Saturday 17th March turned out not to be the perfect day to lay the slipway.
Photographs by S Lee. and D. Hogben.
You may have seen the Heron sculpture that recently landed on the Herne Bay pier. It is a scale model of a large sculpture that will sit on Neptune's Arm and be the flagship piece of a planned sculpture trail between Herne Bay and Reculver Towers. As part of the engineering and design processes, some materials are being tested on our boat shed.
To find out more about Kinetic Coast and the Heron click here or watch a short video here.
If you have passed the clubhouse recently you will have noticed that most of the front of the lounge has gone. The next step is some work to level up the slab. The new windows and doors are anticipated to arrive at the end of the month. The last progress update from the Development team expected installation in the second week of March.
The boat shed has also had some work with Andy and team busy re-arranging the training store so that it will be easier to use and the safety boat team have been altering the space to better accommodate the boats. The new engine for Viking is being fitted and Viking's engine is now on Avon.
Thank you to all those who have been working hard improving the club's facilities this winter.
On one of the first weekends with decent weather, a group of members met at the clubhouse to take a gentle walk to the Hampton Inn and back. Thanks to the Hampton Inn team for a great welcome and lovely food.
Work on replacing the windows in the club house has truly started. On a cold February morning Jane, Jeni, Tony, Allan, Steve, David, Peter and Ben got stuck in turning two tons of aggregate into a concrete mantel and yes in case you wanted to ask we did put rebar in there so don't panic. Well unless you belong to the colony of shrimp that had set up home on the old balcony.
Update from Peter on the window fitting:
Window install has been delayed as there is the opportunity to have a marine coating applied, which is obviously advantageous in the long run. Install is now expected first week of March.
On a dry and sunny Saturday, various members were at the club completing jobs in preparation for the new season. Work has started to prepare the lounge for the fitting of the new windows in the clubhouse, Viking's engine has been moved to Avon and the racking in the gear store has been dismantled in preparation for reconfiguration to make it easier to store training gear.
Thank you to everyone who was involved.
Dai Griffiths and Ben Skull ran the first training session of the year last weekend with a second delivered by Dai this weekend. They trained three groups of members in the roles of Race Officer and Assistant Race Officer and how to use of HALsail to calculate race results.
Thanks Dai and Ben and great to see recently-joined members and experienced racers getting to grips with what goes on in the race tower and how to produce results easily with HALsail.
Dates for your diary, in 2 months time Saturday 17th March the slipway has to go down. So pop the date into your Google/Apple device, mind you we will be giving you updates as the time draws nearer.
The club will be having some major reconstruction works on the go so at the moment we will just be laying the slipway and the usual can do will be going on for teas coffee and if lucky some chocolate biscuits.
All help is welcome and any time you can give will be appreciated. With a good day it can be done around the 3-4 hour mark, which is a good payment for 5 months of available sailing.
The boat parking hasn’t been done yet, they are waiting for the memberships to come in, which means those that park their boats in front of the club house may not be able to do so until the refurbishment is finished, I’m assuming under a week-ish from the slipway laying.
Spring is on the way, looking forward to seeing you down the club and on the water.
The provisional plans for training in 2018 include
Please check the rail in the lounge for your lost property. There'll be a big sailing jumble on slipway laying day to sell off excess club training gear and any personal gear and boat bits that have not been claimed.