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Christmas Cup Race and Club Annual General Meeting – Sunday 13th December

It’s the clubs last race in the year, everyone is welcome. It’s a fairly laid back race so do not be put off if you are new to racing.
We have 2 club Miracles, so if you don’t have a boat at the moment come down on the day and we will partner helm and crew members where possible.

Race starts at 11am so you must be ready to sail by 1045
Race will last for about an hour.
Christmas cup trophy presentation in the club house, after which we will have a short break with refreshments.

AGM 2015

This is your time to influence the future of your club and the direction that it may go in the future

Do you think that you could organise our club better? Do you have ideas for events? Could you help organise a social event? If so why not join the club committee. We have spare seats. If you feel that you could offer organisational or other skills, then fill out the application form and return to me.

We have a number of spare places on the committee that you may be able to fill.

I have attached a nomination form for anyone who may wish to join the committee and share some of the club duties.

AGM Normal start time 1 pm approximately.

Refreshments in club house, free to all members

Hoping that as many members as possible will come and join us where you can meet other members old and new.

RYA Adult Taster Session

4th August 2015: The following event is closed to new applications – we have been inundated with requests to attend! 

This is a one day event, running from 10am to 4pm and will focus on giving each participant as much time on the water as possible, learning the basics and applying them whilst under the watchful eye of an experienced sailor.  The club is offering this free of charge to club members.  If you would like to be considered for a place on this session, please drop an mail to:

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Will I be able to sail on my own after this session?  The purpose of the session is to give you a good insight to the fundamentals of sailing a dinghy and having the opportunity to have a go yourself.  At the end of the session you will be in a position to sail under guidance from an instructor or experienced sailor and be able to develop the skills to which you have been introduced. So in short the answer is “No, not on your own, but you will have made a good start towards that ambition”.

I’ve never been in a boat – will that be okay? The session is aimed at people like you, or people who have been out in a boat but never taken the controls, oe perhaps you sailed years ago and just need a quick refresher to get up and running again.  Whatever your background you will be under the guidance of a team of experienced sailors who have all assisted in the delivery of RYA Training Courses, so fear not, you are in capable hands!

What will we be doing? The details are being finalised, but we will start the day with a briefing to get your bearings, and then we’ll get you kitted out with buoyancy aids and get you out on the water with an experienced sailor at the helm.  During this phase you will be introduced to some of the practical aspects of sailing a boat, whilst your guide will point out key parts of the boat and talk about what is going on as you change direction.  Next we’ll get you back on shoe and talk about the key controls on the boat and how they work, and then we’ll practice using them.  After that we’ll be back out on the water and you’ll be given the opportunity to take control of the dinghy.  After that we’ll use the time we have available to build on your new found skills.  The session will end at 4pm, and you’ll be pleasnatly tired with a huge grin on your face!

This sounds too good to be true – how much does it cost? Well it just got better! It’s absolutely free! Yep, free! We won’t ask you for a penny!

If you are confirmed on the session, you will need to bring the following as a minimum:

Clothing suitable for the weather at the time.

It is early September so it may be light clothes / Tee Shirts etc.  However, you may need warm clothes /waterproofs if the forecast is for rain.  Hats are good if it is hot.  Sun cream too.  The sun reflects off the water and you can become sunburnt quickly.

A change of clothes.  It is unlikely that you will fall in but not impossible.  There are new male and female changing rooms including showers next to the Clubhouse.

Soft shoes / trainers that will get wet!
A packed lunch and drink.  The Clubhouse has a gas stove and cups etc.  You can make a hot drink if you wish.  Bring the necessary supplies.

The Safety boat will be on the water during all the training sessions.

March 2015

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Here is the distinctively coloured unit being lowered into place!

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This is a really key milestone in the Club’s development plans, and paves the way to our becoming a fully fledged RYA training centre.  Again, Glyn and Phil have been busy on that front preparing the requisite documentation, ensuring the facilities are ship shape and Britstol fashion. An official RYA assessment has recently been completed and a remeditaion plan agreed such that we expect to be able to achieve training centre status very soon.

Regatta Day

Sunday 1st September saw a fantastic turnout for the 2013 regatta day.  Phil presided over a busy schedule of 5 races contested during the morning and afternoon, with excellent conditions – not just a good breeze which strengthened throughout the day, but also a marked reduction in weed cover due to some hard graft from Glyn supported by the water ski club.

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Each of the races was a handicap, with the whole fleet starting at the same time and doing either two or three laps of the course, and then Phil did some clever stuff involving a calculator to work out the final positions.  The final rankings were calculated from the best 3 results for each dinghy over the possible 5 races.

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There were two shields awarded, for the best helm and the best crew, so congratulations to Colin Mapp and Pam King respectively!

A fantastic day was had by all – a set of photos in the gallery [here]

Sport England Grant

14th August 2013

Earlier in the year Phil Morris (club treasurer) applied to Sport England for a grant to extend the club house to include changing rooms toilets and showers to improve facilities for club members. 

This is a key part of our strategy to become an RYA training centre.

Sport England have granted us the full amount of £40,000 in order for us to create these facilities as an extension to the existing building.

Brilliant work Phil, excellent news for the club!

Open Day 2013

TELFORD SAILING CLUB

OPEN DAY

SUNDAY 19th MAY 2013

Telford Sailing Club members are holding their annual open day on Sunday 19th May 2013 between 11am and 4pm at Priorslee Lake.

If you are interested in a brief introduction to sailing, come and try sailing in our Club boats with an experienced sailor.  Juniors (aged 7-14) are welcome to try our Optimist Dinghies, providing they can swim and conditions are suitable.  Buoyancy aids are provided but you should bring old trainers as feet could get wet.

Membership fees will be reduced by £20 if you join and pay at Open Day.  Sign up for our “Learn to Sail” courses at Open Day.

Sailability: – if you have a disability, we have a hoist and specially designed dinghies that you could try.

Priorslee Lake is situated off junction 4 on the M54, Castle Farm Way, and Priorslee Ave and at the end of Teece Drive

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Christmas Cup Regatta

What a fantastic way to round off the year with the traditional Christmas Cup Regatta!  Albeit somewhat gusty, there was a good strong westerly blowing which led to an exciting pursuit race.  There were six boats racing, being two Lasers, one OK and three Miracles.  However it was the Laser’s day and Phillip Morris took the honours for 2012 – some photos below of the trophy presentation, and don’t forget to look at the gallery for action photos from this race!

Glyn admires the much coveted Christmas Cup trophy……
Glyn admires the much coveted Christmas Cup trophy
….before making the presentation to Phil…..
....before making the presentation to Phil.....
….who is wondering whether there is space in the trophy cabinet!
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Boat Naming Ceremony – 6th October 2012

As part of the 2012 club development campaign, the committee agreed that the addition of further dinghies to the fleet would form part of the overall plan. Phil Morris applied for a Lottery Grant via Sport England. This was successful and made avalable funds – but then caused much debate as to which boats to get.  A number of factors played into this, including the desire to get something new rather than playing pot luck on the second hand market, choosing the right class of dinghy which would be suitable for use on the lake and by the varying levels of experience of members. After much discussion at committee meetings it was determined that the club would invest in two new Miracles.

The new dinghies arrived at the club for the Naming Ceremony on 6th Otober 2012, and we were honoured to have Mr David Wright (MP for Telford) and Mrs Mavis Giles, a founder member of Telford Sailing Club present to formally name the new dinghies.

Our new Miracles were aptly named “Gold” and “Silver”, recognising the significance of the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer, and the success of the Brtitish Sailing Team.

A couple of photos below from the ceremony, and link here for the full photo gallery!

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