Merry Christmas

On behalf of the General Committee, we wish all our members a very Happy Christmas and new year.

The weather forecast currently looks mild over the festive period, if windy, and so there could be some great opportunities to get out and on the water and burn off a few calories, and also two trophy races to contest, as detailed below:

Festive sailing

Sailing days over the festive period are slightly different to normal – Please check the calendar if you are planning to sail but in summary:

– Sat 23rd Dec – general sailing
– Sun 24th Dec – no general sailing / no racing
– Tue 26th Dec – 11am Tap Trophy racing -single all in handicap race (no general sailing)
– Wed 27th Dec – no general sailing
– Sat 30th Dec – general sailing
– Sun 31st Dec – no general sailing
– Mon 1st Jan – 12.00 Resolution Trophy racing (no general sailing)
– Wed 3rd Jan – general sailing

Volunteers needed – boxing day and new years day

We are still looking for a few volunteers over the festive period as follows. This is particularly the case for new years day where there are a number of duty roles still to be filled :

Boxing Day – 1 x RIB crew
New years day – A variety of duty roles still to fill

Please either volunteer in dutyman, or contact Mark if you are able to help. (This will of course count towards your duty allocation)

Antonia and Ben Christmas Opening

Just a quick note to confirm that Antonia and Ben will be open and serving up their delicious food and warm drinks on both Boxing Day and on New Years Day.

Chew Crew and RYA Youth Courses for 2024

The team are busy developing the programme of RYA Youth Courses and Chew Crew sessions, for 2024. If you’d like to join the mailing list and/or if you’d like to help run the programme please email, or speak to Angus Penrice, Steph Pritchett or Ruth Gribble. We’ll provide updates through both the club newsletter and the mailing list and hope to open up spaces through WebCollect in February 2024.

Christmas Lunch and Little Denny Carols

by Jeff Stratford/Andy Jones

A huge thank you to everyone who supported this years Carols on the Island, and to Jeff and the police group for their help and organisation getting us there, There were 36 of us ranging from some of our more mature members to students from Bristol University that made the trip to the Island. Thank you.

After the trip to the Island everyone then enjoyed a Christmas lunch, and a couple of awards were also made that had been held over from the AGM – the prestigious President’s Trophy was awarded to Brian Brooks ( it was hard to believe he had never been awarded this, so much has he contributed to the club over so many years), and a small gift was also given to Steve Turner, who handed over the reigns (should that be tiller/wheel!) as Club Powerboat Bosun during the year after many countless hours working to keep our RIBs in tip top shape.

Join the police group for breakfast

by Jeff Stratford

The Police Group are organising another breakfast on Wednesday 31st January at 10am, everyone welcome. Full English or vegetarian option with unlimited tea, coffee and toast £10, lighter option poached eggs with unlimited tea, coffee and toast £6 please book with Antonia and Ben. It is also open to the Police Group and friends from NARPO and there is a limit of 50 people so book now.

Lake and Cake

by Jo Cudmore

We are planning Trek and Treat on Saturday 6th January meet at the club 13:00 for a walk with tea and treats in the clubhouse afterwards

Later in January, the Police Group are hosting a breakfast at the club on Wednesday 31st January and members who don’t fancy a sail but would like to go for a walk afterwards would be welcome to join us for a walk also at that time – further details will be on the club Facebook page nearer the time.

Merry Christmas to you all from Adrian, Hilary and myself

RIB Driver/Duty team Update

All RIB drivers/duty teams should please be aware that the RIBs have now been fitted with anti-theft insurance approved bolts and nuts to secure the engines, and so there is no longer any requirement to chain and padlock the engines to the undercover boat store.

We will be updating the duty book in due course to reflect

Andy Jones Commodore