Sailing Report – Helen Martin, Vice Commodore

Lovely sunshine and light winds at the weekend may not have been so good for Topper and Feva training and club racing but it was lovely to be at the lake. Great to see the warmer weather sailors cleaning boats, clearing boat park spaces and having a gentle sail. On Sunday we had to wait until the afternoon before even a zephyr appeared. Well done to RO Robert Pitts and team for getting in two races and to the Feva coach, sailors and parents for managing to use the “down time” usefully. Maybe the rest of us should have joined in your warm up exercises. The majority of the Flying 15 fleet went of for a cycle ride round the two lakes – Chew & Blagdon.

Clearly I couldn’t speak for the men but in the ladies changing rooms on Wednesday evening drysuits and winter steamers were in evidence again with a really cold N/NE breeze, and much needed they were too as the wind died.

Bar Revamp

Andy Bones, Mike Riley and their team have put in a huge amount of work over last few months revamping and upgrading the bar and its facilities. The bar is now brighter, more welcoming and easier to operate. It stocks a wider range of beers, soft drinks and Prosecco, with a new supplier allowing easier ordering and delivery. Not so obvious is the club’s investment in two large-capacity chiller cabinets to keep drinks at the perfect temperature for sunny days on the balcony.

The bar is now available for club members to hire for private functions when the club isn’t otherwise in use – please contact ???? to discuss availability and suitability.

Biosecurity – preventing the spread of invasive species

As the travelling season begins, here is a reminder of our commitment to protecting the pristine environment where we are privileged to sail. When you return to the club please ensure you:

  1. CHECK for plant material and animal species (e.g. shrimp, zebra mussel)
  2. CLEAN – wash boats, launching trolleys and kit
  3. DRY – for as long as possible, at least 2 days

For more details ….