We hope you all had a decent winter and the wet and the cold hasn’t been too much of an inconvenience !  Most of the weather in our region this week has been rather pleasant and (I hope) means Spring might be just around the corner. At my allotment, bulbs have burst into flowers and buds are appearing on bushes and trees and grass is greening up (ready for the first cut?) and that means the new sailing season will start very soon.

For your diary… Wealden Sailability’s first day of full operation this year will be in the week after Easter on Tuesday 5th April.  During February and March the Volunteers have attended First Aid and Rescue Boat Coxswain training courses, and will be gathering on  22nd March for their Briefing Day followed by a day to spring-clean all the different class dinghies ready for them to be used next month. 

The season will be split into two series, Spring and Summer. The first Spring Series race will be on Thursday 28th April and this race will be followed by 13 more races, each Thursday, until 28th July. Then the Summer Series will start on  4th August and there will be 12 more races though to the end of the season on 27th October. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

2016 Races will start at 11.30 each Thursday – which is 30 minutes earlier than last year. Otherwise everything else will be the same.  And as in previous years, we will be offering training sessions to help you master the core sailing skills and to consolidate your knowledge of sailing rules. 

To ensure the WS Racing 2016 season runs smoothly, Bob, Fleur and I have been joined by Mike Coleman, a WS Trustee, and Mike Mackenzie. We and all the WS volunteers look forward to greeting you again at Chipstead Sailing Club as soon as you are ready to get back on the water!! Please leave any comments below or contact me by email (p.m.c.ashwell@btinternet.com) or telephone (01732 461087).   Best wishes, Peter Ashwell

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