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Commodore's comments Tam-Ahoy May 2022

A very warm welcome to all new members who are receiving their first edition of TamAhoy. You’re probably wondering what you’ve let yourself in for as you go through the RYA training programme starting with RYA level 1 and 2. I can promise you will progress and you will be able to sail round the course. I know because Tamworth Sailing club taught me to sail. I came to the club in 2017 and have been through all the courses we offer. With the excellent help of our Senior Instructor, Dinghy Instructors and all who help to run the courses, you will get the support and encouragement you need.

Tamworth Sailing Club is a members’ club, everything to make the club run is done by its members – there are no paid staff. As a new member you can contribute to the running of the club. This will help you to get involved and feel part of the family. Think about what you can offer, it may be related to your work or an interest you have.

Peter as our Honorary Secretary will soon be putting the nomination notices out for the AGM in September. We have a significant number of key posts to fill. This is your opportunity to contribute to the club. Key roles that are available are Commodore, Vice Commodore, Hon Secretary, Hon Membership, Hon Treasurer. If everyone does a little or makes a contribution once in a while we’ll continue to have a thriving club.

The global women’s sailing festival Steering the Course, takes place between 20 - 29 May. The festival is aimed at providing opportunities for women and girls to get into sailing and encourage pathways into coaching and race management. It also celebrates the experiences, achievements and opportunities for girls and women in sailing as a sport, for recreation and as a profession. This year we will have a woman’s race on Sunday 29 May. All women and girls are invited to join in no matter where you are in your sailing career. I’ve spent some time with experienced Officer of the Days to learn how to be ODD as I’ll be doing my first ODD in June.

You can read Steering the Course social media posts from 2021 here https://www.tamworthsc.co.uk/stc2021

We really like to show our sailing activity visually on social media, on the website and in TamAhoy. Morgan was presented with her cup last month and we struggled to find a picture that didn’t include a member who had opted out of the permission to use their photo in our publications. A plea please to all who don’t want to be in photos to stay behind the lens. Hugh and I will be in touch with family memberships where we don’t know if consent is given over the next few weeks to confirm. And my congratulations again to Morgan on her award that we were at last able to present to her.

We’ve been busy with events this month having had our Discover Sailing Event on 9 April. A significant number of members – 31- generously gave their Saturday to the club as helms, safety boat cover, helping get kitted out or into the water and giving information and advice about training. There were 28 slots available with 62 visitors booked to sail. On the day 19 adults and 16 children enjoying sailing on the water. It is disappointing to have 56% attendance of those that had booked. Overall the event was very positive with several suggestions on how to improve the event for 2023.

On Sunday 1 May the Charles Hunt trophy took place, a series of three pursuit races. Congratulations to Neil on coming first.

We’ll be hosting the GP14 and Enterprise Open on 21 May. On 11 June we’ll be having our Gala and Awards Day. It’s a busy time for us all. As I’ve said earlier the club doesn’t run itself and often members just get things done.

My thanks to Deb and Graham for completing covering the balcony with chicken wire to help keep us safer. To Peter for taking the notice board outside the club home and giving it a good clean, it’s looking great. To all those that have done a job around the club that no one had even noticed – thank you.

Sandra Young

2021-2022 Committee elected

Thank you to Paula for completing her tenure as Commodore 2020-21 and congratulations to Sandra on being elected as Commodore for the forthcoming year.

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2020-2021 Committee elected

Thank you to Adrian for completing his tenure as Commodore 2019-20 and congratulations to Paula on being elected as Commodore for the forthcoming year.

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2019-2020 Committee elected

Thank you to Dominic for completing his tenure as Commodore 2018-19 and congratulations to Adrian on being elected as Commodore for the forthcoming year.

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Bart’s Bash 2018

Tamworth Sailing Club, based at Kingsbury Water Park, took part in Bart’s Bash and a Guinness World Record attempt on Sunday 16th September. Bart’s Bash is an annual charity race in memory of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, a double Olympic medallist in sailing, who tragically died while training for the America’s Cup in 2013.

The race took place in hundreds of venues across the UK and in other countries. The 2018 event saw an attempt on the world record for the largest number of sailors taking part in a sailing race. Money raised goes to the Andrew Simpson Foundation Trust, which aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people and increase participation in sailing. This year, donations were going towards a cardiac defibrillator for the club.

The club had 28 members taking part, the youngest being 6 years old. It was a windy day at Kingsbury and there were lots of thrills, spills and chills!

New members are always welcome.

2018-2019 Committee elected

Thank you to Darren for completing his tenure as Commodore 2017-18 and congratulations to Dominic on being elected as Commodore for the forthcoming year.

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2017-2018 Committee elected

Thank you to Mitesh for completing his tenure as Commodore 2016-17 and congratulations to Darren on being elected as Commodore for the forthcoming year.

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Tamworth Sailing Club takes delivery of 5 brand new Toppers

Thanks to a £10,000 grant from Sport England we have taken delivery of five brand new race rigged Toppers to supplement our junior training fleet. The dinghies were put through their paces by our Super Sailors during the recent public open day and were a very impressive sight indeed.

The club has a very active juniors section with the numbers taking part growing significantly over the last few years and the new boats can only help to increase participation in sailing. At Tamworth Sailing Club we aim to encourage juniors to take up sailing as a sporting and a social activity. We have juniors who have chosen sailing for their Duke of Edinburgh award, either as part of their skills or physical sections. Ex-juniors have even returned to help out for their volunteering section. We also aim to encourage those juniors who want more competition to take part in club racing here and further afield. The new dinghies will help us to achieve these goals.

Tamworth Sailing Club volunteers recognised by the RYA

Alex - lifetime commitmentTwo Tamworth sailors had their inspirational volunteer endeavours recognised by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at the annual RYA Volunteer Awards in London on Friday (20 November 2015).

Tamworth Sailing Club’s Alex Simpson was honoured with an RYA Lifetime Commitment award by sailing’s national governing body, which recognises individuals who have shown exceptional commitment and dedication to their club or organisation for at least 15 years, meanwhile his Tamworth clubmate John Biggs received an RYA Outstanding Contribution Award, for individuals who have made a significant volunteer contribution, either over a period of time or a ‘one-off’ effort.

A member of Tamworth Sailing Club for more than 30 years, Alex still sails each week. He is always on hand to meet and greet prospective new members at club open days and his sheer enthusiasm has been cited by many people as one reason they choose to join the club.

John - outstanding achievementJohn meanwhile, has been a significant influence at the club over his 12 years, as both Commodore and Chief Instructor. John reinvigorated Tamworth’s training schedule, helping many locals to prosper and become regular sailors, and he is a key member of the team that runs Tamworth’s junior club on Saturday mornings.

Duncan Truswell, RYA Sport Development Manager, said: “The RYA Volunteer Awards are our opportunity to say 'thank you’, on behalf of clubs and associations that affiliate to the RYA, to their volunteers, the people that really make a difference to help people get afloat. It’s our opportunity to take a bit of time out to appreciate the commitment these individuals make to the sport in helping people get afloat safely and enjoyably."

For more information about the RYA Volunteer Awards visit www.rya.org.uk/go/RYAVolunteerAwards