This will be my first year as Commodore and what a privilege it is. I am looking forward to the challenge of continuing the good work carried out by our past Commodore, Andy Goudie, who I am pleased to say I have persuaded to come over to the dark side to sail, now that he is footloose and fancy free. I even have a space reserved for his new boat in “naughty boys’ corner” as Andy christened the fast cat spaces in the boat park last year.
We have one of the best and most beautiful areas in the North West to sail on and to race, a fact that the RYA has commented upon. My aim for this year is to get as many members out on the water, on a regular basis, as possible. As you know Sunday is our main race day and we have a full programme planned for this year starting 4th April through to end November for our club racing.
We are also hosts again to the Dart 18 2 day TT event in April. Even the commodores cruise in June will have an element of competition this year with a 3 way cricket match with Dee, West Kirby and Hoylake penciled in. July will see the Long Distance race return for a two-day extravaganza.
And from the ashes of the boat show we have the 3 days of racing at Liverpool for the May Bank Holiday, which will be a high profile event for Dee sailing club, so we need all our catamarans on the Mersey for the three days. A secure compound is being built for us and there will be overnight security, so no problems with leaving your boat at Fort Perch. If you don’t race a catamaran we will soon be looking for volunteers to help man the Kindred Clubs stand in the Albert Dock, to chat and hopefully bag a few new club members. Notice of race and entry forms available on the new Kindred clubs website www.kindred-clubs-regattas.com
We have a packed programme for this year with the training days that James Douglas and Alan Jones (RYA) have organized from race training to opportunities to become an instructor. So take full advantage of what is on offer to improve your skill level.
Of course there wouldn’t be any racing without the on going commitment of the safety boat crews and others who give up their time to support club activities, so even if you are not a sailor there is always a way of becoming involved.
With the commitment and on going enthusiasm of our club members we can make this year a success both on the water and off.