This weekend promises to be an exciting weekend down at the club. We have four major events running on Sunday.
- Trophy Day, this is one of our main 1 day regattas, with three races at 11.30, 1.30 and 3.15. Prizes are awarded to the overall winner, first Abacore, first junior (and there may be other pizes depending on turnout) first handicap and first solo.
- Founders Day – we mark the founding of the club and over 20 of our former members will be coming down to the club for the day
- Barts Bash – Rudyard will be part of a world record attempt for the biggest sailing race ever in memory of Bart Simpson. This will be the 1.30 race. We have 29 boats already signed up and hopefully we will see a last minute flourish. Worldwide over 15,000 boats will be taking part – amazing. So its not to late to sign up, please click here. Don’t worry if you have not signed up yet – you can do so on the day, but it will help no end if you can do so in advance.
- Book Launch – we will be launching Rudyard – the first 50 years by a well known local author who will be down on the day to publicize the book and for a pint of beer at the bar may even sign your copy.
In other news, I forgot to mention that Amy Sanderson (RLSC member often seen crewing for Paul Gimson) led the London University to the prize for top University team at Southport last weekend – well done Amy, and good tactics positioning your tents next to the RLSC crowd for extra cheers as you went round the top end of the lake.
At committee we discussed proposals for new sailing formats for next year which were approved by both the Sailing Committee and Main Committee. Thanks to everyone who has provided ideas and input to me over the last few weeks. I’ll write a blog summarizing the main ideas and then they will be put to class meetings over the next few weeks for discussion and input before the AGM in December.
Last, but by no means least, Our President Trish Ordsmith (seen here modelling the new RLSC Sweatshirts) has recently been appointed to the RYA Midlands Regional Team as the new Sailing Development Officer (SDO). Well done Trish.
The RYA website commented:
Senior Instructor Tricia has been helping drive participation at her Leek club, where she has been a member for over 20 years, since taking early retirement last summer.
This has included cultivating very successful Saturday Go Sailing sessions, with over 15 boats regularly out on the lake enjoying informal coaching or just honing developing skills, as well as helping Rudyard Lake become a new RYA OnBoard club.
Now Tricia is relishing the challenge of transmitting that knowledge and enthusiasm at a regional level.
She said: “I’m delighted to have joined the Midlands Regional Team and to help continue the great work Tom has done.
“Through the work we’ve been doing at Rudyard Lake I’ve had a lot of dealings with Gareth Brookes (Regional Development Officer) and Brett Cokayne (Sailing Development Officer), and the positive, ‘can do’ attitude the RYA Midlands team has towards getting more people out on the water has really impressed me.
“I got into sailing in my Twenties through a club, Debdale SC in Manchester, thinking outside the box to get people through the doors. Now I’m really looking forward to being able to help other people get the same opportunities I had back then to get involved in this fantastic sport.”