We are nearly finished with working parties. The final one is this Saturday – 12th March at 9.30am. The season starts on Sunday with the Icebreaker series. The objective of the day is to complete all outstanding jobs and generally make sure the club is ready for the season start, the following day. Please come down and help if you can.
The club is looking smart, so thanks to Steve Hubbard who as usual ran many of the working parties. Thanks this year to the other volunteers who helped Steve run some of the sessions over the past few weeks:
Alison Hutton, Hugh Attfield, Mike Davies and Bill Anderson
Thanks to everyone who has attended the working parties. Without you the club just wouldn’t be ready (well nearly ready, apart from this Saturday).
Also thanks to the Raceboard team led by Eric who have installed a new container over the last few weeks – it involved a lot of ground work, which hopefully kept the Raceboaders fit over winter! It looks great and they now have storage for all the Raceboards plus training kit. This training kit will be available for anyone to use in the summer, when the water warms up a little. The fleet is growing and this enables interested members to give it a go if they wish. Contact Mark Spurrell as the weather warms up.
Winter Boat Places
We have done an audit of the boat park and some members have not paid their winter storage fees. We will be contacting those members individually but we ask that if you are one of those members please pay for this immediately by Webcollect – Many thanks.
We are now ready to start the season and the Icebreaker begins on Sunday. This runs until the 27th March with three races each Sunday. Qualification is achieved when you have sailed half the total numbers of races held (max 9 over three Sundays). It is a nice short series and open to visitors. This year we will have a separate Raceboard competition. Come down and get your sailing/windsurfing limbs attuned again!
Training & Events
Lots of training and events to keep you busy at the start of the season:
Powerboat Experience Days
On Saturday 12th and 19th March from 13.30. Free to all members
Junior, Adult, Guardian, etc
Your chance to practice driving the ribs, improve your skills and competence
This day is a requirement for those with a Rescue Duty. Each session will rapidly rotate people to minimise waiting times, and will allow members to join in at any time from 13:30.
Please let us know numbers by booking via Webcollect
24th March 19:00 Racing – Boat handling – Improving Tacking and Gybing Jon Chapman
7th April 19:00 – The Race Management System – Signing On for a race, PRO/ARO – how to run and score races Chris Hearn
Sat. 9/16/23/30th April – Learn to Sail Course – Open to all members. (See http://budworthsc.org.uk/Training page for more details) Chris Hill (Senior Instructor)
These are being printed and therefore will be sent out to all members in the very near future. This year, it has been decided to ensure that every member has the Information Handbook. Hold on to your copy of the Rules and Instructions book this and next year!
A note from its constructor! The Duty Rota is now loaded on to DutyMan. The Rota has maintained the requested dates for all those who signed up on the sheets in the Clubhouse or sent me an email.
If the date you have been given is now inconvenient, please make sure you arrange a swap as soon as possible.
It is now the responsibility of every member to confirm and arrange swaps. There is no such thing as a ‘DutyMan Manager’.
The best way is by telephone and then remember to adjust DutyMan, AFTER the swap has been agreed!
Thanks Mark Philpot for all your hard work on these two projects. They represent two of the most difficult and time consuming jobs in the club. Say thanks to Mark next time you see him at the clubhouse – make sure Carol gets a nod also, as I am sure she has helped him along the way. Remember Mark is not responsible for coordinating duties moving forward, it is down to yourself as described above.
One of our junior members is raising money towards an expedition to Peru in 2017 where she will be helping out at a local children’s project and school. She is offering hoodies for all Budworth Sailing club members in both junior and adult sizes.
The cost of the child’s hoodie is £18 and the cost of an adult’s hoodie is £22. This includes printed back with text ‘Budworth Sailing club’ and printed name on front left breast (if requested). All proceeds will go towards fundraising. The colour of the hoodies will be Oxford Navy with white text print.
If you would like to purchase a hoodie and want to know sizes etc., please contact Freya at firstname.lastname@example.org or see her at the club. (She will be around during junior training sessions and most Sundays).
All orders must be in by 3rd June 2016.
This is a plea for some help this Saturday, 12th March, to clear up the wood we have cut in the angler’s field by I/H. We have taken out quite a chunk (and the wind has already magically appeared in places) but we have been struggling to process it all during the normal club working parties. It is critical we get the area all tidied up this Saturday.
The plan is to commence about 09:30 (Ed: note change of time!).
Also, please take a look at the paper on Tree Cutting on the website – http://budworthsc.org.uk/general-posts/comments-invited-cutting-trees-in-the-boatpark/ and comment. We have a Committee meeting next Thursday where we need to make some decisions so we need your input.
Finally – if a member of the public contacts you about the trees please ask them to contact either myself or Hugh Devereux through the contact page on the website.
See you on the water soon!