Commodore’s Newsletter June 2018

Thanks to excellent weather this season has been a glorious time to be on the river, out at sea or enjoying a drink or a meal on the club terrace. I am delighted to see that everyone has been making the most of it. As the young people come to the end of their exams and Wimbledon starts, it can’t last much longer.
Try a Sailing on the Dart
The early May Bank Holiday weekend started with “Try Sailing on the Dart”, our local part of the RYA Annual “Push the Boat Out” campaign to get more people sailing. We saw our Junior Sailors following up their training by crewing in the Saturday afternoon race. The evening drinks reception on the terrace led on to a dinner designed to get us ready to bid in an auction of promises to raise the funds for a new RS Quest for Junior Sailing. Proceeds of this event combined with a grant from Sport England, a local restaurant charity donation and the sale of the of the old RS Vision dinghies, so that the Trust was able to buy a whole fleet of six new RS Quest dinghies for Youth Sailing on the river. Our thanks go to Nicky Lee, the retiring chairman of the Royal Dart Young Sailors Trust, Ian McClelland who is taking over the reins, Penny Noble who organised the event and everyone else who helped, donated promises and bid for them. Weeks in Cornish cottages or Alpine Chalets, drives in Teslas or sails in classic yachts, gourmet cooking in your own home; it was all there, and it all went.
On Sunday we opened the club for as many people as possible to get out on the water and see if this is the sport for them. Around 75 people enjoyed trips on RIBs, launches and small yachts, while enjoying the hospitality of the club for the day. We had a number of membership enquiries as well as gaining a better understanding of what people would like of a club to help them into the sport. Many thanks to Mark Wilkinson and his team for a great effort to make the day a success.
What a great weekend of activity at the club.

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