We hope you have all enjoyed your Christmas and New Year celebrations and are looking forward to the 2017 season. In addition to various working parties to prepare the clubhouse and grounds, there are a couple of socials to enjoy
- 21 January – Burns’ night supper **Cancelled**
- 19 February – late Winter walk
Keep an eye out for further details
Members who have left their boats on site should check that they are secured appropriately during the current weather conditions. You can then settle down and enjoy your Christmas celebrations!
Associate membership of the RYA is a newly created category available to our members. If joining online a discount of £5 can be claimed by use of code TCPP5. So spouses could buy their other half membership at the discounted rate, or kids could put this code in their parents stocking!
Another option would be a club tie as we have recently purchased a small supply of ties emblazoned with the club logo. Pick one up at the children’s party this Sunday
The final race of the season. But it nearly didn’t take place! The electrics failed on the boat house door and it took Joe, Dave Nic and the Rescue Lads an hour to get a safety boat out using the complex manual override.
Again it was a race office start in light conditions and, again, it was Neil who got through into the lead in his Laser with Tony nearly a minute behind. But the Solo has the better boat handicap and Tony took the win. This created the fascinating position of Tony and Mike in his Streaker having three wins and a second each. Tony took the Series on countback.
The PH result also created a fabulous finish with Paul in his Laser taking the win by just two seconds on corrected time from John’s Radial and Tony only managing third. So it was Paul who won the PH Series from Tony by a single point.
Roll on next season!
At the 65th AGM the new council, headed by Commodore Robin Dawson, were elected to serve for the next 12 months comprising
Commodore – Robin Dawson
Vice-Commodore – Naomi Smith
Secretary – Joan Cowan
Treasurer – William Carruthers
Sailing Secretary – Joe Roberts
Rear Commodore –Mark Somerville
Asst Sailing Secretary – Alastair Duncan
Bar – Emma Smith
Boats & Buoys – Phil Davenport
Galley – Claire Kirkpatrick
Grounds & Jetties – Mike Cowan
House – Alan Jones
Membership – Jon Denwood
PRO – Mik Chappell
Training – Alex Leonard
Safety – Mike Hunter
Social – Andrea Preston
Hon Secretary Pauline Nicholson was not able to attend the previous night’s dinner dance so was belatedly awarded the Consistency Trophy for her contribution to the role from which she is retiring after 11 years. Mark and Kirstie presented her with a bouquet of flowers as well
After the recent heavy rain the lake level has started to rise, so keep an eye on it and consider moving your boats up from The foreshore to higher ground.
Please don’t rely on the webcam at present as it is not active following a power cut. The water level indicator is a useful tool.
As for the weekend, Saturday was a busy day – No, you didn’t miss any special sailing! It was all systems go to get our boats to winter storage. There were ten cars in the convoy reflecting the level of support that Phil had got out. And most boats, including the Bates, are safely stored away.
So Sunday’s light wind races had to start from the race office but, with only five boats on the water this was (well, should have been) no hardship. Neil won the first race getting a late lift to move him to first on the water ahead of Tony.
After a fairly long break for all to thaw out there came the second start. John was concerned about a loose boom fitting on his attractive new Laser and he and Paul were in close company – as were all the fleet. Tony took the win from Mike/ Eric and then proceeded to park in front of the race office just as Paul was finishing. Much to the OD’s relief he realised what he had done and rapidly dropped sail!
A lack of wind put proceedings on hold until after 12 at which time the wind was filling in on the eastern side of the bay. With sufficient interest in racing, the rescue crews started to launch the boats, but the wind faded more rapidly than it appeared, so the boats were retrieved, and racing abandoned for the day.
With only three scheduled races remaining, the end of the season is approaching all too quickly.
All members should be in receipt of the notice of AGM which is being held a fortnight today on 27 November. Unfortunately the treasurer is unable to attend, but if you have any questions that you propose to raise at the AGM regarding the audited accounts please email us so that a response can be prepared.