Mailchimp post for April at DWSC

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The summer season is just about to get underway and we have a month coming up filled with activities to get you back on the water.

First of all, thank you to all those who have successfully renewed their membership using the new Webcollect system.  If you have not yet renewed can you please do so as soon as possible.  If you are having any difficulties at all, please call 01788 811153 during office hours (9:30-2:30) or 01788 814418.  If you have lost all the paperwork, don’t worry, just start the process by clicking here.

Visiting Events
It has been great to see the Club being used so much over the winter with visiting fleets having open events and training sessions. Not many clubs can say that their busiest month is January! However, the next full weekend open meeting is now not until September, so there is no excuse for members not to make use of the full expanse of water throughout the summer!

Summer Racing
We are back to 3 races on a Sunday (plus the early morning warm-up race), with the 3rd race being the new format Windward/Leeward. More information here.

Get Racing and Refresher Weekend
Here are two initiatives to get newcomers to sailing and racing into the swing of things:

  • Get Racing on Sunday 3rd April is the first of the monthly sessions to help build confidence to join in the Club Racing. With your own start (Start 6) on the morning race, and the help of a pre-launch briefing and on the water coach boat, this is the perfect opportunity to ease yourself into the fun of the club races. Club boats available without charge, but best to book in advance. Rigged and ready on the patio at 10am.  More information here.
  • The Refresher Weekend on the weekend of 23rd/24th April is for all those who have taken courses or joined the club in the past couple of years to come along and get back into sailing mode, with informal coaching, help to rig boats (either your own or the club’s). No charge for hiring the club boats. Come down any time between 10am and 3pm Saturday or Sunday.
Wednesday Evening Racing – starts 6th April

The successful Wednesday evening racing starts again on 6th April. Don’t forget:  The start times for the first two Wednesdays is 6:30, then 7pm until the last 2 Wednesdays when it’s back to 6.30pm.

The bar will be open from 6:30pm onwards and a new, fresh format to providing an evening meal will be available for just £5.  It will be a varied self service menu each week with a choice of mash, chips and vegetables such as sausages, gourmet burgers, BBQ and curry nights .  Please note there will be no need to book.

Women Sailing
A new initiative for this year is to encourage more participation from women and girls. Caroline Noel is hoping to strengthen the network of the club’s women members around common interests which may not necessarily be all about sailing, but include social aspects and other activities, e.g. cycling and walking. She will shortly be sending out a survey form to all women and girls on the membership list to ascertain levels of interest. If you do not receive one, please contact the office.

OOD Refresher Training – Sunday 3rd April 3.30pm
In case you missed it, here’s a second chance to run through the process of being on the OOD team helping to run the club’s racing.  Jeremy Atkins, Commodore, will make it all seem very clear and easy, from setting courses to running the sequence.

Forthcoming Events
The Club has the following events coming up:

3 April – OOD Refresher Training; Get Racing
6 April – Wednesday Evening Racing starts
9 April – Solo Spring Championships
23/24 April – Refresher weekend

Spring is here so enjoy the lighter evenings and have fun on the water.

Kind regards


Andrea Halliman
DWSC Club Administrator