Welcome back to the new season!
After a long winter break, I hope that you are all ready to start sailing again. We have a fuller calendar, with more dates for Friday social sailing this year. The club is also aiming to run more social functions this year. We have a new 'Events Committee' who have been charged with organising some memorable events. We are starting off with the Commodore’s New Season Welcome in the clubhouse on Friday 31st March at 7:30 pm. We will be running games and at around 8 o’clock we will organise a large take away. Games will be suitable for all ages, so we invite you to bring all family members along.
We have already planned a Members Family Day & Casino Evening at the end of May and will add other events later. The committee wants all members to enjoy the club, and take advantage of those rare hot summer days. If the weather is good at the end of sailing, the Officer Of The Day can organise an impromptu BBQ or food. The club has established a small fund to facilitate this, and will cover any small losses. The details of how to do this will be on the notice board.
The club will be running an Open afternoon on the 6th May and an Open evening on 11th May. On Saturday 29th April we will again have a stand in Jubilee Gardens for Ely’s famous Eel Day - as always we would welcome volunteers support to setup and man the stand.
Our IT people are brilliant, so the new sailing calendar is now up on the club’s website and you will also have been emailed copies. The season’s duty list is also live on dutyman. The 2017 sailing season starts on April Fools’ Day, with Saturday social sailing and a rigging demo for those who are a bit rusty. We have a new club wayfarer so this will be its first outing. The next day we start the racing season, so all racers will be aching and stiff by the end of the afternoon.
We are running a Cadet Camp over the August bank holiday weekend - it’s nearly fully booked already!
Training course dates will be published soon. We have been busy again this winter training new instructors. Chandler is now a full fledged powerboat instructor. So if you want to get this internationally recognised certificate, there will be lots of opportunities. You can then go and hire a powerboat in exotic locations (as well as getting lots of practice by helping with rescue at Ely).
Finally, I wish to thank all those who helped out with the numerous winter working party activities. We have carried out loads of small and large tasks. The one you may notice most is the renewal of the jetty decking. It is now indestructible GRP and it will never be slippery or rot again. We hope to complete the renewal of all floating the jetty decking with GRP next winter.