Commodore's comments Tam-Ahoy February 2021
Another month has whizzed by, the bulbs in the garden are starting to peep through and it finally feels that longer and warmer days are not too far away.
As we remain in lockdown there has sadly been no sailing; but lots of work has been going on in the background. As a committee we have decided to still plan and offer a very full training programme and hope that restrictions will be eased to allow us to welcome you all back to the club soon.
Most courses are now open for booking on the training tab, on both the public and club website, and we will soon be adding Youth Stages training to the site too.
We are repeating our £100 offer for a level 1 this year, so if you know anyone who is interested in learning to sail please point them towards our website. It would be fabulous to have 2 full level 1 courses this year.
Maintenance work has continued at the club, Adrian has been very busy fixing a leak in the roof, a new wheel on the gate and a few electrical issues that needed sorting. Jason, Mia, Clev and Hugh have been renewing the fence at the back of the club, along with a bit of wardroom power washing after the recent flooding. Thank you all for the time you give to the club even though we are not able to sail.
Sandra, John, Peter, Deb and I have been meeting with the RYA looking at ways of attracting new members and retaining current membership. Some of us will be contacting some of you over the next month to gather your ideas and find out what we can do to help you get back on the water.
Whilst we are waiting for that it would be lovely to see you at our online quiz on 13th February. If it’s anything like the last one , I can guarantee hilarity and an “educational experience.“ Thanks to Deb, Graham and Helen for doing this.
We have finally been able to get Jon R his Leo Berry award so that was a very nice moment, and I also need to thank Jon for his work on the CCTV system which enables us to keep an eye on the club whilst we are not visiting it on a regular basis.
In the meantime, I have been experiencing my sailing vicariously, by watching the America’s Cup. I can only dream of getting a boat to 53 knots. I am sure it would be very exhilarating, until I ran out of lake!
My brain cells are getting a work-out following Chris Ps’ online navigation classes although I found out on Wednesday that using the correct tide table helps enormously.
Finally, please ensure that you get your renewal form and payment completed by the end of February to benefit from the discounts. If you have any problems please contact Deb P or Chris P as appropriate. The park has still not made its mind up about barrier passes or windscreen stickers yet, but I have been told that if you are parking outside the club and show your old barrier pass in the windscreen you will be fine at the moment.
As usual please contact me by email or phone if you have any concerns or I can help you.
Very best wishes,
2020-2021 Committee elected
Thank you to Adrian for completing his tenure as Commodore 2019-20 and congratulations to Paula on being elected as Commodore for the forthcoming year.
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