Let's pretend spring is on its way after our winter of gales and floods…

In this month's Update:

  • Cruiser Members' pre-season gathering, 7 March
  • New Members' Evening, 18 March cancelled
  • VHF training course: 21 March cancelled
  • First Juniors' Evening, 27 March postponed
  • Dinghy cruiser training, 28 March cancelled
  • Autumn/Winter Prize-giving, 29 March, but Boat Jumble postponed
  • 4 April Fitting-Out Supper cancelled
  • Stop Press!  Applications for Level 2 Powerboat course on 3/4 April

Rain or shine, the SYC 2020 season programme swings into action this month, although with most events still safely ashore.

Cruiser Members' pre-Season informal Gathering
All Cruiser Members should have received e-mail invitations from Cruising Secretary Julian Parlett, but replies are urgently requested for catering purposes. New members are especially welcome to come and meet long-standing members. The new Harbourmaster, Grahame Forshaw, has accepted our invitation to join us and say a few words about his plans for the summer. Saturday 7 March at 11:00.

New Members' Evening - cancelled
Scheduled for Wednesday 18 March, this event has been cancelled for safety in the current uncertain climate. We ask for your understanding.

VHF Training Course
To give it its full name: RYA/MCA Marine Radio (VHF) Short Range Certificate. This one-day course gives the qualification needed to operate marine VHF equipment. Fee £50 (Members) or £65 (Non-Members). There is a separate £60 assessment fee payable directly to the RYA. Saturday 21 March at the Clubhouse. Training Calendar 

First Juniors' Evening of the 2020 Season
2020 Junior Training starts on Friday 27 March with a Dry Session. Keep a watch on the Juniors' Noticeboard over the season for announcements and news of special opportunities at SYC or elsewhere.

Dinghy Cruiser Training
There will be shore-based training on 28 March at 11 am at the Club. Tips and tricks for safer and more rewarding cruising-in-company over the summer season. (NB Advance notice: On-Water Training, 10 am, 25 April)

Boat Jumble (postponed) and Prize-Giving, 29 March
Beware - clocks go forward this weekend and you could still be in bed for these events! The Prize-giving is timed for 12 noon.

  • The Boat Jumble advertised for 29 March has now been postponed until later in the year. As with the Fitting-Out Supper this is because of the possible increase in prevalence of COVID-19 and to avoid last-minute disappointment.

Fitting-Out Supper 
The Fitting Out Supper has been cancelled due to the possible increase in prevalence of the COVID-19 outbreak and to avoid last-minute inconvenience to members.

Stop Press!  Level 2 Powerboat course on 3/4 April: applications a.s.a.p. please
A powerboat course is planned for Fri/Sat 3/4 April at SYC. This is for members who wish to drive the safety boats to cover SYC racing, dinghy cruising, Free Sailing or Junior activities, and a commitment to covering Club events, once qualified, is implicitly assumed. Please see John Allen's Forum post (logged-in website users only) and contact him at the earliest opportunity if you wish to be considered for a place.


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