SailSec Blog #10 – First Weekend Regatta of the season

Last weekend was another blustery day, with some fairly fun sailing conditions – it did not feel like the first day of the summer series. I think I got nominated for the broken rudder trophy for going out, doing 2 laps in the Folkes Race in fairly testing conditions with Brendan, being the only one to finish and then to be told I had gone round a mark the wrong way!

This weekend sees our first regatta. 3 races on Sunday and another 3 on Monday, with prizes for first on Sunday, overall top 3 and also first Junior. The third race on Sunday is also the first in the series of three for the Marriage Mug for Married/Civil Partnership couples. It would be great to see some juniors and families out there sailing. To help you I have put together all the training material on a new section of the website under Sailing; Training; Hints & Guides – click here. This also includes some race officer training.

Phil Arnold (who designs the website) has also added a great new feature on the front page – UPCOMING EVENTS. You can see that on the right hand side of the page when you are reading the blogs or other sections. Don’t forget the Open Day (5th May) and the Olympic Sailor visit on 17th May.

Angela has let us have some great pictures of the club set up for weddings, so if you know of anyone interested in booking the club, then send them this link.

Last of all this week, a bit of a technical clarification on rules for the keener racing sailors. I’ve had varying messages on the Overlap zone rounding marks. To cut a long story short, we agreed a while back to use the standard rule of 3 boat lengths, but the year book says 2 boat lengths. For the avoidance of doubt we will follow the standard rules i.e. 3 boat lengths. I will post a notice of clarification in the racing hut. If that make sense – you clearly know the rules of racing. If that does not make sense and you want to know more, read this blog on the basic rules. If you don’t follow it and are not bothered, don’t worry!

Enjoy the Easter Weekend and hope to see you down at the club.

Social Events

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Push the Boat Out

aliolympicOn 17th May, an Olympic Sailor will be visiting Rudyard.

Are you looking to start sailing more regularly?

Are you an experienced sailor that wants to know how good you really are?

Do you want to take part in the 6 race barbecue series where you can race against the adult sailors in a special series for our Junior Racers?

Do you just want to come down for an enjoyable social day and evening?

Do you want to meet a famous Olympic Sailor?

ali2Then Saturday 17th May is the day for you. 

As part of the RYA Push the Boat out Campaign we are holding a major event at Rudyard. Ali Young, who came 5th in the Laser Radials at the London 2012 Olympics is visiting the club. She will give a coaching session to Kieran Melville who won this prize in the auction to raise funds for the club racing Enterprise Dinghy.

We will be holding the first Barbecue Series race of the season in which Ali will take part in the Club Enterprise with one of the junior racers. You can race against her. This is the first race in the 6 race BBQ series spread over Saturdays and Sundays targeted at our Junior racers.

She will also be around to share hints and tips throughout the day.

In addition this will be the first Saturday for our Go Sailing initiative this year, with informal sailing and coaching from 4pm to 6pm for less experienced sailors.

So put this date in your diary and we look forward to seeing you down at the Club. There will be a barbecue laid on after sailing and the bar will be open

Open Day – 5th May

P1010114After the success of Britain’s sailors at London 2012 the sport is experiencing a boost in popularity and it’s never been easier to start sailing in Staffordshire. At Rudyard Lake, we are holding an Open Day on Monday 5th May from 11am.

It will be guaranteed to offer something for everyone, whether you are a novice or are looking to get back into the sport after a break away. Enjoy your first taste of sailing under the watchful eye of an experienced club member, get to grips with one of the club’s own boats or simply sample the social side of what your local sailing club has to offer.

The doors are open to welcome everyone regardless of age, gender or experience. Just bring a change of clothes, soft-soled shoes and waterproofs and the clubs will supply everything else you need. Refreshments will be available.

We are a recognise RYA Training Centres, meaning we have to conform to the highest standards of quality and safety. There will be plenty of information to hand for anyone looking to learn to sail this year through either our active Junior section or through Adult Training Courses for all experience levels. We look forward to welcoming you – Click here to find us.

Sailsec Blog #2 – Dates to be aware of

Only 3 weeks to go till sailing starts (for the hardy sailors) so I hope you are nearly ready for the new season. Measure up your kids and see if they have grown over the winter, and then get down to Decathalon in Stockport if they have! (It’s best place in my opinion for good value wetsuits and sailing gear). Looks like shortage of water won’t be a problem for the start of the season.

With the calendar now published, its time to pick out the key dates and pop them in your diary. Here is my personal selection you might like to consider.

8/9th March – Sailing starts – Jybaz and Endurance Race

9th April – Wednesday Series Starts

27th April – Solo Open

5 May – Open Day please come down and support us and encourage new members. Keeping membership levels high is the best way of creating a fun club and keeping subscriptions low. If everyone brought down one potential new member or family…

24 May – Topper Open

17 May – First Go Sailing session at 4pm for less experienced adult sailors. Part of a bigger Push Boat out day with visit by Olympic Sailor.

21st June – Summer Social Event

19th July – Abersoch. This is a week-long sailing holiday with racing and an active social scene. Speak to Trish for details on this event.

13/14 September – Southport 24 hour races. This is listed at #4 in the Yachts and Yachting top 50 sailing events. A Le Mans style race, Rudyard is one of a handful of clubs to have entered every one of the 47 events. Even if you don’t want to sail, it’s a great experience to attend, and we always need help on the shore to support those on the water.

21st September. Barts Bash – we will be taking part in a world record sailing race in memory of Bart Simpson so make sure if you only come down to the club on one day, you take part in this unique event.

22nd November – Trophy Dinner Dance. You don’t need to have won anything, this event is for all the club and is a great evening together at the end of the season.

A reminder – my blog last week covered key changes to the racing series, click here to read it. We look forward to seeing you soon.