Winter Wednesdays at Chew
**Race Officer Refresher Wednesday 11th March
John Smalley and Keith Harris
7 for 7.30, open to all especially ROs and AROs
** Hafren - Round Britain in a Wayfarer, Phil Kirk
Wednesday 18th March
7 for 7.30, entry donation of £5.00, ALL proceeds to RNLI and Pappa Fund
Last Updated (Thursday, 26 February 2015 20:16)
Solo Winter Championships. 2015 Chew Valley SC
At 9 O’clock on Saturday morning the sun was breaking through but we were shy on breeze. By 9:30 there was a small glimmer of hope as the wind decided to come out to play, however, the wind Gods hadn’t read the script and sent it in from the SSW. A quick word to the big fella upstairs and round to the NNE it went, not a lot of it but enough to encourage everyone to launch. Fortunately with a 1200 start we didn’t have long to wait. With an entry of 56, the largest since 2010 there was a mass exodus off the beach.)
Last Updated (Tuesday, 17 February 2015 16:15)
Junior Race Training
The club has organised race training across 4 junior and youth classes over the next 2 months. All the training, with the one exception of the 29er training, is suitable for those just starting to race, up to RYA squad level. All sessions are run by RYA Qualified professional coaches, most of whom have had significant success at National & International level. There's a couple of ex-National Champions and Head Coaches in the list. See the club training calendar for details.
The membership survey has now been closed and the results collated and are being reviewed to firstly find a means of summarizing so that they can be presented to the club members and the achievable outcomes prioritized for the 5 year plan.
It is extraordinary how preconceptions can be so readily unraveled and thus how important the process has proven to be in understanding the interests of those that use the club.
There is significant enthusiasm about what can be achieved and a great deal of pride in what the club has to offer with nearly 90% of respondents “very likely” to recommend membership of the club to a friend or colleague.
Part of our challenge is in recognizing what we have and how we can best exploit the opportunities. The external perception of the club is important, as is our public engagement and there are already initiatives that could do both.
The club has moved on significantly since the membership survey in the late 1980’s and will continue to do so, not least as we are 3 years from a significant anniversary with the 50th year of sailing.
Please support the Winter Wednesday events as we may “borrow” one late in February to present and discuss the outcome of the membership survey and in the meantime, dress warm and enjoy your sailing.
Last Updated (Thursday, 29 January 2015 21:28)
Rescue Boat Handling Skills
As part of our continued development of rescue boat handling skills, the club has set up a mentorship scheme whereby some more highly trained volunteers can offer support and advice to anyone in the duty team involved with safety on the lake. We want to do this is a friendly and informal way, so that anyone can feel happy discussing any issue. The mentor will normally suggest and encourage the rescue boat helms to spend a while with them on the water honing their skills. This will normally be near the beginning of their duty. At present (Dec 2014), we have 7 trained mentors and another 7 training in the pipeline. We are currently offering our services to each Saturday duty team and will endeavour to contact them by phone before. As we get more mentors we hope to extend this service to every duty team. To do this we will need more mentors. If you are interested in becoming a mentor yourself, or have any questions about the scheme, please feel free to contact the H &S officer, Charlie Tricks at:
Last Updated (Monday, 12 January 2015 13:05)