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  • Commodores Blog Sept 2019


    Well done to all our juniors that have recently undertaken exams. It can be a stressful period, but I hope results matched or bettered your expectations and if not that the outcome provides a useful barometer of what has been achieved and where to focus going forward.

    I must commend all those that took part in the recent dinghy park tidy up. Its amazing what a difference a couple of hours hard graft can make spread amongst an enthusiastic pool of volunteers. A fantastic outcome for the enjoyment of all members. For those unable to attend on this occasion there is a follow up work party event 'dinghy tie down' on Saturday 26th October, once again at 10.00hrs. Please put the date in your calendar, further details to follow.

    Following an invite from EDF a group of members attended the EDF Family day in Leiston. The intention was for SSC to engage with the local community, make them aware of our existence and share information in terms of participating in the sport of sailing. We towed down and displayed 3 boats, put up signs and flags and dealt with several enquiries from the public. The afternoon was a good success with at least 3 new memberships and a list of potential members. A big thankyou to all those club members that supported the event.

    If you were around at the club over the weekend of 14th / 15th September, you may have seen the stunning sight of 8 Gaffer sailing rigs launching from Slaughden. The club entertained the Old Gaffer Association (OGA) East Coast Region over the weekend, as visiting sailors. A big thankyou to Stephen and Anne Foxall who volunteered to act as hosts for this occasion described by OGA as a 'Perfect Weekend Event Aldeburgh Rally 2019. Have a look at the following link where you can read a brief report, photos and a YouTube video link. https://oga.org.uk/eastcoast/news/aldeburgh2019

    Finally, a BIG reminder that the club AGM is on Saturday 9th November. This event is combined with Prize giving and the AGM supper. Please look out for details and convince yourself to attend as this is a very informative session about the progress of your club which allows members to ask questions on the day.

    A key feature of the AGM is to appoint volunteers to fulfil Committee and Non-Committee posts. All positions are traditionally vacant at the end of every year, so this is an opportunity to perform a more influential role in the running of the club. Having churn of Committee positions is healthy for the club so it would be great to see some applications from recent and new members, so don't be shy!

    Role profiles exist for all positions whilst existing Committee members would welcome any approaches to outline the requirements of the job. Please contact me if you would like more information.

    What can we look forward to in October?

    Club Talks On most Wednesday's throughout October there are club talks planned. Wednesday 2nd / 9th / 16th 23rd.These all start at 7pm and cover a wide range of interesting topics. Details have been published and are on the website. Bookings via the website would be appreciated to get a feel for numbers for catering.

    Friday 25th October at 7pm Committee meeting

    Saturday 26th October Dinghy Park Tie Down Work Party from 10 am

    Saturday 26th October Laying Up Supper 50th Anniversary Please book attendance via the website.

    SSC race programme refers to Calendar

  • Commodores Blog August 2019


    Congratulations to our Juniors who participated in the AYC Regatta. A really spirited effort in some very challenging conditions. This was a learning curve that will have helped all those that took part and benefited them all in one way or another. Well done to Richard Stevens for bringing home some silverware and to all others for some credible race performances. The Juniors would also like to express a big thank you for the support of all the parents that were present throughout the week.

    The SSC Juniors celebrated their efforts in being part of this event with an evening out at Prezzo.

    Aldeburgh School Sports day was a big success with about 22 children being taken onto the water by various club members in Wayfarers. Feedback from many of these kids was 10 / 10 for sailing, the best event of the week! Thanks to Leslie for coordinating this session and all those that helmed on the day, namely Hillas S, Martin L and Peter L along with help from Lizzie C and Simon C who helped launch and recover boats. It was also great that we could call upon our new buoyancy aids which were purchased as a result of a donation form Aldeburgh Town Council in 2019.

    The weather during most of August has been wonderful (although very windy during the Junior Regatta). Consequently, it has been great to see so many members using the facilities at the club and creating a lively atmosphere. It is also good to report that membership keeps on growing with enquiries being received on a frequent basis. Andrew Freese our Membership Secretary has done a great job keeping on top of these and all other changes that need to be managed.

    You may have noticed that the old deflated rib Patch and trailer have now departed from the club as will the Sand Hopper day boat in the compound. The club secured in total £1040 for these disposals much of which will go into our training budget for a new boat(s).

