FOLLOWING THE RECENT REVIEW OF THE RACE PROGRAMME AND FORMAT – The Committee have considered the output from the recent review discussions held after racing on 2nd October 2016. In summary:

The Racing Review (Sep 2016) produced a number of comments and suggestions that were
considered by the committee at the October meeting. This included the following:

  • Attendance trends over recent years
  • Back-to-back races compared with 2 or 3 separate races
  • Start times and merits of earlier start
  • Series format including separate series for pt race, 2nd race and 3rd races
  • Number and type of series
  • Saturday racing
  • Pursuit racing
  • Regatta formats
  • Race Officer Training
  • Results publication
  • Brass Monkey series
  • Frostbite format
  • Transition from training courses to club racing
  • Use of Wanderers for beginners

There are many opposing views and the committee has taken a balanced view of comments
in producing the 2017 sailing programme. Only minor changes were felt necessary and
these are:

  • Autumn changed from 3-race format to 2-race format

Reason: response to feedback, more balanced programme, encourage attendance
for PM and positive effect on galley

  • Windward & leeward changed to Personal Handicap

Reason: Encourage newcomers, beginners and less competitive boats. Greater
challenge for front-runners

  • Take out Mid-Summer Pursuit (evening)
    Reason: lack of enthusiasm

4) Format of Regattas to be agreed later

The following charts show clearly the comparison between the intended 2017 programme/format  with the 2016 programme/format:


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.