Below you will find our latest dinghy sailing and training programme. You can see all session dates including training, social sailing, junior evenings and racing series. We look forward to seeing as many of our sailors out on the water having some fun!
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Message from our Vice Commodore – Steve Norman
Now that we are more than halfway through the 2021 sailing season I am pleased to report that we have been having a successful time on the water, in spite of the fact we have had to cancel a few sessions because of adverse weather conditions this year. We can testify that the climate is indeed changing. The sailing calendar has been updated to reflect the additional sessions that have been included to make up for these cancellations and more changes will be announced in the near future to ensure we maximise our time on the water together this year.
Fortunately, however, apart from having to reschedule some of the clubhouse based start of season talks, we have not been unduly impacted by covid-19 and continue to operate in a safe and responsible way on the water to minimise the risks associated with the ongoing pandemic. The other good news is that we are keeping the parking and sailing fees the same this year and have introduced an annual sailing fee for club boat hirers, which is exceptional value for money as it has proved very popular. You only have to pay once rather than every time you sail, thus reducing administration effort for all concerned!.
The sailing calendar has expanded since its first publication at the start of the season. Monday evenings have seen the introduction of a Summer Squad, aimed at our intermediate juniors and designed to coach them in advanced sailing and racing techniques during their summer vacations. Friday evenings are Junior beginner Onboard sessions, where we have taken on an additional 10 juniors (and their families), and we have a full sailing calendar lined up for them until the end of September, which includes both formal RYA Onboard training and monthly “Fun Races” for which trophies will be awarded at the end of the season. Tuesday evenings are club racing sessions, and this year we have new race officers to support our 5 racing series (Spring, Early, Mid, Late Summer and Autumn) and a number of other one-off trophy races. Still to come is the prestigious Commodores Cup and the BBQ Cup, where anything can happen! I am therefore pleased that we are able to cover the entire range of ages and experiences in our sailing calendar.
Our training calendar has been particularly successful and has ensured many new and aspiring sailors have been given a good introduction to sailing and who continue to sail with us as a result of the warm and friendly support they have been given by our team of instructors, under the leadership of Guy Hester, our training school Principal and Chief Instructor. I am also pleased to confirm that we have engaged two additional senior instructors and have promoted an Assistant Instructor from within our own junior group. We therefore now have a good cross-section of instructor experience to support our formal RYA courses and who offer ongoing coaching to our members. In fact, we have scheduled one additional Level 1/2 sailing course in late August by popular demand.
The training programme has also included a number of RYA Power Boat courses (PB2) and a series of half-day safety boat refreshers for those who have already gained their PB2 certificates to ensure our safety boat procedures and volunteer skills are maintained to the highest standard. In fact, we have been blessed with a fantastic team of safety boat and beach volunteers, including assistance from friendly parents and relatives throughout the season. Long may it continue!
Finally, we will close the season with the important “All ashore” prizegiving in October, where we will be awarding silverware and other trophies to our race winners – and to those that have improved and tried hard over the season – including our volunteers!. All are welcome as it should be a great occasion.
In summary, we have something for everyone in the 2021 sailing calendar and we look forward to welcoming you to the beach where you can join in the fun. Come on down before it’s too late!? We have extended our boat and kayak storage facilities this year so if you don’t fancy sailing then we have a space for your kayak?
If you would like to contact me about any aspect of the above then I will be pleased to hear from you at email@example.com