39 Birmingham Rd
Isle of Wight
As we approach Christmas I would like to thank everyone who has helped the Club over the last year. It is a small band that runs our sailing, makes our social programme happen and keeps the site up together. I hope we can count on your continued support in 2019 and involve more of you. Here is a brief overview of where we are:
The site is now in winter lay-up mode. Most of the boats that are due to lay-up are now on the apron. We have made the decision to be supportive of the Andrew Cassell Foundation in its initiative to promote autumn / winter sailing so access has been maintained for the four Sonars on site to able to run their programme on a fortnightly basis – more on this later.
We are now well advanced with plans to dredge the basin over the winter. The harbour master is coordinating the stakeholders in the harbour who wish to dredge and as a result of this we have been able to share the cost of mobilisation / demobilisation. You have probably read that the Harbour Commissioners have placed a contract to dredge the Eastern Channel (to Cowes Harbour) which will take roughly two months, January and February. When that is complete the contractor will move into the harbour and we are discussing the order in which the various sites will be dredged starting in March. As soon as we have a better idea of our slot we will advise you.
Whilst the marina and apron is well up together the infrastructure of our shore side facilities is tired. Our Bosun and his team have a never ending job of leak stopping and repairing. This is not visible to most members but without them we would incur considerable cost to keep going.
The Laying Up Supper was a huge success, we could have sold another 30 tickets probably if we had had the room. The annual Christmas Party was also a sell out and a great time was had by all and it was great to see some old faces we had not seen for a while plus some new members as well. The club looked a treat so thanks to the team that decorated both the clubroom and the tables.
There is not much left of 2018 but don’t forget that mince pies and mulled wine will be served as always after sailing on Boxing Day followed by an auction of donated gifts in aid of the Andrew Cassell Foundation. Then we will see out the year with music in the clubhouse from 10pm on New Year’s Eve. This should be everyone’s final venue of the evening!
We have put together what we hope is an interesting social programme for 2019 with a bit of something for everyone and it would be great if you could come and support at least one of the functions as we want to encourage all members to use the Club. Thanks to Susie, Laura, Jenni and the Wendys for their enthusiasm in generating it. More details are available on the club website or by contacting the office.
We kick off on Thursday 10th January with a six week Art Course run by Maddy Dobson which will take place weekly until 14th February.
In November we ran a trial Quiz Evening where we took straw poll of those present and it was decided to run monthly quizzes during the winter starting on Tuesday 15th January. Make Tuesday night your Quiz Night and start picking your team.
January 25th is Burns Night when there will be a traditional supper served with the added attraction of the Wight Hot Pipes playing (we were very lucky to get them) – one not to miss!
On 2nd February we have an evening with the Gurkhas. This will be a talk by the Gurkhas followed by a curry supper prepared by them. I’m looking forward to some real Nepalese food.
In addition to all of the above we will be showing Six Nations rugby in the clubhouse through February and March.
Finally please note that the bar will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Our inaugural Members Regatta in October attracted a good turnout despite us losing the Saturday to the weather. The event was won by the Sonar Bertie sailed by Richard Bailey with Crackajax (Richard and Ursula Hollis) the first in the cruiser division.
On Boxing Day we have the annual scramble so if you feel the need for some fresh air after over indulgence come out for a brisk sail starting at 10:45. We aim to be finished by 12:30 for festivities in the clubhouse.
The Sailing Committee is putting together a series of talks, courses etc in preparation for the season. These will be mainly on Thursday evenings starting after the art classes finish in February.
Andrew Cassell Foundation
The Andrew Cassell Foundation is looking to raise its level of activity considerably and as the home club we are supporting it over the autumn and winter. The Foundation has been running sailing every other weekend through November and December and will start again on 19th/20th January. All of our members are welcome to join in no matter what level of experience. There might still be places available on a Sonar on Boxing Day if you would like to get out on the water. More details can be found here https://acfsailing.teamapp.com.
This is taking a little bit longer to get moving than I expected. However we now have a base line survey of the site and buildings to work with so over the winter months we aim to look at options and have some ideas to present to the members by the time of the AGM.
The next photo from Glen Print is a winter scene, our Christmas card to you. We don’t know the year it was taken - no apron, no marina, no extension to the clubhouse and just steps leading to the old pier – before my time!
And finally I wish all our members and their families and friends a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. I look forward to catching up with many of you over the holiday period and hope you will support the Club programme over the winter.