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Commodore's comments Tam-Ahoy April 2021

It has been so lovely to see the club opening up again this month. Good Friday felt like fabulous Friday! I think we had 38 members come along for a chat, a sail and to demolish a mountain of hot cross buns. This was then followed by informal racing on Easter Sunday which again was busy, with lots of people back on the water trying to remember how to get round the course and avoid hitting any marks or anybody else.

We have still been very active online in March. Thanks to Neil and Dan for running their very informative coaching sessions; I think I know the theory now I just have to put it into practice (what could possibly go wrong)

Neil is also going to be running coaching sessions on a Saturday morning assisted by Dan and Matt so please email him directly if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity.

Deb also organised an online horse-racing evening which turned out to include cheese rolling and sheep racing. There were some very interesting horses’ names and massive thanks to Dean for his excellent comparing and race commentary on the night. Luckily no money was involved, which is probably just as well.

A big thank you to all of you who turned up for a work party on 28th March helping us to get the club ready and tidy the grounds up.

DISCOVER SAILING

Although regulations have been eased to some extent it is not possible to run our traditional open day. We are however, organising two Discover Sailing sessions, on Friday, 30th April (3.30-6.45) and Sunday 2nd May (10.30- 4.30)

These will be run very much like the Push the Boat Out events. People will have to book on so that we know exactly who is coming onto the site and can limit numbers attending. If you know anybody who is keen to try sailing, please direct them to our website where they will be able to book a slot.

In order for this to be run successfully I will need a number of volunteers for each session, this includes helms, greeters, safety cover, people to get guests into buoyancy aids and onto boats and people to chat to them about membership and training courses. This will be a main way of attracting people into Super Sailors, Youth Stages and the May level 1 course, so please help out if you can. Can you email me if you think you are able to assist, hopefully we will get enough volunteers so that people can still have a sail on the Sunday. The bookings are 45 minutes long to allow time to spray down the boats in between groups.

SOCIAL SAILING

Some of the comments that came back from our zoom calls, were around people knowing in advance that there would be a session available. Chris has kindly taken on organising a rota of session leaders for this, I know he has emailed some people directly but if you have not heard from him, please contact him if you feel you would be able to lead a session. This means we will not have to rely on the same people week in week out to run sessions. If you have not yet downloaded the Tamworth sailing club Team App, this is an excellent way of keeping in touch with the social sailing group and finding out when people will be at the club, or if a session needs to be postponed due to poor weather.

MEMBERSHIP CARDS AND PARKING PERMITS

Deb has been giving out membership cards and the new parking permits, please contact her if you have not yet been able to get the club to organise the best time to do this. Please note that these permits will not give you access to the Broomey Croft Parking; this is not something we have control over so please contact the park directly if this is an issue for you. The permits are primarily designed to allow people access to the club.

Finally, it would be very remiss of me not to mention Helen coming 1st in the pursuit race on Sunday (editor's note: it was a normal race with a mass start so even more impressive!), to massive applause from those of us on the balcony. Well done Helen!

I also need to thank everyone who has been involved in getting the club open again, running training, attending meetings and engaging with members and potential members online. We are a member’s club solely run by volunteers and could not function without everyone playing their part.

Very best wishes, and I hope to see you on the water soon
Paula
Commodore

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