Commodore's 2018 Update
April has been and gone already. Plenty of boats dusted down after a winter hibernation and the first few weeks have seen a mix of weathers on the water - although so far we are still waiting for the first heatwave of the year.
The winter has seen real progress on a number of fronts:
We have a set of new steps up to the starters box so we can finally paint the west gable and the 'leaning larch' has been removed.
We are making steady progress with SBC on resolving our two outstanding issues, namely the launching beach and the long term flood risk implications for our insurance. I’m really hopeful that I will be in a position to outline an agreed scheme in the next month or so and SBC are keen to do the works before the end of the year. This in all probability means regrading works will be undertaken during the sailing season but SBC acknowledges the club still needs to function and will plan appropriately. I’ll circulate final plans as soon as we have them for member comment and will hold a Q&A session before an EGM to formally approve.
We are progressing with refurbishment plans to the rear part of the clubhouse. Following the AGM a brief has been set and a scope of works is being drafted and presented to the committee. We are proposing to display plans, a specification and outline costs later in the year for comment and will seek approval on the final design at the 2019 AGM. The works will require a grant and this will be applied for as soon as approval is given. I’m conscious that the stove has yet to make an appearance and we will be installing mobile oil radiators (and a new fuel store) in May to boost heat levels. We will also be installing midge blinds to 2 windows before the summer.
As I’m sure you are aware we had a major tree collapse on one of the trees to the south of the field. We will organise a full tree inspection and deal with its outcome appropriately. Please join the May work party as we will need considerable labour to clear Tommy’s field. Ian M has Kindly cleared the tree from the walls and rebuilt one collapsed area - again please feel free to lend a hand.
We are organising a catering sub committee - 2 members so far and a couple more would be much appreciated. It won’t be hugely onerous and if you feel like lending a helping hand on this, it would be much appreciated!
Enough of the administrative issues!! There’s some great news below and most of a seasons’s sailing to be done. May the sun shine and the winds be fair - I look forward to seeing you on the water or for a tipple in the clubhouse!!
We have a number of new members. There is now a buddy system in operation but as ever, please welcome new sailors to the club and help them settle in. If you fancy being a buddy, just add your name to the list.
And a particular welcome to our youngest family member. Lewis Googfellow was obviously rather keen to see in the start of the season and made an earlier than expected arrival. All are doing well.
Well done to our 4 new DI’s (Lois Young, Marc & Eleanor Heger & Jen Watt) and to our younger powerboat licence holders (Lois Young, Jen Watt & Alice Jones)
And finally to the 21 attendees at the various first aid courses held earlier (too numerous to mention but you know who you are)
The rota is in the process of being organised on the same format as last year. There is a sheet in the clubhouse for names to be added in and the usual email chaser will be winging its way out. It is a requirement of membership that all individuals volunteer for services during the year.
There will be training on race officer duties during the year - just add your name to the sheet in the clubhouse if you want to take part.
Big & Little Kids Camps
Forms for participation are in the clubhouse.
Look forward to seeing you at the club house