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2017 Sailing Season

2014-09-21 09.02.11logoWelcome to 2017 at Rudyard Lake Sailing Club. We hope you find us a friendly and fun club whatever your level experience from complete novice to experienced racer. If you have found this site and are looking to learn to sail or join, then take a look at our membership and training details. If you are looking to book the clubhouse for a wedding or event, click here. If you are a novice sailor, you may find this guide useful.

We are putting together our sailing calendar for 2017, and working parties have started. New members are welcome at any time, and its never to early to book up for training.

After a fantastic year with 15% growth in membership, getting to the finals of RYA Club of the Year, we will stick with what works well, including our focus on encouraging novice members to develop their sailing confidence mixed with great social, Junoir sailing (Jybaz) and racing.

Many people work fantastically hard behind the scenes to keep things running. For a quick who’s who, click here. Here is a quick guide on what you need to know and who to go to if you have any queries. We are always looking for volunteers to spread the jobs needed to keep the club running out.

  1. Open Day – This will be held on Monday 1st May 2017. If you think you would like to try sailing, this is a good day to come down to the club. For more joining details, click here
  2. MembershipJane Andrews – remember that to sail you need to be a member, so here is the membership form and send off your cheque.
  3. Sailing – Our sailing secretary role is yet to be filled 6 and organises all sailing matters. We also have the following class captains (TBC – Albacore, Mike Raine – Handicap and Dave Ernest – Solo). Bruce Carter is our Novice Sailing Rep, assisted by our new Vice Commdore Ian Lee. So if you are not sure about how to get started or improve your sailing, speak to either of them. A team of volunteers do a fab job ensuring all the resuce boats are available and running, however we are looking for a leader for this team. Geoff Holmes runs our Race officer team and we also have a group of Coxes to ensure the rescue boats are on the water.
  4. Training – Larry Muir organises our courses and other training, working alongside Trish Ordsmith (our President) and David Burnham our Sailing Principal. We have a wide range of training available, take a look here.
  5. Site matters including boat slots – Tom Powers look after the site, with a fantastic team working to support them. We have had an outstanding turn- out for the working parties this year, the club is looking fabulous – thank you to all. Steve Sutton is coordinating boat park slots for 2017.
  6. Youth Sailing (Jybaz) and Development – Chris Smith is the go to man for development matters – his focus this year is on getting grants to kick start our boat replacement plan that we started last year with the purchase of 2 RS Fevas. Our youth section is run by a group of parent volunteers led by Beric Dawson. and we hope to announce a new leader at the AGM. As ever they are backed up by an incredibly enthusiastic and hard working team. Here are more details on Jybaz, our youth section.
  7. Race HutDuties – I (Mark Jacot – Commodore) will organise these in February. There is no easy way of getting this right, if the slots don’t work for you, please arrange a swap, here is how to do it.
  8. Racing – if you are new to racing and want to have a go, here are a few blogs I wrote last year to get you started.
    1. Introduction to the rules
    2. Race Formats at Rudyard
    3. port-starboardThe commodore’s top tips 
    4. ***New*** How not to come last – inspired by Ian Lee!
  9. Boat Types Jybaz focus on recognised RYA development boats including Optimists, Picos, Toppers, Lasers and also have a very competitive club Enterprise. Sunday sailing is general handicap sailing, with the main boats being Solos for single handers and Albacores. We also have a number of K1s, Enterprises, and other boats. If you are thinking about a boat, then contact any of the experienced sailors for advice and help.
  10. Food. We provide food on all main sailing dates. Natalie Trinder coordinates the Galley for Jybaz and our new chef David Beech is looking after the food on Sundays this season (are we the only club with a Michelin starred chef running the galley?). I look forward to sampling the delights they produce. Clive Picking coordiates food on WDSC05051ednesday night sailing, an important part of the evening!.
  11. Drinks. An important part of the club takes place after sailing and Janey Hill and her team make sure there are drinks and people to serve you.
  12. Social Events – these are still being planned for the year, anyone with an idea for a one off event please let any of the committee know.
  13. Weddings and lettings. A key source of income is lettings from weddings and other events, which are organised by Mary Wilson. Click here for more details. If you have never seen the club at its finest for a wedding, have a look at these pictures.

I think that just about covers it, if I have missed anything important of have any questions, please let me know here.