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We are delighted to confirm that the Transition Squad will once again be operating for the 2017 season and that main registration for this year’s sessions will take place this coming Saturday 22 April at 10am.  The sessions typically take place on a Saturday morning from 10am for around two hours, and are designed to help cadets who have already learnt the sailing basics, but now want to gain experience and develop their racing skills. A typical Transition Squad session starts ashore in the Training/Cadet Room (ground floor at the rear of the club beyond the bar) where everyone is briefed on the plans and objectives for the day.  Those that need it can be given assistance to rig their boats and get afloat.  And then it’s all out onto the water to work on exercises and race practise in the creek. Finally its back ashore for a debrief to talk about what’s been achieved.  Our amazing Cadet Captain Graham Eeles and his team start with the basics of boat handling, manoeuvres, trimming, tactics, tide, etc, and then encouraging each individual to progress at their own pace. As they gain confidence, Transition Squad members are encouraged to take part in club races (we have special cadet courses which keep them closer to the club) and we hope that all those in the Squad will also take part in BSC’s Youth Regatta from 2-4 August, and Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week from 5-12 August. As well as seeking out participants for the Transition Squad sessions we are also always on the lookout for volunteers who would be willing to help out.  From making sure the boats are rigged and helping with launching and recovery, to manning a rescue boat or being an extra pair of hands in the galley when they all come ashore starving hungry, we have plenty of jobs to do so please shout if you can spare a few hours. All cadets taking part in the Transition Squad sessions must bring a parent or guardian with them to initial registration to complete necessary paperwork.  If you aren’t able to attend this Saturday, but do want your children to take part please email Graham on graham.eeles@btinternet.com to advise him of your interest and let him know when you anticipate being able to join the sessions. The dates for this year’s Transition Squad sessions are: Saturday 22 April Saturday 13 May Sunday 28 May – Regatta Weekend Special Demo Sail Saturday 10 June Saturday 24 June Saturday 8 July Saturday 22 July Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 August – BSC Youth Regatta Saturday 2 September Saturday 23 September Saturday 21 October Please let us know if the cadet(s) in your life would like to get involved. Contact Graham Eeles on graham.eeles@btinternet.com
There was a great turnout for the 2017 Annual General Meeting of Brightlingsea Sailing Club, held on the morning of Monday 17 April.  A report of the meeting will follow in due course, however we are delighted to immediately confirm that the AGM elected our new Commodore Fiona Brown (left) and Joint Vice Commodores House & Entertainment Ian and Tina Hastings, while Vice Commodore Sailing Martin Worth was elected for a second year. David Gibbons was once again elected as Treasurer and Rose Winship continues as General Secretary.  Fiona's first formal item of business upon being elected was to invite Alice Davies to continue as President of the Club, an invitation which Alice gracefully accepted. Click here to check out the names of the other General Committee members elected, which include newcomers Mark Wilby as Social Secretary and Peter Stonebridge as Member with responsibility for Health & Safety and Regulatory Matters, as well as a host of very familiar faces.    
As this year's Thursday Night Series starts a week later than usual (11 May), by popular demand we have added an extra one off Champagne Pursuit Race on Thursday 4 May. The format will be exactly the same as the normal Thursday night pursuits with the first start at 19.00 - high tide is 19.00 too so perfect timing. The results won't count towards the Thursday series but the lucky winner will receive a bottle of champagne at the post race prize giving.
The club's 2017 Annual General Meeting is coming up this Easter Monday and all members are reminded to attend.  You will have received the main papers for the meeting with your renewal reminder email back at the beginning of the year so please refer to that pack for full details. After the meeting we will have the Commodore's Reception and then it's all out onto the water for the Ivy Stone Handicap.

BRIGHTLINGSEA SAILING CLUB

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017

The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Clubhouse, Brightlingsea on

Monday  17th April 2017 at 11.00 a.m.

