State of the Nation:
Well - our glorious extended summer has finally come to an end
with a series of southwesterly depressions roaring in and precipitating
some 120mms of rain in the last ten days (that’s almost
5 inches to you imperialists) and dropping daytime temperatures
by 5-10 degrees C (new money again !!) After the quiet breezes
of the period of high pressure, some serious winds have whipped
up the bay during the last week or so, together with some pretty
high tides. A beautiful respite was provided last Sunday after
the rain had passed through, but sadly no racing was scheduled!
With very low spring tides that day and the refreshed clear
conditions, the Somerset and Devon coast was very visible across
the southern horizon with the blip of Lundy standing up like
Table Mountain. Such conditions are a great reminder to us all
of the beautiful situation in which we live and boat ! It is
salutary that perhaps the most attractive picture at the recent
Southampton Boat Show and doing the rounds in the boating journals,
is the advert for Milford Marina which features the Pembrokeshire
coastline and Skomer. The simple beauty surely rivals any other
End of Season Party and Prize Giving:
The club looked like the precious metal exchange last Saturday
with all the silverware polished and on parade for the season’s
prize-giving award evening ! Proceedings started with Sailing
Principal, Malcolm Williams reporting on the RYA Training Achievements.
Sadly few of the participants were present to receive their
certificates. You missed an excellent event, guys !
Dinghy Captain, Keith (Tina Turner) Jones then recapped on the
racing season and thanked all participants and helpers who made
it happen. A particular thanks were deservedly given to Mick
Lightwood who fulfilled much more than his role of Sailing Secretary
required and supported Keith throughout. His enthusiasm and
commitment were key to the success of our outstanding Barts
Bash event, which put SSC in a leading position amongst all
Welsh Sailing Clubs. We most definitely “bashed”
above our weight in this world wide affair !!
Mick provided some interesting facts on our racing season which
provided 40 races for 34 sailors competing in 20 different classes
of dinghy. The activity was supported by 160 volunteer sessions
and involved Mick in around 2,500 emails to coordinate things
over the season.
Keith then paid tribute to the sailing sub committee who steered
the strategies and efficiently motivated club members. This
year’s prizes had been reorganised to award a wider spread
of competitors and to split each of the Early, Mid and Late
season Series into a Main and a Silver fleet – the latter
recognising new and less experienced sailors. This principle
was also applied to the Cup races.
In addition some Fun Prizes were introduced for non sailing
members who nevertheless had contributed to the successful season.
Tom Eyre received the award for Best Photo and Top Support Crew
and Huw Stiley for Best Video which went viral on Facebook.
Steve Hinksman took the Barts Bash Fancy Dress Award with his
Malcolm look-alike costume ! Clare Staniland received a great
ovation for her constant help as beach master, clubhouse liaison
person and general welfare officer for which she received Club
Person of the Year Award and a presentation of flowers and photo
montage from Hywel & Rhys Jackson.
Club Member of the Year – Clare Staniland with Hywel &
Keith Jones’ results for the season were always nipping
at the winners’ heels & not taking poll position,
but his persistence throughout gained him the Most Races in
the Season Award. Rhys Jackson received the coveted Angela Hollies
Trophy for Most Improved Sailor of the Year. Harry & Steve
Hinksman took the Silver Fleet Early Season Award, whilst Ben
Roberts picked up the cups for the Junior Mid Season Series
and Bank Holiday Regatta races.
The Lady Helm award popularly went to Jo Musson who has been
involved in so many ways this year. Hywel Jackson scooped a
number of Junior Fleet honours and the Junior Helm Award, resulting
in an armful of trophies and a very pleased grin!
Heading the results overall and becoming Club Champion for 2014
was David Plester in his Solo. After receiving his trophies
he added his thanks to Keith, the sailing sub committee and
all the members who had provided such an enjoyable season. He
concluded proceedings endorsing the widespread view that Saundersfoot
was a great place to sail and that SSC was a great Club to be
a part of.
Wendy’s excellent hot dogs and liquid transactions from
the bar then took over for the rest of a lively, friendly and
most enjoyable evening.
Indeed it is a great Club to belong to !!
Some of this Season’s Prizewinners
The next two Frostbite races are at 2.30pm next Sunday.
From The Horses Mouth:
We are delighted that Harbour Manager Michael Davies is coming
to the Club next month to detail the proposed plans for the
development of the Harbour area and its facilities. This will
be a great opportunity to find out more about aspects that interest
each individual and the club as a whole and also to correct
some of the “fishwives tales” which have been heard
around the village and which are as wide of the mark as a rudderless
boat helmed by a blind seadog !
All members are encouraged to attend and participate in the
discussions. Book it in your diaries now – 7.30pm on Saturday
Last Orders Please:
Whilst the AGM is still far enough ahead (6 weeks) for everyone
to have conveniently put it “out of mind”, any formal
proposals to be considered at that meeting need to be with the
Secretary a minimum of three weeks beforehand. We welcome suggestions
and ideas from members, so if you have ideas for changes and
improvements to the club, do let us know. Contact any committee
member to convey your views.