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Commodore's comments - July 2019

I’ve been watching the cricket. I have to say, I’m not a big cricket fan and find it one of the least exciting sports to watch. However, the world cup final is slightly different, particularly when it involves England and New Zealand, as there is a significant contingent of New Zealand supporters in our household, i.e. the missus and parts of the children. So, we were keeping track of the scores on the day and switched the TV on when England were batting to try and beat New Zealand’s total.

What drama towards the end, as England just managed to draw level with New Zealand’s score after the 50 overs and after a few interesting incidents. So, the match was decided by a ‘Super Over’, where each side bowled one over each. After more drama, New Zealand just managed to make the same number of runs in the extra over as England, before being run out. England went on to win overall, as they’d hit more boundary scores during the match. It was probably the most dramatic and exciting final I’ve ever seen and what a fantastic result, with our first ever cricket world cup final win. What were the chances of both sides making the same number of runs after 50 overs and then again after an extra over! It took a while for the shouting to die down in our household and shows how captivating sport can be at times.

A group of Tamworth Sailing Club members recently spent a weekend with the Andrew Simpson Foundation at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. Following a successful trip last year, the club returned again. The weather was not quite as hot as last year but still warm and sunny and with more wind. Saturday was spent sailing keelboats round the coast to Weymouth and back. The return journey being a little slow initially due to the wind dropping off. A bracing swim off Chesil Beach in the evening by some diehards, was followed by restoration of body temperature with food and Adnams Broadside in the nearby pub. Once again, we were treated to a glorious sunset over Chesil Beach. Sunday saw us experiencing the trials and tribulations of using spinnakers. A few decided to test spinnaker effectiveness while submerged – Paula and Graham most notably, while our Vice Commodore, Adrian, disappeared backwards over the side of a Bahia, after missing the toe straps, or so he says. Catamaran sailing was exciting stuff and I came off the trapeze feeling like I’d been jet washed several times over; good for the skin apparently. A great time was had by all and a large thanks to Debbie for organising it.

Our level two training course is now well underway with a large number of participants from the level one courses. It’s great to see so many enthusiastic new members who are keen to get out on the water and will hopefully continue to develop their sailing skills at the club. The club had a recent RYA inspection of its training and training facilities while the level two course was running, and the inspector was impressed with the number of trainees participating, as well as club members helping out. And for new and existing members, if you’re not already aware, you can get the weather forecast for the area in the ‘members’ area of the club website, under the ‘Info’ tab.

Speaking of training facilities, the club has been very fortunate to inherit some additional boats from the council owned out-door education centre on the other side of the park. Unfortunately, the centre closed down a while ago, and subsequently, has been taken over by the fire service. The club has use of an additional Bahia, six Laser Picos and a safety boat, which are already being put to good use. By the way, please remember to remove the bungs from the safety boats when they are stored away as floodwater can push the boats into the ceiling of the storage area.

And lastly, there’ll be no Tamahoy in August so enjoy your summer holidays and see you on the water in between!

Dominic
Commodore

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.

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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.

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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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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.