Welcome to our first Newsletter
I’ve been working hard on de-cluttering the existing site and have now installed it on a much faster platform. The old site had a Forum, which unfortunately wasn’t used, so this has now been removed. What I have tried to ensure is that the site remains a useful place for anyone interested in joining the club by getting as much information as possible before making contact.
One bonus for anyone visiting the site is that there is no need to login anymore. Just use it as a regular site.
General Meeting – March 24th 2019 – 8.00pm
The next meeting will once again be held at the Rugby Club. It must be said here that recent meetings have not been well attended. There is something wrong with things when the Committee outnumbers the members who have made the effort to turn up.
If you wish for the club to thrive, then it is very important we all make the effort to help drive things forward and not leave it all to half a dozen others. We don’t expect members who live a long distance from the club to make regular appearances but those of us who live locally can surely spare the odd couple of hours on a Sunday evening to keep the club going.
Starcross Boat Jumble – Sunday 17th March – 0900 to 12.30
Not the biggest boat jumble around but worth a look. Held in the Starcross Fishing & Cruising club car park.
Ideas for social events 2019
We’re constantly trying to think of ways to introduce new social events (such as the Flotilla run to Coombe Cellars) and one idea that seems to be gaining traction is a Sandbank Soirée. Basically, it would entail jumping on any boat available and going up to the mussel beds sandbank just past Riverside Boatyard.
Obviously, this would need to be done at low tide and on a sunny day! The idea is to bring your own food & drink, plus chairs, footballs, cricket bats, beachwear or anything else that takes your fancy. The sandbank dries out into a nice sandy beach and is ideal for beaching dinghies/inflatables.
There is a lay-by on the Teignmouth Rd (A381) directly opposite the sandbank which would make a great vantage point for landlubbers to take pics of us crazy boaters enjoying ourselves on a sandbank. I’m sure some pics could make their way into the local rags / Facebook etc. which might encourage others to take part should it become a success and we run it again. Who knows? Unless we give it a try!!
This is where we need your help. If you think the above is a good idea for a bit of inexpensive fun, or you think it’s totally daft and should end up in the bin we need your thoughts. It would help greatly if you could drop a line to email@example.com with your views. If it looks like it would be a non-starter then we will not put the effort in to make this a reality. It’s entirely up to you, the members!
Coombe Cellars Flotilla
We will once again be organising a flotilla run up to Coombe Cellars at some stage. Date to be advised.
Torquay Air Show – June 1st / 2nd
At the time of writing it’s a strong possibility that the Air Show will be on the weekend of June 1st /2nd. If you fancy taking your boat and joining a few of us making the trip, then keep an eye open for an email nearer the time with more details.
Open Day (still at the idea stage)
The committee are presently working on the idea of having an Open Day, with the purpose of attracting new members from our area, and also something that might be of interest to existing club members. The ideas mooted so far are: asking the RNLI to run another ‘Check Your Lifejacket’ session. In other words, just bring your lifejacket(s) along and they will check to see if still safe to use. One of our members has already offered to run a ‘How to administer CPR’ clinic where you will be instructed how to do this correctly.
Alongside the above we are aiming to advertise the Open Day locally, basically a ‘Come and meet us if you are interested in boating’ kind of thing. We are open to all suggestions and this subject will be on the agenda at the March meeting. Please attend if you can and help us to make this a reality.
Maintenance Day – May 18th 2019
For those new to the club, we normally have a once-a-year maintenance day where we give the clubhouse a lick of paint, clean up the pontoon, strim the grass, fix things that need fixing etc. etc. It’s basically the one day in a year we ask for support from the membership to help us with these tasks. The committee work hard in the background keeping the club running and all we ask is that you volunteer your services on this important task.
Please let us know if you would be willing to help us out on this day by dropping a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
Oars in the Engine Shed
This has already been mentioned at a previous meeting. If you have any oars stored in the roof of the engine shed (not the ones stored with your engine) please note, we will be removing them as the space is needed for club equipment. Most of the oars up there are odd ones, damaged etc. so we will be clearing these out on maintenance day.
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