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New Year Message from the Commodore

Published 20:22 on 11 Jan 2018

Happy New Year all, 2017 has been a good year! We have had an increase in membership over previous years and we also ran our Youth Series for the first time. This consisted of 8 races throughout the year, with training and coaching in the mornings before racing in the afternoon. A big thank you to all those that gave their time, Richard Hargreaves, David (MK) Emma and Alan Southwell, John Gilgore, Martin Thomas anyone else that volunteered and a thank you to the charitable groups, particularly Adrian, Carl and teams (Sea Cadets) that helped and youngsters that took part.

The committee boat has been refurbished and will be ready for the new year, and we have acquired a 4 wheel drive vehicle, to pull the reacue boats out at the end of the day. Thanks to Ian Howard and Neil Rushton for their work in completing these tasks. Our fleet of Optimists have been renovated and prepared for the new season and we have a good fleet of club boats for members to use thanks to Richard and his volunteers for their work on this.

We completed the renovation of the foyer, which is a huge improvement to the entrance to the club. There are still a few bits to do, but this will be completed very soon, good job by Ian Parish in organising the work and materials, big thanks to Ken and Ian Bricklebank, John Williamson and Bill Strange, for their time and work.

2018 will see further improvements to the buildings and environment, that we would like to make. We would love to hear from anyone who has experience of achieiving grant aid, to help with the funding of these projects. Please let me know if you can help, with either funding applications or time to help with the improvements.

The Sailing school, through the efforts of Emma Southwell has much improved communication, advertising and visibilty and we have seen many people of all ages attend on many different courses, both sailing and power.

We will be introducing "Squids" during 2018, for 6-10 year olds and re-introducing the "Stewartby Sharks" for 11-16 year olds. The main aim is for youngsters to have fun whilst learning to sail, and for those that wish, train to be a racer, coach or instructor. We will need the help of parents and volunteers to make this the success it deserves to be. We have to do something to get the children off the tech and into the outdoors.

The committee is also looking for new members to help with the running of the club. It would not involve too much time, but is a very important aspect of the club in order to deliver on the improvements to the club, the environment and increase the membership. If you have particular skills you believe can help or would just like to get more involved, please let me know.

We had many duties vacant this last year due to allocated members not turning up! Duties are a very important part of the running of the club and without volunteers the club would cease to exist, so please ensure that you turn up for your allocated duty and help the club where ever you can. Duties are now run online, and you can easily check on your allocated duty by logging on to the website. If you do not know how to do this, please get in contact with us.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers that helped with the running, maintenance, race organisation and social events, without you there would not be a club to enjoy, look forward to working with you in 2018.

Lastly, I would like to thank the Galley teams, headed by Caroline Howard, assisted by, Kate, Pat, Zoe, Lynne, Dan, Charlotte, Sue, Tim, Vic, Claire, Warwick, Carol and myself, hope I have not missed anyone and thank you all for being members and volunteers of our great club and look forward to seeing you all sailing in 2018.

Kind regards

Gerry Howcroft

Commodore

commodore@swsc.org.uk

Last updated 20:50 on 11 January 2018

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