To encourage you down to the club after the long winter break, we are doing the only thing guaranteed to bring in a crowd. Free food and drink. The club will be hosting a Commodore's Reception after the Easter Egg races at 4:30pm on Easter Sunday. There will be complimentary sparkling wine, tea, coffee, cakes and scones. It will be a great opportunity for you to discuss the exciting developments at the club, and to go through the training, sailing and social events that we are planning throughout the year.
The most important development is that we will be purchasing 4 BRAND NEW RS Zests! These are a great new design, suitable for adults and cadets to sail single handed. They can also be sailed with a crew. I was fortunate enough to be able to try one for an hour at an RYA training day. I was very impressed. It was comfortable enough for your 60 year old commodore, and fun to sail. They will be a great addition to the club’s fleet. They will be suitable for training, social sailing and racing. We can also use the Zest for the popular Team Racing events. When these new boats arrive we will arrange a special launch event evening. More details of the Zest are available here: https://www.rssailing.com/project/rs-zest/
To get the social calendar restarted, we will be holding a social evening on Friday 30th March at 7:30. This is a homage to Mark’s favourite sandwich, the theme is ‘Good Friday Fish Fingers’. I am trying to persuade Mark to dress up as Captain Birdseye. If you do not like fish fingers sandwiches, you can order a take away, whilst we feast on one of the wonders of the culinary world.
The racing season starts with the Easter Egg racing on Sunday 1st April at 11:30. For the sailors that started last year and who may be feeling rusty, I and a few others will be down early to help you rig, and make sure that you are confident to go out.
Unfortunately, due to illness the cadet training on 8th, 9th, 10th April has been cancelled.
Social sailing starts on the Saturday 14th April, and a full event calendar is available here.
https://www.elysailingclub.org/sailing-calendar. This calendar is hosted on our refreshed ESC Website, designed and implemented by Chandler Stamford. My thanks for all his hard work on this.
The working parties have been very busy this winter. We have had a great time cutting down trees, bushes and bracken. I now have the reputation as the club pyromaniac. You may notice large areas of black where we burned the trimmings and we set light to the banks to encourage reed growth. We have also launched a new floating jetty to replace the one damaged by the ‘swimmers’ last summer. This one is removable.
Ely Sailing Club is a great resource for members. We have a great variety of well maintained, modern dinghies available to hire at a ridiculously low cost. We have a gas BBQ in the Bosun's Shed that is available for members to use whenever they want. We have a well equipped kitchen, and a bar. We have a well stocked tuck shop, with teas and coffee run on an ‘honesty box’ system. We also have one of the best views in Ely.
So a great summer lies ahead, and I hope to see as many members as possible at the commodores reception on Easter Sunday. You do not have to book, but it will help if you could Email Liz (HERE) if you intend to come so she can get an idea of numbers to bake for.