Well it was a terrific day today down at the lake, and great to see so many of you down enjoying our club. Some of the keener members may have spotted the VERY rare "Commodore in a dinghy"!
We figured it was Wendy's first time in a dinghy since Abersoch last year and only my second!! The members of the public visiting our club also commented on how vibrant and refreshing it all looked. Well done all. I've no doubt we will get more membership enquiries as a result.
The combination of Jybaz in the morning, galley visitors and senior sailing in the afternoon certainly stretched our car parking limits. I've triggered our first car park expansion into the trees to the north of our ramp. It may take a few weeks for John (road contractor) to fit us in and as soon as I know more I'll let you know.
Club Night (Wednesday 21st July)
This is literally the first opportunity for us all to get together after the covid restrictions are lifted tomorrow. Personally, I CAN'T WAIT! I think we can kick off at around 6pm, and if the amazing Clare Norman is available we can have the bar open from then! We'll serve the buffet from 7, so everyone can get fed and grab a drink and watch the racing. There'll be some great commentary on the racing for those who like that from some of our longstanding members. And the racers need not worry, as we'll keep food back for them too! Matt will be available to talk about our newly minted SUP Instructors and how you can have a go at SUP'ing at RLSC!
RLSC by the Sea (Abersoch 24th - 31st July)
I'm really looking forward to Abersoch 2021. One of the reasons Wendy and I were out in a Hartley 15 today was to ensure that both H15 boats are seaworthy, and that we could remember how to sail one! I will be taking boohoo again this year with both the Symetric and Asymetric spinnakers. If anyone wants to pop down, even for the day we will be happy to get you out on the water and if you're super lucky one of the club will get you out to experience sailing with a spinnaker. If you're new to the club this can all be very daunting, but trust me it isn't.
- Head to Abersoch
- Follow the signs to the beach
- Park up in the carpark
- Walk down to the beach
- Turn right and walk around 100 - 150 metres
- You see us all clustered together with the boats.
(Bring camping chairs :-))
RLSC in Tokyo (3rd August from 06:00)
As many of you know John Gimson (RLSC Life Member), along with his crewmate Anna Burnet are representing Team GB in the Nacra 17 class. We all wish them well and have everything crossed for their success. They are hot medal contenders, and if they sail to form will be competing in the medal race at around 7:00am on August 3rd. We are planning on opening the club (bar and galley) around 06:00 to support John & Anna. The BBC are also doing an outside broadcast from our club on the day, so we will have even more exposure! Even if you aren't up to an early start we will be re-running the coverage later in the morning and will also be running our own medal race for our novices and juniors to compete in.
Dover to Calais
One of our Jybaz, Matthew is one of 15 pupils from Beech Hall School who are training hard for an English Channel relay crossing as part of Nikki Pope's "Mencap Marvels". With the possibility of two dates, late August and mid-September, what an exciting and adventurous opportunity lies ahead. They have been training since last September in Beech Hall's own outdoor swimming pool and over winter, have been swimming in sub-five-degree water in order to understand that they can withstand so much more than they initially believe. Managing in water that is less warm than they would like is only part of the challenge. If they can build the self-belief that the discomfort is just short-term, then they can build the mental toughness to manage the challenges that the Channel could throw at them.
Listen to what they have to say:
Training will continue through the coming months, both in water and on land, both physical and mental, to ensure that our swimmers are as prepared as they can possibly be.
At a time when charities have been hit the hardest, please support our incredible pupils' efforts, and those of Mencap.
Let's get them to that target of £25,000!
Beric Dawson, our current safeguarding officer is stepping down at the end of 2021. He needs a willing volunteer to step forward to take on this role. This role suits a Jybaz parent very well as it involves the safety of our juniors. If anyone want to volunteer, please talk to either Beric or me. The sooner the better really in order to give a comprehensive handover.