Update August 31 2018

Good morning, another lovely sunny day but what a different place the club is to a week ago!
Cadet Week started with a briefing and a club Barbecue on Friday evening.
The club was very busy and it was a sign of things to come for the next five days.
We had a total of nearly sixty cadets on the water in fifty boats. The weather ranged from good on Saturday to horrible on Sunday, some days too much wind and some days too little, that’s sailing for you.
The outcome of the week was that Nicola and Alex organised their troops and charges brilliantly. I heard many positive comments about having so much activity on the water by well behaved youngsters.
Even the changing rooms were left in a better state at the end of each day than in previous years. Well done to our cleaner Bex for getting them all in ship shape for the beginning of each session. In fact a thanks to all our staff, to Pete and his staff in the kitchen and to Tina and her staff in the bar, the whole week was a success if not a little manic……..
Wednesday evening saw the prizegiving and supper which was certainly finishing the week with a bang but then on Thursday morning the club was deserted and a tranquil peace pervaded.

We are now entering the wind down of the sailing season for this year, the evenings are drawing in and the heat is going out of the sunny days. We still have plenty of sailing to come though.
This weekend our cruisers are off to the Medway, I am not sure how many are going but I hope they have an enjoyable and safe cruise.
On Saturday we have an Onboard session starting at 1400hrs.
We have another Onboard session next Saturday at 0930 if you are interested then please contact the office.
We have the first race in the Autumn Series on Sunday, the start is at 1445.
The Haven Series continues next weekend and the racing includes the Cutler Series. Let’s hope the three club boats Crikey, Zero Gravitas and Blue Beeste are successful in retaining the Wilkinson Sword Trophy that hangs in our bar.
I believe there is a bit of a shortage of crew for the yachts for this racing, if you fancy doing either or both days then contact me and I will pass your details on!

I had a message from David Wood to let me know that Tim was sailing his Stellar at West Mersey last week in the Regatta. I know he did pretty well in the first race, I know no more but I imagine there is a report on the web…… well done Tim in anticipation!

Anna has advised me that Heidi is running a sailing course over the half term, there is a poster attached.

Moving away from the sailing for a moment, a reminder that now August is over we will not be opening the bar on Tuesday evenings from now on. We will continue opening on a Monday evening right through September before we really start digging in for the winter.
We will go back to Steak Night again this Wednesday, I apologise to those of you that turned up hopefully for last Wednesday, booking in advance really helps……..

Right, an important topic, next Friday we have an EGM.
A letter has been sent out to the household to the address we hold of every full member.
There has been a lot of misunderstanding about what this EGM is for. To try and address the misconceptions there is a separate email being sent out after this Update.
I hope as many of you as possible can attend. This is not a meeting to decide the future of our club, it is a meeting to allow your elected committee to explain to you the path we wish to follow and to seek your support.

Now for some general stuff before I can get this week’s Update out and into your Inbox, it has been a long morning here.
This weekend our resident artist Lesley Lord is holding an open weekend of her art to raise funds for guide dogs, a poster is attached.
Chris Brooke tells me that the lifeboat are carrying out an exercise in the Yacht Basin on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, I assume this means spectators are welcome…..
A reminder that Brian Thompson is running a Day Skipper course this autumn, he needs two or three more names to get the class sorted. If you fancy doing this worthwhile training then contact the office or Brian direct.
As I have reported previously, Brian Pickard passed away recently, a celebration of his life is to be held at the Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street W1B 2UW.
A reminder that tickets for the Wine Tasting on 21st September are now available, this should be a really good event, the poster is attached.

Despite having just been disturbed by Pam Tappenden asking to borrow club equipment I think I have finished for this week.
A quick thank you to the many members who responded by telling me they do read and enjoy these weekly missives, it’s funny isn’t it, no one who doesn’t read them contacted me!
Once again my apologies for it being so late, I look forward to seeing you around your club in the coming week and particularly at the EGM on Friday.

Martin