Friday 7 April we will organise our first Corporate Reception of this year to express our appreciation on the support of our Corporate members and other sponsors. The reception will be on our boat Pride of Mann III from 4pm till 7pm and give you the opportunity to meet Committee members, crew and other volunteers. Please put this date in your diary.
The official invite will be sent to you soon.
It is with sadness that we have learnt of the recent death of Eddie O’Suillivan who worked for Patricia Wild Optometristst as one of her laboratory technicians.
Patricia has for many years been one of our main corporate sponsors and she and Eddie have attended our corporate evenings. Eddie was a keen supporter of SFTD and was always most interested to hear about our plans and about what we have achieved.
Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time and also with Patricia and her team who will greatly miss Eddie.
In November last year we received an invitation from RYA Sailability to nominate someone who has made an exceptional contribution to the sport through volunteering for our Charity. Our Charity is blessed with many longstanding volunteers and many of them deserve an award but after long deliberation we decided to nominate Arne Dahn and Stuart Brierley. Both longstanding and very active members of Sailing for the Disabled each in their own area. We are very proud to announce both our nominees have been shortlisted for the 2017 RYA Sailability Volunteer Award. They have been invited to the Annual Awards Dinner held at Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre Bedfordshire in February where the winners will be announced.
Arne has been nominated in the category of Exceptional Contribution - someone who has shown exceptional commitment and dedication over a period of 10 years or more. Stuart has been nominated in the category of Significant Contribution - someone who has demonstrated a regular commitment and/or inspirational contribution to the sport
All fingers crossed ! It would be a wonderful recognition for them but above all for the Charity.
Some years ago a nomination was submitted on bahalf of Marion Bolam in recognition of the work she carried out as Fundraiser.
In December this year nominations will be sort for the 2017 awards so if you know of someone who you think should be nominated please let the committee know .
It is with much regret we have to inform you that Rodger Clague has stepped down as our Training officer. His expertise and teaching skills have been valued assets to the Charity and will be missed. We would like to thank him for all the work he has done over the years.
Rodger will continue to sail as a Skipper for the Charity, so keep an eye on the sailing program if you wish to sail with him.
Training will be continued by our Training team and we are pleased to let you know that Martin Sewell willing to become our Training Organiser.
Last year a number of training modules have been introduced, available for existing and new members. All information can be found on the website under the Sail Training section. The email address to book training remains the same: firstname.lastname@example.org but the phone number to call has changed to 491785.
On Saturday 21 January by the kind permission of Shoprite a bag pack was held at their Onchan branch which raised £401 for our funds. The pack was organised by Margaret Brierley who had the support of several enthusiastic members. Margaret wishes to thank all who donated and her helpers on the day.She would like to give special thanks to Peter Crebbin and Ade sanderson who travelled from Port Erin and who spent the whole day with her in Onchan.
Very special thanks to Shoprite for allowing us the use of your store.