Nick and Claire Taylor sailed consistently well through all 5 races to take the honours in inconsistent breezes at this club, nestling in the Brecon Beacons. The three Open, Silver and Classic fleets sailing together produced intensely competitive sailing – regularly seeing tight groups converging on critical marks and passing through finish-lines in quick succession.
Past regular winner David Morgan took on a scratch crew in Ned Pullen, inexperienced in ‘Fifteens, and still achieved two first-places to come in second. Paul Atwell and Lyndall Merry – always a threat to the leaders – scored a highly creditable third place signalling a positive direction of travel for future events.
The Silver and Classic fleet honours went to Robert Dangerfield and Claire Ellis and Johnny Craddock and Frankie Devereux respectively. Last word is reserved, however, for Colin Fletcher – with a distinguished yacht-racing record but a painful hip condition – raced his newly acquired boat with crew Rebekah Hancock-Lashley – and led the fleet on more than one occasion – and gave everybody a good scare!
Thanks to Jon Heissig and Nicky Griffin and team for running a splendid event.
Flooded, but nothing we haven’t managed before – and preparation for the 2021 season is starting
That the site’s under-water will be a surprise to no one. But it’s a good half metre lower than the height of last March – and it’s been dropping since the pre-Christmas deluge. What was heartening about last year’s inundation was that the site – and especially the grass – recovered quickly and so well, despite not only the deepest, but the longest-known period of flood in living memory. If, this spring, we’re able to clear the weed and other detritus before grass-growth ties it down, the site can become tidy again very quickly. (Garden-rakes forks and wheelbarrows at the ready for the Working Party in March please!). Equally heartening to see is that all bar a couple of boats have been taken away by members. Those which remain have been made as safe as possible in the circumstances – aware that owners’ capacity to collect remains restricted by Welsh Government guidelines.
Before the current lockdown all marks were brought-in. Several need their chains and anchors replacing – they endure a fair amount of weather above-surface, and friction below it. All will need a good power-washing before re-launch when this season starts. They have an important unofficial job to do in the meantime: working together with the heavy recycled-material picnic tables, they act as a breakwater to reduce erosion of the bank in front of the clubhouse. High winter water-levels having become more common in recent years, the Site Sub Committee is looking at options to protect the area from flood wave-action.
Meanwhile, the new Executive Committee will meet in the first week of the New Year. Priorities on the agenda are managing the (hopefully post) Covid 19 recovery. Everyone is eager to see members enjoying their sailing this year – and especially children and young people enjoying their sailing this year. We have so much to look forward to this year: not only the fun-filled shrieks of kids in boats, but a competitive racing fleet and cruising sailors just having fun. We have three spanking new Comet Trios to add to our training fleet – we’ve had one of those for a year already, and it’s bottom hasn’t touched the water yet!
Keep safe and well, and we look forward to meeting members old and new this spring.
May 2020 Letter to the membership – and potential members, Ben Williams, Commodore.
Dear Member, You will recall that, abiding by the government’s Covid 19 guidelines, we took the unprecedented step of closing the Club site in late March. Many families have been directly affected by the crisis; if you are one of those, my thoughts are with you at this sad time. It is now timely to share with you our plans to begin to consider when – and how – we might re-open. This I do with great caution. We would not do so without not only the appropriate conditional go-ahead from the authorities, but moreover, we must have the confidence of you, the membership. We have always been eager to re-activate the club as soon as it is safe and responsible to do. Some good news is that while we have been closed the club-site has recovered from the flooding. Members will be pleased to know that the site, buildings clubhouse, boats and equipment are in good order. Equally, while we have missed income from training, events and some membership, our finances are stable. I would like to thank all those who have renewed their membership and our recently joined members too – you have helped the club remain resilient. Since the Welsh Government launched the Emergency Resilience Fund at Easter, we have assessed the options of financial support for sports clubs in severe need. You will be pleased to know that – thanks to our capacity to flex-up-and-down our financial activity – including our well-established winter hibernation – the club’s finances are sound. Our priority to sustain ourselves is responsibly to get the Club up-and-running as soon as we can, albeit at a reduced level of activity. The UK Government is now beginning to suggest that the worst of the pandemic is over and it is time to start to make plans about managing the recovery. Nevertheless we remain cautious. Here in rural Wales we are advised that the progress of the virus is around a fortnight behind some parts of England, we can understand the Welsh Government’s concern about premature action. We will follow Government direction, judgement on this being out of our hands. We are continuing our engagement with the RYA and Welsh Sports Association and the Welsh Government – who have taken on board our observations and recommendations. We will also be working together with the other lake users. I would like to stress, however, that we will act in our members’ interests putting-first our specific and local concerns. We are aware that our club community contains people of all ages, including some who are deemed to be more vulnerable than others. At the same time, when we do re-open, it will be important that, as individuals, we take responsibility for our own safety and that of those we are likely to meet. We must move forward with care and with consensus. As a team, we are examining how we can establish a way forward which minimises risk yet allows us to resume sailing, training and other activity at the club.
I am aware that this message leaves many questions unanswered. The purpose of this letter has been to reassure you that a responsible process is under-way. As things stand, we can respond to any questions but we may not be able to provide a definitive answer. You are welcome to pose your questions to email@example.com. We will endeavour to help. I look forward to seeing you, when it is safe to, on the water sometime soon. Yours sincerely, Ben Williams Commodore