Pilkington Sailing Club
London Olympics 2012 founded 1957
July - August Newsletter 2012
One of our youngest beginner’s, 9 year old Rachel Burke Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre hosted the RYA On
along with her parents visited the Olympic venue and was Board “sail for gold” festival for juniors. The event took
interviewed on BBC TV news as the family from St. Helens place on Saturday 14th July.
enjoying the spectacular occasion. PSC was represented by juniors Josh Bottell, Adam
Allan Day and his family took in the Olympic sailing Boardman, Lewis Nolan, Jack Burton, Ysobella Cox, Luke
atmosphere during a caravan holiday in the south of Lyons, Courtney Cox, Adele Tait, Dominic Makepeace,
England. Malcolm Armstrong attended the Weymouth Connell Makepeace, Loughlan Makepeace, Seb Boardman
sailing during the first weekend as did Steve Davies and so and Jason Boardman.
PSC were well represented at the Olympics ( as All had a great day of sailing on different types of
spectators). dinghies and were able to meet other juniors from other
The BBC website promoted as part of the Olympics to sailing clubs in the region.
encourage people to participate in sport has already Rob Tyler, Malcolm Armstrong and Freda Lunt
produced results in some members of the public requesting accompanied them and kept a watchful eye on
sailing taster sessions - www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo proceedings.
PSC appears as a place to start sailing. Thanks to all who helped make it all happen.
Over the years PSC has through the Beginner’s course
provided immense opportunity for people to start sailing, Bassenthwaite S.C held their annual sailing week.
we have been priviledged to have a never ending stream of Pilkington members Rebecca Cox, Royston Taggart,
volunteers who give up their time to teach sailing, non Richard Critchley, Stan/Sue Barton, Steve Hunt, Ruth
more so than Derek Lee. Since joining the club in 1995 Critchley and junior Tom Haughey, all savoured the
Derek has made a magnificent contribution including delights of competing in the daily race program.
unrelenting pursuit of grants around £30,000 for
equipment. Menai Straits Regatta fortnight took place on 4th to 18th
Derek is currently Chief sailing Instructor and his August.
effort has been recognised by the RYA. Ray Lewis ( Hon Sailing Sec) as in recent years
Also receiving an RYA award will be Dave Metcalf for his entered the race through the Swellies from Beaumaris to
contribution over more than 25 years including 8 years as Caernarfon
Phantom Class Sailor Edd Thomas is currently overall
Dave Metcalf has been awarded the RYA Community leader from a field of 37 in the Phantom class Standards
Award (Lifetime commitment) Plus Northern Travellers series 2012. An excellent
achievement. Looking at the results it is unlikely Edd will
Derek Lee has been awarded the RYA Community Award be caught in the few remaining venues.
Both Derek and Dave will travel to London in November Round Table / Rotary Club Charity charity event took
to receive their award from HRH Princess Anne. place on Wednesday 18th July. Despite the poor weather
we were lucky to have a weather window of sunshine and a
Pilkington sailing Club Monthly Lottery winners gentle breeze which meant a great evening was enjoyed by
all. The event was well attended and raised around £500
July 1st Prize John Shuttleworth £32 for the cancer care Lilac Centre at St. Helens Hospital.
2nd Prize Malcolm Armstrong £16 As usual, Cliff Waine and Richard Hughes did
3rd Prize Freda Lunt £8 sterling work with the BBQ while PSC members carried
out sailing taster sessions for the visitors. Others
August 1st Prize Nellie Clayton £32 experienced trips in the safety boats.
2nd Prize George Plant £16 Thanks to all supported the event.
3rd Prize Bill Rhodes £8
Beginner’s Course is coming to an end. The last session
The lottery raises around £1000 per year for club funds. will be Thursday 13th September. Following time on the
Thanks to all who support the lottery. Anyone wishing to water students will be presented with their RYA
join in the fun please ask for details or visit our website. certificates. Hotpot will be served, everyone welcome
Minimum subscription is £1 per week paid by Direct Debit including mums and dads, grandparents.
at the rate of £13 every 3 months If you can’t be present for sailing please come
and enjoy the this final evening
Boat Insurance is required for all boats used on the The GRP Mirror was obtained from Southport S.C. with
water. road trailer and launch trolley for a cost of £600. The
A procedure change to previous years is now in place and unwanted road trailer has been sold for£125 to offset the
boat owners are required to sign the ‘Boat Insurance cost.
