Hi all members
A look back at 2012 – The Olympic Year and our 50th Anniversary!
In May, three of the clubs members Charlotte, Alice and Harriette were chosen to carry the Olympic Torch as part of its journey around the country. As a club we were lucky enough to have the girls visit the club that evening as we held a junior race to celebrate the passing of the torch through Conwy. A perfect evening of sunshine and some wind with a BBQ following the presentation of Sail for Gold medal, kicked off the summer.
As part of our commitment to junior sailing and the Olympic legacy a group of young sailors (Katie, Ieuan, Lewis, Dylan, George, Arty and Dai) ventured to the Welsh Yachting Onboard weekend at Bala. With a weekend of changeable weather (no wind then too much wind) all 7 participants gave it their all and enjoyed the weekend.
As catamaran sailing is big part opf club sailing and Nacra will be in Rio (Arie’s next big win!) the RYA has announced a scheme (Donate a Wreck)to encourage youngsters to participate in cat sailing so we may even inspire future Olympians.
In 2012 the Sailing Club celebrated its 50th year of operation. A day of activities was planned with an evening function. Though the weather wasn’t kind during the day, (the only people to take to the water were Graham and Lee in their Hobie Tiger) the weather cleared by the evening and members old and new came together to celebrate the success of the club. We welcomed a number of founding members such as Dilys and during the summer the club was visited by the Grandson of Trevor Griffiths.
The celebrations continued into July with our biggest ever summer social ‘Calypso Cocktail’ and the numbers of participants in racing continued to grow. We were also lucky enough to have our Sail for Gold picture appear in RYA material and in Yachts and Yachting!
This year will we be celebrating success with a podium and prizes for Sunday sailing for Juniors as they compete in the Sail for Gold Series!
Despite a mixed bag of weather and what seemed like endless re-scheduling at times the main sailing races of the year were run successfully and well supported. Some new winners appeared with the now annual RNLI(10 boats participating) race won by Arie Nouwen crewed by his daughter Virginia. The Phil Davies cup in August Bank holiday saw 13 boats take to the water
The club has also been fortunate to welcome back members who have been away with work commitments such as the Mack and Knights families, with Phil and Mark on committee duty.
This year also saw juniors racing on a Sunday- crewing on cats or competing in Toppers. Ieuan Williams Crew on Hobie Tiger, Dylan Williams- Topper Helm, Lewis Jones- crew Dart, George Moss Helm Topper, Arty and Dai Moss crew Dart. Katie Tansley- Helm Laser.
To cap off our year the club was recognised for its activities in promoting and supporting youth sailing by JPMorgan (Ben Ainslie’s sponsor) who provided the club with commemorative stamps celebrating Bens 2012 Gold Medal.