First Sailing from the New Site

Seeing the boats back on the lake yesterday was great – there were a few nervous faces to start with, as usual for the first sail of the season, but confidence grew throughout the sessions. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves on and off the water and re-kindled your friendships, etc.

I saw the clubhouse close-up for the first time and was excited about what we are achieving. The thought that has gone into the needs alongside a tight budget and with the kindness of a variety of local people and businesses will make it a true asset to ourselves, Westbury and the wider community.

One person that we should be grateful to is EVIE PLATT who you all know is training hard for a Virtual Mountain Challenge at the end of the month. Evie is ascending Cley Hill multiple times to hopefully climb the equivalent of a British mountain. Depending on her total ascents, she may acheive Scafell Pike, Snowdon or even Ben Nevis. I know I have sent this link out before but for those still intending to support Evie, here it is again! The challenge takes place on Saturday 27 April and I am sure Evie would appreciate you cheering her on in person if you can – the postcode is BA12 7RE

Another person we are grateful to is DAVID LONG who is organising a fun quiz night for everyone on Thursday 16th May at the Railway Inn, Westbury – see attached. David is an experienced quizmaster and this should be a good evening. This event is open to the public and being advertised locally so please book in early with David to ensure your family/team has a chance to show off and win prizes! Book My Team  In NOW.

The Sponsor a Brick campaign is still active and can be accessed via This has already generated over £1,000.

Our treasurer, CLAIRE CLIFT, has ‘tussled’ with HMRC and we now have an active Gift Aid registration so for every donation made to us by UK taxpayers we can claim and extra 28% without it costing the individual a penny more. All of these efforts are important to the completion of the new facilities we need so please support us further by sharing the links and joining in the Quiz.

The list of helpers and supporters is longer than this, I appreciate, and we are all always grateful to everyone for all of their efforts. This short list highlighted above is because these are things we can all support NOW, so don’t hesitate use the links straight away! If you want to organise an event, please let us know and we will support you too!

Many thanks.  Emily Abbott

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Adult Course 2018

We are planning to run our next Adult course towards the end of the 2018 season which will hopefully be from our new facility!

As always, the course follows the RYA Adult syllabus which is structured to cater for complete novices as well as those who have some basic sailing experience. We plan to run the course over 4 Saturdays with the instruction being given by our RYA qualified Dinghy Instructors and Senior Instructors. We are pleased to report that most participants from the 2016 and 2017 courses gained their Level 1 and 2 certificates.

Westbury Sailing

The cost of this course is £250, we provide sailing dinghies, buoyancy aids, helmets, safety boat cover and a RYA Handbook, along with plenty of tea and coffee!

Dates for next course are: TBC – September 2018 – attendance for all 4 days is required.

If you are interested, please contact the membership secretary using the link here.

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