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Good News Friday - 04 March

Good News Friday – 04 March 2016

The Dinner Dance last weekend was Mike’s final outing as Commodore, thank Mike for all of your hard work over your year and the Club welcomes Annette Fitzpatrick as Commodore and James Croxford as Vice Commodore.


Who’s on Duty?

Sun 06 Mar 2016

Spring (2)


Phil Barnfield

Assistant OOD

Graham Bower

Safety Boat Driver

Jeremy Ireland-Jones

Safety Crew

Tim Crossley

Galley Supervisor

Jean Nixon

Galley Assistant 1

James Nixon

Galley Assistant 2


Bar Duty 1

Martin Evans

Bar Duty 2

David Croxford

Useful Info - This Weekend

It's another busy weekend at the Club with the All Fleet Training on Saturday as well as the RYA Boat Show followed by the second round of the Spring Series on Sunday. There are are 3 races on Sunday, AM PY race at 11.30am, and two class races at 1.45pm and 3.30pm in the afternoon. 


Congrats to Kathy Cole-Evans who won the fantastic prize Dave Timmins managed to secure for the Junior Training funds raffle. The prize is a trip for eight to the Land Rover BAR base at a mutually convenient date. Best of all the raffle managed to raise a whopping £345! Well done to all involved.

Event - All Fleet Training, 5 March

The next All Fleet Training Day is THIS Saturday (5 March) with the focus on starting. Start time is 10am, boats need to to be rigged by 10.30am with an estimated finish time of 3.30pm.

Chris White will be running the session with will cover checks before going onto the water ie sailing instructions etc. the rules relevant to starting, line and gate start tactics and positioning, boat trim ‘going through the gears’.

If you would like to attend but don't have a boat the training boats can be used. Please bring your own lunch.

Event - Lark Open

Part of the Lark ‘Great 8’ Series our Lark Open is one not to be missed! Won by a visitor for the past two years, will 2016 be the year to take back the glory?! There will be 3 races, 2 to count with the first race starting at 11.30am for only £12.

he plan for the social on the Saturday night will include an Indian takeaway (£15 per head - starter, main and sides) to arrive at 6.30 followed by music and dancing. We need to get an idea for numbers so please let Chris White or Nic Booth whether you plan to attend the event and if you would like to order the meal. There will be afternoon cakes following the racing - please bake a cake (shop made fine too...) and bring it along if possible.

Please contact Chris White on 07756 349875 to confirm or for more information.

Junior Training  - 4 weeks and counting!

With winter coming to an end, it is nearly time for Jnr training to recommence on Sunday 3rd April. After many years of running Jnr training Tim Coleshaw has handed the reins over to myself Richard Hodgkins. A team of volunteers has been established that will be giving their time on Sunday mornings to help organise and run each session. (more volunteers are always welcomed)

Andy Hateley will be the principal lead for sailing activities and is busy creating a fun sailing programme for all ages and abilities working inline with the RYA syllabus. Onshore activities will be lead by Nicola Morgan who is also busy creating welcome packs.

More information will be shared in the coming weeks

Richard Hodgkins
Junior Training Co-ordinator 

Race Report - Icicle Series Review

The 2016 Icicle Series finished a couple of weeks ago. 21 boats qualified for the series with Mike Senior and Chris White (GP14) winning the PY, Dave Young and Nic Booth (GP14) 2nd and Ed Bradburn (OK) in 3rd. On PH 1st place went to Paul Bottomley (Solo), Martin Warburton and James Croxford (GP14) in 2nd and Dave Morgan and Richard Hodgkins (GP14) came 3rd.

14 boats qualified for the afternoon Pursuit race which was won by Dave Young and Nic Booth (GP14), Ed Bradburn (OK) was 2nd and Martin Warburton and James Croxford (3rd).

Special mention to Juniors Samuel Bailey and Anthony Hatfield who moved up to a Lark for this series and finished 11th (PY), 4th (PH) and 6th (Pursuit).

Save the Date - Junior & Adult Race Training 2016

Race training will change in 2016! Firstly we will aim to run Adult & Junior sessions at the same time. Secondly these will take place on a Tuesday evening before the club race. The advantage of this is that the theme of the night can be practised immediately after the training session in a proper race environment with a race coach on hand to give help and support during the race.

As always there will be a debriefing session after the sailing which will be held in the club house.

The aim is to start promptly at 6.30pm rigged & ready. The club race start is 7.30 but we hope to arrange a junior start or training start 5 minutes after the start of the club race. Junior boats & those NOT in the club start will be finished by the coach after about 45 minutes but will not qualify for any trophies!

Although the galley is not usually open on a Tuesday evening we hope to offer a “ploughmans” or sandwiches for those coming straight from work or school. If this is of interest please let us know when you complete the Entry Form for these training sessions.

There will probably need to be at least 2 groups to cater for different standards already reached. Numbers will also affect how the evening is arranged so If interested please complete the attached “application form”. This MUST be received by me by Friday 18th March to ensure your participation.

