The Flag Officers and General Committe would like to wish all members a very happy New Year. Hopefully, 2021 will be a much better year.
You should now have received an email from the Hon Secretary with the AGM notice, AGM Proxy form and the Committe nominations. As the meeting will be on line, if you would like to attend, please let the Hon Sec know at least two days before the meeting so that you can be sent the link.
If you haven't recieved an email, could you please contact the Hon Sec. The contact details can be found in the Club handbook.
A very happy Christmas from Leigh Sailing Club to all our members. One thing we are able to do in these restrained holidays sail a boat! We can also plan our sailing season, and committee have been busy putting CCS dates in the calendar as you may have noticed, and these will soon be followed by the racing calendar for the 2021 season.
Reflecting on a difficult year, sailing was one of the highlights, with some good weather, some racing and some cruising, we were able to enjoy getting onto the water whilst restricted in so many other ways. Despite only a short period of the clubhouse being open and no gatherings, new members have joined us keen to sail, and we can all look forward to meeting them in the coming summer sailing days, or if you can’t wait until then join the e-sailing competition. In the short window we had, Tim and his team made a strong start on the East rack repair so once it is possible to put in a few more days work we will have a slipway back in action.
Although missing the Brass Monkey and our Christmas day opening will be keenly felt, the safety and health of our membership is really important. We need everyone strong and fit for the coming season so we can look forward to full fleets out on the estuary! Warm wishes to all, and farewell to 2020!
Racing has continued through the summer both in periods of lock-down and in parallel to our club “wet” racing. Richard Beechey (Bugs) represented the club in the RYA Spring Championship, watched on by other club members. This winter the club has entered the RYA Winter Champs and will select a representative in due course. Thanks to Bugs also for hosting the racing through the year.
It is planned to run a match racing league after the Christmas break and entries are being taken now.
If you have not tried eRacing, please give it a go. All you need is a phone or computer with a reasonable internet connection. There are plenty of resources showing “how-to” and the boats themselves are easy to sail. The skills are more about starting on time and catching the windshifts. You do not have to be in the UK to participate, we have regulars from the Caribbean and the Gulf. Let me know if you are interested.
Reluctantly we have decided that all remaining races scheduled for the Winter Series 2020 will be cancelled.
We are still planning to run the Brass Monkey Trophy on New Years Day, Further information will be posted when the situation post lockdown2 is clearer.
The club including the clubhouse, birdcage and racks are currently closed and are expected to remain closed until the end of lockdown. The racks can be visited only in case of emergency, eg to tie down boats for strong winds.
The committee have reviewed the recent government announcements and regretfully have to inform members that the club bar will be closed until December 4th. This will be reviewed at that stage and in the case of any changes to government policy. The RYA website informs that they are awaiting details from DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) and Sport England. We will issue further information on boating once these details become available.
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