Update October 5

Good morning, welcome to this week’s Update, I am looking out of the window and the backwaters have disappeared in a thick blanket of fog, I am glad I am not at sea.

We had a pretty busy weekend. On Saturday we had the Macmillan Coffee Morning, Anne worked hard to make it happen. Thank you to the stall holders who provided some interesting gift ideas, to the generous cake makers and to everyone who turned up on the morning. A total of very nearly four hundred pounds was raised for this marvellous charity.
We had an Onboard session at lunchtime which went well in lovely conditions then we had two visiting clubs here to make it a good busy evening.
I am sorry to report that we narrowly lost the annual quiz with Shotley! There is a report on the website (http://www.wfyc.co.uk/wordpress/pipped-by-shotley).

On Sunday we had perfect sailing conditions yet again for Race 4 in the Autumn Series. Alec sent us round Horsey Island so the result could count for the RTI trophy as well as series points.
I would like to mention how well James is sailing his Phantom. He got away from the start first and was hard to catch. We exchanged the lead a few times and he was unlucky not to win. Simon Hipkin too was incredibly close, just twenty six seconds between the first three boats, clearly sailing with Beth is working well. (Report)
The next race is next Sunday (14th) 1400 start time.
Having got past the weekend the club is now getting quieter. The bar is now not open on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Wednesday evening is traditionally Steak Night, this week was quieter than usual.
We won’t be holding a Steak Night next week because Pete and Bex are away, we will have a dining service though as Tina and a mystery assistant are stepping into the breach, might be worth coming along to see how this pans out………..

Tonight we have the October 200 Club Draw, I was fortunate enough to win last month which was much appreciated, the odds are extremely good in this fun draw, why not come and join in………. the draw is at 1930.

Please note that we won’t have the Sunday Carvery for the next two Sundays as Pete is away, we will have a menu and specials board available from midday through to 1700. We will also have catering available during all the usual sessions, Wednesday to Sunday both at lunchtime and in the evenings.

On Friday we are hosting a retirement party for Stuart Oxley’s dad Phil. Phil has been secretary of the Walton Lifeboat for as long as I remember, I wish him well for his retirement. The party is in our upstairs function rooms and the club will function as normal including dining room catering.

Roly Jarrold has asked me to mention that there is an Autumn cruise to Royal Harwich Yacht Club arranged for 12/14th October, there is a poster attached. Don’t forget there is also the Fireworks cruise coming up on the weekend of 3rd and 4th November, there is a sign up sheet in the usual place in the foyer.

Right, moving away from B&C and sailing, some general club news.
Firstly, if you have been to the club this week you won’t have failed to notice that work on developing the Yacht Basin is continuing apace. The central mole is currently being excavated and this is going to make a tremendous difference to the quality of the facilities the Trust offers.
Hardly surprisingly works of this magnitude cannot be carried out without some effect. The spoil that is being dug out is being moved by dumper truck to be dumped behind Bedwells. We apologise for the fact that the road is getting pretty muddy where the spoil is transported, please be aware this is salt water mud so it is worth hosing off your car if you pick up a lot passing through it. I believe the road will be cleared for the weekend.

Now a bit of history, this is copied from an email that Anna Brooke, my Vice Commodore sent me:- Members may not be aware that the building at the top of Mill Lane that contains the recently closed public toilets was the town’s Fire Station. Of interest for club members is that the upstairs rooms were the meeting place for the Walton on Naze Sailing Club from 1908. The members sailed from the windmill quay at the other end of Mill Lane. In 1919, following the War, they had to renegotiate the use of the quay. The offer of the freehold of the whole mill site led to the formation of both the Walton & Frinton Yacht Trust and Yacht Club in 1920.
There is a move to save the Fire Station from demolition to make way for new flats. The latest news is that English Heritage have rejected the call to list it, but this is not the end of the battle to save this interesting and historic building. For more information and to sign the petition see https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-old-fire-station-from-demolition

I think that is it for this week, I hope to see you around the club during the coming week.