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January 7th

Beautiful day + strong easterly = No sailing!! BUT Club Maintenance starts.
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Well after an all too short break here is the first instalment of the 2018 Blog and what a cold start to the first day of Club maintenance it proved to be. I arrived down just after 10 and there were already quite a few people at the Club starting on the long list of jobs that Tony has compiled which will need to be completed before we can consider our selves ready to face the start of the 2018 racing season which according to the count down clock tells me that will be in 76 days (11 weeks). Lets face it that seems to be an age away, but believe me that clock will come whittling down over the next few weeks.

I said a cold start and yes it was very cold today but at least it was sunny. There were sheets of ice on all the boats that had water lying on their boat covers, and there was a very chilly north easterly wind blowing in over the wall and the sea was looking rather majestic with many waves, heavily daubed with white foamy water, crashing down on the beach. The sand on the slipway is way down from its normal position. Hopefully that will come back over the coming weeks but it is still far enough on the slope to allow us to launch if we were so foolhardy at the moment. Conditions were such that sailing was a long way from our minds today!

The accompanying pictures show just a little of what was going on today. Tony had the yard drain cover up and that was emptied of the sand that slowly silts it up over the year. Brian had the hose reel to pieces to fit new parts. Jeremy and Chris and Ken were very busy cutting back on vegetation, both in the yard and on the steps that has accumulated over the last season. Pete, Jan & Kathy were stripping the kitchen area down for a deep clean. Stewart was giving the decking some TLC and I think there is a long way to go with the decking yet as some parts have rotted away and will require replacing. I had a good look at the beach marks and tackle which in the main are in good order but some week looking chain links have been removed and Paddy is going to do some splicing of new eyelets to complete the job. Both beach marks require some fluorescent paint but in the main are good enough to go again.

The race board fitted to the wall outside the gents changing rooms is looking very tired at the moment and is heavily streaked with rust and will most likely be replaced for the coming season. Paddy was up a ladder to remove the wiper blade on the web cam. The rubber component is badly worn and requires replacing. Oh yes the other big task for me is raking up the accumulation of stones that are embedded into the dinghy park. In isolation they are not too bad when wearing normal footwear but can make themselves painfully felt when wearing sailing boots. I donít think that they will ever be all removed but at least I get some satisfaction of getting rid of as many as possible.

I didnít dare walk into the field to check on its status but knowing how much rain we have had over the winter so far then I can probably safely say that it is still a no go area for cars. Only good quality 4 wheel drives could probably negotiate the field, the rest of us will have to stay away at our peril for a little longer yet.

I said earlier that there is a long list of jobs that need doing. Some are quite modest and only require a little elbow grease, but non of the jobs will be done on their own so if you can spare a couple of hours on a Sunday morning then please come down and lend a hand. Coffee is free and we also had a few chocolate biscuits today courtesy of Stewart to munch on as well.

Quite a few boats have disappeared from the yard for some essential maintenance. Fortunately for most of us either FRP / GRP are the main form of hull construction nowadays which certainly simplifies the amount of work required.