Hooray! It’s May, winter is over, probably….
We started the club racing season in shorts at the beginning of April. On the last weekend in April we ran an adult level 1 and 2 training course where the main problem was keeping the students from freezing to death. Luckily it was very windy, and the seven intrepid sailors progressed to sailing by themselves in a manner that impressed all the instructors. Despite high blustery winds, the rescuers only had to deal with a single capsize. The lady helm showed great spirit by continuing to sail the Pico by herself, despite the fact that her instructor had failed to get back in, and was left behind!
These courses are great fun if it is windy, both for the students and instructors. The smiles, despite being cold and wet, showed how much sailing can be enjoyed, even in such adverse conditions. All people who take a course become members and will be able to hire club boats. This group from this course will now will be able to cope with almost anything.
Our sailing courses fill up very quickly, so it is important to get your bookings in before the club open day.
On Saturday 5th May we have a stand at the Eel Day in the Jubilee Gardens. If you are visiting the festival then please call in. One of the main objectives is to attract people to the Club's open days.
On Bank holiday Monday 7th May, we will be holding our annual Open Day. This is running from 1 pm till 4 pm. It has been well advertised, so we hope to get a large number of visitors. We will be running a BBQ with burgers and hot-dogs, and will provide tea, coffee and cakes. Glorious weather is forecast so I hope we have a great turnout. The club will be open for social sailing and it will be a great opportunity to get your dinghy on the water.
On Thursday 10th May at 6:00pm we have an open evening. The is to give an opportunity for those who cannot make the main open day. The Club is open for social sailing and boat hire. The bar will be open for this one too…
Friday 18th May sees the start of the popular Friday evening social sailing. These are a great start to the weekend. Where better to wind down after the working week than relaxing in a beautiful environment?
Your Club Membership gives you access to a great deal of expensive equipment. It gives you access to a great place for adults and children to exercise, socialise and enjoy themselves. We are a volunteer club, and without the help of members, all this would not be possible.
That’s the advertising part over with. Other news is that Jo Board completed the London Marathon. Well done Jo! Steve Board was so impressed that he has entered for 2019. We have opened a bookie on him completing the first mile...
We are running an overnight race on the 23rd June. We haven’t done this before, but it looks like a great excuse for an all night party with a bit of sailing thrown it. The actual race will run for 12 hours from 8 pm Saturday to 8 am Sunday with teams of 4 in dual crewed boats. We hope to make sure that all spectators and competitors have a night to remember.
Gary Ungless (Commodore)