Duty Swaps / Volunteers needed
We need volunteers, or someone who can swap a future duty, for the following dates:
* Saturday 24th May 2015 - 1 x O.O.D.'s
* Saturday 20th June 2015 - 1 x Rescue Helms
Last Updated (Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:22)
The car park is near full with Chew Crew on the lake, dinghy courses underway, power-boaters power-boating, the University alumni catching up, the new members chatting and the Spring series races beating to the windward mark. What a weekend and the launch for many of the start of the season.
Work has started on the bar upgrade with the vinyl and carpet being laid this week and the blinds on order and even the "threat" of a new coffee machine behind the bar. The contract for the exterior upgrade of the clubhouse is also being finalized and so the much needed insulated render enclosure, repairs and decorations will soon be underway.
Natalie Lloyd, the RYA UK Topper Junior Head Coach gave an enlightening talk on the Racing Rules of Sailing at the start line and so we fully expect to see a few port hand flyers over the coming weeks and perhaps the suggestion of a protest or two, with the best possible demeanour.
The Pacific exploits of Elsa Hammond in a single handed rowing boat are the subject of scrutiny this coming Friday with her talk at the club and an opportunity to view the boat which is being tested on the lake over the weekend. Come and listen and have a look.
You will all be aware that we operate as a membership club and the General Committee are considering the implications of incorporation given the size of the cclub, the increasing complexity of the organisation and our responsibilities to both members and guests and so over the coming weeks a paper on the subject will be distributed for your comments and thoughts and so please have a look and offer a view.
Please get in touch if you feel that you can give a few hours to the club over the coming weekends as we have numerous small projects to complete in support of the upgrade work as many hands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Last Updated (Friday, 01 May 2015 06:27)
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.
Last Updated (Sunday, 08 March 2015 21:07)
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)
Fireball Inland Championships 2014 Report
The Allen Brothers sponsored Fireball Inland Championships was held at the lovely Chew Valley SC this weekend. With 37 boats on the entry list, the final event of the season promised to be a corker and with amazing conditions on day 1, it certainly didn’t disappoint. The fleet is enjoying a revival ahead of next years UK World Championships and it was great to see the return of some quality partnerships and the forming of new teams.
Race 1 got underway 1st time in 15 knots of breeze and bright sunshine. It was Jonny McGovern & Tim Carter from Port Dinorwic SC who made the most of the conditions. They headed a trio of boats who escaped the pack and used the subsequent laps to extend quite a significant lead over the remainder of the fleet. McGovern/Carter were kept honest by DJ Edwards and Vyv Townend, and the podium was completed by Pete Gray & Tim Saunders.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 04 November 2014 22:16)