Membership renewal

You will recently have received an invitation to renew your membership for the 2017 sailing season and you will be aware that we’ve revised pricings downwards and enhanced benefits by providing free First Aid and free refresher PB2 courses.

Do renew your membership before the end of February to obtain a discount.

Review of 2016

The entrance gate, picnic benches and race box have all been redecorated. The clubhouse now has double glazing and much of the electrics has been upgraded.

Pot-holes in the roadway have been repaired and abandoned/defunct dinghies removed from the boat park.

There were various social events throughout the year including:

May The PTBO open day

July USA style BBQ which was so successful we did it again in …

Sept The Commodore’s BBQ.

Some Saturdays I travel to the lake and it’s always brilliant when members are

camping, caravanning, picnicking, BBQing or just enjoying a social sail.

Our club isn’t just about racing but social sailing as well.

The Laying Up Supper last November was at the Clubhouse and – in my opinion –

was the best for a number of years as we are re-creating the strong family

atmosphere for which the Club is renowned.

Planning Ideas for 2017

Retain Membership

It is essential that we retain your support.

We have responded to concerns by improving membership pricing and benefits as

mentioned above.

Grow Membership

We believe the best way of obtaining new members is from the Sailing School (RTC) Graduates who will be offered a series of Rookie Sailing Sessions reinforcing/honing their skills which will run alongside the Sunday races. There is much detail to be discussed, including the ideal role of the parent. Many parents want to help but feel isolated while their children sail. If they could be more involved with rigging the dinghy, attending debriefing sessions, putting kit away and given the opportunity to crew a double hander then maybe we can have their involvement as well.

Open Up Lake – Wind!

Work Parties this winter have focused upon reducing the scrub/bushes around the south of the lake.

Trees to the north and east banks of the lake have grown considerably these past thirty years and we will investigate whether it’s feasible to reduce these and let in the wind.

and finally...

A lot of these plans are ideas only at present.  You will have your own thoughts and ideas, which we must consider!

1) Question: if the Rookie Sailing Sessions go ahead could you help rig, launch the

dinghies and supervise these novices as part of your membership duties?

2) Question: should we have a fun Topper relay race day (parent & child teams) plus a BBQ?

Please let us have your thoughts on this and more by emailing the secretary - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you

Roger Churchill

PLSC Commodore