Spectators at the RS 200 Inland Championships at the Club this weekend saw the Club performing at its best organising a major event with 58 boats producing some very high class racing. The success depended on a large pool of volunteers who gave their time with obvious enthusiasm. The Race Officer, Keith Harris and his assistants managed the racing to a professional standard. Even the weather came up trumps with sunshine and a good breeze ahead of Hurricane Gonzalo.
Contrast this with a lovely summer Saturday afternoon when a number of families come down to the lake to enjoy the lake scenery, good company, a nice lunch and some sailing. Just as good in its own way. And try telling the Wednesday sailors they aren't quintessentially Chew and you will be quickly put in your place. The Club racers produce a high standard. The barometer we can use is the level our members reach when performing at National Championships. They do well. Just look at the honours board. For most of us mere mortals, though, it is simply the good racing and camaraderie of sailing at the Club which is such fun. Wednesday evening racing proves the point. We have a buoyant junior section, now known as the Chew Crew, which has spawned some good racers at the Club and even at World Championships. I hope the honours board is littered with their names in the next few years. Most won't reach such dizzy heights but learning to sail at this age gives them a lifelong ability to sail where and when they choose. CLADS continues to produce a good facility for disabled sailors entirely supported by a team of enthusiastic volunteers. It is always a pleasure to see them on the water enjoying their sport.
None of this happens by accident. The Club has a well tested Modus Operandi but it is only viable when supported by a large number of members who give of their time to oil the wheels in all sorts of ways. It is to them I want to offer my personal thanks. All of the substantial time given to the Club is well received. To those who have served on the various Club Committees my special thanks are given for they keep the Club running. Whilst the introduction of new and challenging ideas with a view to improving the Club is interesting, much of the time is spent on apparently very mundane matters. For example, enlarging the diameter of the water main was one of the most revolutionary changes in recent times: water came out of the showers in decent quantities and the Galley staff could fill a kettle in less than half an hour.
The Club is in a reasonably strong position but not such that it can rest on its laurels. Constant reappraisal of the status quo, challenging unproductive habits and renewing good ones is needed. New ideas and methods have to be reviewed and introduced if the Committee considers they will be beneficial. We will elect a new and exciting Committee on Wednesday who will, broadly speaking, run our affairs for the next three years. There will be some substantial challenges ahead. All of us can help the Committee by being supportive or critical and suggesting new ideas. From the Committee's point of view the most difficult thing to know is the view of the member sailing a "moderately priced boat" whatever that is. If you think your view doesn't count or is irrelevant, you're wrong. Keeping your ideas or grievances to yourself doesn't help the Club. Every member is equally important. The Annual General Meeting has an open forum where anyone can express a view. If you have an opinion or suggestion about any aspect of the Club you can air it then. You may have the best idea generated in years. Don't hide it under a bushel. The meeting is in two days time: Wednesday at 19.30 in the Clubhouse.
But the thing that has impressed me the most is how nice it is to meet so many people of all sorts of backgrounds and different interests in sailing and how much they obviously enjoy their time at the Club.
I hope this column, started by my predecessor, has helped to involve each reader a little more in the Club. If it has, job done and if it hasn't you're in luck, there's better coming.
Good luck to all of you in your sailing.
Last Updated (Monday, 20 October 2014 10:26)
RS AERO Demo 22nd Oct
Anyone wishing to try this new ultra light 14ft easy to handle boat , just turn up at the club between 10:30 and 15:00, first come basis until time runs out .
2 demo boats will be available with the three size sails.
Last Updated (Monday, 13 October 2014 16:04)
Those of you who drive around the valley with your eyes open – and I hope you all do – cant fail to notice the Scarecrows that have been put in place again this year; some 129 of them in all.
Well that’s because the annual October appeal on behalf of a young lad named Harvey Hext, who is suffering from Neuroblastoma, is upon us again. I don’t intend to go into the details of his illness because these and details of his appeal can be found on his website by typing “Fan Harvey Hext – Justgiving” into your browser or Google.
Mary and I felt it about time that we both, together with the Sailing Club, got involved in this, a community charity and so we have made our own scarecrow. It now proudly stands at the outer entrance gate to the club. No, it’s not the best exhibit in the valley but it is there to draw your attention to the charity appeal. By the way it is supposed to represent Captain Pugwash as he would appear in modern day sailing apparel.
Our Commodore Mike Thompson has given his blessing to the club making a donation; something that I assume will require rubber stamping by the General Committee. Also a donation box is now sited on Georges Bar. I am sure George wont object!
All we ask is that you put in any spare change (or notes) that you may have in the box to support a deserving cause.
Brian and Mary Brooks H2
CVLSC Bart's Bash
In addition to online donations we collected £400.00 towards the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. See the article on the back of the Chew Valley Gazette:
The "Photo Gallery" link on the left menu now takes you to the CVLSC Flickr page.