Email or hand application form to Tony Hotchkiss:

Download the Application Form.

Sail a Nail Club League - have a go!

Last weekend was my first opportunity to “Sail a Nail” and to be honest it went quite well!! Julie and I sailed GP14 Club boat No.1 and Will and Neil Hawkins sailed No.2. Disappointingly (in a way) the boats went well (darn it!) proving that all GP14’s are the same shape underneath!

Other than losing out on the spinnaker legs (which were quite long – thanks Terry and Daren) I guess we finished in about our usual position. We even have a “trophy” - thanks to Steve Baker. I did use some of our old sails (which is allowed under my rules) as some of the club sails are quite old. So I would encourage anyone interested to have a go!

Rob Hicklin
Sail a Nail League Manager

Power Boat Keys and Kill Cords

The results of a recent RYA survey into the use and effects of Kill cords has recently been published   (  One particular item was the storing of Kill Cords in position and the reliability of the switch over time when this is done.
We have a club recommendation to check the Kill Cord action every time the boats are used  but I suspect that this does not happen too often. At least until a week or so back when it was reported that the kill switch was not working! Thank you Andy, Bev and Steve T.  lt is felt by the RYA that keeping the kill switch in use all the time can facilitate corrosion of the contacts and weakening of the springs in the switches and so rendering them unreliable.
With this in mind, there is now a key board on the wall near the entry door of the boat shed. I would recommend that at the end of each use, the ignition keys and kill cords be stored on the board ( they are there now for the safety crew on Sunday if you can’t start the engines!)
The hooks are numbered to match the boats and if they get mixed, the big Honda engine on RIB 1has a Honda Marine key ring, the engine on RIB 3 is a Suzuki and this is on the key, and the little Jeanneau, (little Honda engine) does not have an ignition switch and only a kill cord.
I hope all safety boat drivers will see the logic and benefits in storing the keys and kill cords in this manner. By keeping the keys and kill cords together the cords should not get mixed up. Any issues, please let me know.
Steve Baker

Pontius Pilot Committee Boat
Pontus has recently had a small makeover and now sports a panoramic opening sun roof.
There are a number of benefits to this upgrade, including enhanced sun tan opportunities for anyone going to Barbados, a view of the sky in poor weather for those wishing to improve their astro navigation skills and much better access to the front of the boat to deal with unruly anchors and mooring lines.  

This has not been tried out in anger yet so I welcome feedback as to its operation. It is planned to complement this alteration with changes to the mooring in the boat house soon. Watch this space for more info soon.
Steve Baker

Open Day Promotions - Please rate and review our Facebook Page

Thanks to all of those who have recently rated the Club on Facebook, we now have 21 reviews, it would be great to get a few more through to show off how great the Club is, it takes 30 seconds, pretty please?!

South Staffs Social

The AGM also bought about a change in the Social Team. Thanks to Clare Waymont and Lisa Carpenter for all of their hard work over the past year they have done a great job!  We welcome in Vicky Ford who will be taking on the role for this year, good luck Vicky!

Details are out for the Lark Open Social, it’s open to all but we Nic Booth needs an idea about numbers, please reply in the Facebook event if you are looking to go or let Nic know directly. The plan is for Indian Takeaway (3 courses, £15) followed by music and dancing.

Tuesday night Dancing is back on this week (8 March) with a prompt 8pm start, if you are late Steve will make you do a solo lap!

South Staffs on Tour

For those going to the GP14 Worlds, our boats have arrived in Barbados!  If you are looking to do the GP14 Super 6 Series this year if you book four events in one go you get the End of Seasons free!

Travelling 2016 Fixture List:

Lark Fixtures for 2016 can be found HERE.
GP14 Fixtures for 2016 can be found HERE.
Solo 2016 Fixtures can be found HERE
OK (UK) Fixtures for 2016 can be found HERE.

Don't forget, if you're taking part in any open events and want to let everyone know how you got on, email us at:

Capsize of the Week

Not many to pick from at the weekend with most managing to stay upright. So the winner, by default, was Mike Owen who is breaking in his crew Lawrence Hartnoss by treating him to a dunking. Dave Young was apparently very please not to have won the award last week having admitted they capsized. I pointed out they didn’t win as I didn’t spot them so as they were kind enough to volunteer that information they get a special mention!

Congrats Sam Watson

Congratulations to Sam Watson who launched his own clothing line this week! Starting at the budget end of the market you can buy a ‘Watson Weather Protector’ from Wilkos for £2.50, if you need any tips on how to wear your device once purchase please ask Sam to model it for you.

Watch out for the Watson Onesie coming out soon, available in size short.

Facebook Fun

And finally….for those who are planning on big boating in April, I spotted an interesting article on the challenges of cooking offshore this week. For the newbies, one to read!

If you ever have anything you want to share with other Club members or the world at large you can post directly Facebook page, Group, tweet @SSSCTweet or email: the deadline for Good News Friday each week is 9pm Thursdays.

Michelle Evans - 29th February 2016

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