Monthly Archives: March 2019

Boats back

We started the season yesterday (24/03/2019) by placing our boats back at the club ground. If you have not been able to return your boat to the club but are going to do so soon please contact the club to inform them. This will allow us to preserve spaces, make sure that the boats are allocated an appropriate space depending on the boat type etc.

Please keep an eye out for the next mailshot, as this will have important information regarding the sailing start of the season etc. Hope to see you all soon at the clubhouse.

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The Topper Ladder

The club’s topper ladder is intended to be a fun competition that anyone and everyone can participate in.
It is separate from all other cups and competitions so even if you don’t want to commit to a points series you can still join in the ladder and sail as little or as often as you like. 
The ladder will created by drawing the names of those interested out of a hat. Those not  interested at this time may join the bottom of the ladder whenever  the fancy takes them.
Once on the ladder you may challenge anyone up to three places above you. They have ten days to agree a match. If they can’t commit you swop places.
If you win you swop places. There is no penalty for losing ( and trying) you just both remain in your positions.
The ladder was dreamed up to encourage friendly competition and to take the place of the Thursday pursuit racing although you can obviously sail whenever it suits both parties. 
Please be aware that although this is a fun event normal basic racing rules apply i.e. no collisions. 
The decision to sail and the safety aspect is the responsibility of the participants. 
Cadets must be accompanied by a responsible adult who obviously will make the appropriate decisions
It might be that both participants agree to race in a different boat , lasers for example, although the Topper should be given priority. 
There will be a ladder at the club and possibly on line ( to be decided )
That will be the only admin required

Please come along to the General meeting on the 24th March at 14:30, both to support the club and to pass comment on this venture.
Tony Cook

Aberdeen University team race event

All Members,

Aberdeen University are planning to host a beginners Team Race Training event on the 30/31st March. Teams are of 6 people all welcome.

Here is the link for AUSC’s beginner TR event.
https://www.facebook.com/events/380229379468623/?ti=as

All the Best

Mark K

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Welcome to the new season

Now we are coming out of what has been a remarkably mild winter, it’s time to think about getting boats back and looking forward to sailing again. This means it is time for memberships to be renewed and subs paid; you will find a link to the membership form further down this newsletter. We look forward to welcoming back current members and hopefully seeing some new faces as well.

Over the winter we have undertaken some much needed maintenance and I would like to thankTony Walker, Tony Cook, Mark Kimber, Peter Tait and everyone else involved in refitting and painting the sail room and entrance to the changing rooms as well as other essential maintenance.

Not everyone stops sailing for the winter and Aberdeen University have made good use of the Loch for their training sessions. They planned to hold a couple of events there but in the only real cold snap of the season, the Loch froze and they had to relocate to Dundee. The radio sailors have also continued to meet over the winter and have helped with general upkeep of the grounds. They have a couple of events this year that they will host at Forfar so we look forward to seeing them in action.

As noted below the day for boats returning is Sunday 24th March and we will also hold our Half Yearly meeting that afternoon. We really hope to see as many members as possible at this to hear about the year ahead. We will also be voting in a new treasurer as Simon Brown leaves this role after two years. Thank you to Simon for keeping the accounts going, the tuck shop stocked and lots more. 

The new sailing calendar is almost complete and will be emailed to everyone so you can put dates in your diary. We are returning to the system of OOD and safety boat helm on Sundays for the racing in the afternoon and to support the free sailing in the morning. We are updating the list of people who are able to use the safety boat. We think we have everyone on the list but please contact us if you see any inaccuracies. Everyone cleared to use the safety boat will be given roster dates and I thank you in advance for your support of the club. (current members will receive an email with the calendar, helm list and duty roster soon) We are also introducing a Sailing Ladder instead of the pursuit race on Thursday evenings. We hope this will encourage more people to try racing and gain the confidence to join other racing events at the club.

Finally, this year sees the club reach its 60th birthday which we plan to celebrate later in the year. Plans are still being developed and we will let you know what form this will take as soon as possible. If anyone has suggestions please contact a member of the committee.

For more details see the mail shot in full here : https://mailchi.mp/1d2148e33e86/our-sailing-season-starts-soon-read-all-about-it-here

You can also download a pdf version to print out:

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