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Commodore's Newsletter - December 2021

Dear All,

I’m sure you are looking forward to the Christmas holidays and wondering what sailing gear to put on your wish list to Santa...

While you are picturing glorious sunny days on the water, you might also want to think of equipment for the colder days because everything at the club doesn't stop at the end of October.

Model Boats

Even though most dinghies have been put to bed for the winter, the model boat fleet will be racing whilst standing on the bank being thankful that the capsizes don’t involve getting wet. This sailing takes place every Saturday afternoon from 1pm so long as the weather is passable. If you fancy a go but aren’t sure where to start then pop along for a chat and Gil will most likely have his spare boat available (and some advice) for you to try it out.

Boxing Day Race

But the model boaters don’t have it all their own way. There is one dinghy racing trophy event left in the year - the Boxing Day races. For those who are brave enough, have a lot of cold weather gear and are missing the water, there will be two races (weather permitting) on Boxing day starting at 11:30. For those who like to keep warm, socialise and be entertained by those on the water there will be some warming festive food and drink in the clubhouse.

Winter Working Parties

Alan has kindly taken on the job of bosun and he would like to kick things off on Sunday 19th December with a get together of all those who are able to help to keep the clubhouse, boats and grounds in good shape. Whatever your abilities, please would you join us from 11:00 through to around 2:00 (or whatever you can manage) with hot cups of tea, bacon rolls and soups (and probably other delights) to keep us going. There is a long list of jobs from the usual hacking back of vegetation to clearing (and exploring) the islands, some painting, woodwork, repairs of jetties, cleaning of boats, and some overdue heavy duty repairs of some of the berths. So bring your strong boots and gloves, a big coat and hat and any tools you think may be useful and join us for some fun and hard work.

After this initial session we will carry on with similar times every Sunday from January 9th till the start of the season.

Christmas Lunch

I hope to see a good many of you tomorrow for the Christmas Lunch. Jan has been organising her gang of cooks and helpers to provide us all with a delicious traditional meal and, of course, there will be the usual raffle of high quality prizes (please remember to bring something to donate).

Given the current covid conditions, we would appreciate it if people attending could do a lateral flow test.

Bar Evenings

And if that wasn't enough, we will also be having some Friday evening social events. The bar will be open on the first and third Fridays of each month with the next occasion being the 17th December. So come along for some beer (other beverages are available) and conversation. We will be having some themed evenings in the new year. The current plan is:

21st January - First aid refresher

4th February - Games night

18th February - Quiz

4th March - Racing rules

If you have any other ideas for events then please get in touch with any of the committee members.

It only remains for me to wish everyone a very good Christmas and I hope to see you at the club sometime.

Phil Hardy

Commodore

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