It’s that time of year where we are getting ready for our annual ‘Club Christmas Party’, so here’s some information about it.
We are following the same format as last year for your little ones where you need to go to the Waterside Reception / Shop and select what plate of food you would like to bring per child for the party and in return you will get your tickets.
We have ‘Steve the Magician’ putting on a magic show and making some incredible balloon creations which will have us all amazed and then we’ll have a special visit from Father Christmas. To help Father Christmas hand out his presents please can you make sure your presents are wrapped and clearly marked with the child’s name.
And, to add to that we will have mulled wine on flow and delicious mince pies to get us into the ‘festive spirit’.
Look forward to seeing you !!
Welcome to November’s edition of the Club’s monthly newsletter.
Webcams & Weather Station
As many will know, these sadly stopped working early this summer. The webcams came back into operation in August, but we realised we had not communicated this fact. So, if you hadn’t realised, the webcams are available on our website once again. Click here and see!
The committee has agreed to purchase a Windguru weather station and this will be installed and in operation in the coming months.
Winter Season / Series
For the racers amongst you, last Sunday (23rd October) saw the last day of the Summer Series and, with the clocks going back, next Sunday (30th October) is the first day of the Winter Series.
Race 3 drops from the programme, but the timing of the other races stays the same:
- Warm Up Race: Warning signal: 1015
- Race 1: First warning signal: 1100
- Race 2: First warning signal: 1315
The only change to these is that the Warm Up Race will now be a Windward / Leeward course (following on from the success of Race 3 this summer) and there will be one start.
The OOD instructions have been updated to reflect these changes and are available on the website and in the OOD pack each week.
Signing Onto The Water
Those of you who have read the latest Draycote Unshackled Magazine may have read about the importance of us being able to measure who participates in the sport how often to ensure that we continue to receive significant (£13k) rent rebate for being a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC).
However, some members are thwarting this by either signing on with just their first name, their nickname or illegibly or not signing on at all. Unfortunately writing in Richard, Rich or Mad Dog gets us nowhere! We cannot include such people in our participation figures and, as a result, may lose this benefit. To cover this, membership fees would have to go up by at least 10%.
Please sign on clearly with your full name and the full names of any crew members.
AGM & Committee
This Wednesday sees the close of nominations for the Committee. Currently it looks like the number of people on the Committee will again shrink by one. If the trend of the last few years continues, there will be no-one on the Committee in 5 years’ time!
Even if you are too late for a nomination by Wednesday, if you would like to contribute to running the Club, please talk to Jeremy Atkins or another Committee member. Too few are taking this opportunity to help the club currently.
The AGM is on Wednesday 9th November at 7.30pm. Even if you can’t spare the time to help contribute to the running of the Club, please support your Committee by attending this. We will be outlining the Club’s new Development Plan and this will include ways people can help without being on the Committee.
Try a Sprint 15 Day
Boats available to have a go in, with tuition and advice on joining the fleet.
See the latest Unshackled page 10 for more on Sprint 15s.
This is the Club’s biggest event of the year and is being held on 19th / 20th November. Entry is limited to 130 boats and can only be made online before Sunday 13th November at http://events.sailracer.org/eventsites/new.asp?eventid=207915So far a good number of visitors and club boats have entered and we anticipate the entry list filling up quite quickly as we near the closing date. If you want to enter there is a much-reduced entry of £15 for DWSC members, so get your entry in quickly!
Only those who have entered can compete in any part of the Draycote Dash. There is not the option for club members competing in the Sunday pursuit race this year unless they have entered the event. However, club racing will be held as normal on the Sunday.
We are still short of a few helpers for this event, particularly for the finish of the pursuit race on the Sunday. This would require you from 11am to 2.30pm on Sunday 20th November. If you can help, please let Jeremy Atkins know.
