September 2018
We have all enjoyed a magnificent summer in, on and around the water and in the pool. The Club programmes have been very well attended, and particularly the Junior events.  Many parents have told me how much they and their children enjoyed the Junior events and how they will be a focus for their summer holidays in the future. Congratulations to Gillian Carter all the many helpers who make this happen. The Adult Training courses, organised by Lester Korzilius, have also continued to be very well supported.

There is still much sailing to enjoy and we can all look forward to the highlights of the Club Regatta & Bier Night on 1 September and, of course, The Yoke on the 22nd. This follows the cruisers’ Bank Holiday trip to Lymington and Poole, which was well attended.

The work to pile the edge of the channel from the sluice-gate adjacent to the slipways has finally been done after some 2½ years of work by past commodores Tim Goodhead and Brian Pickersgill. This involved much negotiation with the very many authorities that have influence on what work can be done in the harbour, not least the Local Authority, and arranging tenders for the contractors. Many thanks to Tim and Brian for this often very frustrating work. There are some pictures on the website of the work as it was underway.

Anyone using the slipways from the water should take care until they understand the new profile of the bank adjacent to the slipways, preferably by having a look at low water first. We hope this work will now halt the erosion from the sluice that was threatening the south slipway.

Work on the face of the south of the terrace, the decking on the south and the repairs to the woodwork underneath, and on stabilising the external west concrete slab has also been approved by General Committee and will be done in the coming months.

Following the incidents at the Club this summer and in the town, the local police have stepped up their efforts to police the problems in the town with a more regular presence and have provided help and advice to us. The incidents here are still under investigation. Both ESC and Slipper are increasing CCTV coverage and security measures. We will also be moving to install electric locks on most gates, including the pool, in the next few months.

May I wish you continued fun on the water in this excellent summer. Let’s hope we can see similar weather next year in our Centenary year!

ESC Centenary Events update

Centenary Book and Merchandise Launch Friday 9 November, 18:00

The Centenary Committee has been meeting regularly for the past six months to put together a full programme of events for ESC’s Centenary year of 2019, as well as organising publication of a book Emsworth Sailing Club – A Centenary History and creating a range of Centenary Merchandise to complement the events that will be taking place during the year.

Consisting of the Flag Officers, members of the General and House Committees, two former commodores and other Club members, the Centenary Committee has a full programme of events planned:

The Centenary year will be heralded by a New Year’s Eve party and firework display, and on New Year’s Day itself a special Centenary Bottle Race. There will be a Centenary Arts Show and other special events over Easter.

May sees the start of on the water activities with a ‘Push the Boat Out’ event and a 7 Buoy Beat.

A large marquee goes up on Wednesday 19 June and events will start on Thursday 20th with an evening talk by a famous UK yachtsman. There will be a Strictly Vintage Tea Party on Friday afternoon and a spectacular black tie Centenary Ball will be held on Saturday 22nd, exactly 100 years to the day since Emsworth Sailing Club was founded. There will be a family event in the marquee on Sunday 23 June.

During the whole month of June an archive exhibition will be staged in the North Room giving a fascinating insight into the history of the Club. This will then go on to the Emsworth Museum.

July sees the ‘Empty the Boat Park’ Centenary Sail Past, and in August there will be a special East Head Day, Centenary COW Week and an RNLI/Conservancy demonstration day.

1 September will see a spectacular Centenary Regatta and a large Regatta party in the evening with live band, dancing, food and fabulous fireworks.

Other events are in the pipeline, such as a seamanship race, boat dressing competition, swimming gala, raft race, water carnival and much, much, more.

Watch this space for more details!

ESC Centenary book and merchandise

Much work has been carried out over the past few months with the writing of the book, Emsworth Sailing Club – A Centenary History and also the design, sourcing and manufacture of a full range of ESC Centenary merchandise.

Friday 9 November should go immediately into all member’s diaries as the date the Centenary book will be launched and the new merchandise will be on display.

The author of the book, the local award-winning writer Liz Sagues, will be present at the launch to sign copies and to answer any questions members may have. It is essential reading for every member and goes into great detail regarding the founding members of ESC and continues, decade by decade, with a fascinating insight into all that has happened in the Club during the past century. There are numerous photos, both black and white and colour, and it is a quality production that will sit very happily on a coffee table or in members’ bookcases to be treasured for years to come.

The wide and varied new Centenary merchandise ranges from ESC Centenary logoed blouson jackets, T-shirts, rugby shirts, polo shirts, sweaters and bags to Centenary wineglasses, glass water bottles, ceramic coffee mugs, and much more.

Proceedings will start at 18:00 in the North Room and payment for the book can be made by cheque, cash or credit/debit card.

Michael Geary


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