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April 2, 2016 Club news, News No Comments

Hopefully everyone received this by email recently – but just in case any slipped through the net – here’s the latest update:



Current memberships expire end of April – to renew – simply print off the pdf form on the website (click here) and return to the address listed OR if you’d prefer to renew in person – then come along to the club TODAY (Saturday 2nd April) between 10am and 3pm when you can process your membership on the spot.

As usual if you renew BEFORE the expiry date you can do so at last years prices!

There’s a couple of new sections on the form this year to help us gain an insight into likely usage / willingness to volunteer – so we’d be VERY grateful if you could please fill out ALL the sections of the form before returning it – thank you!



Thanks to our amazing team of volunteers and support from the borough council – the upstairs is VERY close to being open for use!

The week after easter (Mon 11th – Fri 15th April) the club will be CLOSED for building improvements. During this week the internal staircase to the first floor will be fitted and at the same time the mens changing room floor will be resurfaced.

Apologies for any inconvenience – but hopefully with the closure only being 5 term-time weekdays – the disruption will be kept to a minimum.



Windguru are sending us version 2 of their weatherstation next week so keep an eye out for that being back online shortly.



Thanks to funding from Sport England – the four new RS Qubas are now installed out the front of the club available for use by members. Qualified sailing instructor Stuart Moore has kindly offered to teach people how to rig and sail these new craft as part of the new wednesday night socials. The training will be open to any club member. Previous dinghy sailing experience will not be necessary.



Every wednesday evening starting 20th April we plan on having SOME activity or OTHER going on at the club. This will generally be from 5pm onwards and will be tailored to weather conditions. So could be a group SUP, canoe, kitesurf, windsurf, sail or simply music, quiz, movie, social drink etc. Details will be posted online on the monday or tuesday once we have an idea of that weeks forecast.



A number of events have already been confirmed for 2016 and more are in the pipeline.

Dates for your diary confirmed so far:

Sunday 17th April – First Aid Course

Wednesday 18th May – ‘Push the Boat Out’ 2pm till 4pm

Sat 30th and Sun 31st July – First weekend of North West Norfolk Week Sailing Regatta

Thu 18th and Fri 19th August – Jo Wilson Youth Training (Kitesurfing)

Sat 20th and Sun 21st August – British Kitesurfing Championships

(More details on each of the above events to follow)



Instead of boat / board / canoe stickers – this year the plan is to display a list of members who’ve paid for storage on the the club noticeboard along with a fabric tag to attach to your vessel. Also can you individually please try and arrange to meet up with John Matthews and have your craft photographed. This way we can hopefully identify the many boards / boats / canoes that are currently taking up valuable spaces unpaid.

Also this year – the spaces directly in front of the club are to be reserved for club boats only (i.e. the four Qubas, the wayfarer, the laser and the toppers). This will not only make it very easy for members to identify which boats are for general club use – but also make it very easy to clear this area when required for major events etc.



Qualified stand up paddleboard instructor Samantha Rutt has kindly offered to arrange a SUP safety day.

This will cover:

Safe weather conditions to go out in
How to launch/exit safely
How to self rescue if alone
How to self rescue in a group
Ideal equipment to take

This will possibly be limited to 4 people due to the number of club boards unless you have your own board.

Dates for this will probably have to be arranged at short notice to make sure we have no wind and sunshine (if we are lucky)…followed by beer and bbq for those interested 🙂



After the popularity of the free kitesurfing deepwater packdown training days last year – this year we plan to do more of the same but in a different format to cater for larger numbers.

Instead of taking people out on the rib and getting them to launch from the the boat and then perform a packdown (very time consuming!) the plan this year is to be out on the rib when people are already kitesurfing – and then supervise participants one at a time as they each perform a packdown / self-rescue.

This will hopefully accommodate a lot more people in one day. These days will be organised at short notice based on a favourable forecast and hopefully be combined with a barbeque afterwards so keep an eye out for those on the club website and facebook pages!


Please keep an eye out for the latest information on the club website at

and facebook group pages at


Wishing you a fantastic 2016 season!

kind regards,

John Matthews
Membership Secretary


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