29th October Youth and Junior session – last one before the winter
29th / 30th October Tera End of Season Championships
5th / 6th November British Universities Fleet Racing Championships
6th November Get Racing
12th November Try a Sprint 15 Day
19th / 20th November Draycote Dash
11th December Club Christmas PartyIf you have anything you would like to add in our future emails then please send details to email@example.com.
Draycote Water Sailing Club
The latest issue of Unshackled is out. This is a bumper issue, at 16 pages possibly the biggest issue yet. Check it out for interviews with Club stalwarts, Tim & Elizabeth Fillmore, and find out what some newer members did with a Wayfarer on their holidays.Also lots of other reports from the fleets, Women on Water, and announcements about Christmas and the AGM. Printed copies will be available in the clubhouse (shop, foyer, lounge, wet bar) by the weekend.
Click the link below to view.
What’s been happening!
September has been a very busy month at the Club with many visiting sailors, particularly of the younger variety. The Topper National series saw 145 boats on the water and this was followed by the Midland Zone Championships featuring Optimists and Windsurfers as well as Toppers.
Earlier in the month we had a successful Club Regatta and Bart’s Bash with an Average Lap race in the morning for all fleets followed by a 60-minute pursuit in the afternoon while the youngsters contrived to have lots of fun on the latest incarnation of Jon Hughes’ obstacle course.
AGM papers and Standing for Committee
The Club’s AGM is scheduled to take place on the Wednesday 9th November at 7:30pm and it would be good to see as many members there as possible.
In readiness for the AGM, each member has a copy of the AGM papers available for collection in the Club’s lounge. They will be available to collect until Monday 3rd October after which they will be posted. If you are able to collect, this will save a huge amount on postage.
How about standing for the General Committee? Even with our excellent full-time staff, there is still work to be done in guiding and developing the Club. We do need more hands on deck, particularly from anyone with skills in Finance, Facilities Management/Property, Human Resources, Marketing/Sales & Legal.
If you are interested, the proposal forms can be found next to the collection boxes in the Lounge, the Waterside Reception (shop) or the office. Completed forms need to be submitted to the Waterside Reception or the office by Wednesday 26th October 2016.
Women on Water @ Draycote (WoW)
It was with a little sadness that we had our last Tuesday evening sail of the season and the weather graced us with near perfect conditions and a spectacular sunset.
WoW will continue to meet during the winter as long as the weather allows so if you fancy joining us we are meeting every Saturday between 2-4pm in October (there is a sub of £4 per session that covers boat hire and refreshments).
We will look at dates on a month by month basis, and keep sailing for as long as the weather allows. It is really important that no-one loses the momentum of what we have built up over the summer and certainly for those of you who have recently come off training courses – getting as much practice as possible for as long as possible is key to you using what you have learnt on the courses and applying it as often as possible.
So what’s the plan:
- All Saturdays in October between 2-4pm are free for us to meet – 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th (and even if weather is not conducive then we can meet and walk round lake – lovely coffee shop at Toft Alpacas!)
- There will be a ‘Try a Sprint’ Saturday on one of these October dates when to have a go on a catamaran – date to be notified
- Sunday 2nd October – Get Racing happens on the first Sunday of every month and is a fully supported session to get you gently into the racing. The group will meet (fully kitted and rigged) on the patio at 10.30 for a pre-race briefing. The group gets its own start behind the other sailors and is supported by an on-water team who will advise, offer suggestions and provide you with the help you need. You will receive a reminder via e-mail or on the Facebook page
- Check out the Draycote website for news and events happening throughout the year here http://draycotewater.co.uk
- Please use the group to organise your own sailing together – it doesn’t always have to be on a Saturday as the water is open every day throughout the year. Or e-mail Caroline Noel who will pass on any messages if you don’t use Facebook
- Use the club Facebook page to post if you are looking to have a go at crewing for someone as its a great way to get lots of practice and helpful advice from other sailorshttps://www.facebook.com/DraycoteWater
Your contact for WoW is Caroline Noel on 07813 765864 or Caroline1957@icloud.com
Saturday 1st October – Laser Open
Sunday 2nd October – Get Racing
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October – Finn and Blaze Inlands
Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th October – RS Tera End of Seasons Championships
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Draycote Water Sailing Club
A good breeze of 10-12 knots from the West with a touch of North and the odd gust greeted the September gathering of Get Racing.
