Update August 24 2018

Good morning, another Friday, another Update. I started writing these weekly missives nearly six years ago, just a few more months and my time is done…….I know not everybody reads these but I have a good number of people who tell me they value and appreciate them. I will do my best to keep you informed of all that is happening at your club with my own personal ‘slant’ as always. It will be strange not to have this two to three hour commitment every Friday morning!

When I wrote last week’s Update we were in the throws of the end of Dinghy Week. The week ended with a brilliant race around Horsey Island with prizegiving in the evening. The week was a great success, I wrote a report for the paper and the website (still not up and functioning yet, my apologies), I have attached this as it gives the overall outcomes! Thanks to everyone who made it happen.

This evening we have the briefing for the start of Cadet Week, we are also having a Club Barbecue so it could well be a good busy evening at the club tonight. Tthe barbie starts at 1800 and there will be something available for everyone.
Cadet Week proper starts tomorrow, there is a programme of events for the week attached.

This weekend is also a Bank Holiday weekend. Pete and Bex have agreed to come in on their weekend off to open the kitchen on Monday and Tuesday (their usual days off!) on Monday it will be midday to five and Tuesday until four o’clock. Tina has arranged for the bar to be open all day Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

There will not be a Steak Night on Wednesday but there will be club dining as usual in the Dining Room. The Cadets have their prize giving and dinner in the upstairs function rooms.

I believe our cruising fraternity are off to the Medway on Friday, have a good cruise, I hope the weather holds fair.

Right, moving away from sailing now. I am sad to say that Patricia Thomas, a lovely lady who has been a member of our club only a few years but has been incredibly active and generous, is moving down to Southampton to pastures new, she will be sorely missed.
Another chap who is moving away this weekend is John Sewell. John has been a very active and successful dinghy racer in our club for some years. John, Sue and his family are, this weekend, moving to Redruth in Cornwall to live the dream. John, we will miss you and your family but wish you well in your new life in the West Country. The Sewell family are continuing to be members of our club so we will see them from time to time.

A topic I haven’t mentioned for a few weeks is the club’s Centenary which is in 2020. As you are all aware, we are holding a number of fundraising events to enable us to carry out some exciting projects at the club.
The next of these events is planned for Friday 21st September. Stephen Wilkinson is an active dinghy sailing member along with his wife Catherine and daughter Jess. Stephen works for Marks and Spencer and he has arranged for a wine tasting evening of some fine M&S wines, there is a poster attached. I think this could be an excellent and very well attended evening. All funds raised will go to the Centenary Fund.

Getting near the end of this week’s missive now, just a couple of important ‘general’ matters to mention.
Firstly, the Yacht Basin.
I think it is fairly common knowledge amongst our members that the Yacht Basin is run and owned by the Yacht Trust. It is not part of the club and is not in any way the responsibility of the club.
The day to day running of the Basin, especially the booking in, opening and closing of the gate are the responsibility of Richard and Steve Wyatt at Bedwells.
If you are asked for information then you should refer them to Bedwells on 01255 675873 or ring the mobile number 07514 492815.

Finally the situation with regard to smoking at the club. The law dictates that smoking is not permitted inside the club’s buildings. During the winter months we permit our smokers to use the area at the top of the decking outside the front door. This is because the decking doesn’t have diners and families using it and there is no risk of smoke going into the kitchen because the door won’t be open.
Some of our smoking members feel a little ostracised by not being allowed to smoke on the decking when it’s not being used during the summer months.
We are keen to meet all our members needs so we have agreed that we have a trial period of having a clearly recognisable ‘club ashtray’ which, when it is on the table at the top of the stairs, indicates members can smoke at the table. It will be at the discretion of the staff and officers (and common sense of the smoking members) to move the ashtray down to the table outside the bungalow when the decking is busy.
I hope this isn’t too confusing, I am just keen to make all members feel comfortable at their club. Let’s see how it goes………….

That I think is that for another week, I look forward to seeing you around the club in this coming busy week.