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From the Commodore
26 May 2017

WORKING TOWARDS THE ESC CENTENARY IN 2019

On  Saturday  June  21st 1919  at  10.30am, four fellow yachtsmen sat down together at a meeting at Aldsworth Farm near Westbourne and decided to form a club to be known as Emsworth Sailing Club. That was 98 years ago and so we are fast approaching our centenary in 2019.

It may seem some way off, but already plans are being made for the event to be properly celebrated,  both  on  and  off  the  water,  and  to  that  end  a  small committee,  the Centenary Committee, has been set up to start the preparation of the arrangements for what will be a major event in the Club’s history.

We have already commissioned a well know local marine author to write the Centenary Book covering the history of Emsworth Sailing Club and much research has already gone into its preparation. Among the events being planned are a Centenary Regatta, a Sail Past, and a ‘Big Splash’ water carnival.  A Centenary Ball will be held on Saturday 22 June 2019.  Centenary Club merchandise with a special Centenary logo will be available for sale in early 2019.

To  say  this  is  a  major  milestone  in  the  Club’s  history  would  be  an  understatement  and although the Centenary Committee is small at present, it will be augmented with other Club members in due course once further specific events and requirements are defined.

So ‘save the date’ in your diaries for the Centenary Ball and watch out for further Centenary announcements on the Club website and the e-newsletter in the months to come.

Farewell to Susan Stewart-Fitzroy

The Club, Officers, Trustees, former commodores, serving committee members and regular helpers, in total over 70 people, gave a farewell party to Susan Fitzroy after her 27 years’ service to the Club.

Previous commodores Marcus Lawson, Tim Goodhead and Chris Clode gave some amusing anecdotes of Susan’s time with them during their office. I am the thirteenth (!) Commodore that Susan has had to deal with and it was my pleasure to thank her on behalf of us all and to present her with flowers and a super watercolour of her sailing her Scow, painted by Club member, Nic Cowper. I also presented a cheque for £2,000 raised from Club members – a great tribute to Susan for all she has done for us over the years. She tells us she is going to buy some new golf clubs, plus a new iPad and some garden chairs. Westill hope to see her when she is not on the golf course or spending more time with Alan, perhaps as she comes to sail her Scow.

Susan – enjoy your retirement and our very best thanks!

My thanks also to Jane Mellor and the kitchen team for organising an event where it was impossible to accommodate or please everyone that might have liked to come.

Celia will now become Office Manager, more accurately reflecting her role. As already announced, Susan’s successor, Victoria Lovell, will become the Membership and Sailing Secretary. Victoria lives locally and has two children at St Peter’s. She was last working in HR (Human Resources) at IBM.

I hope you will help welcome Victoria to the Club. She has already spent some ‘handover’ time here but she will be in the role officially from Monday 5 June.

We are taking this opportunity to change slightly the office hours. The office will now not be open on Sunday for normal office business, apart from when major Club events are taking place. We would like, if possible, volunteers to man the office on other Sundays for phone calls and for emergencies, particularly when sailing events are taking place. Please would anybody who is interested in this contact the office directly.

Victoria will work on Monday, Thursday and Friday and alternate Saturdays; Celia will work on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and alternate Saturdays – all from 9am-1pm.

The season is now in full swing and at last it seems that summer has arrived.

Martlets training has started very successfully, even if there was a conflict with the Paddle Board Open Meeting hosted by ESSC on the last Bank Holiday. This also used the Mill Pond.

The Cruiser Rally to Bembridge on 13 and14 May had 14 cruisers including four ex-sailors in power boats. “Shame” I hear some people cry, but that is a sign of the times. 34 of us were treated to a good breeze and moored close together in the further enlarged Bembridge visitors pontoon. Brading Haven Yacht Club hosted a very good dinner. Many thanks to Ann and Gordon Powell for arranging a most successful weekend.

This weekend it is the ESSC and ESC cruise to St Vaast and the weather looks very good.

The Club currently has a committee looking at which IT system we should utilise in the future as our current system, Medusa, will soon not be supported. However, Medusa still produces some interesting statistics:

  • 84% of our members have a PO postcode.
  • We have on file only 73% of the sail numbers for boats stored at the Club – is this you? Please contact the office with your sail number, if so!
  • Only 74% of veterans have given us email addresses enabling easy contact.
  • 55% of our members are over 50 years old.

We recently had an attempt to steal the Commando engines. Control cables were cut but it seems the thieves were disturbed. Please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Office.

Michael Geary
Commodore
 
4 May 2017

Appointment of New Membership & Sailing Secretary – Mrs Victoria Lovell

As you will be aware, Susan Stewart-Fitzroy is retiring from her role as Membership & Sailing Secretary at the end of May. 

We are delighted to announce that Victoria Lovell will be joining us in early June, after a handover period with Susan. 

She will be working on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 9am –1pm, and alternate Saturdays 9am –1pm.

Victoria, after an early teaching career, worked latterly for IBM within HR (Human Resources) in various roles.  She lives in Emsworth and has two young children.

We very much look forward to her joining the office team – please join us in making her feel very welcome.

Michael Geary
Commodore

 
27 April 2017

We would like to remind members to be vigilant with security around the Club

Today we have been advised that five kayaks were recently stolen from West Wittering Sailing Club in an organised attack using bolt croppers and there have been other incidents in the marina of thefts.

Please ensure that gates are kept closed and padlocks are not left unscrambled.

