Dear member or prospective member, welcome to the 2020 season here at Felpham Sailing Club!
Having been a continuous member of the Club for 42 years it’s an honour and my privilege to be writing this letter as your new Commodore. Having arrived at Felpham when competing (very badly, dead last!) in a Fireball open meeting crewing for my father, the sailors at the club wouldn’t allow us to take our boat home to Surrey as they told us we wouldn’t find a finer stretch of water to race on and a great club.
And so, this has proved to be the case!
Working my way through the Cadet ranks, including a stint as Cadet Captain (yes, many years ago!), I have been lucky to see the club grow over the years and become one of the most prominent venues on the South coast. As many of you know, our youth performances in the West Sussex Schools & Youth Sailing Association regattas have been second to none and are a testament to our young sailors and the adults who make their performances possible, whether that be as coaches, instructors or parents helping with logistics.
When I race in competitions around the UK, Felpham is always fondly remembered by other sailors who have sailed here in the past. On a summer’s day when the sea breeze kicks in there are very few better locations for dinghy racing, in my humble opinion.
Of course, whilst the dinghy racing is considered our main activity, the club is so much more than that. Our location right on the prom makes the club a very attractive venue for our social members who can make use of the bar facilities whilst keeping an eye on the racing and other water activities. The addition of the balcony two years ago has only served to further enhance our venue. Naturally, the sailors like to enjoy the bar too!
For 2020 we plan to continue with all the activities that have seen us, once again, being nominated as a finalist in the RYA Club of the Year awards. Our busy club racing, open meeting competitions, Women on Water, Men on Boats, Family Fun days and strong training programmes mean the Club, during the Summer months, is open seven days a week! This is really quite impressive considering our modest size, and to that end I have to extend huge thanks to all our members who help to make all of these sessions possible. Add to that our busy social programme, also supported by our members, and you can really see what a special place Felpham Sailing Club is.
Saturday – Informal sailing sessions, skill sessions, race training, novice/buddy racing, a family fun day and more! Please see the calendar for what’s planned on each day and the timings – which are planned to avoid high tides. Please arrive to rig your boat around an hour before the schedule start time.
Sunday sailing – club racing for some very impressive silverware – all abilities (and ages) are encouraged to get involved as racing will make you a better sailor.
Monday evening – Tera/Topper/Laser race training in June and July.
Tuesday evening MoB – Men on Boats – RYA training for men, followed by a meal. Starts at 6pm and runs May, June and July.
Wednesday evening racing – from beginning of May to the end of August – race starts at 7pm sharp.
Thursday evening WoW – Women on Water – RYA training for ladies, followed by a meal. Starts at 6pm and runs May, June and July.
Friday cadet evenings – end of April to end of September from 4:45pm onwards. Parents are requested to stay during this session whilst their cadets are on the water and assist with trolleys, pulling boats up and down the beach and many other roles.
On the social side, the bar is open during peak season:
- Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm
- Friday evenings from 6pm
- Sunday lunchtime through to when the club closes
During the Winter months (October-March) the bar is open Wednesday evenings (from 7pm) and Sunday lunchtimes (midday until around 3pm).
Please remember to check the programme for specific times and to see what else is planned. Please keep an eye on the website together with email list and Facebook page for updates.
I look forward to seeing you on the water, around the club or maybe even at the bar during 2020.