Thanks everyone who has renewed. The new team are beavering away – please be patient, boat stickers, membership cards etc. will be forthcoming. You can view the calendar on the website. If you haven’t renewed yet please do so now – its online and its easy – click here to renew via WebCollect.
Having trouble renewing?
If you are experiencing difficulty renewing your membership subscriptions or have any questions we will be running a Membership Surgery Saturday April 1st, at 10:00 – 12:30 in the club bar.
Past, Present & Future – 22nd March
After a delicious meal served up by Robert Hatherell, we were delighted to present the trustees and Mike Meloy and Alan Coventry with Bristol Brew tankards to thank them for their hard work and service to the club over so many years (best not to add them up!) Rob Mitchell was quick to remind them that their guidance and advice shouldn’t stop.
It was lovely to hear the positive sentiments in a letter, read out by Steve Smith on behalf of Bristol Water (BW), and in a message from English Nature, recognising the good relationships between the sailing club and BW, the work of the trustees and our continued efforts to work alongside BW and other lake users to maintain the environment and wildlife habitat of the lake. AND they wished us well for the next 50 years, hoorah!
The evening was only just getting going. Brian Brooks took us through the story of the club with some carefully chosen pictures and a wonderfully entertaining commentary, highlighting the commitment of so many members to making the club what it is today – a trip down memory lane for some and an enlightening glimpse of the early days for others, with much laughter.
In a short break there was another chance to look at the display of photographs and other memorabilia put together by Hugh Whatley, Brian Brooks and David Macklin, then MC Hugh brought us together for a whistle stop tour of where are we now – membership numbers; how we might attract more members- marketing; and what the future might look like. Rob Mitchell then brought us up to date with incorporation, the lease and plans for upgrading the envelope of the building. It was a very jolly, collaborative evening.
Sailing Report – Helen Martin, Vice Commodore
The end of the frostbite series brought a windy weekend with a difficult easterly breeze and relatively few sailors – Mother’s Day commitments? RO Colin Evans sent us almost to the corners of the lake for a long race, challenging for some but with a sense of achievement if you made it round. Thank you to Mike Pearce who stood is as ARO at the last minute.
Wednesday saw a lovely breeze for those wanting to practice – quite a few Laser sailors suddenly realising that the Masters event is just around the corner and of course the regular Chewfarers were enjoying the southerly, relatively warm wind. Millfield School enjoyed the more blustery afternoon conditions and the University sailors demonstrated close-quarters boat handling during their team racing practice.
Volunteers to help with launch and recovery for the Laser Masters event. Be part of a great team and take the opportunity to come and watch a fleet of 60+ boats.
Saturday 8th April : 11:15 – 12:00 and 15:00 – 16:00
Sunday 9th April: 10:00 -10:30 and 13:30 – 14:30
Contact Laura Smith beforehand and report to Andy Bones on the day