Work Parties will be starting soon and will be on Sundays
Please put these dates in your diaries. Work parties start at 10.00hrs and bring gloves and wear stout boots and warm protective clothing. Free lunch and refreshments will be provided.
This is an excellent opportunity to meet members from all sections of the Club. The more people who turn up, the more we can get done and the more we can keep costs down and avoid hiring external contractors resulting in lower subscriptions!
See you then!
Our first work party of the winter enjoyed good weather with gentle breezes - just right for tree felling!
A good turn-out of over twenty five members deployed themselves around the club house and grounds working on tasks including tree felling, weeding the dinghy road trailer area, preparing to fit new webcams and weather station sensors, shrub pruning and refreshing the terrace planters with winter pansys, litterpicking (lots of discarded white tape used for recording dinghy courses).
One interesting find was this Wayfarer forestay which had become anchored to one of the felled trees - how long would that take?
Next work party is 6 Nov, starting at 0930 - all are welcome and will be rewarded with tea, coffee and a hot soup and home-made pudding lunch.
We are introducing a booking and boat usage system for the club boats via a folder that will be kept in the lobby. The folder allows you to book boats in advance and to record every time a club boat is used.
There is a section for you to note any damaged or missing item so that we can keep track on what work, if any, is required (and when you have fixed it yourself). You must enter your details every time you use one of the following club boats. Wayfarers, GP 14s, Mirrors, Toppers (at the top not the lake boats) 420s and Fevas. This is to help us understand exactly how often these club assets are used and to make sure that any required work is known about before the next person tries to take a boat out.
So enjoy your sailing and please make sure that you record your use of the boats each time you take them out so that others can enjoy theirs as well.
We have always known that the nature of the lake means it is prone to Blue/Green algae in periods of hot weather though the tests carried out last week by MDC/the Environment Agency are the first time there has been positive confirmation that toxins from algae were above recommended safe levels. This is a purely natural occurrence that is common in many ponds and lakes at this time of year. Levels of toxins have undoubtedly been at this or higher levels in previous years and will also occur in future summers. The particular algae found are not types that usually form scums.
We have put bales of barley straw in the lake and also are increasing aeration with a pump, both measures should help alleviate the problem. Notices are displayed around the Lake to alert all users and members of the public of the risks. The health risks associated with prolonged contact with these toxins are well known and to minimise risks to lake users we have revisited our lake guidelines for members. These are not just a temporary measure but will apply at all times from hereon as there is always a risk of this in periods of hot weather.
• Avoid voluntary immersion in the water so no swimming or "fun" capsizes to minimise risk of submersion of your head.
• When sailing or undertaking any other activity likely to involve accidental water immersion wear clothing that is close fitting in the openings. The use of wet suits for water sports may result in a greater risk of rashes because potentially contaminated water trapped inside the wet suit will be in contact with the skin for long periods of time.
• After coming ashore, shower or wash yourself down & wash and dry all clothing and equipment after contact with the water.
• If you have been using the lake ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly with hot water before you eat.
In line with guidance from the RYA for teaching centres & clubs , parents of Cadet members will be asked to sign a consent form for Cadet week to consent to their offspring using the Lake