Michael Geary
Commodore
 
28 February 2017

Susan Fitzroy is retiring as the Club Membership Secretary at the end of May. Susan tells me she was first involved in the office as long ago as 1990. The Club has benefited from her great experience over the years and amazing knowledge of the membership and Club history. She will be missed!

We are advertising for a new Club Secretary externally as well as from within the Club. A copy of the advert has been sent out to members. Applications are by email to the Commodore. The Closing date is the 17th March.

Over 90 people heard Sir Chay Blyth give a witty, entertaining and thoughtful presentation on 17 February in aid of the Sir Peter Blake Memorial Fund. He finished with some amazing video shots from the Challenge Round the World fleets, including “now you see three men on the foredeck, now you don’t’’! We had the usual great supper from Ollie and crew and Chay was obviously impressed. We offered Chay Honorary Membership of our Club and I presented him with a Club tie which he was very pleased to accept. Talking afterwards, it is clear he enjoyed himself and we hope to see him again soon. Interestingly his favourite sport is not sailing but riding! Sir Chay joins Geoff Holt, Sir Robert Knox Johnson and Sir Ben Ainsley and Dee Cafari as Honorary Members of our Club - quite an achievement.

We are still waiting for some late payers (including their £25 surcharge) before the Club cut-off date for membership of 28 February. We have interviewed prospective new members during January and February and expect to maintain our membership levels, unlike many clubs.

Work has started around the Club on several improvements and repairs. There are working parties on 11 and 25March. Please sign up and enjoy the fun of helping keeping your Club in the best possible condition!

The North Room is a tremendous asset to our Club and is used for many purposes – Club meeting room, dining room, TV room, games room and another is as a Junior Room. Sadly, it is abused from time to time. May I remind parents that it is their responsibility to look after their children while on Club premises and not leave Ollie and his staff having to clear up after them.

We look forward to the start of the sailing season and this recent warm weather puts a spurt into the preparations. The Club car park is always under pressure for space and even more so now as people prepare boats and bring them to the Club. I would ask you to make sure you park responsibly to optimise the space we have.

Michael Geary
Commodore
 
21 January 2017

We have passed the festive season and many successful Club events. One of these was the very enjoyable Cruiser drinks party. Over 50 people attended with our new Cruiser Captain, Paul Cowtan, who is getting to know people and collecting details of boats in the Club.

This bodes well for even better attended cruiser events in the future. Cruisers means not only sail, but power boats (despite our Club name). Indeed, several former Club sailors have turned to the 'dark side', if I can call it that, including me, in the last 24 months. Cruises to ports and harbours are open to all who wish to come. Our Club, like many, is a club for all those active on the water whether kayakers, windsurfers, the new sport of paddle boarding, dinghy sailors or cruisers under sail or power. This reflects the enjoyment we share of simply being on the water in whatever craft we choose and to meet up and socialise after racing or cruising. I hope the Cruiser Section, as well as our racers, will continue to thrive in the future.

I would remind all those who have not yet paid their subscriptions that they have until the end of January to do so, after which there will be a £25 surcharge per person. After 31 January, a new invoice will be issued including the premium, which will need to be paid before membership will be renewed. The new Club handbook is now available in the office for members who have already renewed their subscription.
We have a good waiting list and are already interviewing new members keen to enjoy the facilities of our fine Club.

With the New Year, we have budgeted for several items. We are replacing the Fevas and buying a Scow, a class increasing in popularity in the Club. Hire rates will be £20 for Fevas and £25 for the Bahia, Vision and Scow.

We are going to improve the dinghy park access to and from the beach slipways and also outside the West Gate and have already built new racks in the walkway to the dinghy park. In the Club, we want to put some sound insulation on the wet bar ceiling and replace some old furniture and soft furnishings in the dining room.

Finally, Sir Chay Blyth is coming to the Club on 16 February for a charity talk for the Sir Peter Blake Fund. Tickets at £12 are still available. Sir Chay was one of the first to row across the Atlantic and the first person to sail non-stop westwards around the world, in British Steel.

With fine weather as I write this, I hope it means we can look forward to good sailing in 2017!

Michael Geary
Commodore
 

WORKING TOWARDS THE ESC CENTENARY IN 2019  On  Saturday  June  21st 1919  at  10.30am,  four  fellow  yachtsmen  sat  down  together  at  a  meeting at Aldsworth Farm near Westbourne and decided to form a club to be known as  Emsworth Sailing Club. That was ninety-eight years ago and so we are fast approaching our  centenary in 2019.  It may seem some way off, but already plans are being made for the event to be properly  celebrated,  both  on  and  off  the  water  and  to  that  end,  a  small  committee,  the  Centenary  Committee, has been set up to start the preparation of the arrangements for what will be a  major event in the Club’s history.  We have already commissioned a well know local marine author to write the Centenary Book  covering the history of Emsworth Sailing Club and much research has already gone into its  preparation. Among the events being planned are a Centenary Regatta, a Sail Past, and a  ‘Big Splash’ water carnival.  A Centenary Ball will be held on Saturday 22 nd  June 2019.   Centenary Club merchandise with a special Centenary logo will be available for sale in early  2019.  To  say  this  is  a  major  milestone  in  the  Club’s  history  would  be  an  understatement  and  although the Centenary Committee is small at present, it will be augmented with other Club  members in due course once further specific events and requirements are defined.  So ‘save the date’ in your diaries for the Centenary Ball and watch out for further Centenary  announcements on the Club website and the e-newsletter in the months to come.    Michael Geary - Commodore 

 

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