Possibly my last Sailing Secretary Blog

What, I hear  you cry, no more blogs. Don’t worry. I have been asked to stand as commodore next year and will continue the blogs if elected. Will have to have a new title though – “Commodores Comments” or can anyone think of anything better?

fh_facilities_hireLots to cover. First the Annual Dinner next Saturday 22nd, we have a live band, very short speeches and what promises to be a fun evening. We are nearly full but if you manage to get a pass out (you know who you are!) then its not too late, pls contact Brenda – details here.

An important part of the evening will be the award of the Broken Rudder Trophy. I have decided to release the video of our shortlisted candidates early to give you a chance to view and vote. Please email your votes to mark@jacot.co.uk or text me on 07850002364. Click on this link to see the video shortlist.

Next,  the Jybaz Christmas event will be Saturday 6th December.  Again, a great event to celebrate all the achievements of our youth section and to thank all those who have supported them. Click here for details.

andyAs you may already know earlier this year Rudyard Lake Sailing Club achieved OnBoard status and several members of the club have been actively working with schools in the area. Recently 2 of the children from Ryleys Prep School came 1st in the U11 IAPS Sailing Regatta in Oxford.

Andy Couch has been a member of our club over many years and is still a member of our club, though often away competing. Andy has become the most successful Phantom sailor in the boat’s 43 year history after securing his fifth national title in the class in a 49-strong fleet at Stone SC. Together with Charlie Cumbley, Andy is also the first ever Ovington VX One national champion. Please show your support by voting for Andy and OnBoard and get your friend to vote as well. Click here to vote.

Some worried observers watch the descent of Philae (the lander) on Comet 67P

Some worried observers watch the descent of Philae (the lander) on Comet 67P

Nominations close on the 30th November so please vote before then; you can see more here 

Lastly something very different. Many of you know I work for the Open University. You will have no doubt seen lots in the news about the landing on the Comet. The OU has the UK leading Planetary Science Department with many of the people on Telly working for us. For an inside view on what happened this week, here is my work blog!!!

6th Dec Jybaz Christmas Party

It is that time of year again when we all look forward to celebrating a great year of junior sailing and thanking all the instructors and helpers who have made this season so enjoyable.  This year the Jybaz Christmas Party is on Saturday 6th December starting at 5.30pm and, for the newer members, this is the evening where the Jybaz are presented with their certificates and awards for the year.  It is also a great social event and a lovely way to finish the sailing year.
This year, we are serving a buffet style menu and are using professional outside caterers (and washer-upers!). Prices are £13 per adult and £7 per child – all payable on the door on the night.

There will be a visit from Santa in his grotto, so please provide a small wrapped gift with your child’s name on for Santa and his helper to hand out. These should be handed over to the guys on the door on the night.  We suggest spending approximately £5-£10 on the gift.

As well as the prize giving, there are party games, dinner, music, Santa’s visit and much more. It is a great night out so please come along.

Please can you let me know the number of tickets required by Friday 28th November at the latest. You can email me on cjmesmith@aol.com or text/call on 07866 931 804.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Sailing Sec Fireworks Blog

We are into November and the nights are drawing in and the Autumn Leaves series is well underway. Great to see Nathan and Oliver out in their Pico racing today. It was an “interesting” Rudyard wind. Thanks to Emma Carter for this wonderful photo of Steve Sutton and Jane Andrews winning their third race of the day.photo2

Tickets for the annual dinner on 22nd Nov are selling fast. With over 70 tickets sold, it looks like being a great night with a full club house. So if you have not decided yet, it’s not too late to book so please contact Brenda for your tickets this weekend. It’s a great night even for non sailors so bring your partners down. For more details click here. We are still looking for Raffle Prizes. If anyone has anything they can spare for the raffle such as alcohol, chocolates, toiletries, etc would they mind bringing it to the club on the night or passing to Emma Carter or Helen Rawlinson beforehand. We are also waiting for a few trophies to return, please bring them down to the club house next weekend 8/9th Nov.

Class meetings should have happened by now and everyone seems to be broadly in favour of the proposed sailing changes. If you missed them here is a summary. Sailing Committee meets this week to finalise the details. Thanks to everyone for the support for the changes and ideas and input.

Fireworks-refletctedSaturday 15th November sees the Albacore and Enterprise Open. If you would like to borrow a boat have a word with Steve Sutton (Albacore) and Mike Raine (Handicap Fleet – Enterprises) or me and we will see if we can pair you with someone who is not sailing. We need helpers on the day, particularly in the Galley, so please come down if you are able to.

That’s probably about it for the time being, you all at the Dinner, and look out for the Broken Rudder Nomination Video that will be launched on Youtube on 22nd November so you can vote even if you are not there at the dinner. Oh and Fireworks? – here is a picture of Rudyard and fireworks.

Happy Sailing

Mark Jacot – Sailing Secretary