Coppet Week Entry Form, Poster and Welcome
Notice can now be found on the Coppet Week Page.
Jo Musson reports that in spite of the weather the Big Day Out
at Pembrokeshire Yacht Club on Sunday was great fun. Sailing was
cancelled but there was a superb class on rig setting using a
boat on its side that was trying to take off while everyone hid
behind a shed! Jo said that she still learned loads. Don’t
you wish you had been there! The previous night Neyland Yacht
Club hosted a not to be missed talk by one of the intrepid sailors
who successfully made a passage around the British Isles in a
Wayfarer dinghy. They did it without a single capsize and the
talk was enthralling. At times they were 30 miles from land, out
of radio contact and in the dark! Makes going round the marks
in the bay seem like child’s play!
REMINDERS Your committee is still
on the lookout for someone over 18 to manage the bar during
Coppet week (from 23rd to 29th May) and at the Lark National’s
(from 2 to 8 August) Saturday to Friday inclusive. Would anyone
interested please contact me or any other committee member as
soon as possible. Rate of pay will be by agreement. NEXT
CLUB SOCIAL EVENT 6 March at 7.30 PM. Curry night (vegetarian
option) to be followed at 9.00 PM by a talk by Mark Attwell
- Captain Wisemans Bridge Rowers.
You will all be aware that preparations for constructing the
decking over the sluice area are under way. This is an unsettling
time not just for the club but also for locals and visitors,
because of the restrictions placed on the use of the Harbour.
However, no pain no gain! and I am confident the improvements
will produce long-term benefits for the local economy and in
due course for the club too, if we are up to the challenge.
The scheme has the backing of the Welsh Government as a major
maritime development and Saundersfoot is on the up which can
only be in the club’s interest. The attached plan shows
(edged red) the extent of the contractors working area. The
heavy machinery required to drill for and place concrete piles
and linking ground beams will require a lot of space to manoeuvre
and a large slice of the dinghy park is included in the working
Thank you for your cooperation so far in moving boats around
kayaks and Club dinghies in particular have already been affected.
John Griffiths, Graham Wellman and I have been in regular discussions
with the Harbour manager and his staff. We have sought to ensure
that disruption and inconvenience to club members will be kept
to a minimum. Those discussions have been frank and the Harbour
team have been understanding and helpful. Nevertheless, I can’t
give you a firm date for the return of those parts of the dinghy
park that are currently out of bounds. We have asked for and
received assurances that the work would be phased. The plan
is that the operations within the dinghy park will be completed
first and the tarmac and racking reinstated. Because we have
a limited number of volunteers, the Harbour team have agreed
to provide physical help under the direction of Graham to move
and later on re-site the racking.
The contractor’s fencing will be placed against the long
line of racking that contains mainly tenders. Because the tenders
on the club house side would become inaccessible it will be
drawn forward to enable access to all of the tenders. Other
racking has already been relocated; some is between the club
house and toilet block. and some is opposite the toilet block.
This racking is to be fixed down so that it is secure and we
then can use it to accommodate any craft that return prior to
the works being completed. It is recommended that you fit your
craft as far back as possible to minimise any overhang as heavy
vehicles will be passing along the roadway. If you’re
not intending to use your kayak or tender in the meantime, you
may wish to wait until the racking is back in its rightful place
and the present best estimate is that the racking will be returned
to the dinghy park by the end of April.
Another concern is in respect as those of you who have not
yet returned your sailing dinghy to the park, about 16 members
are involved and I would appreciate it if you hold off bringing
down your boat until shortly before you intend to use it. The
Harbour manager has agreed to create a temporary compound within
the car parking area opposite the Mermaid restaurant to receive
any boats that we cannot fit back in straight away. I will keep
you informed of developments on a regular basis and if you have
any questions please contact John, Graham or myself and we will
try to answer them.
Martin Andrews Commodore Saundersfoot Sailing Club