Amongst the eight boats signed up it was good to welcome newcomers, Arthur Shaw and Grant Topham together with some more familiar faces. Arthur had recently completed a course at the Club and was far from fazed by the conditions.
After a short introduction, a reminder to sign on and confirmation of the course, the sails were hoisted and all but one set off to the start area. Matt had gear issues and whilst he missed the start at least he was able to get afloat later.
Millie, in her Oppie, had an excellent first beat, showing some of the faster boats a clean pair of heals, and relative speed which was to see her win the race on handicap. The Lasers and RS200 had a good race with Dasha winning out in her 4.7 to come second. There was little to choose between the other two Lasers and RS200 but one Laser is missing from the results.
A big apology to Grant Topham who finished but failed to feature in the results as unfortunately, when he finished, he was mistaken as a competitor in the main Laser Fleet and his time was not taken. Sorry, but if it is any consolation, you were obviously sailing well!
View Get Racing results for 2016
As always a big thank you to the OD’s for their willing cooperation in assisting with Get Racing.
Finally a reminder to all Get Racers that the Club Regatta and Bart’s Bash takes place on Sunday, 11th September and Get Racing entrants will be competing for the Tom Pearson Trophy. (The next Get Racing session is scheduled for 2nd October).
We are now looking forward to a busy month in September. The highlight will be the Club Regatta & Bart’s Bash on Sunday 11th (more details below). This event has taken over from the Interfleet Championships with the advantage that the racing on Sunday morning can still go towards individual fleet series results.There will also be open events on the other weekends. With the exception of the Topper National Series event, bringing up to 150 boats to the club, these should not cause much disruption to club sailing and racing. At a time when we are still recovering our financial stability, these events provide an important source of income to the club, so we ask your forbearance for any minor inconveniences.
Don’t forget our monthly Get Racing for those new to the racing scene takes place on the first Sunday of the month (4th September). Briefing on the patio at 10:30am, changed and rigged please.
Wednesday Evening Racing: The last two Wednesdays of the year are coming up (31st August and 7th September). Do remember that racing will start half an hour earlier at 6:30pm.
For the last 2 years the Club members have embraced Bart’s Bash and last year we successfully made it the Club Regatta as well. We have had lots of boats on the water, of all different standards, for a fun day. We are building on this for the 2016 event on Sunday 11th September.In the morning there will be the normal fleet starts, but this will be run as an average lap race for Bart’s Bash. Please register your entry on the Bart’s Bash website (http://www.bartsbash.com/united-kingdom/draycote-water-sailing-club) and please raise funds for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation – a great cause and the organisation behind Bart’s Bash. (Our date is a week before the “official” Bart’s Bash, but we have special permission to run it a week early).In the afternoon the Youth & Junior sailors will participate in Jon Hughes excellent sailing obstacle course. Meanwhile the adults can compete in a special 60-minute Pursuit Race. Datum for this will be at 1:45pm. Datum will be the Miracle / Laser 4.7, with the Solos / Laser Radials starting after 3 minutes and Lasers after 4.5 minutes, so don’t expect a long wait till your start!Prizes will be awarded for the first adult and first junior in Bart’s Bash. The Tom Pearson trophy will, once again, go to the highest placed Get Racing participant. There will be a separate prize for the pursuit race.But don’t think it’s all about the winners. The emphasis is on a fun day for all the family. Please come and join us!
This will be a big event for us here at the Club with approximately 150 boats coming to race on the Saturday and Sunday. There will be 2 lots of racing for the Topper 5.7’s and Topper 4.2’s so please note that Club Racing on the Sunday could be restricted.
