Well, it’s been 43 days since I became Commodore of Shustoke Sailing Club and I suppose your question is, what’s new and what’s different.  What’s changing?
Well let’s look at what’s new:

  • We have a new Committee with a great new Rear Commodore Sailing in Stuart Hydon.  Stuart and his team of Fleet Captains and helpers are already transforming the race recording, publishing of results, prize givings, etc. and are taking an in- depth look at the sailing programme.
  • We have looked again at Leisure Sailing and reaffirmed our commitment to encourage all sailing at Shustoke.
  • The Sailing Committee have already planned a really great Regatta Weekend on the 7th, 8th and 9th July with something for everyone.  Friday 7th there is a Novice Race and barbeque, followed by a guest appearance of the Ukulele Band, Saturday 8th, plus a Beer Festival with 6 to 7 different beers like Fallen AngelGrave Diggers, etc.  Also on Saturday there will be the Ladies’ Race, followed by the Mark Archer Race and there will also be prize giving for the Spring Series on both Saturday & Sunday there will also be a  Disco on Saturday evening.  On Sunday 9ththere will be the Boniface Trophy Race and Race 3 of 5 for the Club Championship.

    Camping is encouraged during the Regatta weekend, so get the dates down in your diaries.  The Club Regatta this year will be one not to miss, there is something for everyone.

  • We also have the new position of Vice Commodore filled by Peter Smith.  The idea behind this appointment is to try to ensure that there is always a senior committee member present at the club during weekends. 

The first Open Day of the year was a great success with 12 people signing up for Training Courses and Membership. We are having our next Open Day on Sunday 14thMay this also coincides with the first weekend of the new training course and the RYA’s publicity campaign, “Push The Boat Out”.
The club is steadily but surely making way.  It has been sailing through choppy waters in recent years but the crew have been doing a steadfast job to keep her ship shape and on course.  What the Ship’s Crew need, though, is for the passengers to use the ship much more than they have in recent years.  We have a great stretch of water (which is currently full), we have a great club house and we have a great set of members.  Let’s all try to use the Club much more.  If you can, please do come and take the cover off your boat and take it for a sail.  We are getting good turnout numbers again – last Saturday 26, this last weekend 20 plus.   Wouldn’t it be nice to see 35- 40 boats on the water?   You could help to make that happen!
We are just about to host the Severn Trent Water Aid Regatta this coming Wednesday 10th May so if you are free on Wednesday, why not pop down to the Club and either take part in the Regatta or have a great day out as a spectator?
Best Regards
Chris Padro