Coronavirus (COVID-19) - updated 16th May
The club remains closed for sailing but there are positive signs
From Monday 18th May we will have vehicle access to the Club. Kingsbury Water Park will be allowing the vehicle access between 9 am and 4 pm. Members using barrier passes will not be subject to the pre-booking arrangements required by the general public.
At the time of writing, we cannot use the water for sailing. We are working on our COVID 19 safeguarding procedures based on guidance provided by the RYA.
Take care and stay safe.
Commodore's comments - March 2020
Wow, we’re already into March and I notice the days are visibly getting longer. The clocks going forward at the end of the month and we will be well into our spring series of racing along with our Laser/Streaker Open event. If you’re not sailing please come along and support your fellow club members.
The clubs Open Day is on the Saturday 4th of April, and a note to our newer members - this is traditionally the day when we recruit new club members and show the club off to the public.
To ensure we are seen at our best we have a work party on the 28th March starting at 9.00 am concentrating on the buildings, grounds and club boats. If you could bring along cleaning or gardening equipment it would be appreciated. I will post a list of jobs via email a few days before.
I would like to see as many members as possible helping out on both days, the work party is simply turn up and you will be assigned a task. For the open day please contact Dominic who is coordinating roles for this year’s event. Please contact him via email to let him know that you will be available to help out. As the saying goes many hands make light work.
Commodore’s YouTube Picks: I’d just like to share with you a couple of Youtube sailing videos that inspire me to step beyond my comfort zone.
Sailing Greta Thunberg across the Atlantic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frZI857axRs
Crossing the north sea single-handed in the winter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Rm1J-g2enk
See you on the water hopefully not in such stormy conditions as of late!
2019-2020 Committee elected
Thank you to Dominic for completing his tenure as Commodore 2018-19 and congratulations to Adrian on being elected as Commodore for the forthcoming year.
Try sailing in May with RYA Push the Boat Out 2019
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 4th May, Monday 6th May, or Friday 24th 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.
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.
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.
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.
Tamworth Sailing Club volunteers recognised by the RYA
Two Tamworth sailors had their inspirational volunteer endeavours recognised by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at the annual RYA Volunteer Awards in London on Friday (20 November 2015).
Tamworth Sailing Club’s Alex Simpson was honoured with an RYA Lifetime Commitment award by sailing’s national governing body, which recognises individuals who have shown exceptional commitment and dedication to their club or organisation for at least 15 years, meanwhile his Tamworth clubmate John Biggs received an RYA Outstanding Contribution Award, for individuals who have made a significant volunteer contribution, either over a period of time or a ‘one-off’ effort.
A member of Tamworth Sailing Club for more than 30 years, Alex still sails each week. He is always on hand to meet and greet prospective new members at club open days and his sheer enthusiasm has been cited by many people as one reason they choose to join the club.
John meanwhile, has been a significant influence at the club over his 12 years, as both Commodore and Chief Instructor. John reinvigorated Tamworth’s training schedule, helping many locals to prosper and become regular sailors, and he is a key member of the team that runs Tamworth’s junior club on Saturday mornings.
Duncan Truswell, RYA Sport Development Manager, said: “The RYA Volunteer Awards are our opportunity to say 'thank you’, on behalf of clubs and associations that affiliate to the RYA, to their volunteers, the people that really make a difference to help people get afloat. It’s our opportunity to take a bit of time out to appreciate the commitment these individuals make to the sport in helping people get afloat safely and enjoyably."
For more information about the RYA Volunteer Awards visit www.rya.org.uk/go/RYAVolunteerAwards