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Please note from Easter weekend there will be a change to bar opening hours. The bar will re-open Monday to Thursday lunchtimes from 12pm to 2.30pm. Evenings, Fridays and weekends remain unchanged. Food will be available at lunchtimes.

Working Party - 13 March - 10am

The annual Working Party is scheduled to take place this Saturday. This is a great way to start off the season and meet old and new friends. I am trying to co-ordinate this event as there is rather a lot to do this year. We are looking for a "crack team" to paint the gents and ladies changing rooms. If you are interested in being on this team, please would you let me know beforehand as I am meeting with the foreman in charge of painting, decorating and repairing (Roy Hamilton) on Wednesday for a chat - it would be good to know what we are working with to enable us to put together a plan. Free refreshments (soft drinks/coffee) and a bowl of chilli will be available for anyone helping out. I know it's a bit of hard work but the atmosphere is always fantastic. Hope to see you all on Saturday. Many thanks. Melanie (01227 272942).

Club Race Coach - Training Opportunity

Hi everyone. As you may know we are trying to get some refresher/start racing training arranged and have provisionally booked the first date for the 25th of April. Stuart Bishop (RYA Development Officer) has agreed to come over and support us in delivering these sessions. Would anyone be interested in getting involved in the coaching side? The RYA agreed to help train a group of people to become Club Race Coaches with a view to running our own training sessions in the future. Anyone interested would be given appropriate training including Powerboat 2 and First Aid certification. Please let me know if you are interested. Tom Baily (

AGM - Friday, March 26th, 8pm

Papers will go out shortly, together with the Club's programme. Members should advise the Club Manager at least 48 hours prior to the meeting of any matters they wish to raise. WYC

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Rigden Shed Clearance

There are a number of items being stored in the rafters which have not been paid for. Please remove this equipment if it belongs to you or it will be removed at the forthcoming working party on 13 March. It will then disposed of in accordance with the RYA disposal of boats procedure. WYC

Changing Room Combination Codes

Please note that the combination codes to both the ladies' and gents' changing rooms have now been changed. You will be notified of these shortly but if you need to gain access over the next week, please contact the office or the bar for the codes. Thank you. WYC

Social Events at the Club

For a full list of events, (of which there are many), please visit our website's social page (

Club Treasurer Urgently Required

Since the last AGM we have not had an official treasurer which is imperative if we are to operate within the terms of the Club’s constitution. If anyone is interested in applying for this position (or knows of someone who may be interested), please contact me (via the office) for an initial discussion. Jason Wild, Commodore.

Adult development training sessions

Hi everyone, We have pencilled in some training dates into the new programme for the new season. The idea is to encourage people on to the water and ideally join in club racing. The format will hopefully be as follows (i) 25th April – RYA Improver training followed by (ii) 2nd May – RYA Start Racing. This will be replicated in the summer on the following dates: (i) 4th July - RYA Improver training followed by (ii) 18th July - RYA Start Racing. None of these dates have been confirmed by the RYA as yet. Cost per training session should be £10-15 and you will need access to a Laser. If you are interested in joining in please register your interest by emailing me back ASAP ( Regards Tom Baily (Laser Class Captain)

WYC Boot Fair

We have a huge pile of unclaimed sailing garments "picked up" around the changing rooms. The plan is to hold a mini boot fair at the working party (funds will be used to purchase a particular item at the Club or the RNLI - we'll decide later). So, if you don't want to re-purchase your own item, I suggest you pop in the Club before 13th March. I also suggest you practice your haggling skills as I drive a very hard bargain. Melanie. PS: all undergarments have been destroyed - sorry!!

Tea Bar Staff Required

To work at weekends throughout the sailing season and at various sailing events. Please contact the office if you are interested, or know of anyone else who may be interested. Melanie

WYC is now on Twitter

For those of you who like the odd "tweet", the Club is now on Twitter. For news and announcements as they happen "follow us" by clicking on this link:

WYC Pool Team

There is scope for 6 new players in The club’s two pool teams. If you are interested contact, by 10th Feb, or pop down to club on 3rd Feb where your find the teams having a little friendly game.

Sunday Treats

Get cosy with your favourite tipple and a nice roast potato at the bar - just like the old days (obviously, I am far too young to remember). You can thank volunteer Chef Lowes and his gang for this treat! Don't miss out as I've heard there may be other tasty treats on the menu! Melanie

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