Western Link Temporary Road Diversion!


In a recent meeting with Prysmian and Murphy Group the next phase of the cable laying adjacent to the sailing club was discussed. From Wednesday 4th November 2015 or Thursday 5th November 2015 they will be commencing to dig a diagonal trench across the access road starting from opposite our entrance ramp and finishing about half way to the West corner of our compound. They will be constructing a concrete duct in this trench so the work is expected to take two weeks but may stretch to three. In order to avoid disrupting our access a diversion will be in place along the hardstanding, which they have constructed to the right of our access road, to a point just beyond our entrance ramp where a temporary access ramp will curve back towards our entrance. Barriers and hopefully signs will be in place to guide traffic through this diversion to avoid vehicles straying into construction areas. Please be patient and please co-operate with the diversion measures.

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.