AQUARIUS SAILING CLUB NEWSLETTER
The Commodore writes…..
Keen readers of these newsletters will realise that this
edition is rather late: we normally circulate one in time to advertise
the Regatta and Barbeque. However this year time seems to have flown by
and your editor and colleagues seem barely to have had time to draw
breath. Aiding and abetting this delay your Commodore has been dilatory
in providing this copy having been enjoying himself too much on (and
in) the river!
We have enjoyed a good start to the season and
the Club has seemed to be quite humming at times. It is great to see
the Club's facilities in use - both on and off the water. The Club
boats have seen good use and we are grateful to Graham Thompson for the
donation of a Bosun to the Club. Bryan hopes to have this in commission
very shortly when it will take the pressure off other member's boats.
We have welcomed a number of new members several of whom
following the Club Sail Training programme and are now entering the
Sunday racing. Our thanks to Richard for organising this training.
the social side we have indulged in a range of activities - most are
reported elsewhere but I would highlight in particular the Regatta
weekend when the combination of fine weather, good food and drink, a
live Jazz band and some interesting sailing made for a very enjoyable
time. It was very much a team effort and my thanks to all who
contributed to its success.
The social programme continues with a
"charity dinner" on September 2 in support of Project Homerus - a
project to encourage the blind to sail competitively. The object is to
raise money to support this worthwhile cause whilst enjoying some good
food, good company and a selection of wine specially produced for the
project. For those with a technical bent there is also an interesting
tale to hear about how sound signals are used to guide boats around the
course. More details and a booking form are enclosed with this
I close with a number of housekeeping issues.
the perennial issue of site security. Regrettably we are finding too
many instances when the site is not secure. The recent unfortunate
theft of a trailer from the car park highlights that it is in all our
interests to follow the established protocol which is as follows:
inner gate (i.e .the one adjacent to the car park) must be closed and
locked at all times. The only exception is if there is a key holder
present in the car park who has personally accepted responsibility to
secure the gate on departure.
The outer gate may be left unlocked,
but closed, when there is someone on site.(The Club's lock must always
be left locked in the chain so that it forms a continuous loop with the
other lock). At other times it must be closed and locked.
The green outer gate (which has no lock) may be
left open when there is someone on the site.
second issue concerns the disposal of rubbish: Rubbish is not collected
from the site and it is therefore a help if we all take our own rubbish
away with us. In the past we have burnt combustible rubbish, but having
had a bonfire recently that got out of control, the committee have
agreed that this practice should cease. In the future all toxic
materials (e.g paint cans, resin bottles etc) must either be removed or
put in the metal dustbin under the starter hut. Undergrowth cut back
from around boat moorings should not be left on the bank but should be
disposed of in the dip at the back of the car-park.
Enjoy the summer and good sailing!