Superb weather and a record attendance made this event a memorable one for the Club.
Three races were organised by the sailing secretary, with a mid-morning break for coffee and sailing club logo cup cakes (thanks Vicky!) to refuel the racers. Thanks to Peter beating a rival in the third race, Ray pipped Robert to the post to become the overall winner… by a margin of just half-a-point!
The Club has received good news that its application for a Sport England Small Grant, funded by the Lottery, has been approved. The grant of £10,000 will enable the club to proceed with its plan to purchase 6 club boats for training very soon.
“We have been functioning with old club and borrowed members boats up to now; so running a regular proper training programme has become a reality,” said the Commodore. The club secretary advised the RYA recently that she has so many applicants who wanted to undertake a sailing course. “We were hoping that the Club’s bid would be positively received, so that the club can eventually become an RYA training Centre to fulfil the increasing demand,” she explained.
The fantastic news was announced yesterday at the Regatta to the group of families and regular racers who attended a social BBQ and races. ” We have have 26 new members who have joined to undertake some form of training to get into sailing at the lake here at South Norwood and with this new funding we can extend the range of club boats available for this purpose and for subsequent use by members who want to sail on the water with their friends and families”, commented the Secretary.
Winds look favourable for our Annual Mid-Summer Regatta which comprises of races and a BBQ social event.
This year we plan to :-
- Run 3 races for our regular sailors to win prizes and a trophy.
- Hold a novice race in the afternoon: 2pm
- Organise silly things to do for family sailors ( treasure hunt on the water)
- Meet and chat over burgers and hot dogs cooked at the boat park grill.
SO COME ON DOWN ALL NEW MEMBERS TO MEET THE STALWARTS. CHILL AND CHAT BESIDE THE LAKE.
See you there ….
Thanks to Phill, former Sailing secretary, for donating his spare yacht tender to use as a safety boat for the learn to sail course.” I love it”, exclaimed Neil, ” as its so quiet you can actually speak to trainee sailors without the noise of a petrol engine in the background.” At least six members have completed powerboat training in order to use the boat to assist dinghy sailors in the water or provide coaching whilst motoring alongside anyone on the water practising skills.It gives new members the confidence that they can assisted in the event of experiencing difficulties on the lake. Our long term plan is to obtain funding for a conventional style RYA approved safety boat. This is a good boat to use in the interim as it towed a heron and 2 persons to shore easily last week.
Six adults took part in the Clubs first training course for beginners using a combination of club and members boats over a period of four half days on two consecutive weekends. This period enabled racing to continue as normal and to take advantage of varying wind conditions so they had maximum time on the water. Our six adults can now come and use club boats on Wednesday evenings or join in Sunday racing as they can independently rig the club boats and control the dinghy on all points of sailing. On the last afternoon they undertook a follow my leader exercise followed by a short race. The leading boats had two metres distance apart at the finish line and screams of excitement were heard when the bell was rung. One happy novice responded ,” I would like to say thank you to Janice, Neil, Mike and Denis who made the course both totally accessible to all of us and also huge fun. We have all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and are very grateful to all the time you have given up for us.”
We look forward to seeing our new members joining in Wednesday and Sunday activities from now on.