Vice Commodore – Jonathan Hall
Wow... what big boots to fill.... leading on from our current Commodore Debbie's footsteps....but a role I am dedicated to deliver on!
What can I say... my family love the club and what it has to offer us. We have a Leisure 17 cruiser called 'Sapphire' - A bit rough around the edges but our family love it.
So my outputs for this year are....To learn to sail Sapphire properly. To learn to dinghy sail. To utilise the river for Paddle boarding (SUP), Kayak and swimming. To have fun and meeting friends and new people.
My inputs will be as Vice Commodore....to learn all the aspects of the club, including Race Officer, Officer on duty and anything else, that's needed to successfully keep this wonderful club running.
Oh and did I mention the bar?
Fair Winds & Blue Skies.....
Honorary Secretary – Nicky Andrews
Just prior to the AGM I was gently persuaded, by our lovely Commodore Debbie, to take over from Tom as Hon. Secretary, quite a role to fill.
To those of you who do not already know me I am Nicky Andrews, married to Chris Andrews, your new Sailing Sec. Chris introduced me to sailing when we were first married. It was a very new experience for me but he promised he wouldn't dunk me in the water and he didn't, at least not until a long time later when I was on the trapeze of his Fireball! This did not put me off and we have had many years sailing, racing and cruising together since then. This is our 2nd time of being members at TCSC, we left late in 2005 and re-joined on returning to the Worcestershire area in 2020. It was great to renew old friendships and to also meet many new faces. I look forward to all members having a good 2022 at the club whether sailing, motor cruising, paddle boarding or to those of you occasionally swimming....
Best wishes, Nicky Andrews
Social Secretary – Boze Durston
Richard and I joined the Club initially in the 80’s and were members for short while but work commitments(we were self-employed with a very busy outside catering business) and a young family meant we didn’t really have any spare time and our membership lapsed.
Although we are not sailors, we have spent our lives in and around boats from a very early age as both our fathers’ had power boats and when we met in the 70’s, we continued the passion we had for boating and watersports. After we sold our catering business 10 years ago, I started up The Cotswold Directory, a magazine delivered quarterly to Cotswold villages. Finding that we had more leisure time, we purchased a Viking 24cruiser and re-joined the club in2016. I love spending time at the club and I’m looking forward to my role as Social Secretary. If you would like to help at any events or have any suggestions or ideas, please let me know.
Development Manager - Richard Durston
I have taken over from Geoff King who has done an exceedingly good job for the last few years and I shall continue to ensure that the outside areas of the club remain safe and fit for purpose. There is always an extensive list of jobs to do and I know that many of you have been generous with your time to help keep the club in tip top condition and hopefully will continue to do so.
I have a good practical knowledge of most things, including designing and building my own house, making fibreglass speedboats etc, and since ‘retiring’ from the hospitality industry I set up a gardening and general maintenance business and I’m currently working on some large estates maintaining the gardens and buildings inside and out. My main role is maintenance of the moorings and areas in and around the club house. There will be progress updates in the Signal and website but please contact me directly if you have anything specific you would like to discuss.
Sailing Secretary – Chris Andrews
Not for the first time I find myself to be Sailing Secretary at TC&SC. It is always a pleasure to work with a good committee and do my bit, so I will enjoy supporting Debbie and the Officers of the club. Although most of you have known me and my wife Nicky (The Hon. Sec. ) for many years, its probably worth saying a little about myself.
I first sailed on the river about 60 years ago, as a young boy, and have owned and raced about 25 sailing craft of various types, ranging from International 14s through to cruisers and almost everything in between. I love sailing, and take great pleasure in helping people who might struggle with some of the basics, or even finer points, so never be concerned about finding me and asking for some help. I spent many years as an RYA Senior Instructor, and racing Instructor, and passing on a bit of knowledge is still a great pleasure for me. I cannot think how many people I and others like Grant Brown have taught to sail over the years .The sailing year will start on 27th March at 11.00 with three races for The March Hare. My intention is always to make sailing more enjoyable for participants. Members can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or at the club. I am easily found as my dinghy is the only one to have two masts.
Regards, Chris Andrews Sailing Sec
Bosun – Simon Patterson
My name is Simon Patterson, and for those of you who don’t know me I have been a member of TC&SC since 1967. I have been elected onto the committee and now will be your bosun. Together with my deputy John Howard, we will be looking after the club boats including the paddle boards. John is highly talented and respected in the boat building world, and I have been a boat builder, including some Flying fifteens and still fit out my own boats.
I would like to thank my predecessor Nick Hoskins for doing an excellent job and making the hand over so easy. The sailing club boats can be used by any of the members free of charge, but we insist that they are looked after so please follow the directions in the boat logs which are located by the bar in the clubhouse. If there are any breakages, shortages, or things notworking please put them in these logs so they can be rectified as soon as possible. Don't forget you are responsible for yours and others safety so please use the clubs buoyancies. If you don’t have one, they are situated by the paddle boards in the basement and sizes are clearly labelled. If in doubt consult the OOD or a committee member. The club has invested in a new engine for the rescue boat and this will be fitted in due course. We plan to hold courses in the safe operation of the rescue boats later in the season, so keep an eye out as it’s well worth doing. Having sailed at many sailing clubs in this country and Europe I can quite honestly say that TCSC has excellent facilities and members second to none. Even though I don’t use the club as much as I would like due to racing my Flying fifteen, the club has always held a significant place in my heart and sailing career. There is a wealth of experience in the club for you to tap into so never be afraid to ask.