- Last Updated: Sunday, 11 August 2019 23:26
Coming Up ....
Autumn Demo Day? In a few weeks time we'll be in touch with Robin Hood Watersports again to see about a possible further demo session. Watch this space late September/ early October, as it will be planned a few days beforehand based on a good wind forecast. We'll also email members. Non-members are welcome on payment of £10 for a Day Ticket.
PLEASE ... use the Shoutbox if you're planning to sail. Some members/visitors are reluctant to venture up to the club if it appears no-one else will be sailing. Using the Shoutbox will get more people on the water - more sociable and safer!
Subscriptions were due by 1st April - please see How to Join and send yours off now. We will change the door code very soon so please make sure you've paid your subs!
WhatsApp - as suggested at the AGM, we'd like to set up a WhatsApp group. We've not done it yet though, as the Shoutbox is a good way of showing prospective members that we're an active club and we don't want to lose that. It doesn't seem possible for WhatsApp to be linked to the Shoutbox, so we're mulling over how to resolve this for the best.
Here are some jobs you can help with. On a similar note - a big thank you to Dave Monks. The store room is now very tidy, which made space to clear out the outer foyer/porch. Dave has also painted the doors, so it all looks rather smarter than it did!
Bathing Water results - see here if you want to know whether the water at the coastal location you plan to visit is clean or not. The 2018 results, like 2017, show West Kirby has Excellent water quality and Fleetwood is Good. Bear in mind though that testing for bathing waters is only carried out during the Summer months, so the water may be a little worse when we visit these places. Risk of pollution is highest after heavy rain. That's due to sewer overflows - you've been informed!
First Aid made easy - why not load the British Red Cross's First Aid app on your mobile phone? It gives simple step by step instructions for different injuries and symptoms. You can use it to learn in advance of an incident and/or guide you if you have to deal with one. Be prepared - get the app .
Foiling - Composite aluminium/carbon-fibre composite foils start at £800 and can be used with any deep-tuttle board. This video of the latest foils from Neil Pryde (sold by Robin Hood) may just whet your appetite! Or try this one for a few tips to see what's involved in getting started. The June edition of Windsurf magazine has the 1st of a 2 part article by Peter Hart on foiling. And if that's not enough, here's a photo John Lymer took in marginal winds at Porto Pollo, Sardinia ....
Planning a visit to somewhere on the coast you've not been to before? Have a look at this guide which gives tips on the best wind directions and states of tide to sail at each place, along with any hazards and suitability for beginners, intermediates and advanced sailors. It's been around for many years and is also available from our Useful Links page.
Technique - click here for some tips, especially if you're looking for a new challenge in perfecting some manoeuvres.
Speed - Entries on the ladder now range from 24.5 to 33.5mph. What can you manage? Get that GPS out and tell us how fast you've gone at Watergrove or elsewhere and we'll add it to the Speed Ladder We'll wipe older speeds when we get more 2017 readings.
Saturdays - to avoid disruption to your weekend windsurfing please read parkrun .