Newsletter - 16th August, 2020
In This Issue:  Some very strange weather; Duties; Weed Update; Your Laser; Club Hire Boats; Ladies Sailing; Novice Racing returns; Start to Race morning; Training Successes

The duty rota has been running on an informal basis over the past few months. Special thanks to those who have done PRO duties singlehandedly and to those who have done multiple duties.
We are now asking members to volunteer for duties in the normal way via Sailing Club Manager,  as auto allocation will take place from 1st September.
Rescue boats will continue to be rostered as single handed unless the crew is from the same household or 1 metre plus guidelines are followed - crew to remain at other end of the boat or face coverings worn.  PRO duty will continue to be single handed unless the ARO is from the same household or modified safety boat used and distancing as above.
The committee recognise that some members have carried out multiple duties that may not have been recorded since lockdown and should any of these members feel that the auto allocation is unfair please contact the duties team, on . Duties are obviously undertaken in compliance with the current Covid rules so we would ask for your forbearance if there are any other changes.

Click the button below to access the Duties Login Page.   If you do not have/or have forgotten your duties login, please contact Membership as soon as possible, on
Thanks and best wishes, Duties team.

Duties Login Page
.Novice Races come back but on Sundays from 30th August

To help our novice sailors get started racing, we are reintroducing our Novice Race Series on Sunday lunchtime.
The format will be a simple (probably Triangle) course just one lap and the results will count towards our Novice Trophy at the end of the season.  
The race will start at 1.00pm or soon after depending on the finish of the GH races in the morning.  Click the button below for Fraser's Racing Guide for Novices.
Novice Racing Guide

Come and have a go - you have nothing to lose and everything to gain improving your sailing skills by sailing around the course.  If you would like more information please contact the Frank on

and don't forget.................

Start to Race morning 12th September

9am start, rigged and ready to learn about flags, sound signals, start sequences, and then practicing starts on the water.  Free but would be helpful if you could email  to let us know you are coming.  Club boats available to hire on first come first served basis.

Your Laser!

Call to all our members with Lasers.

We have seen a burst of enthusiasm in Laser sailing at the club .

However we have a number of new Laser sailors who do not own a boat and with only one club Laser we are looking to buy a second Laser.

If you are interested in selling or donating your Laser to the club please reach out to Jeremy Riley on

Club Hire Boats

We are so very fortunate that we have a large fleet of club boats ranging from Oppies and Toppers up to Visions and Hartley 15.  The hire costs are not very high, but the maintenance of these boats is a constant challenge to those responsible.   One of the most frustrating things is that however often the boats are checked over, by the next time there are items ranging from sheets to shackles missing.  This means the boats cannot be hired out which has a cost implication, but more than that, deprives another member of the opportunity to sail. 

It is easy to leave that vital shackle or bung at home, but please please do not 'borrow' from the club boats, as that is not fair on your fellow club members.

Ladies Sailing - Extra Date Monday 24th August

Monday  7th August was another great ladies sailing evening , with even better breeze than the first session. It is lovely to see that we have so many keen ladies who want to get out on the water. We had about a dozen boats out and some very nice gentleman helpers, and a pleasant social afterwards.

Following  a successful summer course, we are adding an additional ladies sailing evening  on Monday 24th August, with a final session for the summer on Monday 7th September. 

As usual, you can launch anytime from 6pm. All the hire boats will be free but first come first served, and there will be some helpers there to offer support where needed.

If any lady members are wondering what ladies sailing is all about or feel concerned about joining us, please come along for a chat and to see for yourselves. Our aim is to build confidence and camaraderie in a friendly environment.

I look forward to seeing many of you on 24th August and crossing my fingers for fair winds...

Training Successes

The Summer Course for Adult Beginners

New for this Covid year, we held our usual week long Suummer course, but just for adult beginners.   Putting our absolute beginners out in club boats was a bit daunting for everyone concerned, but with plenty of land drills and a safety boat in close attendance for each beginner, they all picked up their skill levels in no time at all, and by Friday several were having a little race around the buoys.    Well Done to all our students and we hope to see you all in the Novice Races mentioned above soon. 

Power Boat Course Success and some Strange Weather

We congratulate our five newly qualified Safety Boat Drivers, and thank the power training team for running a successful course.

During the first day of the course the students were entertained with some weird weather conditions, which went from hot sublime conditions to a 40 mile an hour wind from the south to a 60-mile an hour wind from the North just ten minutes later.
This meant that trees were blown down into Newark Lane and 10 minutes later uprooting three large poplars and dropping them into the lake, another couple are looking a bit precarious so our tree surgeons will be back with us next week to sort it all out.  The students were given a real time weather lesson and our Treasurer had two-foot waves breaking over his rescue boat!
The Roots left a big hole and at least one other tree is now at a jaunty angle!

Weed News

At the moment the sailing area is largely clear, but we continue to clear weed as necessary.

Frank Brown, Sailing Secretary

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Novice race starts Sunday 30th August
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