Spring Newsletter 2018

Greetings all.

As in past, news in spring is always a bit sparse as the weather has restricted a lot of sailing, however the monthly races have gone ahead and looking at the results, Brian C is on track to win the barge cup, no surprise there I hear you say, but we as a club, have to find ways of beating Basher Bob as he is romping ahead in the 1 metre and super yacht class, in the last race he was 12 minutes ahead of the rest of us, so come on boys, get building, tweaking or buying a boat to beat him.

Andrew our web master has done a great job in keeping the web site up to date and has recently added more info as a few of you got the race dates mixed up, so if in doubt as to which boat to bring, you can now, just look it up.

As you’re aware we recently ran a coach trip up to Mobile Marine’s open day, I felt it was well worth a look and on the whole I think most who attended thought it a good day out. However, I did feel the coach could have been more comfortable. So armed with more knowledge regarding which coach to order, we are thinking of organising another trip up to the Warwick Boat show later in the year. The coach will be a 28 seater and much more comfortable, so keep an eye on the notice board because Sandra will be putting up a list to see if there is enough interest in organising the coach.Cost wise, obviously the larger more comfortable coach will be more expensive, but we feel it’s a show many of you would like to attend, so the price will be £20 a head and the club will pay the extra. If you were interested please remember that there is also an entrance fee to pay at the Warwick show. Sandra will include all info such as date and prices on the notice board when she puts the list up.

Wrecker Reg is hoping to hold power boat events on the 4th Sunday of the month during late spring and summer, so dust off those props and any support you can give him would be most welcome.

Due to many of us being unable to stand for even short periods without the need to sit down, I’m going to purchase 6 lightweight folding chairs that can easily be carried around the pond, I hope this will allow even more of you to enjoy the racing if we use the triangular course over near the beach huts.

Our membership number ebbs and flows, but sad loses have been balanced out by the welcome addition of new members.

Many of you have already paid your subs, which is most helpful as Sandra doesn’t have to keep chasing late payers, plus by collecting the subs in on time, the committee can budget for the year ahead. It’s because of your co-operation in this matter that we hope to keep the subs at today’s price in the long term future.

Maldon model boat club always makes us so welcome, so if you can attend their regatta day, please do so. Anyone wanting directions or further info on this event, please see Peter or myself.

The Tendring show is fast approaching, so if you’re interested in exhibiting your boat, please see peter as numbers are limited and we need to select a range of different boats to represent the club. If for any reason you’re not invited to show your boat, please don’t take it as a reflection of your work, we just need to pick a varied selection and don’t want to end up with 20 barges.

I might be on course to win both the power and sail model of the year awards this year, as the tug and schooner I’m building look superb, so if you want to stop me, get building. Bare in mind, Sam and I are also the judges!!!

PAUL.