2020 has seen the club run two week-long children’s summer camps. Two dozen children have spent their days learning theory, doing practical sailing drills on the water, making new friends, falling or jumping in the river, and simply having fun in the club’s grounds.
The club is very grateful to a lot of people who have worked hard to make these weeks happen in the first place, and then to adapt the arrangements to meet the ever-changing Covid requirements.
The coaching team, lead by the RYA’s Ben Kimbell, did a fantastic job of running weeks that enabled the youngsters to earn RYA Stages qualifications in a relaxed and fun-filled environment. Even when the weather was against them, the team rose to the challenge and maintained the momentum of the week – games involving jumping from the jetties having an endless appeal!
Special mention to our home-grown coaching stars Ben Ramage and Alden Horwitz, and to the contributions of Iwan Drewett and Caitlin Nail who rounded out the team.
The club’s Wednesday Working Party (WWP) erected the marquee which acted as a classroom for each week and then took it down again in short order prior to the recent strong winds. Thanks to all who helped, it was a great example of the way that the club pulls together.
Another big vote of thanks to the WWP, and especially Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteer Matty Key for their help in checking and preparing the boats that were used during both weeks. Paul Jamieson also did an outstanding job, in his usual understated way, of making sure that the patrol boats were prepared and also took the time to come down midweek to address any issues so that everything ran smoothly, much appreciated.
The Commodore’s presence was welcomed during the week and thanks also to other senior members who popped in to check on progress. Thanks to Chris Wade for all pictures.
We hope to run an expanded program in 2021, including some of the elements that we had to cut due to Covid, and full details will be available in due course.