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WINDWARD SSC NEWSLETTER JULY 2010 (click
WINDWARD SSC NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2009 (click
WINDWARD SSC NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2008 (click
WINDWARD SSC NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2008 (click
WINDWARD SSC NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2007 (below)
Summer has now arrived, albeit in September - for goodness sake
who is in charge of the plot these days ? There are only four
more races of the Late Season Series and plans are already being
sorted out for the intrepid Frostbite sailors for the Winter Series.
However despite the difficulties of the weather during the season
there has been a regular good turnout of around a dozen boats
for Sunday racing and some good sailing has been enjoyed. The
weather has sadly taken a greater toll on cruiser outings, with
the Cruiser Regatta cancelled in July. Indeed it has been a rare
sight to see cruiser sails out in the Bay this season which is
most disappointing and frustrating.
Back in May we hosted a CYRCS event (racing practice for local
youth). Thanks to all who made this possible especially in view
of the rather short notice involved. It was good to see a good
turnout from SSC competing in the fleet including James North,
Rachel Tudor, Tom & Will Horton, Ben Dancer and Megan Boorman.
These and a number of new trainees have contributed to sail training
most Saturdays and Ben in particular has been worrying the leader’s
heels in Club races. A full week’s training session was
well supported at the end of July with the hope of providing new
club members for the future.
Coppet Week was as usual a notable highlight in our sailing calendar.
This was the 35th Coppet Week since its inception in 1973 and
involved 74 competitors in 24 different classes. Despite the weather
trying its best to sabotage the event - torrential rain, high
winds and fog – the dogged persistence of organisers and
sailors alike won out in the end and all 6 races were completed
albeit with two long races back-to-back on the final day. A great
effort by all helpers on the water – many thanks to you
all. The turbo charged flying machines flown by the supermen once
again reflected the power of technology by leading the scoreboard,
but it was great to see a Topper coming 4th and a Mirror coming
6th in two of the races. Saundersfoot members achieved very creditable
honours with Robin Wood (who else) winning the event overall,
Paul Griffiths leading the high handicap fleet and Colin &
Jenny Harrison proving that experience does count by winning the
“Maturity Cup”. There was also considerable effort
within the clubhouse and sincere thanks to that team who ensured
that snacks and drinks were available throughout the day and the
bar was open until midnight each night. Hopefully all our visitors
also enjoyed the supporting BBQ, Quiz and live Band on various
The Sprint 15s (Darts) arrived for a combination of fun days and
National Championships in the middle of August and surprised many
of us who had forgotten how big they were ! After some arboreal
work in Coppet Hall Car Park they were manhandled onto the beach
for a week of mainly excellent sailing. We hosted them round the
club course on our Sunday race (well, one should always allow
visitors to go first !) and escorted them to Caldey with some
great sailing on the Monday. Rolfe as OOD again assumed his “Jonah”
guise and lured us into expecting some really difficult conditions,
but he managed it brilliantly during the championships including
a “loopy” (inverted P) course which appeared to my
inexperienced eyes to encourage boats to ram each other ! They
proved to be a really great bunch of guys (& dolls) and reported
in superlatives on their event at SSC which is a worthwhile reward
to all whose help made it a success.
Our own Regatta followed close on the heels of the Sprint 15s
and the conditions allowed some good racing on the Saturday and
the first round Caldey race on the Sunday for four years. Robin
Wood must have cut across the island somehow to come home in around
ninety minutes ! Graham’s BBQ again rewarded competitors
and support teams at the end of the day.
Don’t look now but the diary says it is Laying Up Supper
in around 4 weeks time. The evening (13th October) will be filled
with prize-giving, good cheer, baked potatoes and scrumptious
puddings washed down by real ale or other brew.
Also on the social calendar there is a trip to Canaston Bowl (6.45pm
arrival) followed by bangers and mash in the clubhouse on Saturday
6th October. Do remember to book so that we have enough lanes
for this popular event.
A “Thank-You” evening is planned for Saturday 24th
November, the day before the AGM, in order to acknowledge and
thank all the efforts of those who have helped with activities
on or off the water during the year.
The Christmas Dance has been booked for Saturday 8th December
in the Merlewood Hotel where we will again enjoy good food and
music but also hope to ensure that social conversation can also
prevail. Further details will follow but please book the date
in your diary.
Shaping the future of Saundersfoot Harbour we have played an ongoing
part in progressing the Harbour Order which will provide a new
Constitution for the Harbour Commission. There will be 8 Commissioners
including 5 independent members. These will be supported by an
Advisory Committee which should include direct representation
from the Sailing Club. Whilst relations with the current Commissioners
are extremely good, the new format should permit more democratic
and open management of our harbour.
Last but by no means least is another plea to all members. Whilst
requests for help are fairly common this is one which I urge you
not to ignore. All places on your Committee are up for election
at the AGM on Sunday 25th November. This year a number of people
who have undertaken duties on the Committee for some time are
standing down and are not standing for re-election. The list could
include Rolfe John, John Griffiths, Paul Griffiths, Sue Groves,
Tricia Crewe and Graham Wellman. We need to fill all the roles
if we are to operate efficiently and provide an enjoyable and
financially sound programme next year. I am asking you all to
give thought to nominations. There are 14 positions to fill and
from experience we need them all. I know there are some weeks
to go, but please don’t put this request aside and do please
participate to ensure the successful future of your club.
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