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Weymouth Regatta

From the Commodore

04/01/2012

Happy New Year and may 2012 be one to remember for all the right reasons; we are, after all, set to welcome the highest profile sailing event to our waters and the eyes of the world will be upon us.

Brian continues to receive enquiries from teams wanting to base themselves with us – currently the potential income from these new enquiries is just over £50,000, not that we have space or the resources available to cope if we did accept all their requests. We are now at the balance point where each new Olympic Team space can only be found at the expense of an existing member foregoing a dinghy space during P1. If you do have a dinghy that you might only sail only once or twice during P1, perhaps this year you might consider not occupying that space until the end of August and teaming up with someone else to enjoy sailing with them instead – please let Ian Green know as soon as possible. Conversely, this is not a plea not to sail this year – Helen and the Sailing Committee are planning a full season of racing and events as usual. Additionally, our new Social Secretary Richard Bowers has also suggested some great ideas for off and on the water social events – it gives me great pleasure to welcome him to the post. I am particularly looking forward to his idea of a cruise up the Fleet (motorised) with a picnic. On the subject of catering, we are proposing to return to a much simpler ‘soup and sandwiches‘ type food for Sunday, Monday and Wednesday race teas provided as part of the galley duty rota.

The Ladies Sailing organised Christmas social was as always a great success and the reports I have had it was bordering on riotous fun – I wish I had been there! It was great to see you all that came to the Commodore’s Punch Party and particularly nice to award the prizes for the Winter Series and those that could not attend the Annual Dinner.

The first stage of the clubhouse extension is nearing completion with concrete for the aptly named Quarter-Deck being poured just before Christmas. We have fallen short of the funds needed to start the second stage of the project so it looks unlikely that it will be waterproofed with decking until after the Olympics. This does not affect our ability to use the balcony, but we will be unable to enclose the area underneath until it is done.

We are still in negotiations to allow part of the site to be used for corporate hospitality during the Olympics but hope to reach an agreement in the new year. We have however, sold our first mooring to a visiting yacht for the Olympic period and enquiries are starting to flow in.

Closer to hand your renewal papers are on their way; this year you can update your details and renew online – please give it a go. Keith Ellis, having taken on our results management and transformed the look of the newsletter has now developed the system to manage our membership database and automate the renewal process. I should like to thank him for the exceptional work he has produced and the considerable effort he has devoted to creating the system.

Working parties start on 14th January – they are great fun please come down and join in with a variety of jobs needing to be carried out – Sunday mornings from about 09:30.

Richard


05/12/2011

The star of the show at this year’s Annual Dinner was Richard Bowers providing a prize giving with a rarely seen flamboyance – very entertaining and will not easily be forgotten. Couple that with the brilliant and ‘too young to be this good’ band, Mostly Harmless, and great venue, the 148 of us that went had a fabulous evening. A big thank you to Debbie and Angie for organising such an enjoyable evening.

The AGM this year passed quickly– it was all over by 20:58 including a 20 minute bar break while voting was counted. Hazel Shaw retired as Honorary Secretary with Andrea Fellows taking over the post. Brian Shaw was elected as members’ representative to the General Committee. A minimal fee increase of 1% was approved for next year. The draft minutes will be available when Hazel returns from holiday and the Commodore’s Report appears elsewhere in this newsletter – I would particularly welcome your comments about the plans for next year (commodore@ccsc.org.uk).

While thinking about next year, great effort is being put in to make the Weymouth Regatta for both keelboats and dinghies an event to remember in the lead-up to the Olympics. I would like to encourage as many of our dinghies to participate as possible. I know the Scorpion, Laser 2000 & 4000 fleets are already planning for this, as the classes will have their own starts. It is a great opportunity for us all to sail in the bay with plenty of safety cover. I am looking to arrange some race practice and coaching through June and July to encourage our less confident sailors to have a go.

The need for vigilance and care when locking up the club (especially to set the alarm by locking the lower lock on the front door) was brought home in the early hours of 30 Nov. The clubhouse was subjected to a concerted and sustained attempt to break-in. Five windows have been broken and entry was gained via the balcony doors; fortunately the alarm had been set , the police responded rapidly and it appears that the has been no internal damage or anything missing. Progress on the extension is still moving rapidly with the concrete floor and various walls now in place around the steelwork to support the veranda. The next big landmark is the concrete for the veranda is scheduled to be poured before Christmas.

As we approach Christmas there are various fun and enjoyable social events being organised – on Saturday 10th Dec is the Christmas Social organised by the Ladies Sailing crew – it’s a Greek Olympic theme. (I haven’t been to a toga party for years!) Malcolm and Rose Spicer are arranging a New Years Eve Party at the club which will include a 5 course meal. Sign up for both in the clubhouse. See you at the punch party after racing on Sunday 18th December where we will also be awarding the prizes not presented at the Annual Dinner – all welcome! ...and don’t forget the Christmas race on 27th December – 10:30 start that should blow the cob-webs away.

