Dear Members,

I was delighted to be appointed Commodore and I must thank Keith for his excellent work over the past two years. Those years were very challenging with the loss of water and the protracted repairs.

The new sailing season has started and it promises to be a good year. It is also a very important year for the club, over the past two to three years our membership has declined to a point where there are now just over 100 full members. The Committee has naturally made the recruitment of new members a priority, to this end we are planning a number of one off events designed to attract possible new members.

The major recruitment event is the’ Introduction to Sailing Course’ being run on the following days 23rd and 25th April and 2nd May. Don Appleton is coordinating this event and is looking for volunteers to help on the various nights. On May 6th, bank holiday Monday we are holding “Bring a Friend Sailing Day”. We are also participating in the Belmont Village Fair and offering people the opportunity to try sailing for a small fee. More events and displays are planned for later in the year. It is imperative that we all promote the club wherever possible. If you have any ideas that could help please mention them to any of the club’s officers.

During the closed season the Committee has been very busy, we have just completed an application to the “Inspired Facility Fund” for £50,000. If we are successful then we will see the club re-clad in cedar planking, new double glazed windows, improved insulation throughout the club, the ladies changing room expanded and renovated and the lounge furniture and carpet replaced. All of which is designed to attract new members and ensure the sustainability of the club until its centenary.

The season starts on Sunday 31st March with the agreed modified PY’s. If you are sailing in the Handicap Fleet please take note of the PYs we are using. Richard has spent hours working on the new computerised starting programme and this is now ready to go and if used correctly it does everything except make the tea!! Don’t forget the Trophy day; there is one a month for each fleet including Novices. So look out for them.

I must thank all those members who braved the inclement weather on the various working party days. We had an excellent turn out with over 20 people attending each Sunday. The young people from Lancaster University came down in force and pitched in. My thanks go to Geoff and Dennis for arranging and organising the work .Without you lads, we’d be lost.

Warren Price
Ps. Watch this space for the club handbook