Berwick Sailing Club are hosting an open event for anyone interested in taking up sailing or joining the club on Thursday 15th May 2014 in the late afternoon and evening. Sailing taster sessions will be available on the day or again on the following Sunday 18th. Why not come down and see what sailing and your local friendly club are all about? No need to book, just turn up on the night. Hope to see you there. Use the contact page if you want any more information.
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Welcome from the Commodore
With support from the RYA progress towards the club development plan continues satisfactorily, three grant applications are in progress. We are looking forward to bringing the capital expenditure into fruition.
Generally the weather was good to us last year and the club continues to flourish with new members making the novice sessions on Friday evenings busy right through to the end of September. The racing was well supported and we will run a similar program this year. It contains family friendly sailing, for example a mini cruise. Pursuit racing was popular and will be repeated. The windsurfers have been active too. The training and skills development are tailored to individual needs, targeting racing as the main activity.
Enjoy your sailing.
Development Plan 2012 –First Draft
Increase membership, innovation required and/or continue with the open days, and novice training using club boats, train more instructors including Senior Instructor and become a Recognised Training Centre supported by the RYA
Improve the skills of members to increase the participation in racing, in the bay especially, training and encouragement from existing members and using RYA coaches
Improve the Safety Boat capability, 40hp on the large RIB and use VHF. Improve the store/workshop.
Improve the access to the shore and have a lounge/class room with a view over the sailing area and refurbish the changing rooms.
Good feed back from training events
Increasing membership, as other clubs are fading
Not many clubs in the area
Excellent venue, the bay is a huge asset, parking and camping all at the club
Holiday area with facilities for visitors, reasonably close to cities
Club boats and coaching/novice training
Vulnerable to suffering in the same way as other clubs locally
Not enough Instructors and experienced officers
Still shabby in places, short of the facilities common to all good clubs, ie a comfy lounge and clean safe facilities for the non sailing associates. (The club should be perceived to be “an asset to the community, a pleasant place to visit for other reasons than to sail”).
Dragging boats across the sand makes a hazard with winch and is daunting to the less fit
Dogs fowl the dunes
MEMBERS SURVEY 2012
U18 = 4 ;18-25 ; 25-40 = 2 ; 40+ =13 ; 19 respondants
new =1; 1yr+ = 7; 5+ = 11 Hence the max score is 76
become a ‘Recognized Training Centre’ 51
(4 did not score, only one against and grant funding is dependant on this)
New improved facilities 66
encourage Visiting clubs 60
novices be encouraged to participate in racing asap 59
year book to be laid out to be more user friendly 56
Sunday (after racing) Safety Boat cover for family / novices 53
Make better use of the area covered by dunes on the NE 53
closer links with local schools 52
with another club 51
racing to be managed using flags 48
more dinghy cruises 48
cleaning of galley etc, …….a duty officer on rota 45
coaching/race development 45
feedback after a race from lead helms 44
downloadable year book PDF on the web 44
drying room 44
Saturday family/novice 32