First of all, can I wish you a Happy New Year

It is going to be an interesting year with our battle to keep the dreaded pond weed at bay. The weed subcommittee have been working hard over the winter to look in great detail – how we can ensure sailing can continue unaffected throughout the year.

There will be an open meeting on the 29th Jan when the weed committee will present their proposal to the membership, please come along and give them your support.

I have just received a letter of resignation, due to work and personal reasons from Chris Biglin – Rear Commodore Sailing with immediate effect. I would like to thank Chris for his dedication, hard work and support toward myself and the Club over the last few years. He will be a hard act to follow and leaves the role in a far better position than when he took it on.

The AGM will be with us very soon; the date is set for Friday evening 18th March. If you have any items you would like to be considered for the AGM please let one of the committee aware. Also if you would like to be considered for any of the roles on the committee please come and see me for a chat.

Current available positions – Rear Commodore Sailing, Membership Secretary, Site Manager

As I mentioned last month we will have to confirm we wish to stay in the CASC (Community Amateur Sports Club) government scheme by the 1st April, so this will be on the agenda at the AGM. If you would like more details, then please come and ask me. The bottom line is its worth £7,500 to the club in rate rebate this year, which is money we would have to find from membership fees if we come out.

Denis has been doing a great job though out the winter monitoring the water level and temperature. This is a vital role for two reasons. First when the water level drops below a certain level the club can claim back some of the rent. This can make for a big saving. The low water level at the moment is due to the rivers we take our water from being in flood and are full of silt, which if added to our water would only help the weed to grow later, as it did last year. Second the dreaded weed will lie dormant (not die) while the water temperature is below 10 degrees, so we need to keep our eyes on it to know when we need to start cutting again.

Good Sailing

Peter Dunn