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Commodore's comments - September 2019

Welcome back after the summer break, hope you had a good summer and maybe managed to get away for a holiday or a staycation at home. Some of you might have been near water and maybe did some sailing on a lake or the coast. We found ourselves in North Wales after finally prising the kids away from their mobile phones and X-Box computer games. After having a surfing lesson in a surfing lake last year, we decided that it would be good to develop our skills on real waves. Besides, I’ve listened to the beach boys, used to have a skateboard as a kid and quite liked the idea of riding a barrel with sun bleached hair streaming in my wake – well maybe the hair’s a bit deluded!

So, we hired some boards and trundled off to Hell’s Mouth, near Abersoch. I soon realised that my skateboard years were a long time ago and in the meantime, my joints had stiffened and my weight may have increased slightly. My sons seemed to manage standing up and staying up at times while, if I got close to standing up, I was already falling over. The trick seemed to be to catch the wave and then to get standing up quickly whereas I went through the process in slow motion and by the time I was close to standing up, the wave had petered out, much to the hilarity of the kids. Clearly, the waves just weren’t big enough for me, well that’s what I told everybody. I did finally manage to stand up a couple of times for more than one second and salvage a morsel of lost pride. I am hoping Stand Up Paddle Boarding is a bit easier. Maybe we can even install a wave machine at Kingsbury!

This will be my last Commodore’s Comments as I will be stepping down this month to make way for our next Commodore, Adrian who will be taking over the helm. Many of you will have met him already but for those who haven’t, he’s a very helpful, friendly and capable club member who has been Vice Commodore over the last year.

A lot has been happening over the last year, but to pick out a few things. We had a busy Club Open Day in April with a lot of people of all ages from the local area jumping in a boat with club members. There was also strong interest in our RYA ‘Push The Boat Out’ taster sessions. This translated into enthusiastic people signing up for training courses and we ran two Level One introductory courses and one Level Two course between April to July and another Level One course is due to run September 21/22nd. We also recruited more Super Sailors and ran a youth training course. We are really pleased to have a significant number of new members join the club, who I am sure you will make feel welcome and help out if needed. Three female members successfully achieved RYA Dinghy Instructor accreditation and five members successfully achieved RYA Powerboat Instructor accreditation which further boosts our credentials as an RYA training establishment. A very enjoyable weekend was had in June, sailing in Weymouth with the Andrew Simpson Foundation and watching the sunset off Chesil Beach from the local pub.

I have been very proud to have been Commodore of the club over the last year and it has been a pleasure to help further develop the club along with the Committee and the Sailing Committee. I would particularly like to thank the Committee for their support during the year and all the hard work put in by themselves as well as the others in non committee club roles.

All of this happens as a result of club members getting involved and putting some time, energy and ideas into running their club. After all, it is your club. The strength of the club is in its diverse membership and the variety of skills and knowledge members bring to the club. So your participation is always warmly welcomed and in fact, essential to keep the club running. And on that note, we have the club AGM coming up on Wed. 18th Sept. at the clubhouse. If you’re interested in hearing a bit more about what’s been going on, have some ideas of your own or might be interested in volunteering for a role, then come on down. The club needs a Membership Secretary, couple of Social Secretaries, Sailing Secretary and Bar/Galley. Previous holders of these roles will be more than happy to have a chat and support you in taking up the role.

Before I sign off, just a couple of reminders. There’s a work party on Saturday 14th September which will include taming some of the summer’s wild growth in the club grounds. Bart’s Bash is happening Sunday morning, Sept. 15th. This is a charity sailing race and is designed to be a fun event and a celebration of sailing with funds raised going to the Andrew Simpson Foundation which aims to transform and improve young lives through sailing (See advert in Tam-Ahoy). It would be good to see as many of you there as possible, particularly Super Sailors.

See you at the club and on the water.

Dominic
Commodore

Try sailing in May with RYA Push the Boat Out 2019

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*There is non-refundable fee of £4.50 per car payable at the entrance to Kingsbury Waterpark.

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Try sailing for free - Saturday 6th April 2019

We love sailing and want to give you the chance to love it too. Come along to our public open day on Saturday 6th April 2019 between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm and feel the wind in your sails.

Have you ever thought about trying sailing? There’s nothing quite like catching the breeze in your sails and scooting off across the water. Why not come along to Tamworth Sailing Club’s annual Open Day for a free taster and a chat to club members and find out what it’s all about. The club is situated in Kingsbury Water Park and is a Community Amateur Sports Club run by its members. We run training courses for beginners and those more experienced, as well as social sailing and regular racing. The ‘Supersailors’ section is for children and young people, ages 8-16 years, with the emphasis on having fun on the water, in a safe environment and with no TV and computer screens around!
New members welcome at any time too.

Please note there is a small admission charge for vehicles to enter the water park.

ITCA Topper Training at Tamworth

For 2019 we are delighted to welcome back one of the Midlands Area Topper Open Training days on Saturday 26th January
Click on the picture below to find out more details including the food available from the galley through the day.

Bart’s Bash 2018

Tamworth Sailing Club, based at Kingsbury Water Park, took part in Bart’s Bash and a Guinness World Record attempt on Sunday 16th September. Bart’s Bash is an annual charity race in memory of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, a double Olympic medallist in sailing, who tragically died while training for the America’s Cup in 2013.

The race took place in hundreds of venues across the UK and in other countries. The 2018 event saw an attempt on the world record for the largest number of sailors taking part in a sailing race. Money raised goes to the Andrew Simpson Foundation Trust, which aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people and increase participation in sailing. This year, donations were going towards a cardiac defibrillator for the club.

The club had 28 members taking part, the youngest being 6 years old. It was a windy day at Kingsbury and there were lots of thrills, spills and chills!

New members are always welcome.

2018-2019 Committee elected

Thank you to Darren for completing his tenure as Commodore 2017-18 and congratulations to Dominic on being elected as Commodore for the forthcoming year.

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Try sailing in May with RYA Push the Boat Out 2018

Are you looking for a new way to get outdoors and active? Or find something you can enjoy together with the family? If the answer is yes, Tamworth Sailing Club is inviting you to come and try sailing for free* on either Saturday 5th May or Monday 7th May.

*There is non-refundable fee of £4.50 per car payable at the entrance to Kingsbury Waterpark.

Whether you're completely new to the sport or looking to get back on the water, RYA Push the Boat Out, which takes place throughout May, is the perfect time to give it a go.

Find out more and book your place via this link.

BOOK YOUR PLACE

 

2017-2018 Committee elected

Thank you to Mitesh for completing his tenure as Commodore 2016-17 and congratulations to Darren on being elected as Commodore for the forthcoming year.

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Try sailing for free with RYA Push the Boat Out

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Tamworth Sailing Club takes delivery of 5 brand new Toppers

Thanks to a £10,000 grant from Sport England we have taken delivery of five brand new race rigged Toppers to supplement our junior training fleet. The dinghies were put through their paces by our Super Sailors during the recent public open day and were a very impressive sight indeed.

The club has a very active juniors section with the numbers taking part growing significantly over the last few years and the new boats can only help to increase participation in sailing. At Tamworth Sailing Club we aim to encourage juniors to take up sailing as a sporting and a social activity. We have juniors who have chosen sailing for their Duke of Edinburgh award, either as part of their skills or physical sections. Ex-juniors have even returned to help out for their volunteering section. We also aim to encourage those juniors who want more competition to take part in club racing here and further afield. The new dinghies will help us to achieve these goals.