Our third thames 21 beach clean is planned for saturday february 24th starting at 11am and running through to 1pm.
this is an event where we can make a contribution to our tidal enviroment. we will be:
- collecting plastic and rubbish from the beach
- protecting the sea wall
- pruning the shrubs and plants above the sea wall.
- looking at ways to plant new flora
It is dirty work, but not hazardous as we have spent time thinking about poteinal hazards so we can avoid them.
Thames 21 HQ are supplying safety clothing and tools.
all are welcome and if you want to get more involved come to the planning meeting, in the bar at 8pm
on the preceeding tuesday (Feb20)
The Club is a Royal Yachting association recognised teaching establishment.using our own qualified instructors we will be offering the following courses;
- Dinghy level one and two,
- keel boat level one,
- powerboat level 1 and two,safety boat
- first aid.
For our shore based navigation classes, the club is now colaborating with nomad sailing, They are a well established company who provide both theory and practical training. so we are confident they will maintain the high standards of teaching we have always enjoyed at the club.Joining this course is easy, all you do is click on the link above, which will take you to Nomads web site, look for bookings and fill in the form . (there is discount rate for club members.). We had to postpone our first class but we will be setting a new date very soon.
If you want toknow more about any of our classes speak to me Brian harrisson or steve wilson., we can be found around the club or out on the water or contacted via the web site
Two GYC members, Nicola and Tim are taking part in the 2017/18 around the world clipper race.
There are 8 legs/races to complete and the boats are now on Leg 5 - the Asia Pacific leg.
Nicola and Tim are on the same boat - Great Britain. On January 10th (the All Australian Leg) Nicola wrote...
"Life lessons from sailing
There's been a reflective mood onboard GREAT Britain and following Krishna making a philosophical announcement this morning, we have had a bit of a discussion about what we've learnt from this sailing experience. Names have been withheld so that you can have a bit of fun and guess which of your loved ones / characters on the crew came up with each statement.
- If you want to identify the bare necessities for happiness then go ocean racing.
- It's possible to have strong opinions and often feelings for your favourite knot. The admiralty knot is a thing of beauty.
- Think twice before giving your wife a whistle.
- Sailing knives are essential. And also make short work of peeling the oranges onboard.
- Love does exist.
- Listen to your parents before making important life decisions. They are wise and, it turns out, often right.
- I love sailing with with the upper classes because of the headwear they bring to the party.
- There is no need for many possesions. Even within the 10kg boat limit its possible to have items you really don't need or use. A toothbrush and toothpaste are about the only essentials you can't cope (or make friends) without.
- Whether to use a spoon or a fork is a difficult decision.
- Whatever you experience comes down to your perception. Make the most of every opportunity, embrace and enjoy the adventure. It's up to you to make sure you enjoy yourself.
- There is no situation which cannot be improved by a piece of toast thickly spread with peanut butter. If it's been really tough then consuming the peanut butter whilst sat apon the beanbag is the stuff of dreams.
- Decluttering and streamlining your life makes everything more simple. However, even the most positive person will struggle to maintain that this is optimal when it includes your phone and wallet.
- Choice means anarchy. Dictate the galley menu plan and stick to it – don't put the power into the crews hands.
- Sometimes you need to break the rules. But only in the galley and only if it makes everyone happy.
- Keeping yourself mentally and physically busy is essential.
- Raspberry squash with hand crushed raspberries. They only thing that will be crushed are your expectations.
- Aeroplanes were designed to travel long distances.
- It's GREAT fun. Its amazing how people from so many walks of life can work as a team if they have the same goal. A pint in Airlie. A pint with new GREAT friends. Pint(s) plural.
- Don't ever judge anyone wearing crocs.
- Crocs are for below deck and only when far from land. Their inherent value will increase in a perfect correlation with diminishing distance from shore.
- More thinking time does not necessarily mean that you will come to clear conclusions.
- Kneading breadmix dough is therapeutic. We all need a bit of therapy time.
- There will be yoga in the forepeak in the morning. It's always important to have something to look forward to.
- I can be up, ready and out within 15mins; not my normal 1hr. It helps that there a no mirrors, outfit choices, make up or jewellery considerations.
- Tea is essential. Tea to start your day off. Tea to refresh you in the heat. Tea to warm you in the cold. Tea before you go to bed. Tea to take on deck only when its flat out and you have express permission from your skipper. Tea to share. Tea to savour. Tea-tastic.
With love to all our family and friends, and supporters.
Nicola and the GREAT team."
She will next be sailing on Legs 7 & 8, the USA coast to coast and Atlantic legs.
10 TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE ON THE RIVER
1. Wear a lifejacket that will inflate or a buoyancy aid that will take your weight
2. Wear appropriate footwear
3. Take a hand held radio or phone in a waterproof case
4. Tell someone where you are going
5. Ensure your tender is sea worthy
6. Always use your ‘kill cord’
7. Secure any luggage or large items that you may be transporting
8. On arrival, approach into the tide and secure tender with a bowline to your boat. Consider using a stern line as well
9. When secured. Choose your moment to disembark, check for passing clippers or wash to subside
10. Remember, one hand for you and one for the boat