This year's edition has now been printed - another great job by Kate Stewart! There are now copies available in the Clubhouse Lobby for members to collect. Please leave your name on the sheet provided to avoid duplication. Members who are unable to collect their copy will receive it with the AGM mailing which will be going out very soon. Every copy which is collected rather than mailed saves significant postage costs for the club so your help will be appreciated.
Behind the RIB store you will find all the tenders that have been left unclaimed for a long time.
Can members please look to see if there are any there that belong to them and if so mark them up acordingly and then talk to Julie Nelson about a place to keep them.
Those that are unclaimed will shortly be put up for sale.
The club was a hive of activity over the weekend 11-12th March. The first race of the season was sailed on Saturday in light airs and in the evening 84 members enjoyed the Fitting Out Supper. They were entertained by a fascinating talk from our archivists, Peter & Sue Collins with tales from the club's archives with old original documents and artefacts on display. There was an RYA level 2 Coach course and an RYA Powerboat level 2 course through the weekend. On Sunday during the workparty members completed many different tasks but in particular the upper galley was stripped out in preparation for the planned refurbishment. Many thanks to all those who gave up their Sunday to help with the work party.
Those of you who have visited the club this week may have noticed that the training lake looks bigger. You are not mistaken. Contractors have been working hard clearing 30 years of reeds and growth that have gradually caused the lake to shrink. No longer will be be able to loose cadets and entire boats in the reeds and we now have about 10% more water area to enjoy sailing on.
On Sunday 26th February Blackwater again hosted a round of the IOCA East Winter Training. Over 30 keen and enthusiastic young sailors ranging in age from 9 to 15 and from 11 different clubs gathered to be welcomed by plesantly warm (for February) conditions and an ideal 10 knot wind.
They were divided into four training groups on the river and two groups on the lake. Once they were afloat, the wind quickly built to a steady 20 knot SW, gusting 30+ knots at times. The SW wind against the incoming tide quickly built large seas which resulted in all manner of spectacular capsizes, nose dives and pitchpoles. The numbers afloat gradually dwindled but those who did continue demonstrated amazing heavy weather boat handling.
Congratulations to David Evans and all his team for all their hard work organising another great day of training at Blackwater.