    If you are around on Saturday 7th September SSC have a pitch at the Sizewell Station Family day from 13.00 to 18.00 hours. Pop along and say hello if you are in the area or would like to volunteer – refer to Dawn S.

    Also see below we have 2 fabulous Club Talks by Robert and Nigel – Be sure to diarise these and come along. Please let Robert and Nigel know respectively if you plan to attend.

    What can we look forward to in September?

    • Friday 6th September pm – Committee meeting Clubhouse
    • Saturday 7th September – Sizewell Station Family Day 13.00 hours to 18.00 hours. Slaughden Sailing Club will be represented.
    • Friday 13th to 22nd September RYA Southampton Boat Show
    • Saturday 21st September Club Talk and Supper (Fish and Chips) Painting Suffolk Landscapes in oils by Robert Tindall. 19.00 to 21.00 hours.
    • Wednesday 25th September Club Talk and Supper. The History of Orfordness from WW1 to Present day by Nigel Hemmings 19.00 to 21.00 hours.
    • SSC race programme refer to Calendar

    At the time of writing the dinghy park tidy up work party was imminent on 31st August. I hope this goes well, attendance is good and outcome productive.

  • Commodores Blog July 2019


    The big event in July which did not go unnoticed was our 50th Anniversary that took place over the weekend of 28th & 29th July. We had over 50 people attending both days at the club for a complimentary Picnic on 28th and Sail Past and complimentary BBQ on 29th.

    Following some glorious weather leading up to this weekend conditions turned unfavourable on Saturday 28th for the race to Dove Point and Picnic on the beach.An uninvited squall, dark clouds with heavy rain arrived as arrangements were being discussed. This persuaded us to hold the Picnic in the clubhouse which in turn impacted the course of the race so that everybody finished up in the same location…..…….

    Given the conditions all 8 dinghies participated in the race such was the spirit that the weather was not going to get the better of us. A course was set to Orford and back that was thoroughly enjoyed by all those that took part. In addition a number of cruisers were also on the water. There then followed a very pleasant picnic in the club with good conversation until late afternoon with events for some extending to late evening finishing at the White Hart in the town.

    Sunday arrived with no rain and a pursuit race in the morning leading up to THE BIG EVENT at 1pm. Circa 54 people in 26 Cruisers, Dinghies, Displacement boats and Ribs mustered at Martello Tower for a Sail Past Slaughden Sailing Club. The fleet was headed by our President Kay Lasky in Curlew whilst we were joined by some members of Aldeburgh Yacht Club.

    26 craft were enough to make a colourful and noisy impact with flags, bunting, hooters and even what looked like a hunting horn in one boat on the water. Some great photos were taken by spectators on the shore that now feature in the Gallery on the website. Look out for the launch of the Video that will follow later this year!

    The atmosphere in the club was fabulous over the two days finishing off with a toast to the founders of the club with a glass of Pimm's, a very enjoyable BBQ and some great raffle prizes donated by several local businesses.

    The weekend was a great success thanks to the efforts of many of our members from planning and organising, sourcing the food, preparation and cooking, communication, grass cutting, slipway washing, clearing away, safety boat cover, OOD, raffle prizes, photography, putting up and taking down marque and so on. This involved commitment from more than 20 members which helped make the event such a memorable success. – A HUGE THANKYOU

    What can we look forward to in August?

    • 1ST August School Sports Day Aldeburgh Town Council (Thursday) – sailing at SSC
    • 3rd August – Brudenell Day Races (Saturday)
    • 10th August Slipway Washdown – Volunteers needed, can be done any day
    • 12-16th August AYC Junior Regatta
    • 18-23rd August AYC Adult Regatta
    • 19th August Aldeburgh Carnival (Monday)
    • SSC race programme refer to Calendar

    Good luck to all the Slaughden juniors in the AYC Regatta in August

  • Commodores Blog June 2019


    Not much to report from my side as I have been travelling most of June. However I see that we are continuing to attract interest and new members via the website which is great news. A very warm welcome to all those that have recently joined.

    Now that the weather is beginning to turn the Committee and in particular Dave Ashton our VC Dinghies would love to see a growing number of boats on the water and attending race events. A particular call out to new members Guy and Max Flemimg who are relatively new to sailing but are setting a fantastic example by attending most informal and race events to improve their skills, well done Guy and Max.

    Our Topper Fun Race had to be cancelled in June due to the weather but keep an eye out as this will be back in the calendar soon.

