Commodore Autumn Update
As we head out of the summer and into autumn, its been a rather fantastic sailing season so far for 2018. I doubt many of our long term members can recall as many sunny days during May, June and July. By all accounts it was the first time in its 20 year history that Kids Camp had full sessions on every day and bar the odd day, the wind has been reasonably kind…may it continue for September and October!!
Racing has been well supported this year and the shift into a 2 series programme should result with a higher number of class awards at the end of the year. If you’ve not raced before, I’d really encourage you to dip a toe in the water as its a great way of honing and perfecting sailing skills. The social Saturdays (indeed almost every Saturday) has seen a variety of families on the shore and a healthy number of boats on the water. Those with Powerboat 2 licences/safety boat certificates are reminded that a safety boat can be on the water or moored on the pontoon for the day if this helps with peace of mind. If you haven’t yet qualified, sessions will be run in 2019.
Our membership drive continues to be successful and we have been joined in 2018 by around 10 new families. The buddy system is up and running, and if you haven’t been allocated a contact, please advise the committee and we will sort this.
The club fleet seems to be a huge success for those new to sailing. It is really pleasing to see the club boats on the water…just a quick reminder that rent payments (£5 per day) are on an honesty basis and if there is a breakage, can you either fix it or fill out a form.
I’ve been asked to remind everyone that it is our individual responsibility to leave the clubhouse as we would like to find it. A 5 minute wipe down/clean makes a massive difference to the general presentation.
But finishing on a high note, the Commodore’s Cup is planned for the weekend of 22 Sep. It would be great to see you all there for a weekend of racing and if this doesn’t appeal then help with the race/safety is welcome or just come and enjoy the fun. The BBQ will be lit in the evening on Saturday and plenty will be staying over.
Kids Camp & Commodore’s Cup for Cadets
2018 was our biggest ever kids camp running over the first week of July. All in we had 26 cadets across a range of levels and a total compliment of 56 including instructors and family helpers. The sun shone, the wind behaved and incredible progress was made by all those attending. This was a transitional year as for the first time the juniors far outweighed the seniors. 4 of last years AI’s joined the DI team following a successful course earlier in the year. By the end of the week they were joined by another 6 AI’s and StMLSC now has a really deep pool of young instructor talent. This is hugely advantageous when it comes to the organisation of this event and promoting what we do as a family club to potential new members.
The junior element was as gung-ho as ever. Keen to get on the water and put into practice what had been taught, a flotilla of oppi’s, Toppers and Topazs’ were endlessly whizzing between various marks during most sessions. There was also some noticeable ongoing extra shoreside practice out of hours by some very keen cadets. And the introduction of the 4PM race, open to all including adults, generated a competitive and busy start line with a majority of the fleet taking part. Add in some rules knowledge (which resulted in a range of (random!!) claims and counter claims to rights of way) and the recipe to have fun was about perfect.
Great food, fantastic company (both kid and adult) and enjoyable evening activities generated an exceptional week. The number of certificates issued after the cup race was outstanding and all those who took part should be really proud of their achievements. Of course these events don’t happen without a huge amount of hard work and while thanks go to all those that helped, we are eternally grateful to Charles Morrish as SI for the week and Julie McMorran for her meal organisation (yum!!).
The Cup races this year were split into 3 categories and congratulations to our winners (and a special mention to Izac for sailing a laser in the beginners race!!)
- Beginners - Izac Kirk
- 18’s - Mark Hegar
- Commodore’s Cup for Cadets (U16’s) - Sam Jones
Scottish Borders Council
Keith Milroy and I have continued our regular meetings with SBC on both the foreshore and insurance issues. We are now close to having a finalised set of works for the foreshore which will be issued for comment and approval in the coming weeks.
Progress on the insurance goes on but SBC has made reassurances that this will be resolved tom our satisfaction. The works are currently planned to take place after we close at the end of the season. Approval from the membership will be required and the committee is planning to organise an EGM to secure this, before end October.
Look forward to seeing you on the water,