A message of welcome from your commodore Ray Woods.
As soon as I was appointed our reservoir was drained and then the pandemic forced us all to lockdown. So for 15 months while our dinghies stayed dry I have, with the assistance from the committee and sub committees, started to prepare our club for the "new normal".
With the aid of the Government Business Rates grants we have decided to replace the worn out cladding on the clubhouse front and also to refurbish the main clubroom. These changes will not only make the building more comfortable but also energy efficient.
We are currently upgrading our fleet of training boats which includes an impressive fleet of 12 Toppers as well as Wayfarers, Qubas a Feva and an Enterprise.
Our newly formed Junior/ youth development team is planning a series of introducing younger people to sailing as well as continuing instruction and assistance during the season. It is our intention to emphasis the fun element in sailing which can only help to elevate participants mental wellbeing ( as well as their parents and guardians).
We are introducing a new club initiative which will take place on Friday evenings. Family night will be for members and friends to come down to the club and sail in a non pressurised atmosphere, maybe parents will light the barbecue or the bar, when allowed, will be open. On the water events will be varied depending on the weather and who turns up. There will also be experienced sailors on hand to assist with boat rigging and if requested offer advice and sailing tips.
Taster days for adults should follow later in the season and hopefully recruitment of new members will follow.
The sailing programme is constantly developing because of changing government restrictions so you need to keep looking at our web site for the next events. The racers will be pleased to see that Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoon sessions are included and the Sunday morning improves will be set up as soon as there is a demand for it.
It is my aim to get existing members back down to the club and on the water after what has been the most difficult of times. I also hope that we can offer activities that will attract new members and hopefully continue to build up our membership and secure the future strength of the club.
If you are thinking of joining us why not call in and talk to one of our members. If you would like to try sailing please contact us through our web site or ask one of the club officers.
ECPSC is a friendly, family orientated club and there is always a warm welcome awaiting.
See you on the water,