We had a very useful yacht wash-up meeting recently at which we discussed the current interest in racing and cruising among Club Members. Click here for the minutes of the meeting.
I am sure that many of us are aware that the level of participation in yacht racing has declined significantly over the last couple of years. No doubt there are a number of reasons for this and you will see from the meeting minutes that we have agreed various actions to address matters.
One of the things that the meeting thought might be putting off potential yacht racers from joining in was cost so I have put together a short list of our 707 costs for last year.
They were as follows:- Mooring – £650, Insurance – £193, Crane in out and trailer storage – £426, Winter storage – £300, General maintenance and antifouling – £290, Total £1859.
Obviously some of these costs could be reduced by self-launching, recovery and storage. Boats are currently available for around £5,000 so shared amongst a syndicate this represents very affordable racing.
However the most important thing that we on the Committee must do to encourage participation is to find out from Members what we all want with regard to racing and cruising and then to try to address these requirements.
Therefore if you are at all interested in participating in any sort of racing, or any sort of cruising events, and have any suggestions which we could put into practice which would encourage your participation, do please let us know what they might be.
Either email me, Nick Gough (ku.oc.oohaynull@hguoglorackcin) Captain Yachts, or if you would prefer, have a chat with Pat Scannell (email@example.com) Joint Captain Yachts, or Clive Dudley (firstname.lastname@example.org) Rear Commodore Sailing.
Do please get in touch as we are keen to revitalise sailing together at the Club.
Nick Gough – Captain Yachts