The Wraysbury Eye February 2013

Another ‘brief’ edition of the Eye to let you know what has been happening at the Club recently and forthcoming events.

Due to the state of the river, not much has been happening on the water, but I’m pleased to report that none of the river is RED any more and our reach is now on NO BOARDS, so we look forward to more waterborne activity.

The regatta season does not seem far away with the Club being used this month for the Thames Traditional Boat Society AGM, the Egham Regatta AGM on Mon 11th, the Thames Punting Club AGM on Mon 18th Mar and the Skiff Champs Regatta AGM on Tues 19th. The first skiff regatta is the Simon Mepham Mixed Marathon on Sat 6th April, now only 1 month away and the first dragon boat event is on Sun 5th May, now only 2 months away.

WSPC AGM – Thursday 18th April – This year’s AGM will take place at the Club on the evening of Thursday 18th April; accounts and committee and section reports will be sent out in due course with the AGM notification; the Club is entirely run by volunteers and the Committee always welcomes new blood, or even old blood, so if you would like to put yourself forward, please speak to our Hon. Secretary Imo. There are always vacancies, and this year is no different with Tony Cross stepping down as Hon. Treasurer, Hon. VAT Officer and Vice Captain of Punting as he has another go at semi-retirement in Devon.

What is involved? Collectively, the Committee is responsible for running what is effectively a small business; we meet once per month, normally on the first Monday; this is not an excuse for a jolly chat and a few drinks, but is to discuss club matters, make decisions and implement them; you will be expected to participate by providing input to discussions and taking away actions to be completed in an agreed timescale. For most of the jobs, there isn’t a right or wrong way to do it, there is your way and we appreciate that as a volunteer, you have to fit this in around home and work commitments as well.

Newcomers Weekend – Sat/Sun 20/21st April – The local post Olympic open day event we were involved with last year was extremely successful, but as it was towards the end of August it was really at the wrong time of the year for us, being close to the end of the season and the winter river conditions has not helped after that in encouraging these people to return. To follow up the leads we made, we will be holding a newcomers weekend to give them a further taster and this year, hopefully catch them enthused at the start of the season. Further details will be provided nearer the date, but it would be good like for the original event if there is a good crowd to take these people out in skiffs, punts, dragon boats and the children’s assorted boats.

On the Water – Please check the EA website before you go out or check at the lock; make your own sensible risk assessment; you know the rules:

There have been long periods of inactivity because of what seems like continuous red boards for months now; that meant no juniors or novices have been allowed out and only senior crews after a suitable risk assessment.

The Committee would love to see you all flocking down to get out on the water, but we would still urge you to be sensible; in the local rowing world, there have been a number of very serious incidents in the last few weeks leading to the loss of 3 VIIIs and a coaching launch, but thankfully no lives; perhaps these incidents are because of peoples genuine enthusiasm to get back on the water when it isn’t really safe to do so, particularly for the inexperienced.

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