39 Birmingham Rd
Isle of Wight
Commodore’s Jottings August 2017
Firstly, an enormous thank-you to everyone involved in making this summer’s events so successful, both afloat and on-shore.The club relies on a comparatively small group of volunteers to make events successful, and they have all been working very hard this summer.
We will be holding a Volunteer Evening on 9th September from 7pm and I would encourage everyone who would like to support the club in future, as well as those that have helped in the past, to come along and enjoy a drink while telling us about your skills.
Clubhouse and Social
Earlier this year we decided to review the selection of wines available in the club bar. A group of members who are regular wine drinkers were invited to a tasting evening and asked to score a range of wines on offer from local suppliers. It has taken longer than we had hoped, but we will shortly be offering a revised selection of wines in the clubhouse. As well as wine by the glass, there will also be a few sold by the bottle only. Look out for the new list, available soon! Not all the wines are new; some old favourites will still be on the list. We would appreciate feedback so if,after trying them, there are any wines that you think should be changed please let Susie know, her e-mail address is email@example.com
With the end of Tuesday evening racing, the club will resume Wednesday evening suppers from September onwards. Whether these are weekly or fortnightly will depend on demand, watch the noticeboard / web site / Facebook for more details.
A programme of events for the next few months will be published in the next few days. If there is an event that you would like to help organise, whether on the list or a new one, then Susie Styles or Janet Coates would love to hear from you!
As most members are aware, since last summer we have been going through the application process for a dredging licence. I am pleased to report that it has now been issued, valid from now with an expiry date of 2026. We are in contact with our neighbours and the Harbour Master to agree the best time for a joint dredging campaign covering several areas of the harbour, so as to share the mobilisation costs for the dredger, which could well exceed £10,000. For information, last time we dredged in 2014 these costs were shared with Cowes Yacht Haven in proportion to the volumes of silt removed from their area and from ours. On top of the mobilisation costs the contractor charges an amount per cubic metre of silt removed, however the rate charged should be lower for larger amounts, which is a further potential advantage of a joint campaign.
The club has hosted two major championships in the last 5 weeks, the Flying Fifteen Southerns and the Impala 28 Nationals. Both events provided challenging winds with the Fifteens sailing in winds gusting to 25 knots and the Impalas at times up to 30 knots. As usual the race team provided first class racing and the competitors thoroughly enjoyed themselves. During Cowes Week the club was allocated the role of finishing the Triple Crown class for the largest yachts in the regatta.
Over the August bank holiday weekend we will be hosting the Etchell Southern Area Championship and the weekend after that the Contessa 32s will be racing with us. Running this number of regattas is challenging to the relatively small pool of members that make up the race team. We are always looking to increase the number of regattas we host but unless we can expand the race team as well we will run out of goodwill. We would particularly like to hear from members who would be interested in progressing to become qualified race officers to ease the burden on the few we have - training and mentoring can be provided. Similarly mark layers. If you are interested contact JoChugg at firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to the Volunteers Evening.
I would also like to give a big vote of thanks to all the sailors who keep the club lively after racing. Not only do you create a great atmosphere, but the resulting bar revenue is also much appreciated!
The Forts Race will take place on Saturday 23rd September this year. As this is also “Isle of Wight Day” we will be having a barbeque in the evening. Watch out for more information soon.
Very best wishes for the remainder of the season,