    Look out for what is going on in July

    It's a busy training month with 3 RYA L1 & 2 Powerboat courses and an RYA L1 & 2 Dinghy course. Details are in the calendar and on the website with one or two slots still available but you need to move fast !

    Slipway wash down Volunteers needed for Saturday 13th July- have you done your bit yet.

    In addition to our race programme there is a Ladies helm and novice race on Saturday 13th July.

    THE BIG EVENT – 50th ANNIVERSARY

    Hard code the weekend of Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th into your diary as we have various events going on to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. The aim is to get 50 boats out onto the water supported by a Picnic cruise and social events. Want to know more refer to the calendar or e mail <socialsecretary@slaughdensailingclub.co.uk>

  • Commodores Blog May 2019


    Betty Brown

    It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Betty Brown following a short illness. Bettys celebration of her life was held on Thursday 23rd May and attended by members of Slaughden Sailing Club.

    Betty and Maurice Brown were both very hard working and committed members of the club for many years, if not from its foundation.

    Push the Boat Out

    One of the most successful Push the Boat Out events at the club with circa 64 people attending on the day. Opportunities to sail in dinghies, cruisers or to launch a Kayak , Canoe or Paddle board were on offer.

    A huge thankyou to all of the volunteers on the day of which there were about 30 and in particular to Dawn our Social Secretary for planning and allowing us to execute such a smooth and efficient event. Already the event has contributed positively to our membership numbers.

    The new buoyancy aids (15 in total) that we purchased following a donation from Aldeburgh Town Council came in particularly useful.

    Italian Night

    26 members attended a very enjoyable Italian night dinner and a big welcome to any 'first timers' that attended. The main course selection was scrumptious as were the wonderful selection of Italian puddings that followed. A big thanks to all those that assisted in the preparation of the food and sweets and for making the evening go so well.

    Training

    Tuesday night Adult support and Teenage sailing sessions have started and are being very well supported. If you are interested in coming along then please talk to Leslie who will be able to outline the format.

    Congratulations to the following members that have successfully qualified for their RYA Power Boat Level 2 – Richard Stevens, Richard Thompson and Scott Hunt. In addition to Daisy Hyland from Orford sailing club who passed the RYA Safety Boat course and consequently qualified as a Senior Dinghy Instructor for Orford.

    The RYA course enabled us to test the new Honda engine on our larger rib. Suffice to say all went well and we now have two excellent support boats. You may also notice we have a brand new purpose built launch trailer for Pegasus which is stored in the rib shed. A big thankyou to David Pegg for the design and manufacture of this trailer which comes with a trailer winch for ease of recovery.

    Dinghy Race events

    Attendance is looking very positive to date with abig thanks to Dave Ashton for circulating reminders – let's keep it going and make the effort to join in as many races as you can.

    Look out for what is going on in June

    • Let's have as many attendees participating in a new event dropped into the calendar for Saturday 8th June – Topper fun race. Its open to everyone and if successful could be repeated later in the year.
    • RYA Power boat course on 8th / 9th June – 1 vacancy still to fill
    • Saturday 15th June AYC Wayfarer Regatta – SSC members welcome.
    • Saturday 15th June Snape Cruise and Picnic
    • Saturday 22nd June – Round the Island race
    • Volunteers needed for Slipway Washdown refer to the Calendar
  • Commodores Blog April 2019


    A big thankyou to all those members that attended the club house work party in March. Cruiser members were out in force and made up the majority of the task force painting the rib shed, cleaning the slipway and tidying up the foreshore. Given that we have a larger percentage of dinghy members then it would be fair for those members, not at the work party in March. to volunteer for slipway washdown duties particularly if you are a frequent user of the slipway.

    Slipway washdown dates are in the calendar so please select an event and let Martin Lumb know which date suits on. 01728 605601 / 07740704778

    The club grounds I hope you agree are looking really great.

    A successful March

    • The Fitting out supper was a splendid evening and although this was oversubscribed we managed to squeeze everyone in. Well done to Dawn for organising a great kick off to the social scene and thanks to all those that brought along deserts.
    • RYA L2 Powerboat course – This course was fully subscribed and enabled the club to bank in excess of £1000. Congratulations to the following members that successfully completed the course – Helen Allen, James Heeley, Aubrey Pearson and Adrian Galea. We also had 2 external candidates on the course.
    • SSC are grateful to Aldeburgh Town Council who have donated £500 to the club which we intend to use for the purchase of 10 new buoyancy aids. These will come in very useful at the Aldeburgh schools week and for training – many thanks ATC.
    • You may have read the notice that we have purchased a brand new 40hp Honda engine for our larger rib……….. just when we thought that we had put a cap on spending, the note explains the background. It is anticipated that rib and new engine will be on the water w/c 13.05.2019.

