13 March – 19.30 to 21.00 at the Clubhouse
You are invited to join in a ‘look ahead’ at the coming sailing season’s activity next Wednesday. This is an opportunity to support the club’s calendar (available on the website) of races/training/cruising/other events and influence how it facilitates all members’ sailing activity – skippers and crew.
The following topics will be covered:
o Race duties – organisation and training
· Cruising in Company – format
· Hunter 707
o Ownership opportunity
· Other – e.g. mooring TLC
Please come along and join what should be a convivial evening.
In more detail (from the Commodore):
The calendar of racing and cruising events for the season ahead is nearly finalised and with better weather we might hope to have an active summer on the water.
In addition there are three major events. There is the Helgoland race in late May which brings an active week for the club both in supporting and entertaining the German crews who descend on Granton biennially. The Edinburgh Regatta being held in June, which was very successful and well attended last year. Then there will be East Coast Sailing Week in August that will be taking place at Port Edgar. We have been asked to assist by lending Royal Forth complete with drivers to this event.
We are fortunate to have a new Sailing Secretary who will need to be given your full assistance. In doing so we will try to build on the efforts of the previous Sailing Secretary by seeking to encourage more support for events both as participants and volunteers.
Against a background of an apparent general decline in numbers of yachts racing on the Forth this may prove to be difficult but we must continue to try. The club’s facilities and volunteer officials are there to provide more than a place to keep boats and allow solitary sailing – racing has been a club tradition for over a hundred years as can be seen in the photographs around the clubhouse. We also run an RYA dinghy training course, mainly for our younger members. Last year we tried with some success to provide Cruising in Company for those less inclined to race but found participating skippers keen to compete in a fun race – stern chase – back to Granton each time. So there seems to be a competitive streak hidden in all of us!
Therefore the Commodore asks everyone who intends to sail this season, plus this should be a requirement for all boats who regularly race, to attend the above meeting. The purpose of which is to help organise support for and influence the season’s activity. The racing/cruising calendar will be available for you to volunteer (for example as Race Officer) and pencil your name against specific dates. General topics such as organising Helgoland volunteers will also be open for discussion, or I can advise on mooring TLC if pressed.
The bar will be open (staffed by volunteers) and there will be free “nibbles” (don’t worry no horse burgers will be offered!). So please come along and give your support.
Please let the office know you are coming, or unable to attend. Remember skippers, even if you can’t make it you can blackmail your crew to go along.