Hi all,

First off

WELCOME BACK!

The clubhouse is now open for members, as are the changing rooms and showers! Remember, the code for the changing rooms and store cupboard has been distributed via email, but feel free to come and ask me.  The guidance from the RYA is that people should still arrive ready to sail and minimise the use of the changing rooms and showers where possible.  It's also worth noting that we should all continue to maintain social distancing.

Members can also sail a 2 hander with members of different households and part of a club event e.g. racing.

The full RYA guidance (updated 17/05/2021) is available here.

Neil has cleaned the pipes and ordered the beer, spirits and mixers. The bar will be open on Wednesday evening for table service only. Take a seat and order and pay from your chair.

As the club opens up, we are again able to host Weddings. Weddings play an important part in reducing the costs of subscriptions and funding the club (In a typical year, membership income is c £20k and Wedding/Bar income is c £15k). The club is rented out for Weddings on up to 10 weekends a year, and on these weekends access to the club is limited as follows:

Friday before the wedding – clubhouse closed to members, lake and launching still permitted. 

Saturday of wedding – Clubhouse, grounds and lake access closed. 

New SUP members are particularly asked to note the dates (which are in the events calendar on the website) as the bar/changing rooms will not be open for SUP Friday on these dates, and SUP launching will not be possible on the Wedding Saturday.

The Galley Coffee Shop update

Mark has updated you from the club side of things, so there’s not too much else for me to say. We are ahead of our business plan estimates as hope to start turning a profit in May, rather than July. Thank you to all members who are supporting the initiative, and I really value the feedback, especially on our catering options. When we opened, we planned to offer a club food option as we were only planning on serving cold food (sandwiches and cakes). That changed quickly and with an offering now consisting of soups, lobby, oatcakes, sandwiches, jacket potatoes and cakes I see no benefit of providing an additional dish at a very similar price.

What we tested on Sunday, and now know works is that we ask members to pre-order and pay for their food/drink, give their name and a time when they would like to eat. My crew are now up to speed on our sailing Sundays and Jybaz Saturdays, so we have a process that works for our members.It’s not been easy, and I am very grateful for your patience over the last three weeks.

I cannot make Wednesday evenings profitable, so I am closing the galley at 16:00 and putting the tea/coffee, milk & honesty box out near the terrace door. I will keep it under review and if the demand is there, I will stay open. That said, it does give me the opportunity to sail Cheeky Monkey Business on a Wednesday evenings 😊. I will need a willing crew/swimmer for the Wednesdays when Wendy is on a long day! Any volunteers?

Return to Sailing Event (Mon 31st May 2021)

We are putting an event on, exclusively for club members on bank holiday Monday. The Galley Coffee Shop will be closed to the public and we will be treating this day as a club private function. We will be putting out more info as things firm up, but we are thinking about:

On the water

  • Jybaz – Encourage parents on the water to sail/SUP, mini racing.
  • SUP – See the club open with facilities, changing rooms open etc; try sailing (COVID permitting); Booking system on day for slots with instructors for people to try paddle boarding.
  • Racers – available for coaching/support, taking others out on the water, Try out SUP boards.
  • Novices – rigging/boat advice, sailing coaching, race coaching, mini races.
  • Powerboats – for potential Coxes.  Mike will also be running cox refresher sessions

Off the Water

  • Coffee Shop
  • BBQ (Table service)
  • Bar

PLEASE put this date in your diary.  What I would ask is that you grab a lateral flow test kit from your pharmacist (they're free) before you come down to the club!

We do need experienced volunteers from both the sailing and SUP fraternities to come and offer your services to less experienced members.

RLSC Club Celebration

Ever since the start of this whole Covid Pandemic I have been promising the mother of all parties to celebrate getting back to the old normal! I still want to do this, but the running of the Galley is taking way more of my time than I thought and if this is going to happen we need a group of members to step forward to organise. The current ideas to consider are:

  • A hog roast.
    I have a great relationship (we get all of hams, dry cured bacon and hand made sausages for the galley) with Pete at Ash Butchers, Leek, the home of Moorlands Hog Roast so I’m sure we can get a great deal.
  • A ceilidh
  • A disco
  • Lots and lots of beer 😊

If you want to help the club, be part of a team of people and put on an event to remember please step forward. Talk to Tricia or me.

SUP Fridays

These are now starting and we do hope to keep the galley open if demand is there and open the bar for post SUP drinks.  To do this we will need volunteers to man the bar, so please step forward nd talk to Neil Walker (Bar Manager) or Sarah Else (Deputy Bar Manager) if you can help.

That's about all for now, but I'm sure that I've forgotten loads, but don't worry I can always spam you again next week!!

Ian


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