I am sorry to report that Jack Ebden passed away on the 2nd Jan. Jack was a long term member and keen GP sailor. He served on the committee in a number of roles and during his time as a member, contributed strongly to the club.
Happy New Year
We have now finished Racing but I encourage you to catch up with all the latest reports including a great report in Yachts and Yachting on the Boxing Day Bash at https://www.facebook.com/Budworthsailing
In fact, please follow, share, like or comment any of the great articles on Facebook. Mark Cleary (Marketing) has made our Facebook page a great source of info for us and prospective members. The more we all interact through this page the more our name gets out there. People are much more inclined to read a ‘post’ than an advertisement and thus the ‘reach’ of Facebook is much larger than you would think. The interesting stories and pictures are worth a read anyway but interacting through Facebook will help the club. The club website and Facebook are our two main marketing tools. We are also working on Twitter.
Boxing Day thanks
In my last news update, I was remiss in thanking all the volunteers on Boxing day, who gave up their Boxing day to help the club:
Alison and Steve Hubbard – they were there first to welcome and feed the Warrington Dolphins and then Alison worked solidly feeding the sailors. Steve helped her and then took over on rescue.
Steve Kelham, Simon Bottomley, EJay Mann, and Nick and Emily Whelan then spent all their time on the water in rescue. There was a good wind, so they had to keep prepared and it did rain at times.
Sarah Tyson gave up her day to help in the Box. Without her, it would have been very difficult. In the background was also Chris Hearn who as always was making sure the RMS served our purpose.
Finally, Mark and Carole Philpot as PRO and ARO who manged quite a tricky day with lots of visitors.
We are keen to develop new opportunities for training and social activities at the club. Our current plan is to put on two Thursday evening socials / training evenings a month for the duration of the winter and depending on feedback, into the new season.
The format will be a buffet meal that will be provided in the club house, followed by a 30-minute relaxed presentation with an exercise or practical. The bar will be open and the idea is to have a relaxed evening during which newer members can meet and more established members can provide assistance and also refresh their knowledge.
The subject matter will range from beginner up to advanced techniques and presentations by highly talented sailors from within the club with support from RYA race officials and Special guests.
There is no charge for the evenings but we would ask you to confirm your place via the link below (‘Book Places’) in order that we can ensure sufficient food and beverages are available.
The first two are:
7th Jan – Training Pathway introduction – Craig Hewett
An opportunity for Beginners and Progressors to hear what we are planning to offer this season and to tell us what they would like to do this year and how we can help you achieve your goals – Please come along and give us your feedback. This session will be led by Craig Hewett who is an experienced GP14 sailor and has now taken on the role of reviewing our training and coaching pathways with the training team.
Whilst this session is aimed primarily at our adult and family training course attendees from the last few years, it is open to all established and new members from all fleets who want to find out more or look for training opportunities this year.
14th Jan – AED Defibrillator training – Liz Yeates
A few years ago the club invested in an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) that can be used by untrained personnel. Thankfully we haven’t had need of it (as far as I know) yet. However, it would be sensible to be prepared. Liz Yeates is a qualified trainer on these devices and the aim is to provide a level of training, so that we aren’t just running around trying to work out what to do, when it’s really needed.
So why not come down to the club and learn how to use this practical and truly life- saving piece of equipment. The session will be taught from DVD and practical hands on, so please come prepared to get involved.
The places are limited to 20 on this course on a first come basis.
Working Parties – 7, 14, 21 & 28 Feb and 6 & 12 March
Working Parties start in Feb for 6 weeks. Please remember that it is mandatory to come to at least two of those sessions through Feb. Steve and his team are preparing the list of jobs and thankfully, Steve will not be attending every session this year as some volunteers have kindly agreed to run some of the days.
Please mark your diaries. We hope to remove a lot of clutter and clean the club up this year and be ready with a nice clean and tidy club for the 13th March when we start Racing again.
See you at the Clubhouse in Feb.