Free Training Course

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Datchet Water Sailing ClubOn Sunday 29th March after club sailing Neil Hume and Helen Beecham will be running a session of Race Officer training. Any club member is welcome. The training will be Datchet specific and is intended as a refresher for Club Race Officers or an introduction for anyone thinking that they may be ready to take on the role. It should last an hour to an hour and a half and begin about 2pm depending on the time racing ends for the day.

Please inform the club office or Helen Beecham if you would like to join the training.

Spring Beach Party – This Saturday afternoon

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A BIG thank-you to everyone that attended last Sunday’s event – half the beach was left looking fantastic having been weeded and cleared of all the debris that had blown off the water over the winter months.

And for those that weren’t able to make it last weekend, the good news is that Sue has organised another one for this Saturday between 2 and 4 pm.  So if you are free for an hour or so, please do come along, armed with brooms / spades / shovels if you have them.

Your reward? – In addition to helping to improve the club environment for all the members, the tea and biscuits will be on Gabrielle!

RYA Dinghy Show – Report by Mike Beckett

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DWSC stand 2015

Over the weekend of the 28th Feb and 1st March DWSC had a stand at the RYA/Suzuki Dinghy Exhibition at Alexandra Palace. The show was well attended both on Saturday and Sunday and saw a steady flow of visitors to the DWSC Stand including existing, old and potential new members.

Other visitors to the stand included classes and associations who are interested in host their national and inland events at DWSC in the future.

With all the manufacturers promoting their new boats it was interesting to talk to potential new members about what boats we sail at DWSC and although everyone is interested in the latest and greatest new products it feels that sailors are starting to question the idea of getting a new wiz bang boat and be the only one at a club verse buying a boat that we already have a fleet or are building a fleet of.

The new solar panels that started generating electricity for us on the first of January was an interesting talking point with other clubs who are wanting to become greener in their operation, and yet again it would appear that DWSC is leading the way for Sailing Clubs to be more eco-friendly.

Although a number of significant sailing clubs do not attend this show the DWSC Council still believe that this is worth the cost and effort to have a presence at the main UK Dinghy Exhibition – once again, we even signed up a new member on the day! It does take some effort to attend this exhibition and I would like to thank the team who manned the show for the entire weekend and then also the various club members who gave us some of their valuable time at the show to man the stand and help out.

Mike Beckett

1 space left on this weekends First Aid course

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Dear members,

We have 1 space left on our First Aid course this Sunday the 8th . If you wish to book this space please contact the club as soon as possible on 01753 683872. Members £65, Non-Members £95 and free to club safety coxswains. Its starts at 9:00 am in the board room and finishes at 16:00pm.

Thank You

Datchet Water Sailing Club

Gentle reminder – Don’t get blown over

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The wind forecast for next week indicates that following some good conditions for racing on Sunday morning in the Winter Warm Up, there are likely to be high winds from Sunday afternoon and through most of next week. So, just a gentle reminder once again: Please ensure that your boat is tied down securely to avoid damage to other boats in the boat park.

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Many thanks.