In Bosham, Storm Katie will have left several people thinking “I’m sure I didn’t park my 23ft cruiser in that complete strangers front garden”. And in the week that saw the changing rooms finished, the Cadets starting the BSC sailing season and a visit from a double Olympic champion, you may also be relieved to read that this newsletter will be surprisingly brief!
Our new chef served over 100 lunches on Good Friday. There were BSC kitchen made quiches and filo pies and lasagne and sausage rolls and for those who know our kitchen at the Club the “BSC” part means this was no mean feat! The food was primarily for cadets and parents but when other members who happened to be at the Club heard the lip smacking murmurs of appreciation, many opted to try this delicious lunch. Club members are asked to bear in mind that this is early days for the food revolution that is happening at your Club and if the service is not yet up to speed, or you cannot be served the meal you require because it’s been so popular and other people have got there before you, please accept these shakedown glitches with a courtesy that you would always show your friends.
As well as 100 lunches, our Chef also served 60 Club members dinner on Good Friday evening and a further 30 meals on Saturday evening after Sarah Ayton’s talk. As a result of Friday evening, there are a few additional notes after this delicious menu for Friday:
Supper Friday 1st April
Steak and Ale Pie 9.50
Breast of Chicken in Orange Sauce 9.50
Vegetable Moussaka 8.50
White Fish Portugaise (onion/tomato/parsley & white wine sauce) 9.50
Assorted Desserts 3.25
Cheese & Biscuits 3.75
We had to turn away 30 people last Friday as the places went faster that Storm Katie could blow the trees down in Southbourne. The only way to reserve your places are to email firstname.lastname@example.org by 17:00 on Thursday 31st March with your choice of food. Due to the constraints of the Club kitchen, there is one sitting only for supper and this is served from approximately 20:00. All places are on a first emailed basis.
RYA Training at BSC
This week we have our first RYA courses of the season starting. As ever our RYA Youth Training Stages 1 – 4 are one of most popular courses and this week is no exception. Fifteen children, of varying abilities are either learning how to sail or learning how to advance their sailing skills. It’s worth checking your Red Book if you’re interested in our courses – there’s everything from a one day Diesel Engine course, to the ever popular Women on the Water (WOW) Friday morning sessions.
How lucky were we?! Not only were our spectacular new changing rooms completed, the sun shone and the wind blew gently (at least to start with) ready for 28 cadet boats to have a wonderful start to our sailing season. It’s never easy being the first event, but R/C Cadets and her team put in loads of effort to ensure that the day went smoothly and although the second race had to be abandoned everybody who was part of the day had a fantastic time.
Double Olympic Medallist Sarah Ayton opens BSC’s New Changing Rooms
If you haven’t yet seen our new changing facilities then you’re in for the most amazing surprise. Thanks in large part to a grant from Sport England, Bosham Sailing Club now has brilliant new loos and showers and the changing areas now have loads of room. And Sarah Ayton, our friendly Double Olympic Champion, came to the Club last Saturday to cut the official red ribbon and say some kind words about Bosham Sailing Club. This is great publicity for BSC and this should be appearing in both the on-line yachting press and in the yachting and local paper. She also stayed in the evening to give a short talk on her Olympic journey, which was very much enjoyed by all those who attended.
It is a source of great regret to everybody who had planned to be on the water this weekend,that most of our racing had to be cancelled. Cancellation is something that is never undertaken lightly as after all, we’re a sailing club and sailing is what we do! However, we could not prevent Storm Katie arriving and the combination of high winds, squally conditions and very cold water, meant that the safety of all competitors and the patrol boat volunteers had to come first and so each day over Easter, the decision to cancel was made. It is fully recognised that the decision to cancel a race can be extremely disappointing so in future, rather than a cancellation, if weather conditions are unfavourable before a race, then an initial postponement will be considered to see if conditions improve and if they do not then the Race Officer will make a decision following that.
Masquerade Ball Saturday 28th May
Stand by your beds, or rather your laptops etc! This is the week that the email will appear to let you book and pay for your tables. There has been so much interest that it seems certain that tables will go quickly so make sure you get your booking in early .
Laser Training Saturday 9th April
Don’t forget that all you lucky Laser sailors can benefit from some pre-season training, courtesy of Anna Perkins and Simon Radford. You just need to be on the Quay at 10:00 with your boats (no need to be changed into sailing kit) and be prepared to pick up some very useful tips. If you plan to attend then please email AnnaPerkins87@gmail.com
And finally, last week there were a few people who went above and beyond the call of duty in helping out at your Club. Thank you to you all.
Bosham Sailing Club Office Team