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Shustoke Sailing Club’s MAY 2010 Newsletter Welcome to our May 2010 Shustoke newsletter. This is our second short newsletter to let you know what has happened and what will be happening.

Activating the Laser Fleet The RYA, UK Laser Association and Laser Performance supported by Sport England have teamed up to launch a new programme aimed at helping Sailing Clubs ‘Activate’ their Laser Fleets. The Laser dinghy is the most successful adult and youth racing dinghy in the world, with almost 200,000 boats having been built. However, not all are being regularly used and the ‘activate your laser fleet’ programme provides an opportunity to increase participation in club sailing. The objectives of the programme include increasing general skill levels, improving standards and competitiveness of Laser sailors’ boats and ultimately increasing the number of sailors who compete regularly in club racing. Paul Goodison MBE who holds Olympic, World and European titles in the Laser, has become an Ambassador of the project and will be spending a day with the sailing club that develops the most innovating way of ‘Activating’ its Laser Fleet.

SHUSTOKE HOSTS On Sunday 11 April representatives from four local clubs: Tamworth, Notts County, Olton Mere and Chelmarsh together with Ashleigh Hemming and Tim Mardon from Shustoke Sailing Club attended a workshop here at Shustoke organized by representatives from the RYA, Laser Performance and UKLA. The workshop enabled attendees to gain information and share ideas on activating their Laser fleet and the ongoing support that is available from the RYA’s team of Regional Club Coaches as well as equipment maintenance, repair advice and equipment purchasing support from Laser Performance. Each club received a document pack containing advice on topics such as how to develop and deliver a sports development plan, how to access funding, developing ideas on how to encourage Laser owners and sailors back onto the water and to help clubs re-claim Lasers that have been abandoned. In the afternoon there was an ‘on the water’ training session run by the RYA’s Coaching Development Assessor, Matt Kilpatrick utilizing Laser Performance’s demonstration Laser’s. The session provided an insight to some of the methods and techniques utilized by the RYA for improving sailors’ performance including follow the leader and all charging the leeward mark. The familiar Shustoke welcome was appreciated by all attendees and a special thanks goes to all those who helped organize and facilitate the day. The Shustoke Sailing Club Fleet Captain is currently preparing an action plan for the activation of the Laser Fleet but if you would like to be part of the project either helping or participating in training sessions or would like any further information please contact the Laser Fleet Captain, Ashleigh Hemming on 07807 800 145 or by e-mail Ashleigh.Hemming@ Ashleigh Hemming 22 April 2010

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Plus, if there is anything you wish to share with other Club members in the next issue please e-mail your comments and pictures to steve. ward.creative@

Contents Page 1 Laser Re-activation. A great success for visitors and our Laser Fleet which earns praise for Shustoke Sailing Club Page 2 Sailing Calendar: Plan your racing events in May A Deputy Rear Commodore House Keep our new Membership Secretary up to date with your information Page 3 Social events St George’s Day was a fun event for all who attended. Dates for your social diary Page 1

Vice-Rear Commodore House Due to David Dale’s extended holidays this summer, he is having a well-earned break from his duties as Vice-Commodore House, and has coerced Mark Broad into standing in for him for 3 months. Mark has offered to do his best for this time – then “do a runner”.

Your committee members are anxious to hear your views and opinions. Please send complaints or praise to: Peter Stewart: Commodore Peter chairs the Committee and is in overall charge of the Club on shore and on the water or 02476 462134

You may have seen Mark trailing the fleet in an old GP14 and so, despite having sailed since the age of 5, he is well suited to a role away from the water. For those (many) of you who don’t know him, he joined with his family last April and is probably best known as “Dawn’s Husband”, or “Chloe and Gemma’s dad”. To help recognise him see this photo of the girls or this other of someone doing his best to stay incognito.

Your guide to Shustoke Sailing Club Races ANNUAL RACE SERIES Spring Series 6th March - 30th May

Summer Series 5th June - 29th August

Autumn Series 4th September - 28th November

Winter Series 4th December - 27th February

Sunday Race times Three races 11.00, 13.30 and 15.30 Sunday Race times Three races 11.00, 13.30 and 15.30 Saturday Race times Four races 11.00, 12.15, 14.30 and 15.45 Sunday Race times Three races 11.00, 13.30 and 15.30 Between 6th November 2010 and 27th March 2011 Saturday and Sunday race times will be at the earlier times of 10.45, 13.00 and 14.30

THURSDAY NIGHT SAILING 6th May - 26th August

Race time One race 19.00




Fun races, Junior Trophy and games on Saturday Dinner, dancing and music on Saturday Night Stay the night and camp on Saturday Night Bonniface Trophy and Ladies Rose bowl on Sunday One Pursuit Race

Kevin Rose: Rear Commodore Sailing Kevin chairs the sailing committee and is in charge of all sailing matters or 07794 619156 David Dale: Rear Commodore House David chairs the social committee and is in charge of all onshore matters or 07780 956918

Who are you? We need to know! After many years’ service to the Club Carl Waring has stood down from the post of membership secretary. Our thanks go to him and we welcome Simon Durk who has taken up the post. Will members now please address any membership queries to Simon, instead of Carl! Can all members also please check their membership details and update them with Simon. He and the Committee need to know who you are! If you have not already done so, please check the details of your boats and the skills that you can offer to the club that were included with you membership renewal letter. Simon can be reached at enquiries@ or by snail mail at the club.

SHUSTOKE GAUNTLET 13th February 2011

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One Open Pursuit race

Inflatable dinghy £300 o.n.o. Telephone Gordon on 01543301472

Simon steps in

Carl stands down

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Whit Bank Holiday Barbecue, plus jam session (that’s music!) later Possibly following a curtailed sailing day, this will be a very informal evening involving a barbecue and low key events. This will provide a good opportunity to socialise with existing friends but also to make new ones in the new members – and to make them feel welcome within the Club. At the fantastic St George’s Day there was royalty on show,



St George’s Day

Following on from what we can all assume will be a hugely successful day on the water, there will be a casual evening of food and table-top games aimed at adults and children alike.

SATURDAY APRIL 24TH For those that missed this, you might have escaped the “whit” of the Jester and the subtle touch the next morning of the Mead… You did miss a famous evening. The event was well attended, well catered for (thanks to Sue Gill) and well watered (cheers, Bill) – and sufficient people retained their sense of humour, amply shown on the water during the day, by dressing properly for the occasion in the evening.

Details to follow.

...and jesters while the serfs were properly oppressed by the gentry A big thank you to all those that helped on the evening, those that cleared up at the end and especially those who finished the mead (so we don’t have to drink it again).

SOCIAL CALENDAR 24th April St George’s Medieval Banquet 31st May Barbecue and Acoustic Session - all player welcome 26-27th June Regatta 27-30th August Bala trip 9th September Quiz and Curry Night 25th September Autumn Fest 30th October Halloween Night

There were fun and games to be had. Prizes for those successful were bountiful …

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5th November Bonfire and Fireworks … while the consequences for those who failed were dire.

4th December Laying up Supper

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