Welcome to the Sailing Section of Stewartby Water Sports Club
Established in 1972, SWSC Sailing Section has access to one of the largest stretches of water for sailing in the Herts, Beds & Bucks area. We share the lake with our angling, water-skiing and powerboat racing colleagues with ample room for all. Details of these activities can be found on the club’s main website.
For details of how to find us please visit our location page.
“Stewartby Sailing is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers on behalf of its members.”
This year’s duty list allocation has been delayed for a number of reasons, some technical and some logistical. You can view the duty list by following this link: 2013 Duty List.
You can apply for your duty in 2 ways:
- Complete the 2013 Duty Request form that will be included in your copy of Windshift, which is due shortly.
- Complete an Online Duty Request form.
Very soon you’ll be able to book directly into the online duty list.
A business opportunity has arisen at Stewartby Water Sports Club to take over the running of the Club Galley from the incumbent provider on 1st April 2013. The Club provides secure premises as well as all required utilities and equipment in return for a small lease fee. There is also the opportunity to work with the Club management to expand the facility further. All interested parties should contact email@example.com for further information. Read-on for more information.
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We pleased to announce that we’re close to completing a project to update the sailing support radios.The ‘Radio Project’ represents a significant financial investment in on-the-water safety at the club and from today the system is available for use.
Key features of the system include:
- A fixed radio base-station in the Race Hut.
- Fixed radios in each of the support boats (Orange Aid & Avon RIB available soon)
- Portable sets for Committee Boat & OOD
- A marine radio system with better performance in all weathers.
The club has been awarded a ‘marina’ licence under which the system will operate and that requires all users to use a simple, easy to learn, radio procedure featuring call signs in place of of proper names. No formal training is required but we may put on a practice session if there is enough demand Please read the whole article for more details.
Thanks goes to Chris Janes for his work on the licence and sourcing the radio equipment. Installation was by Chris Janes, Karl Pountney & Steve Ivory.
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The 2013 membership renewal period has gone quite well. Many members have renewed in time and we’ve on-boarded a good number of new members which you’ll read about our new members in the next Windshift.
We still have a little work to do and are two really important points we would like all members to consider:
- If you haven’t renewed your membership yet please do so as soon as possible. If you haven’t renewed yet, or you’ve renewed recently and not recieved your new membership cards, you may get a call from a member of the committee in the next 10 days. If this reminder has prompted you to send your form in, please let us know (email link below).
- If you’ve renewed before the 7th April and not received your membership cards, boat stickers, or payment hasn’t been cashed. Please let us know immediately. Mistakes are rare, but we’d like to clear this up quickly.
The email address for all enquiries is firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s been a very busy weekend at the club and the opening two races of our 2013 pursuit racing series. The Pursuit Series results are now available on the website. We’re interested in what you think about Pursuit Racing, so please take part in a short 2 question survey, courtesy of SurveyMonkey
The Saturday recreational session was attended mainly by dry-sailors working on their boats while the wind whipped across the lake. The Ampthill mob and the Bunyans took to the water later on in the session as the clouds broke and the sun came out. In the race-hut, the first of two small working parties made a start on the “Radio Project” which is a significant investment in safety for the sailing section. Look out for more information in the very near future.
We also welcomed a number of new members to the club this weekend and took a potential member afloat for her first taste of sailing. If you want to give sailing a try or find-out about membership at Stewartby, please contact email@example.com and arrange to come along to the club.
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Saturday May 4th is the start of this summer’s recreational sailing program. As usual the support boat is available from12.30 until 4.30 but this year we’re trying something new. For 10 Saturdays between now and the end of July, a duty instructor will be available to offer advice, tips and exercises to help you improve your sailing.
We hope this new initiative will be popular with those who want to improve. If getting started in racing is your thing, look out for the Saturday morning session in a few week’s time immediately before the Houghton Cup.
The duty instructor this Saturday is Karl Pountney.
We’ve published the 2013 results page on the site. Take a look.
Yes, that’s right, Wednesday Evening Racing has returned at 6.15pm this evening. What’s more, the Galley will be open this evening for meals thanks to Samantha Fossey coming forward to cover our sailing programme for a few weeks. So, even if you’re unable to sail this evening, why not come along and have dinner at the club and have a drink from the bar.
See you there!
With the weather not improving and Wickes unable to deliver the working party materials today, the working party on Sunday 24th March is cancelled. There won’t be any sailing either, and I’m sorry for any inconvienience.
Much of the planned work needed dry conditions with temperatures above freezing: painting, concreting, timber treatment, etc. This work still needs to be completed and we’ll keep you posted about a re-arranged date. — Regards Karl Pountney, Commodore.
The AGM on February 24th saw the 2013 Section Officers and Committee elected with new Commodore, Karl Pountney, taking the helm from retiring Ruth Ivory. We’ve a busy year planned and we’re keen to hear from anyone interested in helping out either on the committee or in some other capacity.
If you can help, please contact Karl Pountney by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2013 Icicle series continued on Sunday 3rd March. Turn-out was good in-spite of the Dinghy Show luring members away to Alley Pally. Both races were won by Richard Hargreaves who looks likely to take the series in two week’s time. The results table has been updated.
Richard is next week’s race officer and we really need a few volunteers to step-in and be support boat crew. If you are interested please go to the 2013 Icicle Series Duties and sign-up. Clicking on a link will send an email to the duty manager. Simple.
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