Lake and Cake (by Jo Cudmore)
The first Lake and Cake of 2023 was held on Saturday. We were blessed with warm dry weather with a light breeze which gradually faded away bringing us all ashore for an Easter themed tea of Hot Cross buns home made biscuits and Easter egg nest muffins amongst other goodies.
We welcomed new member Freija who crewed in the Cfly with Tom.
Thanks to Rosie for taking some great photos!
While options for powering our fleet of RIBs are presently prohibitively expensive, Jeff Stratford, Dave Hales and myself recently visited All Aboard on Bristol Docks to see their Torqueedo Cruise 3 engine in action, with a view to potentially getting one to use at the club to eg help support training or similar activity, where speed and power are not a priority. The small rigiflex was certainly a great platform to train from and paired with the engine was an ideal combo.
Advance Notice ref Club Dinghy Hire – Club Quests Booked for Training Course in May (Dave Orme)
We are running our first RYA beginners’ course of the year over the weekends 13/14, 20/21 and 27/28 May. We schedule the 4-day course over 6 days to allow flex for the weather etc. This is an advance notice to let members know that the 4 club Quests won’t therefore be available for general hire over those weekends.
Dinghy Instructor Revalidation Opportunity (Dave Orme)
The RYA has offered its clubs the opportunity to hold a 1-day revalidation session for Dinghy Instructors whose qualification has expired recently – say within the last 5 years. This would be a great help to ex-DIs keen to get back into instructing without having to commit to the usual 5-day course, and a great help to the club too!
If there is enough interest in the club, I will approach the RYA to see what dates might be available. I think it’s a fairly flexible offer, but I’d expect that if we didn’t have at least 4 ex-DIs to buy into the day it wouldn’t be worth the RYA’s effort to run it. I have one interested candidate so far.
If you are a lapsed DI who’d be keen to take advantage of this opportunity, let me know.
Dave Orme, RYA Principal email@example.com
Advanced Rescue Helm Safety Course
Due to a drop out we have one place available on the Advanced Rescue Helm Safety Course on Saturday 29-Apr-23. It is one day, free and the only prerequisite is that you hold the PB2 certificate. It is not an RYA course but it is run by RYA instructors. It is the aim of the club that all rescue helms hold the RYA Safety boat certificate or have attended our in house course. To book the place email Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also one place left on the course on the 10-Jun-23.
Mary Bracey (from John Smalley)
Many of our longer standing members will remember fondly Mary Bracey who sadly passed away on Tuesday 04-Apr-23 following a valiant fight against cancer.
She leaves a son, Paul, and a daughter Caroline (who served the Club as Rear Commodore for three years).
Mary was a very capable sailor, logging many miles with her husband, Mike, on their yacht. The Channel Islands was one of their favourite destinations. At the Club Mike and Mary were a part of our ‘Chewfarer’ fleet, and Mary enjoyed sailing her grey Topper dinghy.
She accompanied Mike when he went to receive an award from the RYA in recognition of his many years of service as Chew’s Bosun.
They were both also stalwart supporters of the RNLI, fundraising not least by selling Christmas cards and calendars at Chew’s Visitors Days.
Once again this seems rather like the end of an era for the Club; Mike and Mary were both almost ‘ever present’ and instrumental in helping to create our ethos of friendliness and volunteering. I remember Mike’s philosophy that you should only expect to get out of a Club what you are prepared to put in.