Dates for the diary
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th Sept – Feva Grand Prix *
Saturday 10th Sept – Sprint 15 Open
Sunday 11th Sept – Club Regatta and Bart’s Bash
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th Sept – Topper National Series *
Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th Sept – RYA Midlands Zone Championships *
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th November – Draycote Dash *
* Some parking restrictions may be in operation
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Welcome to this month’s newsletter to keep you up to date with what has been happening at the Club and what lies ahead.
Our Summer Sailing Courses for children have been running for the last couple of weeks and been really well received. With our options of lunch and wrap around cover it is proving to be an appealing activity for the youngsters through out the summer holidays.
- We welcome the Solo Class celebrating their 60th anniversary at a special “vintage” regatta at Draycote 20th / 21st August. Please see more on the following link Solo-60th-anniversary-event
- At bit of an advanced warning, but to ensure that it is in your diary:
The Club Regatta and Bart’s Bash will be held on Sunday 11th September. (This is a week before the “official” Bart’s Bash, but we have been given permission to hold our event a week early because of the Topper Open Meeting the following weekend).
- In the morning, there will be an Average Lap race, using the normal fleet starts. In the afternoon there will be a 60-minute Pursuit Race as well as Jon Hughes’ excellent sailing obstacle race for the Youth & Juniors.
- Prizes will be awarded to the first adult boat (counting both races) and the first Junior boat, counting just the morning race.
- We have run this event for the last 2 years and it has been a really fun occasion with lots of people on the water, on the shore and having a good time! It would be great if you could join us. All standards of sailing ability are very welcome!
- Get Racing
Our ever popular Get Racing for newcomers to the dark arts of club racing runs again this coming Sunday 7th August.With its own start and a coach boat to help you find your way around the course and offer advice, there is no easier way to ease yourself into the fun and excitement of racing. All you need to do is just turn up on the patio, preferably rigged and changed, for a briefing at 10 a.m.
The racers among us will be familiar with the OOD Manual which provides all the information you need to know if you are on OOD duty. A problem has been that, while it is great to read before your duty, it is a bit too long to read on the day.
We have now produced a one-page OOD Checklist for use on the day to remind you of the key things you need to do, and a quick look-up guide so you can quickly find what you need in the manual. This is now at the front of the manual folder. We hope this will help the OODs.
As usual, a plea for volunteers for a few things:
Saturday 13th August: Coventry Olympic Fanzone: The Club will have a stand at the free Olympic Fanzone in Coventry City Centre. There will be a big screen playing Olympic events (hopefully sailing) and lots of other Olympic related things, including a presence of various Olympic sports (which is why we are there). If you could help man the stand for a few hours, that would be a great help.
Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th November: Draycote Dash: This is the most prestigious adult sailing event that we run with an entry up to 130 boats. We need helpers on shore and on the water.
If you can help on either of these things, please let Jeremy Atkins know: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates for the diary
Saturday 13th August – Coventry Olympic Fanzone
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st August – Solo 60th Anniversary Event
Monday 29th August – Onboard Shield Pursuit Race Datum: 11:00 a.m.
Sunday 11th September – Club Regatta and Bart’s Bash
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th November – Draycote Dash
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Enjoy your sailing!
The summer holidays are just a few weeks away for many people and this year the summer at Draycote Water Sailing Club is lining up to be even bigger and better than last year with new courses, new boats and new instructors. We just need the British weather to match…
The feed back from last year was great and we have been working hard to improve on areas highlighted.To assist parents we have provided the option of booking child care before and after course times and the choice of lunch for the week, both with the aim to making life easier.
Sailing courses run each week from the 18th July and bookings are coming in fast, please look at the links below for the full dates and booking.
For more information on sailing courses please follow this link:
For Windsurfing courses please follow:
If you have any questions please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 01788 814418.