Working Party – Allen Marsh & Laura Smith

This weekend, Saturday 21st January, 10:00. Warm up, meet some different people, get some exercise and help stop part of the southern section of the dinghy park falling into the lake. We need helpers to re-organise the rocks on the shore (many have tumbled down) and make the space properly usable again. Please bring a strong pair of gloves and make yourself known to Allen Marsh or Laura Smith.

Aiming for Tokyo – Ellie Cumpsty Podium Potential sailor.

The Cumpsty family have been members of Chew for years. Some of you may well remember when a cheerful, enthusiastic, very talented and very young Ellie first beat you in club racing!!  Her illustrated talk will cover her “journey” to the top of the Topper and Laser junior and youth national fleets and on to the 2020 Olympic Podium Potential squad.  What does it mean to be “podium potential?” – targets, expectations, training, funding.

The RYA squads and training programmes tend to take sailors away from the club. Ellie is proud to be a member of Chew and continues to sail here as often as she can.  It has been lovely to see her coaching our Topper sailors over the last few months. Her talk will appeal to members of all ages.

Instructor Courses – Rich Hole, RYA Training Coordinator

Instructor, Assistant Instructor and RYA Dinghy Instructor Course at Chew

This year we will once again be running an RYA Dinghy Instructor course at Chew. We are able to deliver this at a considerable discount compared with a commercial centre, and the course is a lot of fun. Read about the course here and if you are interested in signing-up (you must be 16 or over) contact Rich Hole as soon as possible. Dates will then be set to suit everyone.

Assistant Dinghy Instructor

The assistant dinghy instructor award is a great first step towards becoming a Dinghy Instructor. Find out more here. If you would like to gain this qualification, contact Rich Hole to find out about the next induction day. (You must be 14 or over)

Sailing Report – Helen Martin, Vice Commodore

The club was buzzing on Sunday and what great sailing – nowhere near the 27 knot gusts that had been forecast. One of the visitors from Plymouth was amazed at how many people were on the water, isn’t that just the best publicity for our wonderful club?  To give a  flavour of the close racing see Alex Timms’ report on the Solo fleet fun.

Lake no Wind - Andy Bones