhouse now has double glazing and much of the electrics has been upgraded.
Pot-holes in the roadway have been repaired and abandoned/defunct dinghies removed from the boat park.
There were various social events throughout the year including:
May The PTBO open day
July USA style BBQ which was so successful we did it again in …
Sept The Commodore’s BBQ.
Some Saturdays I travel to the lake and it’s always brilliant when members are
camping, caravanning, picnicking, BBQing or just enjoying a social sail.
Our club isn’t just about racing but social sailing as well.
The Laying Up Supper last November was at the Clubhouse and – in my opinion –
was the best for a number of years as we are re-creating the strong family
atmosphere for which the Club is renowned.
Planning Ideas for 2017
It is essential that we retain your support.
We have responded to concerns by improving membership pricing and benefits as
We believe the best way of obtaining new members is from the Sailing School (RTC) Graduates who will be offered a series of Rookie Sailing Sessions reinforcing/honing their skills which will run alongside the Sunday races. There is much detail to be discussed, including the ideal role of the parent. Many parents want to help but feel isolated while their children sail. If they could be more involved with rigging the dinghy, attending debriefing sessions, putting kit away and given the opportunity to crew a double hander then maybe we can have their involvement as well.
Open Up Lake – Wind!
Work Parties this winter have focused upon reducing the scrub/bushes around the south of the lake.
Trees to the north and east banks of the lake have grown considerably these past thirty years and we will investigate whether it’s feasible to reduce these and let in the wind.
A lot of these plans are ideas only at present. You will have your own thoughts and ideas, which we must consider!
1) Question: if the Rookie Sailing Sessions go ahead could you help rig, launch the
dinghies and supervise these novices as part of your membership duties?
2) Question: should we have a fun Topper relay race day (parent & child teams) plus a BBQ?
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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