Thoughts from the Commodore
Published 13:00 on 15 Apr 2020
I imagine that you, like me, spent the Easter weekend looking at the wonderful weather and wished you were out in harbour or sitting on the deck at the Club, with a large glass of something suitable. The temperature was just perfect for a sail in my scow and a jump off the pontoons, into the no doubt icy water! But for the moment this luxury is unavailable to us and we must all stay at home to save lives.
But I hope I can reassure you that behind the scenes in our homes, the Club committees are continuing to meet and discuss matters, to ensure that all is well with the Club for now, and in the future. The Clubhouse and surrounding areas are being looked after by Ollie and Eloise, who to make sure all is safe and sound for us while we are not able to be there. The office is keeping on top of admin matters remotely and working with the Flag officers to review ongoing expenditure and minimise the cost of running the Club.
The House Committee is supporting Ollie and Eloise with their new takeaway business, which has gone so well that Ollie has had to restrict the numbers. My family is particularly enjoying the Right Royal Pies. I highly recommend them and I'm very much looking forward to this week's menu. The Virtual Happy Hour was a fantastic idea and I hope many of you will sign up with your friends to take part next month, it's fun and easy to do, have a go and share your experiences on our Club social media channels.
The Sailing Committee is having great fun running the RYA's virtual racing, a great initiative for all our racing enthusiasts. An opportunity for all age groups to take part, from the comfort of your home. I very much look forward to presenting some prizes to any champion eRacers in the Autumn, back in the Clubhouse. The Sailing Committee are also all set to to launch our revised sailing, racing and training programs as soon as we are able. As with everything watch the website for information.
The Estates Committee is also planning for our return to the Club. New recycling bins will hopefully be in place on the terrace, the white lines in the car park will have been freshly painted and we hope the quality of the sound in the Clubhouse will be much improved for us all. Watch out for updates on all estates matters from our Vice Commodore, Jane Mellor.
The Environmental Team, after the success of our launch in March, is still hard at work and yet again ESC's environmental drive was recognized and made into an article in March's Yachts and Yachting. A waste policy for ESC has been drafted by our resident environmentalist Peggy Field; this policy is vital if we really do want to reduce our carbon footprint now and for the future. The Team will keep you updated on all news and developments and let you know how you can get involved in all future events.
There will be other Easters, in other years, when Covid-19 becomes a distant memory and we will go sailing and enjoy our Clubhouse together again.
Until then send in pictures and stories of how you are all surviving during these challenging times and I send my very best wishes to you all and your families, keep safe and well.