May I take this opportunity to thank all who have manned the Safety boats for your support to the SYC this year.
For information, we have managed to supply manning for two safety boats at every SYC club racing weekend, including fully manned safety boats at the SYC Cadet Week and of course Kippford Week. We have also provided and manned 2 safety boats for the Five Castles event at Loch Ken and Four Safety boats at the Open Weekend in September.
This has been no mean feat when we were without Popeye until the end of August.
I would also like to thank on behalf of "all the sailors" and "the Solway Yacht Club committee" in particular those people who loaned their own boats during Cadet Week and Kippford Week and those who manned their own boats and Ribs on many occasions to give us complete cover and support:
· Dennis Latta for Spare Rib and
· Jim Prentice for Jim's Rib.
· Sarah and Richard with Bishops’ Rib
· Becky and Piggy with Becky's Rib
· Joanne and Mark with their new Rib, Medium Rare
· Alan Crichton with Speedy Pimm
· Lindsay Tosh with Jack Thompson
· John Dee with Minx.
May I mention two people, the man I sail with, our Club Secretary John Sproat who has covered Safety no less than 11 Times this season and Alan Gillman a new SYC Club member this year who has been on a Safety Boat so often that he has only raced his own flying fifteen on one occasion!
Next season is already being planned and looks to be as busy as ever. There are planned at least two Powerboat level 2 courses and a Safety Boat Course. There will also be an be opportunity for Powerboat level 2 continuation & improver sessions over the closed season, the first being 14/15 December. Please just let me know if you would like to take part.
That should keep our "five club" volunteer Powerboat Instructors busy.
May I use this opportunity to ask if there are more club members who would like to join the Safety Boat Roster. Please don't be shy just let me know. Without Safety Boats on the water there would be no dinghy racing!
Safety Boat Officer