Declaration’ which now resides in a red folder in the main The GRP West 11 dinghy has very generously
hall of the clubhouse. been donated to the club by a local resident complete with
It is important the declaration is signed as soon road trailer. The value is estimated to be similar to that of
as possible. the GRP Mirror.
Clubhouse Security. Last Members leaving the changing August Bank Holiday provided a mix of weather
rooms are asked to ensure the changing room doors are conditions. Sunday was an excellent day with a real
closed and locked. There have been instances recently feeling of summer, great wind, blue sky and sunshine made
when the changing rooms have been totally vacated and it a great sailing day, one of the few in recent weeks with a
doors have been left open which allows ‘would be’ good turnout.
intruders to gain easy access. Only members changing In contrast Monday was quite different, although
should be allowed access. Strangers requiring a toilet a dry day the blustery conditions meant only 4 boats
facility should be asked to use the toilet in the passage. entered the competition for the Aubrey Cup.
Close competition between Rebecca Cox, ( Laser
For Sale ) Royston Taggart ( Laser ) Edd Thomas ( Phantom ) and
Richard Critchley( Enterprise) The winner was Edd
Enterprise E21316 wood combi trolley/trailer £850 Thomas 2nd Richard Critchley 3rd Royston Taggart
Further details Trevor Fillingham tel 01744 20352
Dates for your diary
Mirror Dinghy, currently in regular use but would benefit Sept 13th Thur last night for Beginner’s course
from some TLC £195 Further details Derek Lee tel 0151 presentation of certs and Hotpot
430 6271 Sept 15/16th Sat/ Sun 24 Hour race Marine Lake
Race start time Sat 1200 hours
Security- August Bank holiday Monday- a member’s car Sept 18th, 19th, 20th Tues Wed Thurs Bleakhill school
was broken into sometime between 1300 hrs and 16-30 taster days (morning ) Nutgrove school ( afternoon)
hrs. Some items were stolen.
All members should remain vigilant and try not Sept 22nd Sat Spinnaker course Dave Eccles- 3 sessions
leaving items on show inside the car. 10-00am, 1-0pm, and 3-0pm. Please reserve your place
with Caroline O’Brien tel 07956494674 or email
All road trailers and launch trolleys should be clearly firstname.lastname@example.org
identified with your name or boat number. Compound Sept 23rd Sunday Charity event start time 2-0pm
space is at a premium and so road trailers should be 1st race as usual 1-30pm
stored under your boat or tied in a vertical position to the Sept 28th 29th 30th RYA Level 1 sailing course taster day
compound fence. We cannot afford the luxury of allocating Fri 28th will be held in the clubhouse 7-0pm
additional compound space for road trailers. Sat 29th on the water start at 9-30 am to 4-0pm
Despite this being mentioned in several previous Sun 30th on the water 9-30 am finish 12 noon
newsletters, the request is not being complied with and Oct Thur 18th Sail and Rig tuning talk in the clubhouse
we are currently experiencing difficulty in identifying start 7-30pm
boats and road trailers which is hampering the task of Oct 20th Sat start racing course ( Dave Eccles) start time 9-30
disposal of abandoned trailers to create more space in the
compound. Stop Press
Tuesday working party supervised by John Porter
continues to carry out maintenance tasks. Please feel free
PSC Charity event will take place on Sunday 23rd to join in. The work is never ending, clubhouse cleaning
September start time 2-0pm. Fun for all the family, etc. Start time 10-00am
refreshments, Tombola, games and sailing sessions. Newsletter Editor -Trevor Fillingham 01744 20352
Donations of items for Tombola appreciated. Email email@example.com
All donations to Freda Lunt or left in the clubhouse any For all the latest information, visit our website.
midweek evening during the week prior to the event
Further details from Freda Lunt tel 01744 21770. Finally
One of our long standing junior members leaves
Training fleet has 2 replacement boats. The existing us to join HM Royal Navy. Dan Ray, (Grandson of Freda
wooden Mirror dinghies which have served us well over Lunt ) is to enter the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth as
ten years will be sold. We have acquired a GRP Mirror junior officer.
dinghy and a West 11 GRP dinghy which is almost We wish him well .
identical to the Mirror dinghy. These boats are ideal for