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Weekly Club News - 3rd May 2022

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Published 09:12 on 3 May 2022

Solo Open Meeting!

This Saturday sees our annual Solo Open Meeting! We have a great forecast for the day and it should be a fantastic day of racing.

There is a small fee to enter and you can book online by clicking here. We do also have the Club Solo "Noble Spirit" available to hire for the day if you normally sail a different boat and would like to try your hand in this Open Meeting! Please email to book this.

Can we please remind all members that as normal when we are hosting an Open Meeting we ask that no one goes afloat during the racing.

Club Open Day

We are having a Club Open Day on Sunday 8th May! This is a great chance to invite anyone you know who may be interested in joining the Club to come along and see what we can offer! You can see more details on our website here.

Topper Winter Training

As some of you are aware several of our Topper sailors have had a very busy winter taking advantage of the training opportunities away from Spinnaker Sailing Club through JETS and the RYA. We strongly recommend our young sailors apply to these programmes if they wish to push their racing onto the next level. Below is a few words from Matthew about what he got up to this winter and how it has helped him:

"My name is Matthew. Over the winter, Ed, Ava and I have been training in the Regional Training groups and JETS. Our head coach has been Helena Lucas, Gold medallist in the 2.4 metre paralympic class. In oxford, we also had Laser Olympian, Alison Young straight out of Tokyo after the games.

The first half of training pre-Christmas was interesting to say the least. One week it would be too light, the next it was blowing a force 5 wind! By the end we had some lovely days sailing in places such as Hayling Island.

Before this training started, I was getting mid-fleet finishes in traveller events. Now after training, I recently finished 24th out of 85 at a national event! (I was 10th until the final race where I had a terrible start!) In the recent traveller here at Spinnaker, I came 4th overall despite an OCS in the first race of the day.

I can really see the improvements all of us have made together as sailors. I would 100% recommend taking the RTG route for the coming winter - as optimists, toppers and ILCA 4's."

Clubhouse Front Galley

Please remember there is no general access to any of the galley areas at Spinnaker Sailing Club for individuals, this includes use of the fridge/taps in the galley at any time.

For organised activities hosted by the Club or Associated Groups the galley can be booked out for use, please speak to the Club Office for further information or to book this facility.

All taps within the Spinnaker Sailing Club grounds are drinking water taps, and we strongly encourage members to bring a reusable water bottle with them when sailing.

Club Duties

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Club so far this year by volunteering time to support everything we do. As we are approaching June and July we have number of duty slots still to fill for our racing programme. Please be aware that next week we will begin allocating duties for the remainder of the year, and so strongly encourage members to volunteer now so you can choose your own dates/duties.

Solar Power Installation

Spinnaker Sailing Club are going green! Dick and Phil from our Main Committee have ben working hard in the background (as they always do) and have arranged for the installation of solar panels at the club! This will have the effect of helping to reduce the Club's energy bills long term, and make us a little bit more environmentally friendly!

The current projected installation date is Tuesday 31st May, although this could change. Please be aware that on the day of installation there is likely to be some disruption to normal club activities and facilities.

Last updated 16:07 on 5 May 2022

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