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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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The Cambridgeshire Youth League started off today at Cam Sailing Club. Around about 26 boats took part with 2 of them from Paxton Lakes Sailing Club. I was sailing a Laser Radial while Robert sailed his Topper for the event. The forecast showed a steady 15 knots gusting 17 knots, however the wind changed all over the day.
The first race was interesting with 4 different starts, to fit all the boats on the start line, and competitive sailing from a lot of the sailors. The Laser’s start was quite heated, with many protests, letting me get away from them. However, this didn’t last as long as I had hoped, as I managed to death roll on the downwind leg.
The second race was chaotic. The wind speeds picked up quite substantively, resulting in many capsizes and collisions with the small amount of water between all of us.
Finally, the last race was completely different as the wind dropped to around 15 knots. This was very shifty and gusty conditions making it challenging to many of the competitors.
Robert raced very well today considering this was his first Cambs Youth League event, achieving 17th overall, giving him a good position in the series. Also, even with a few mistakes in the first few races, I came 6th overall which I’m quite pleased with.
Fingers crossed for the Paxton team at the next Cambs Youth League event, which is taking place at Grafham Water on the 4th June.
Report by William Russell
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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
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Our Website has had a makeover, well actually a complete upgrade to the latest software. If you notice anything that doesn't seem to be working right please drop me an email.
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Great News - Our application for a £10,000 grant from Sport England to buy two new double handed dinghies to facilitate training adults has been approved. Pat will be going shopping very soon!
The new membership card/programme has been finalised. Watch out for your copy in the post.
The new racing season is almost upon us. First race is the Wheel Barrow Race on Sunday 8th March.
There is a working party on Sunday 1st March to tidy the boat park. We want to move the boats and cut the vegetation. Please come and assist. 10 o’clock start.
Our new Commodore, Roger Churchill, is making some progress with the new lease. Hopefully there will be some concrete news very soon.
For more details and further updates watch out for the next edition of Waters Edge
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Paxton Lakes Sailing Club invites you, along with friends and family, to an evening for all the family.
After the success of last year's event, the club is once again hosting a general quiz night at the village hall. The food included in the ticket price, will be buffet style such as; meat and fish platters, pastries, salads, crispy bread, snacks and crisps, followed by a selection of cold sweets.
We will also use the evening to award prizes for this year's sailing successes. Or you might be lucky enough to win a raffle prize!
So come along and have a laugh. I'm sure people won't get too competitive will they...?!
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Racing starts again tomorrow with the first race at 11:00. If you couldn't make today you can still join in tomorrow. There will be three main prizes awarded tomorrow 1st Overall, 1st 13 and under and 1st new to racing. Bobby Martin despite a drop in form for the first 2 races today will be trying hard to retain his title of the last two years, but William Russell and Andy Martin are nipping at his heals. Charlotte Sharp and Aimee Russell have taken an early lead in the 13 and under category. Lucy and Helen are tied on points at the head of the new to racing but it is all to play for tomorrow. Results from day one are here