Commodore’s Note

Mike

Welcome to the 2017 sailing season. For current members we have an updated sailing and social programme that we hope you will enjoy this year. As always we welcome new members and if interested contact me or one of the committee and come down to the club for a chat.

The new clubhouse is nearing completion and thanks to all the members who have worked hard on the building over the last 14 months. At time of writing, in mid-February, we expect the building to be open to members by June. The new building will provide modern changing facilities, better facilities for those watching sailing, attract more family members, improved our training area, and allow us to hold more and larger social events and most importantly provide access for disabled members. Thanks go to Sport England for the grant funding. It is worth remembering that the funding is primarily given so we can expand sailing participation and in particularly increase diversity among our membership. Our existing temporary buildings will be removed once the new building is signed off as complete. We look forward to ideas from members on how we can maximize use of the building.

On more mundane matters, we will continue to push sailing participation and Duncan Adams and his team have shaken up the sailing programme for this season, with extra pursuit races and a few tweaks aimed at getting more members out racing.

We will also be running more external events than ever – we will host open events for the Comet and Supernova classes. The Comets are also having their Association Championships at Attenborough, the first time we have held such a prestigious event. This reflects well on the welcome the club has given the class over the last few years. We will also host the northern tripartite between us, Sutton and Swarkestone clubs. The Sailing Committee will also be encouraging the two-thirds of members who don’t race to take to the water as part of our organised casual sailing.

Training is also thriving, and Keith Brereton will again run a separate RYA junior course and he and Duncan Adams are hoping to expand the range of club events for under-18s.

Finally I hope you have a very enjoyable season on the water.

Mike Pritchard

Commodore

3rd March 2017