I was down at the Sailing Club this Saturday for the end of Jybaz, the BBQ race (followed by a lovely BBQ) and also the Go Sailing coaching session. It was wonderful to see loads of boats on the water and so many at the club house. That, alongside discussions at sailing committee this week, has prompted me to get thinking about next seasons sailing formats. In the spirit of a blog, these are my thoughts and questions to get us thinking, not an “official communication”.
Whist we are only halfway through the season, we are starting to think in Sailing Committee about the format of sailing for next year. We have introduced a few new things this year. The main one is Go Sailing Sessions on Saturday late afternoons to help those making the transition from an RYA course to regular sailing. We continue to run Jybaz, Wednesday evening race training, RYA courses and our programme of Sunday Races. Trish, our president is also building links with local schools to encourage more future sailors. And our Open Day was again very successful at attracting new members.
One of the challenges we face is providing the right balance of sailing for all the different levels of sailors in the club. We have also struggled to get all the duties covered on Sundays. Another aim is to ensure social events are successful and the right type of event to attract a wide spectrum of members. Having good social bonds between all the different elements of the club is key in my opinion. I see five main groups of members
- Non/occasional sailors – who enjoy the social aspects of the club and many of who are crucial to the smooth running of the club, helping out in many unsung ways in the background
- Junior sailors and their families who tend to turn up on Saturday Jybaz sessions or Sundays.
- New/Novice sailors looking for encouragement to sail, a bit of coaching and support
- Experienced Sailors who like racing
- Those who like organised cruising session with others.
- Super Keen Racers who travel to open and other meetings and represent the club away from Rudyard.
Balancing the needs of all these groups is a challenge we and all sailing clubs face. And I am sure I have missed some categories too.
With Abersoch coming up, many club members will be away for a week and chatting over beers, wine and other entertainment…. So please could you talk about ideas and options for next year over the summer. They could be tweaks to the current format, or more radical ideas for restructuring the sailing patterns. At this stage I’m looking for ideas and thoughts, and there is no such thing as a too radical or stupid suggestion. I’ll then use the ideas to shape the discussion we have around October about the format for next years sailing. Best bet is to email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Many Thanks in advance.