Spring has arrived and we are looking forward to a season of fair weather sailing.
To get the boat in Tip-Top shape we organised a Cleaning & Service Week, running from Saturday 1 April till Thursday 6 April. Being fortunate to having such a grand boat also means a lot of cleaning but with enough volunteers it will be a quick and easy job. Please get in touch with the Crewmaster or any of the other committee members and let them know when you are able to come and help any of those days between 10am and 4pm. As always tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
We are saddened to inform you that Jonathan Gollow, best known as Jonno, has passed away very sudden.
Jonathan was our treasurer for a number of years and a very enthousiastic supporter of Sailing for the Disabled. He was a truly passionate man, with a love of music, art and creativity. He will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends
We've been working on preparing a training schedule to ensure we have the 'team' to deliver a comprehensive schedule of sails this Spring and onwards.
Firstly, we'll be putting dates on the schedule for those members who've been undertaking training during the winter but may have missed important modules
This group are encouraged to book onto sails to reinforce what you've learned during these sessions.
Next, we'll be launching the next series of modules for new members and those existing members who wish to brush up their familiarity with how we do things.
These are intended from April- June, subject to the availability of the boat, the trainers, and ,of course; enough of you!
Then, in May we've secured the services of a yachtmaster Instructor to enable us to demonstrate all aspects of the International Certificate of Competence.
Whether or not you already have one, you may wish to take advantage of these coaching sessions and assesments where applicable.
Look out for the practice sessions we aim to run with Bobby Moore during April for existing skippers and mates so we're familiar with the ICC content
In Early June, we hope to be in a position to recommend to SFTD Committee, those members of the sailing team who may be placed in charge of POMIII, as Skipper, and Mate
Supported by a confident and competent crew, to ensure our members enjoy their sailing experiences with us
When you are out and about in the shops, cafes,pubs, petrol stations etc please keep an eye out to see if they have a SFTD charity box on the counter. If they don't you could ask them if they would be willing to have one. Please let Stuart know by calling him on 832212 if you find a new site or if the box is full and needs changing.
Every box out there raises the profile of the charity and brings in extra cash to help run the charity, its pennies from heaven which make pounds for the charity.
If you are able to helpout by looking after some of our existing sites -please contact Stuart.
It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death at Hospice on Friday 3 March of David Le Prevost who was a member of SFTD. David had suffered ill health over the past five years which prevented him getting involved with sailing. Despite his illness David remained positive in outlook and had attended our Awareness Training with the intention of sailing and helping people.
Our thoughts are with his wife Carolyn and children Andrew and Stephen, the family and his friends.