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Mar 022016

Spring is nearly here, the winter is nearly over, and already the club is a hub of activity for the new year.

This last weekend saw the completion of the external work around the new Sailboard container, and very nice it looks too. Well done to Eric’s team who did a monumental job of shifting vast quantities of rubble and earth. Then another successful working party on Sunday led by Hugh Attfield saw lots of painting, brushing turfing and tree trimming all to make the club a welcoming place come the start of racing in just a few weeks time. A big thank you to all of you who have come and done your duty, there was a great sense of purpose and community among the throng.

It did amuse me that the Rear was up a pole, his wife spent a lot of time in the Gents and the Vice was on his knees in the training room, meanwhile the Commodore was swinging on a tree on the far side of the lake. – Sorry it appeared somewhat “Navy lark” for those of you old enough…

For those of you still to do a winter duty, there are two days still to do and plenty more jobs require finishing.

Moving on… The schedule for the year is now up on the web site here so check out what is coming up. The duty rota is in the process of being loaded so you will shortly start to receive your notifications. The Handbook is also in prep and will be out as soon as we can.

The start to the year – Ice breaker series – 13th March at 1:30pm.

But before that… there are a few other things…

Thirsty Thursday’s continue this week (3rd) with “THE START” – Bill Kenyon will be taking us through the details of how to make a good start and what to look out for… There is still time to sign up here for this free social at the club… The Lancashire pies will be out again this week and the bar is always open.

This will be followed by “The BEAT” (logically) led by Mark Antonelli on the 10th.

Race management course – March 5th 10am at the club. This course is being run by Henry Wright and will cover all the essentials of being a Race officer, with practical sessions on the water. The junior squad sailors will be providing us with racing boats to ensure we can all learn the techniques. The course will cover

  1. Setting good start lines
  2. Ensuring a good beat
  3. How to cope when things don’t go to plan
  4. Tips for ensuring you record all those finishers.

If you want to join this course, please book in here so we know numbers. On the day you will need lots of layers of warm clothing and waterproofs.


I am pleased to announce that this year as well as all the training that Hugh Attfield and John Waind have put together in previous years. We have extended the offering with a continuous program of family and adult “Learn to Sail” sessions which will take place all day Saturday, enabling us to offer a wide introduction channel to the sport.  This is being led by our new Senior Instructor Chris Hill.

– Click on the course titles to go to the booking website

Family LEARN TO SAIL – 9th April – Do you know someone who wants to learn to sail?? For more information see the web site or email Hugh Devereux

– Adult – Better Sailing – 16th/ 17th April – Aimed at anyone who has completed a learn to sail (RYA L1 and L2.) Or perhaps you have sailed a bit in the past but not done much recently… For queries please email John Waind

There is also a Monday evening Better sailing course which will commence on the 16th May.

Junior training

Our Juniors will again have access to a dedicated training sessions on Sunday mornings. This year we start on the 8th May and run through to the 26th June.  We will be operating a Beginners, Progressors and a Racers group. For information and booking please email Hugh Attfield

Other events coming up

Power boat experience days  – 12th and 19th March  This is a relaxed opportunity for you to get in the Ribs and practice manoeuvres so that you can competently perform your duties during the year. There will be competent helms on hand in the boat to advise and guide you in the rib, and we will set a course and activities for you to do. This isn’t PB training, it is a practice session.


I look forward to seeing you all at the club in the near future,



Hugh Devereux

VIce Commodore