The access road to the sailing club has been re-opened from Thursday 24th November. Please take care and drive slowly through the roadworks.

Original reason for closure:

UNAVOIDABLE ROAD CLOSURE 21st to 24th November  –  The sailing club has been working with Prysmian Group to minimise the disruption to our access road. Recently we had been informed that it would become absolutely necessary to completely close the road under the railway bridge for a couple of days to facilitate the installation of underground ducting etc. They agreed to give us seven days notice ahead of such closure. We have been informed that this closure will be next week as per the following from Prysmian:

“As a follow up to my previous email regards limiting access at the railway bridge on Weighbridge Road, I thank you all for your return correspondence allowing a period of closure to facilitate the final piece of the jigsaw to be completed to allow for the installation of the 600kv DC cables.

The trench under the bridge will be re excavated today (15th November) and enabling works will be completed in this trench this week.

We will be closing the road to vehicular traffic from midday Monday 21st November, and will have the road reopened to vehicular traffic by Thursday 24th November

This will facilitate the excavation across the road and the installation of the ducts, concrete surround, warning tiles and stone backfill

Final tarmac reinstatement will be undertaken once all trenching works are completed.”

Please accept our apologies for this but we hope that all members will understand the need for this short disruption to allow this very important work to proceed.

Tony Forster

As a founder member of the then British Steel Shotton Sailing Club in 1983 I took part in the first beginners sailing course, in an Optimist believe it or not (quite a feat for someone 6' 4" tall!) and then began to help with further courses. My first dinghy was an Enterprise and much sailing in this and coaching by our first RYA Principal, John Swift, resulted in me gaining the RYA Dinghy Instructor award in 1984. In 1985 I joined the committee and over the years moved through the roles of Club Captain, Vice Commodore and then Commodore a position in which I proudly served for about 25 years. During my tenure as Commodore I saw the club become Corus Colors Sailing Club and then starting around 2004 I helped to steer the club towards independence from the Steelworks Sports & Social Club, the formation of the company and charity Shotwick Lake Sailing and the purchase of the lake and buildings. Although I have frequently raced at the club my main interest has been in the development of the club and ,of course, in the training section. In the early years John Swift, Alan Sourbutts and myself managed to get the club recognised as an RYA Training Centre. Then, some years later, on passing my RYA Senior Instructor qualification I was appointed as the RYA Training Principal, a role which I still perform to this day. Over the years I have sailed Toppers, Mirrors, GP14s, Herons, Lasers, Wayfarers, Wanderers and many others and my seafaring has included sailing a Sailfish 18 and a Leisure 17SL which I still own. Over the years I have witnessed massive changes and developments at the club and have cared passionately about its success and future. I have been truly blessed to have been able to serve such a fantastic organisation and to have made so many friends along the way.