The Meeting will be followed by the Commodore's Reception

AGENDA

  1. Apologies
  1. To confirm the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 28th March 2016
  1. To receive the Honorary Treasurer’s Report
  1. Approval of the 2016 Accounts
  1. To ratify the Change of Club Rule 16 (in accordance with RYA Revised Guidance Notes on Abandoned Boats) agreed by the General Committee on 14 December 2016
  1. Any Motion of which notice has been received (see below)
  1. Election of the Flag Officers and General Committee
  1. Appointment of the Auditors
  1. Any other business
ROSE WINSHIP Honorary General Secretary Notice of any Motion a member may wish to bring forward must be given in writing to the Honorary General Secretary at least 28 days before the Annual General Meeting (Rule 9a) Nominations for Officers and members of the General Committee, duly proposed and seconded, with the written consent of the nominee, must be given to the Honorary General Secretary at least 28 days before the Annual General Meeting Please note: Copies of the 2016 Accounts will be available at the AGM
Legendary sailor and sailmaker Mike McNamara has won more National, Continental and World Championships than most of us have had hot dinners. His talks on trimming and getting your boat to go fast are both hugely informative and highly entertaining, and we are delighted to announce that Mike will join us at Brightlingsea Sailing Club to Talk Trimming on Friday 12 May 2017 from 7pm. This will be a very practical, hands on session so do please join us and be ready to get involved and learn from the master. Part of the talk is planned to take place in front of the club so bring a jacket as it can get chilly. The talk will cost £3.00 per head and we are also offering a club supper at a cost of £7.00 per head (payable in advance). Please book your tickets online here. [caption id="attachment_3607" align="alignleft" width="267"] SONY DSC[/caption]
With huge thanks to David Gibbons, Martin "Ferret" Worth and Piers Lambert we now have our 2017 results system and handicaps up and running. You will find the race results for the Ralph Sutton Handicap & Len Cook Tankard race and the first of the Spring Series results at www.sailbrightlingsea.com/sailing/racing/racing-results The 2017 BSC Handicaps can be found in the Online Library.  The new Handicap Groupings will be published shortly.
We have an action packed Easter on offer at Brightlingsea Sailing Club and we look forward to a fantastic weekend of fun and festivities. The weekend kicks off with the Easter Thursday Night Social in the bar from 7pm so come down, kick back, enjoy a few sundowners and get in the Easter mood. We have racing on all four days of the holiday weekend.  Friday 14 April its the Bob Watts Pursuit race starting from 14.00.  Saturday we have Spring Series 5 starting from 14.00.  On Sunday we race the legendary Easter Egg Pursuit Race starting at 11.00 and on Monday 17 April it's the Ivy Stone Handicap starting at 14.00. The bar will be open as usual throughout the weekend and Easter Sunday 16 April also brings us the Eggcellent Easter Egg Hunt starting at 11.00 followed by the legendary Easter Lunch which Glynis and her gang will be serving as soon as the racers are back in off the water. See posters below for full details. Book for the Eggcellent Egg Hunt through Laura Willett on laura.willett@geedon.co.uk and the Easter Lunch through Melissa Smith on mel155a@hotmail.co.uk. And of course please don't forget that we have the Brightlingsea Sailing Club AGM on Easter Monday 17 April at 11.00!
Following on from the successful introduction of organised Dinghy Cruising sessions in 2016, we have a full programme of organised Dinghy Cruises for you in 2017.  Led by our Cruising Coordinator Andy Taylor, these sessions will take you to various locations around the rivers Colne and Blackwater. So whether you fancy a sail to Wivenhoe or Rowhedge for a pub lunch, picnicking on Second Beach, exploring the backwaters of our stunningly beautiful rivers and creeks or venturing further afield up the Blackwater do get involved. The dates for our 2017 Dinghy Cruising Programme are: 14 April - Shake Down Cruise - 09.00 Friday 14 - Sunday 16 April (Easter Weekend)  - 09.00 each day Friday 28 - Sunday 30 April (May Bank Holiday)  - 09.00 each day Saturday 27 May - 08.00 Saturday 10 June - 08.00 Sunday 24 June - 08.00 Saturday 8 July - 08.00 Saturday 5 August - 08.00 Saturday 26 August - 08.00 Saturday 9 September - 08.00 Saturday 21 October - Late Autumn Cruise - 08.00
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