Sailing Secretary’s Report May – June 2017

  1. Our Club’s presence and contribution to the Poole Boat Show was a success and all those involved enjoyed being part of a really good team effort. There are some learning points and new ideas for next year to build on the success of 2017: having our own stand remains a possibility, bigger Poole Yacht Club stickers to maximize awareness of our club, more detailed briefing notes for the commentaries and no doubt more orange T-shirts for all our volunteers.
  2. The Taster Day is taking place 10am – 2.30 on Saturday June 17th. The aim is to showcase the sailing opportunities at PYC and recruit new members. Tim Edom is compiling a list of volunteers: we need people to drive RIBs, take people out for a sail, meeters and greeters. You may even get to wear an orange t-shirt….
  3. The Big Sailing Weekend took place on 3rd/4th June. Feedback so far indicates support for putting trophy races together in one weekend: more people sailing, and more efficient use of our volunteer teams. Next time, more focus on the social side would enhance the event for everyone. The Bar Buoy race was held within the harbour due to prevailing weather conditions. A number of our novice racers took part on Saturday, when the wind strengthened considerably in the afternoon for the Lake Shore Cup. The lessons to be learnt from this experience are under consideration, such that race management, safety crew and sailors are all aware of the implications of having a greater number of less experienced sailors taking part in our racing programme.
  4. Stu Swann and Dave Hale ran an excellent and very practical training session on “Surviving Strong Winds” on Monday 5th June, attended by about 20 of our novice sailors.
  5. Planning continues for the Club Regatta 8th and 9th July. The volunteer spaces are filling slowly, in line with a trend that we are seeing more broadly across our sailing events.
  6. Class Captains will be key to achieving a good turnout from all classes in the Regatta.
  7. The Yard and Haven committee have made a series of recommendations as to how to increase the number of dinghy storage spaces in the yard; for example, all lasers need to be on racks, a check on boat tags to make all spaces are legitimately occupied, addressing some “overhanging” issues. The check was done to make sure we can accommodate as many dinghies as possible in the yard, given the increase in active sailing members.