    What's to look out for in May

    The big event for May is RYA Push the Boat Out on 5th May 2019. A significant amount of effort has gone into organising this event to allow people to get out onto the water. Apart from local advertising, articles have featured on the front page of Aldeburgh Gazette and also on Suffolk Radio.

    There is still time to get involved as we anticipate a busy day so if you are able to pop down to support please speak to Dawn beforehand on 07715 953149

    • Plenty of dinghy race events including Wednesday evening AYC racing – refer to the on line Calendar for latest information
    • Adult support and teenage sailing every Tuesday pm – speak to Leslie Downing
    • RYA training – L1 dinghy course, L2 Powerboat course (full), Safety boat course – book online
    • Iken cruise and picnic & Little Japan cruise and picnic – refer calendar for dates
    • Italian night pop up supper Saturday 25th May – Book early as the previous event was over subscribed !
    • AYC Spring Regatta Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May
  • Commodores Blog March 2019


    The theme for 2019 as we have reported is the image of the club. Taking our foot off spending as we have resolved most 'big ticket' items outlined in our vision statement. This also requires a greater focus upon promoting our income streams whilst controlling expenditure.

    With that in mind what a great result following the recent Dinghy Park Work Party. The output from the 16 or so volunteers that attended, produced a brilliant outcome with the Dinghy Park looking the best it has done for a long time. Incorporating the completion of balcony decking, new dinghy park layout and new fence makes the whole site feel so much more spacious and neater, I hope you agree.

    A few call outs for Martin our Dinghy Park Supervisor for organising the day, Leslie for feeding the team, Adam DB and Richard P for their efforts in completing the decking on the veranda.

    For those that were unable to attend there is a Clubhouse Work Party and free lunch on Saturday 13th April at 10am. So many members in one way or another contribute to the upkeep and running of the club for the benefit of all members, so this is an opportunity to do your bit if you have not yet been involved. E mail Adam at rearcommodore@slaughdensailingclubco.uk

    Other things worth sharing

    • We have transferred the Honda engine from Patch our redundant power boat to our recently acquired back up power boat.This task was undertaken by members of the club namely Richard P and Paul G. A huge thankyou to both Richard and Paul, we continue to be amazed by the scope of skills that exist in the club and the willingness of members to offer up these skills.
    • Following a recent Committee meeting it was decided to name our 2 new Power boats as follows a) the 5.2m Rib that we acquired last year from Broadstairs Sailing Club 'Harry D 2' b) the recent 2019 purchase of the Zodiac Rib 'Pegasus'.
    • What's next for members to be aware of
    • RYA Power boat refresher course – Full
    • Fitting Out Supper Saturday 6th April – Full with 30 sittings, we may be able to squeeze one or two more in by special arrangement, speak to Dawn socialsecretary@slaughdensailingclub.co.uk
    • RYA L2 Power Boat course between Friday 12th (pm) and Sunday 14th April – 1 slot available refer to groupsamuels@gmail.com
    • RYA Push the Boat Out Sunday 5th May – Volunteers needed to welcome potential members and Wayfarer Helms refer to socialsecretary@slaughdensailingclub.co.uk
    • RYA Level 1 – Introduction to sailing course between Friday 10th May (pm) to Sunday 12th May – Slots still available refer to tcprinciple@slaughdensailingclub.co.uk;
  • Commodores Blog end February 2019


    It felt only last week I was writing my end January blog, where did February disappear to!

    What's new to see down at the club

    • New Security Fence and parts of the old fencing removed.
    • New replacement Power Boat

    Adam DB / Martin L have been down making some running repairs, Andrew F approaching the end of membership renewals - what a brilliant job he has done getting us all signed up.

    News – Looks like we will be running 2 RYA Dinghy Courses this year. RYA L1 in May and RYA L2 in July 2019. Look out for updates on the website, in the club and Newsletter.

