WORK PARTY – SATURDAY 19th March 2016

Our next work party is on Saturday 19th March and along with ongoing maintenance issues (strimming,weeding, painting, cleaning etc) of which I have a long list!! I thought it would be a good move to cut back some of the branches and bushes on the east side of the lake, to enable vehicles to get through more easily when towing the starting flag trolley to the far side of the lake?
With this in mind, petrol hedge cutters or loppers would be a great help if you have any at home?
I can bring some good step ladders and short extending ladders to help with access?
It would also be a good move to get shut of the “mound “ in the middle of the wide turning space on the N.W corner to allow more boat/car parking. I can bring barrows, and I have 1 or 2 picks and shovels but more may be needed?
I will also bring sand cement gravel and bricks, so any trowels and brickies would be a good help?
A friend is bringing an inflatable jack to lift and level the portakabin back up onto a level footing
The gates are still to be painted so any painters with brushes would be good?
Thanks for all the voluntary help and giving up of your valuable time!
Les Perry

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.