What a great day at Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club!
All the feedback from both the club volunteers and the visitors trying out sailing, power boating and the warm welcome of the clubhouse team was overwhelmingly 'what a great day' and 'how much fun was had'.
The volunteers started the day at 9am. The RS Visions, RS Fevas and Lasers were rigged and set ready to sail. Posters and banners were put up at the entrance to Ray Road and around the club. The galley team got underway preparing food for the visitors and not forgetting the bacon butties to get the volunteer team off fueled and ready to go. Safety boats were made ready. The senior instructors did their risk assessments and set a brief for the day. Then the green flag was raised and sailing could commence.
Dead on 10am the first of the visitors started to arrive and quickly they were registered and given buoyancy aids ready for the sailing sessions. Keen to go and first out was Mike Jones taking two visitors out on a Vision. As the morning progressed more and more visitors arrived and with the support of Ian Peace, Dave Simpson, Mike Jones, Douglas Clow, Jude Wilson, Andy Wilson, CJ and Viking Scouts all the club boats were on the water. Ensuring all were safe on the water Colin Bristow led the safety boats aided by Mike Barrett, Jon Dunn, Dylan Emmett and Uta.
Throughout the day visitors steadily came and went not before visiting the galley to have snacks and food from the galley team of Irina, Souch, Hilary and John. We had over 100 visitors to the club during the day. Those wanting to expereince more sailing were signed up to the club and enrolled to either TrySail or the forthcoming learn to sail weekends.
As the last of the visitors left the duty team gathered on the viewing area to enjoy the sunshine, a final chat and of course drink a beer.
Thank you to everyone that participated. We all had fun!