We have had further updates on the ongoing cable laying work on our access road – please be aware of the following  –

27/9/16 – “I am just letting you know that preparatory works will be on-going along the access road to the sailing club this weekend for the installation of the ducting in the first drill along weighbridge road. Could you please inform your members to drive with caution”.

15/9/16 – “Our subcontractor is proposing to start works at the north side of the railway bridge open cut trenching into the Joint Bay area. This is the location that last year was the pinch point, as with then it is my utmost aim to ensure that access is available, as with last year at the end of day the works will have road plates placed over and barriers in place. I understand the inconvenience this can cause but I believe that it was managed successfully last time and I hope that we will not have any issues again. This road cut is to tie in the duct block that was installed under the railway bridge with the joint bay adjacent to the TATA reservoir. Unfortunately I am unable to give a time frame as this was a very difficult area last time due to the number of active and redundant services located within the verge”

As usual we ask members to be patient while this unavoidable work continues. Please observe traffic direction signs and traffic lights and please drive with caution through the affected area..

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.