Richard White


31/10/2011

The high-point of our club’s social calendar is approaching and this year the Annual Dinner and Dance has been re-combined with the annual prize giving. We have managed to reduce the ticket price by £5 from last year, still have a live band and a great menu choice. Trophies have been gathering at the club ready for engraving and we even have some prizes that our sailors have won at Sutton Bingham S.C. to present. I really encourage everyone who can make it to join in and celebrate together. We are also in the midst of the AGMs and wash-up meetings. I attended the Z Class meeting this week and was impressed with the ideas and changes that were discussed and innovations agreed for next season. The Club Cup events were also discussed in particular how we can make them ‘feel more special’. I have felt for some time that the cups (and other prizes) should be presented immediately after the event as part of the race tea or barbeque, but was advised that we stopped doing it because no one stayed. Our cadets and junior sailors have something to teach us about manners as they regard it their responsibility not only to race hard during the event, but to stay and applaud the winners at the prize giving. What is the point of winning an event if none of the rest of the competitors stay to support and congratulate you afterwards!

The Dinghy AGM is on Wednesday 2nd November at 19:30 and I encourage you to come along to learn and influence the sailing and race programme for next season. Finally, on the subject of AGMs, the Club AGM is on the 26 November again at 19:30 where we plan to reveal some significant changes to club administration. Nominations for club officers are invited and a sheet will be on display for you to sign up in the clubhouse until 23 November. The club development projects continue at pace; the extension now visibly progressing with sizeable earth works going on in front of the clubhouse. Also, the crane has now been commissioned and already swung into action to lift the pontoons damaged in the recent storms. Andrew Greenshields (currently our only trained and certified operator) wearing his hard hat and hi-vi jacket, lifted the pontoon out, which Malcolm Spicer was then able to weld up immediately. I am really glad that the club now has the capability to react to this sort of problem. Help is required to clean and paint the pontoon tanks a.s.a.p. so we can get one back into position for the winter and Australian summer series - please let Graham Cooper know when you can help with this.

See you all at the Dinner Dance!

Richard White


05/09/2011

August saw one of the most successful open events I have experienced - The Yachting World Day Boat Week. They proved to be a great bunch and embodied everything Castle Cove Sailing Club stands for - they were friendly, competitive, humorous and managed to drink the bar dry causing Brian to have to make an unscheduled visit to Palmers for more beer! They all had a fabulous week and were very grateful for all the effort we put in on and off the water. Special thanks goes to the galley team who provided outstanding food and hospitality though-out the week, also the bar and race teams and everyone else who made the event such a resounding success.

This month sees our biggest club cup event of the year - the Basso Cup on 17th and 18th September for Keel boats and dinghies. Saturday racing starts at 14:00 with the Z Class Long Distance race and 14:05 for the dinghies enjoying 3 races back to back. The format is repeated again on Sunday at 11:00. What a great way to end the summer season!

The YCW pursuit race is the following Saturday 24th September arranged by Weymouth S.C. giving us all the opportunity to sail in the bay - a fun format where dinghies and keel boats race together starting based on your handicap (slowest off first, with the intention everyone finishes at the same time...). We are of course all invited round to W.S.C. for a knees up afterwards!

Our two construction projects are progressing well. Those of you who came to the club at the end of August will have seen either a large hole being dug, or large amounts of concrete being poured back into it. The net result is we now have the foundation for the forthcoming crane which is planned to be in place by the end of September. The clubhouse extension is progressing at pace too and we are still on schedule to start construction at the end of September. Those of us sailing the autumn and winter series we will have access to the changing rooms via a designated route, but the area in front of the clubhouse will be cordoned off for our safety and will not be accessible.

Richard White


01/08/2011

Castle Cove Sailing Club can feel immensely proud of our sailors at the Weymouth Regatta this year. CCSC boats took first places in the Keel Boat PY1 (Des Quick, Merrywake), PY2 (Richard Way, Owaissa), J24 (Bob Turner, Serco) and our dinghies won first places in fast class (Nick Orman) and slow class (Nick Browning), International 14 (Sam Pascoe) and Scorpion (John Mursell). Joel Wood in Excalibur came second in the IRC2 fleet and, in fact, 9 of the top 10 slow class dinghies were from Castle Cove!

Competition was not limited to our experienced sailors either – this month saw the first of what hopes to be regular racing between Castle Cove Cadets and Weymouth Yobs. Very much a fun event, lots of sweets and the open-to-all bring-your-own-food barbeque to finish.

This year’s ladies race also saw a good turn-out in challenging conditions of nearly 20 knots. Although Alison Stephens was beaten into second place by Emily White after an interesting Asymmetric vs. Symmetric battle after the first gybe mark, the prize for determination must go to Cathy Williams who after a series of capsizes on the final lap fought on to the finish.

Plans to install a crane between the East Slipway and pontoon gate were approved in July. The crane will significantly aid the work of the moorings team and allow us to launch and recover both the club safety boats and small keel boats throughout the season for maintenance. This autumn the Forward Planning Committee will be looking at the budgets for the next few years and would like all project plans submitted by the end of September.

Looking ahead to activity in August, the Castle Cup takes place on 13th August for all dinghies. We are hosting the Yachting World Day Boat Nationals between 20th – 26th August – a family orientated fleet who are very friendly and will be a pleasure to welcome to the club – come down and say hello. If you are contemplating racing a J24 either as a crew or potential helm, our J24 fleet are having an Open Day on 27th August. The early part of the month sees the Test Event and our Olympic sailors will be heading off to WPNSA – we will be watching and cheering your success; good luck to you all.

Richard White


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