Our Club is currently enjoying a new lease of life with a few more sailors sailing regularly, venturing out to try their hand at improving their Racing / Boat Handling skills.  We have had a number of new members who seem to have been “infected” by the Sailing Bug, it’s great to have such keen and friendly new members join us.  We are also seeing a larger number of people using the Clubhouse at weekends, etc.  This is all great to see, the “feeling” around the Club is really positive with everyone involved enjoying our great hobby/sport.  For those of you reading this that have not been down to the Club for a while, “don’t worry, we forgive you”.  No seriously, please do try to visit the Club from time to time, come down and enjoy some food or have a quite drink at the bar and just come and see for yourself how the Club is benefitting from a much more positive aura.
Some of our great sailors have been doing very well recently with our youngsters moving from strength to strength in the Oppie Fleet, both the Marlows and the Cawthornes are going to be future Top Sailors.  Stuart Hydon and son, Nick, have
recently won the Lark Nationals – again!  Well done Stuart and Nick.  Adrian Padro crewed by Jane Scott-Davies won the Comet Trio Open at the Whitefriar’s Open, this after Adrian won the Comet Trio Inlands at Burghfield earlier in the season.
We have seen other successes too, so “well done” to all our sailors who venture out to the various Open Meetings and fly the Shustoke flag representing our Club so admirably.
It’s probably a good time to give you a gentle reminder that we still have some of the “Positions” vacant at the Club.  As with most clubs, we rely on volunteers to run the Club and all its various functions and needs.  We could not operate without the willing participation of our members.  So if you feel you have some time and skills that you could give to your Club to aid the running then please let one of the Committee members know.  The positions that we still need covering are:
Rear Commodore House” – this is a vital role overseeing the functioning of the galley, organising the rota of galley volunteers to provide food at the weekends, as well as looking after social functions, use of the clubhouse for events, etc.
Bosun” – this role ideally needs someone who has some degree of mechanical knowledge who can help look after the rescue boats and equipment, committee boat, etc.
“Marketing Officer” – this person will help us to promote the Club and all its forthcoming events, etc. both within the club and outside to the wider public.
Assistant Bar Manager” – this role is to help our current Bar Manager to run the bar both during the Thursday/Weekend sailing and also at occasional functions where the bar is needed.
Your Club, is a great place to be, so do come and make use of our great facilities.  More importantly, if your dinghy has not had the cover off for a while, give it a surprise and take it for a sail!

Chris Padro