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Once again the club will be holding our Youth Fun Week from the 4th to 8th August. This event resulted in no less than 80 sessions being requested last year. It’s a really heavy volunteer commitment especially coming just two weeks before the Mirror Miracles (for which I already have a good response for volunteers).
We need as many volunteers as we can get for this youth fun week, so if you are available please will you let me know asap.
On another tack, pun intended!!! I have had a meeting with Dave Morton the Resort Manager over the Bank Holiday weekend, re the state of the launch area which has resulted in a partial cleanup of the rocks with more to come this week. If you notice any old pier debris will you please let me know as this tends to be a priority for clearance by the Borough Council for reasons of safety for all beachgoers.
We have had a good turnout of young sailors these past 3 weeks on Sundays – and Wednesday evenings are once again proving popular, so why not join fellow members and have some fun!
Hunstanton Sailing Club will be hosting a BBQ this Sunday 25th to welcome home a team of firefighters kayaking across the wash.
The firefighters from Cambridge Airport are raising funds for a variety of charities including the RNLI and have received support, training and equipment from our very own Les Collinson at Hunstanton Kayaks.
All welcome – so come on down and cheer them home – the bar will be open, the barbie on – and collection tins on hand if you want to make a contribution to the chosen charities.
The team are setting off from Skegness at 0900 with a support team consisting of Rib’s / jet ski’s and hope to land at Hunstanton around 1600.
Many thanks to John and Pru Fox for a magnificent BBQ on Easter Sunday and for organising the raffle (results below):
1st Prize: £120 – S Bryant from Dersingham
2nd Prize: £60 – Becky Daniels from Rothwell
3rd Prize: £30 – Colin Mason from Nottingham
There was a great turnout on the veranda and JohnM and Will were kept busy all afternoon as members renewed or joined for the first time. (Remember there is still time to renew your membership at last year’s rate before the end of the month).
John Matthews was also handing out the new door entry swipe cards. If you were not there to pick yours up in person, don’t worry – they’ll be posted out to you in the next few days.
I look forward to seeing you all down the club over the next few weeks.
Hunstanton Sailing Club is hosting a club BBQ on Easter Sunday, 20th April.
There will be a free children’s Easter Egg Hunt at 2pm followed by BBQ at 4pm.
Weather-permitting we’ll have the various club sailing, windsurfing and stand-up paddle equipment out available for members to use.
Hopefully this will also be an opportunity to distribute the membership swipe-cards for the new entry system which is being installed shortly.
Hope to see you there!
Hello to all our members on this chilly February day.
I thought we should update you on club developments once again before I depart these shores on Friday for the warmth of the Adelaide hills and Great Ocean Road. 40 plus degrees lately!!!
Firstly, we now have a calendar on the website showing all those events booked so far for this coming year. There are some exciting events including one planned by our own club freestyle windsurf champion Kieren Roan. Jo Wilson, pro-kiter is also planning a youth weekend of kitesurf training. We will also have a paper calendar up in the clubhouse very soon provided by Nikki Durrant. If you are planning an event it is important you don’t double-book. So glance at the calendar and contact the club secretary Lesley Lees if you wish to book a time and date. A small task group of the committee is currently looking at various hire charges in particular for NON members. We have had a number of enquiries re hire of the club for special events lately.
You will see amongst other dates that the AGM is now booked for Sunday 10th August 2014. This delay is due to the fact the accounts don’t finish till year end April and they have to be presented at the AGM. You still need to renew annual membership by the end of April and bear in mind if you pay early you get next years membership at this years rates. So get your cheque books out soon eh? Stuart Moore and John Matthews are looking at an easier online renewal system but there is no guarantee it will be ready for this year.
The committee has two new members, Tracy Spearing and Ollie Arnold. Les Collinson has stood down recently. Our thanks to Les who has been a very helpful committee member. Ollie is already known to most members and Tracy brings much experience as a family member and in particular represents the West Norfolk Young Carers group.
I am delighted to inform you the committee has accepted a quote for the rear fire escape to be built asap, and we have the help of Geoff Carnell, who will prepare the ground for the base, and David Gumb has a cement mixer whilst Will Rockcliffe has some spare cement!!! So it will be very much an in-house piece of work for the base. We are still hoping some members will offer their services for some of the work upstairs. If you have any skill you wish to share or any equipment you can donate etc please contact Will Rockcliffe in the first place.
John Fox and others are working on a feasibility study on reconfiguring the bar / kitchen layout upstairs and will report back to the next committee meeting.
We have also placed an order for the new door entry system and are awaiting the final snagging to get underway this month. The new door entry will be done at the same time.
I hope this gives a flavour of how hard the committee are working in the ‘quiet season’ and as always we welcome any ideas or advice from interested members.
Good evening to all our members. I guess like me, you have been waiting to see further progress, especially in relation to the incorrectly hung changing room doors and an improved door entry system.
We have now submitted the final snagging info to the builders and are awaiting their response. Here I would like to say thanks to those members who have taken the trouble to email me wiht their observations on issues that need addressing. Very helpful thanks.
We were unable to rehang the changing room doors ourselves as this would have invalidated the builders responsibilities. I can confirm we now have detailed plans available for the fire escapes, and have met with a door entry card system installer this week. Tim will inform the committee of the outcome asap.
Following on from an unfortunate incidence of a lack of privacy in the ladies showers recently, there is now a privacy screen inside the entrance door and David Gumb has ordered shower rails and curtains which should be delivered in the next week. I have been informed by several male colleagues that they do not feel we need to do the same for the male changing rooms, however if we get representations to the contrary, we can do the same.
‘In house’ work on phase two can begin once we have building regs approval for the fire escapes. Hopefully this will be soon. In the meantime Dave Gambell has been busy advising us of the improvements we can make re water supply / control and is busy drawing up the schematics for the electrical system required.
Gay Watt and I will be meeting with Jemma Curtis at the Borough Council in January to put together a joint funding bid to the Big Lottery.
Stuart Moore and I have been planning the 40th Anniversary weeks meeting for the Mirror Miracles next August and we need as many volunteers as possible to sign up cos a weeks activity is a heavy commitment and cannot be done by a few members. We need at least 30 people helping so don’t be shy and let me know your availability asap.
Interestingly, the Chairman of the OK class of sailing dinghy saw Carol Cliftons photo of the club on the website and have also asked if we can accommodate them for their National Championship. Just shows the power of good advertising eh? Should be even better once Phase two is complete.
Tim is busy planning the Youth Fun Week next year and also working toward us having a Youth Sailing Section. He has been on RYA courses looking at ways we can improve our position as a future centre of sailing excellence.
It’s been good to see so many of our kitesurf and windsurf members enjoying the high winds of late. For my part I prefer keeping dry and warm in winter as I get older!!! Though I have been attending auctions seeking and finding Shabby Chic furniture for the first floor once it’s complete.
Finally, we have been asked to host Cllr Richard Bird’s fun run on New Years Day once again. This means we will be providing bacon rolls for anyone who turns up at minimal cost. If you wish to join us about 10am on New Years Day, please let me know so we can cater accordingly.
I hope you can see although it is supposed to be the quiet part of the clubs year, we are still beavering away and will see further improvements very soon.