A lot of damage has been done to the above this season. It's mainly caused when launching
them over the bank and, if care is not taken; as they drop into the river they catch
their bows on the edge of the bank. This has the effect of peeling the foredeck away
from the hull. The result is they start taking on water into the hull and eventually
become waterlogged. This kind of damage is hell to repair.
Would everybody using a club Laser or Pico please take special care when launching
and retrieving to ensure the bow does not impact on the edge of the launch area.
After use please drain the hull by un-screwing the bung in the transom and allowing
any water to drain out. Replace the bung when finished. Meanwhile we will investigate
alternative methods of launching and retrieval of this kind of dinghy.
Mike (Over Easy) Baker
Loads of Picos
The more observant of you will have noticed that the club now has four Pico’s. Two
we already had and two others were recently bought from Goring SC using money from
a "grassroots grants" which are funded from central government through the Office
of the Third Sector (sounds like something from 1984 to me!) and in our case was
managed by the Thames Community Foundation based at the NPL. These two are white
hulled and have predominately blue sails. They both needed a minor amount of work
to put them into sailable order and all the Pico’s will now be used in our forthcoming
youth sail training programme. Thanks to Nigel for negotiating their purchase and
collecting them on Good Friday.