Author Archives: Chris Weston

Season’s Greetings

On Behalf of the Officers and committee’s, we wish you all the very best for the season’s festivities.

I hope 2013 brings you fair winds, following seas and long may your big jib draw!


Win an iPad2.

RYA Membership Survey

They’d like to hear your views.


The last time the RYA did a survey of its members and the boating community:

  • Tony Blair was Prime Minister
  • Sven Goran Eriksson quit as England Football manager
  • Team GB won a silver medal at the Winter Olympics
  • The Queen celebrated her 80th birthday
  • A heat wave hit the UK in July and
  • A tornado struck London

Things have changed since then so they thought it was about time they ran another survey. The RYA want to learn more about our members and the boating community. This will help them provide an improved service and membership benefits which are better suited to members needs and make the RYA more relevant to boaters.

The survey will be open to RYA members and non-members and will be available online at from 8th December 2011 until 31st January 2012.

Participants will be asked to answer a series of questions about RYA membership, lifestyle and boating preferences, including why did you join the RYA and what benefits do you take advantage of; what kind of boating do you do and how often do you go boating?

Anyone can do it

“Whether you are an existing member, have lapsed your membership or perhaps your club is affiliated to the RYA but you aren’t a personal member we want to hear your views.  We would really like to hear from our younger members too so why not log on and complete the survey. ”

“Last time we ran the survey we had some 5,000 responses. It would be great if we could top that this time round and get 10,000 responses. This way we would get a real insight into the preferences of boaters in order to hopefully better meet your needs”, commented the RYA’s Membership Development Manager Conor Swift.


If you do take part in the survey you could also be the lucky winner of an Apple iPad 2; Their way of saying thank you for taking part. There will be two up for grabs, one in December and one in January, so simply go online and complete the survey and you could win, it’s that easy.

Why not get the whole family to complete the questionnaire and you could increase your chances of winning an Ipad2!

The RYA look forward to hearing from you.

(In case you were wondering the last time the RYA did a comprehensive member survey was 2006!)

Launch Day at Last

“Artemis” has been stuck in the weeds behind the clubhouse for a couple of years now, high and dry.  Bonz Benson and myself took over ownership last August and as Gary had previously painted and antifouled her we thought what could be easier than to launch immediately for a late season sail.  Such optimism was duly dashed by a series of events conspiring against us. 

Firstly the mooring was unsuitable so with the help of Andy Morley we took over a new mooring from Hughie Higgins.  This took till mid-September.  Then either the weather conspired against us or the tides were wrong or someone was unavailable.  The furthest we got was Mark towing us out of the corner 10 yards then putting us back.  The doubters among you said it was as far we were ever going.

So this Spring arrived and with renewed enthusiasm we set about tidying up the boat in preparation for a new launch attempt.  Sunday 24 April was just possible – Neap tides but we could float off the trailer at the end of the causeway.  Glyn Jones in “Trio” was scheduled to slip down the same day.  He was towed down first but unfortunately  literally slipped down, sliding off the trailer when the pin hitch failed.  Causeway blocked.  What to do.  No chance to get “Artemis” in.  The doubters were right.

 Still with all hands available, a load of blocks and some grunting and heaving  “Trio” was put back on the trailer, the hitch lashed up and towed to the launch pad on the causeway end already covered in water.  Batman Mark was successful.  Too late now for “Artemis”?  No- here comes Boy Wonder Robin –alias Bert – with the second tractor just in time to make the launch pad with water round the wheels!

 We made it!  The boat floats, the engine works and even sails!  A toast of Champagne on board while dodging through Race Officers Goudie carefully prepared start line and signals ended the day.

See you on the water all you slow starters!

Chris Weston