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 ladderwhenever 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
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
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.
Last years race reports have collected some statistics regarding the wind direction, strength and the type of races held. Here are the diagrams. Most likely we will get similar winds next year, so start planning your tactics.
Sitting at home and want to keep yourself busy? Why not practice your sailing knots, here is a website where you can find examples of the most used knots and an explanation when you should use them. Get a piece of rope and get practising, when the (Forfar sailing) season starts you can show off your knowledge of tying things together.
We hope you have all had a good Christmas and New Year. Although it seems to be heading into the depths of winter the committee is thinking about the 2019 sailing season – looking at winter maintenance tasks and planning the sailing calendar. We hope to have the 2019 programme ready very soon including the new “Sailing ladder” – our version of the squash ladder which we hope will encourage new sailors into racing. We will also be returning to nominated race and safety boat officers on Sundays to support training and races. This will need the support of all club members so we hope everyone will be able to take on some tasks over the year. We are a small club and our success depends on everyone lending a hand in whatever way they can – big or small. We are also very pleased to say we now have a new club website and there is more information about this below. We would welcome feedback to help us develop this in the best way for the club. We look forward to seeing everyone once the season starts and will let you know about pre-season tasks that we would welcome assistance with. Meanwhile, enjoy the winter.