This is a great event to celebrate the lives of some of our members as well as raising money for the charity Bloodwise. For this event to thrive we need volunteers to help it run successfully and it would be great if people could help out for this good cause if possible.
For Saturday and Sunday (it's ok to sign up for only one day) we need:
• Experienced Race Officer/s
• Tower assistant/s
• Safety Boat Lead and Crew
• On shore Team
• Galley - Helpers
• Bar (especially from mid afternoon Saturday - Saturday evening)
• Saturday Evening BBQ - Helpers/Cookers
Even if you can only do a short stint in the galley or bar it will all help to contribute to a great weekend in memory of some of our members.
If you can help in anyway at all could you please either use Dutyman, get in contact with us via the clubs email account, firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the form on the bar store room door at the club.
The Memorial Committee
The club uses email to communicate with those members who have computer access, via the Dutyman system, and posts news items to this website. We do not use other forms of social media for official communications to members. However, website posts of general interest also appear on the club's Facebook page. There is also an unofficial Facebook closed group where members and ex members post items. There is a Twitter feed, but we don't seem to use it much.
Fun cruise up to the Shipwright's Arms on Monday. Lovely day with a pleasant breeze and all looking forward to lunch and a beer or two at the pub. Guess what? Pub shut! Nikki's cake was never more welcome.
We came back from the pub, half-starved in a diminishing wind. Clive towed the club Wayfarer home when Richard and Eddie ran out of wind at Hampton. At least the weather was fine and sun tans were rife.
This year the Memorial Weekend is being held in September, so now seems the right time to ask all the Chefs and Cooks if they could rustle up a batch of Scones for the event. Cream Teas were a great favourite of Paul's.
For our newer members of the Sailing Club, we run the Memorial Weekend to commemorate the lives of our members. In particular in memory of Jim Newbery – a former Commodore, Colin Sproxton, a stalwart of the Sailing Club and a young man Paul Smith who sadly lost his battle with Leukaemia in 2013 at the age of 25. This year we have another name to add to our list – that of Mike Saunders who is sorely missed.
We run this event to raise money for Bloodwise which is a charity that works tirelessly to find a cure for Blood Cancers of which there are great many.
We run a Raffle and if you would be able to provide a Raffle Prize it would be greatly appreciated.
Eleven boats took to the water in a freshening breeze which turned out to be a great leveller. That is, most crews enjoyed the swim as they brought their craft back to upright following some heavy gusts that defeated their resolve to stay upright.
Some did better than others with the King's School team of Laurie and Jo topping the charts in both races .
The Dyer boys flew round the course with abandon claiming a 2nd and a 3rd in the 29er. Well done to them the previous week in taking 2nd in their National Championships only being pipped by a single point.
Smithy took a 2nd in the first race and Graham Harbord a hard earned 3rd in the second race.
Gary deserves mention for completing both races as the conditions became very gusty and inconsistent as did Eddie Burnett our virgin Laser Racer so a big well done to him.
The original results posted on the board were incorrect and the revised ones are on the website now.
Finally congratulations to Gary for winning the series with some very consistent sailing throughout the series.
Change in the Sailing Programme
Please note that next week we begin the Autumn Series when we are trialling the 3 race format in place of the regular 2 races. This means we will run shorter timed races of about 30 minutes and reduce times between races. If you are less than half way round the course when the shorten signal sounds you are instructed to return to the starting area and not finish the lap. Your result will be based on the laps completed using average lap times.
Start time is 2pm . If you have a duty then you will have been given an earlier time so you need to arrive in good time for a 2pm start please.
The Programme has been altered to take account of the changes brought about by the rescheduling of the Memorial weekend and the OK Nationals so you may need to look at the website or the schedule posted in the clubhouse to bring you up to date.
You have a week to select your duties for the second half of the season now. We need people to sign up for 3 duties to cover all activities so please look at your diaries and get into dutyman to select your dates. If you are not bothered then we will randomly select dates for you. Thank you.
The training store has been misused and we have changed the door entry to the fob system with restricted entry only. The training equipment is for use for RYA Course and other Club training activities plus hired out boats and equipment. As such it needs to meet RYA standards. Thanks to hard work by our instructors we have set up and organised the store and it is upsetting to come and find equipment dumped in a pile and wet suits etc. not hung up correctly.
If you do use Training equipment it should be returned to the appropriate racks and hangers as labelled. Your wetsuits and buoyancy aids should be washed in the showers and returned to the store to hang and dry. The next user will thank you.