IMPORTANT Membership Renewals

You should have received an email on Wednesday 1st this week from inviting you to renew your membership and including the login details for the online account we have set up for you with WebCollect.

If you haven’t received it please check your Spam folder first and then contact the Membership Secretary to request a duplicate log-in email. Please don’t set up a new account as that would be very confusing for all!

Once logged in please check all your renewal information is correct. Are you still a Junior? Have you changed or added a boat this year? Are your contact details accurate?

 Sailing Report – Helen Martin, Vice Commodore

The SW Optimist sailors had a lively weekend. When did you last see Oppies capsizing unintentionally? Sunday morning looked OK despite the forecast and, although gusty and shifty, most people had a great sail (one or two came a cropper in the gusts, yours truly messed up at the first mark – thank you everyone who looked after me, my boat and my head!). I understand the afternoon lived up to the forecast and of course the hardy and experienced, possibly slightly mad, sailors loved it. Thank you to all the duty team for your vigilance.

On Wednesday it was cold, grey and drizzly. Undaunted, the regular sailors seemed to enjoy being out on the water as much as ever and the schools and universities were out in force.

In the evening Mike Johnson, RYA Race Management and Rules Adviser, and Keith Harris took us through Changes to the rules. Some refined definitions, Rule 18 (port and starboard roundings), conduct of “support persons” – e.g. coaches & parents – completing protest forms and a few other changes were discussed. Rule 18 was illustrated with some fabulous large model boats. A thought provoking evening.

 Hoist – help please

The disabled hoist is almost back in action. Well done and thank you Rich Hole and Allen Marsh for getting it sorted. Unfortunately it is missing the spreader bar that fixes to the end of the boom. It was last seen in the back corner of the garage, where the hoist is stored. It looks just like a large coat hanger. Has anyone seen it?

In case it doesn’t turn up, is there anyone who can help manufacture a bracket that will hook over the end of the boom, to which a new spreader bar can be attached (the original is now obsolete so can’t be bought). This will save us having to buy a new hoist! Contact Rich Hole.

 Past, Present & Future – Wed. 22nd March @ 7.30

The Story of Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club, an interesting talk by senior and not so senior club members. We would also like to recognise the huge contribution of the club Trustees as we move to incorporation. Join us for an informal meal beforehand, food available from 6.30 until 7 (timing for the galley to be confirmed). We need to know numbers for food, please email Helen Martin.