Wow, what a blazing summer - long may it last; ideal for sailing, but the gardens are parched and hosepipe bans are already appearing.
No matter, the rally season is well underway and the club’s annual two-week summer cruise in June (this time to the Channel Is & N Brittany) was again a great success; a fleet of eight boats competently headed up by Tony Atkins (Past Commodore 2013-15) in ‘Sarinah’ - read all about it in Rally & Cruise Reports. Let’s hope another volunteer comes forward to plan next year’s cruise (‘Going East’ ??); there’s plenty of help available!
I must own up to missing out on being one of those ‘Greenhorn' contenders who make our rallies so successful and who hold the whole summer programme together. Well done to Chris for setting up the programme and for updating the attendees spreadsheet on our club website. Also well done to our valued Rally Officers who keep the venues informed about our registrant’s details.
I’m really looking forward to the next rally at Lymington - ten boats registered and the rally now full; but I guess latecomers can always try booking ‘independently’!
I was pleased to see another of our ‘anchoring-in-company’ midweek rallies take shape - attracting four boats to a rendezvous at Newtown Creek. No doubt the combination of fine weather and tranquil surroundings was a big draw. The report should be interesting, especially as we’ve not had a one since S’ton Town Quay! Where are our budding reporters? And a few pics would be useful!
I gather the club’s annual Summer BBQ was a triumph, held in glorious sunshine with a record (i.e. best ever!) turnout to date. And such a great outlook over the clubhouse lake. So sorry I couldn't be there - but you all know why. And I still get flak for it!
Jan Baynham’s introduction of ‘Workshops’ adds to the club's continuing development and helps promote growth in our membership; novel ideas are always sought and the Committee is pleased to receive them - so please keep 'em coming!
By way of a little history, our website now sports a list of Past Commodores stretching back to the club’s origins in 1973. Many thanks to Shaun Atkins and Martin Lodge for jogging their memories and digging out the old files. Finding out about other 'Past Officers' proved more challenging, but is still open to offers!
With plenty of sailing yet to enjoy we can put off any thoughts about the Laying-up Supper and launch of our exciting Winter Programme in October.
The club appears at peace with itself and enjoying the fruit of it’s labours.