    What's next for members to be aware of

    • OOD training / refresher on Friday 15th March at 19.00 hours – come and learn how it is done and get involved
    • Slipway wash down – Saturday 16th March refer to Martin Lumb
    • Dinghy Park Work Party – All hands needed for a massive Spring Clean that is really going to make a difference. Bring along some garden tools on Saturday 23rd March from 09.30 see Newsletter and posters in the club.
    • There is also a Juniors work party on the same day to spruce up training boats
    • Early April Power Boat refresher courses and Fitting out supper – both can be booked on line.

    Dial up to the website to ensure you are up to date with any calendar changes

    Peter Samuels

    Commodore

  • Commodores Blog End January 2019


    Welcome to a New Year which started in fine form with our New Year's Day race attended by 12 dinghies, a good wind and the joy of no moored boats on the river. This was followed by mulled wine, soup and mince pies.

    I hope that you are all getting used to our new website and have found navigating around, processing of your renewal, selecting duty rosters and booking events not too onerous. The platform gives the club a lot more transparency and access to information significantly quicker.

    Keep dialling up every now and then to catch up on the latest news. If you have not picked up your pocket size calendar listing all events then please talk to Andrew Freese. Copies of these can be made available for you at the club.

    By the time you read this article our new security fence will be in the process of being erected along the parameter of the extended dinghy park. Our aim for Phase 2 of this project is for the costs to be funded from the commissions you will help us earn from Easy Funding- (see below). The faster we can generate the funds the sooner we can complete this phase.

    Membership numbers from renewal data are looking really strong thanks to the efforts of Andrew Freese our membership secretary. Given that this is a volunteers club what we now need is a high turnout for the Dinghy Park Work Party on Saturday 23rd March. A theme for this year is to improve the image of the club and this is a perfect event to make this happen. Please make the effort to come along and you will be rewarded with a free lunch!

    For racers and non- racers there is a OOD training session on Friday 15th March at 19.00 hours. We need more members to learn how to cover OOD for race events so please book yourself in via the site for this event. We have 2 booked places so far and we would like to increase this to 20 !

    Finally and relevant to the future of the club and facilities we can offer is the need to find somebodies who are willing to investigate Fund Raising opportunities and someone able to manage the promotion of the club as Press Officer. These key roles can help bring funds into the club and swell membership numbers. They can really make a difference – YOU can really make a difference. Please get in touch with me for a discussion.

    Have you signed up to Easy Fundraising yet – don't hesitate it an easy way for the club to generate funds. If you are not sure how to then let me know.

    Commodore

  • Commodores Blog December 2018


    2018 saw a number of developments that should make the club stronger and better prepared to respond to future challenges. In particular our focus upon training saw the qualification of a number of Dinghy and Assistant Instructors whilst we also invested in a future proof Lead Safety boat. However one of the most significant decisions was to upgrade our Website which is planned to launch end November, early December 2018.

    A significant amount of time has been invested in the back office development of this management system and we hope that you are pleased with the shop window view and functionality that this new site will deliver, such as – online renewal and booking events, selecting your own roster for Power / Safety boat and OOD.

    The club finished the year on a high with all Committee posts being filled at the AGM in readiness for 2019. We do however have some Non Committee posts that remain vacant, namely

    1. Fund Raising – seeking out options to secure grant aid

    2. Press Officer – linking up with local publications and promoting awareness for SSC

    3. Bosun – pre-check of training dinghies and organising to maintain and repair throughout theseason.

    These are all essential roles and whilst we had a great response from members that attended the AGM (circa 30% of members) we need to reach out to the 70% that unfortunately could not be there but that would be willing to give one of these roles a go.

    In addition we are looking for a) any DIY enthusiasts that can become part of a Core Team helping the Rear Commodore maintain and improve the club house b) Catering and organisational skills to be part of the Core Team helping the Social Secretary with events throughout the year.

    For all of the above roles please drop me a line for a chat where I can explain the requirements. commodore@slaughdensailingclub.co.uk

    Next event – Artic Antic Race on January 01 at 11 am with Lunch / Festive Fare – Happy New Year!

    Finally please remember as you consider buying your Christmas presents on line to do this via the Slaughden Sailing Club 'e shop'. This is just a link that will then take you to the retailers site but for which the club will earn a commission from the retailer. Shop here

    On behalf of the Committee we wish members a very Merry Christmas and look forward to an eventful 2019.

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