Commodores newletter, June 2021
We are very pleased to advise that The Lake District National Park Authority planners have approved the proposals for altering the existing terrace area. This will provide a much enhanced socialising area coupled with significantly increased boat storage beneath.
The next step is to create a detailed specification & put the work out to tender.
Our particular thanks, in bringing this project through to this stage, go to members Dave Heron & Maureen Smith for their contributions in the planning application process.
Cost and finance permitting we hope to have the new facility available for use in the 2022 sailing season.
Despite (or because of) COVID, membership numbers continue to grow – we have in the region of 550 including temporary members. We request that all members use the car park responsibly and that issued gate entry cards are for personal use only.
We are seeing good participation in the 3 keelboat fleets, but despite many boats on the boat park, the dinghies have had less good turnouts so far this season – hopefully this will pick up.
Some of our members assist / volunteer with this sailing charity (based at Cockshot Wood) which provides water based activities for less able people and those with learning difficulties.
At the request of their centre manager, David Hall, we have agreed to allow them to use some of our facilities on Wednesdays & Fridays during the sailing season. We have formulated a comprehensive document which sets out the formal arrangement in place, which is on the basis of a trial season to be reviewed in the Autumn. We would like to reassure members that Blackwell’s presence will not impact on members use of the club facilities – but hope you share our pride in providing more accessibility to others.
Treasurer – change
Our presently elected Treasurer, Paul Langley, for health reasons and to take life a bit easier, has requested to step down from the role. Paul has given huge amounts of his time to the club over the years in various roles and we thank him greatly for that contribution.
Philip Snewin (with the full support of the Flag & Honorary Officers) has offered to take over the reins as interim Treasurer until the AGM of 2022 (when he can be formally proposed)
Paul & Phil are working together on a phased handover of this important position and we feel lucky to have Phil ‘onboard’ with the management team – he brings a wealth of financial expertise to the running of the club.
Southport 24 hour race
Many of you will already know that (due to COVID and for the second year in succession) the annual 24 hour dinghy event has been cancelled – this is a shame but the organisers felt they needed to make an early decision.
Jack Wilson 24 hour bike ride
Due to family circumstances Jack has had to postpone his 24 hour ride which was due to take place this weekend. He thanks everyone who has donated so far and will let you know when he will do it later in the summer. Donations have now reached £ 5,482. Use this LINK if you wish to donate.