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Dec 2010 iss1

Chris Joyner

2010 was on the whole a very good year for the Sea School with the best weather during the Intensive Weeks for the last three years, and a particularly good team of instructors. So it is that we look forward to 2011 which is likely to be a key year, as a number of changes will need to happen. Firstly, Sophie will not be the Senior Instructor during the Intensive Weeks and until we have at least one qualified SI, we are unable to run those weeks. However the booking process will commence on 1st Jan but on the understanding that unless the SI problem is resolved, those weeks will not take place. There are four of the Team who are doing the SI Course and hopefully they will be successful.

In all probability this will be my last year in the role of Principal. I am not aware of anyone who would be interested in taking it on as it stands and I would obviously be very upset to see The Sea School fold. The tasks of the Principal are laid down by the RYA forming part of the basis of the accreditation of the Centre. Many of the tasks can be delegated and throughout the year we will examine ways in which the more peripheral tasks can be split up and spread among a larger group of people. Needless to say, if anyone would be interested in becoming involved in whatever capacity, please do speak to me.

That then brings me to the program which we are planning. In many cases the dates of the courses are not given as they have yet to be fitted around the club program and in some cases are subject to other factors over which we have little or no control. In all cases the dates will be arranged after consultation with LRSC to ensure that the latter is not affected by the LRSS activities. Additionally the program represents a maximum as some activities are subject to demand and others to weather conditions. It is anticipated that the level of activity in 2011 will be broadly similar to 2010.

  • 1.

    First Aid Course Jan / Feb plus another during July, subject to demand. Around Easter time.

  • 2.

    Intensive weeks courses. These will be subject to the availability of suitable Senior Instructors. Six five

day courses commencing 4th, 18th, 25th July, 1st, 15th, 22nd Aug.

  • 3.

    VHF Radio Course subject to demand. 1 day.

  • 4.

    PB2 courses for club and LRSS Instructors. Possibly four courses.

  • 5.

    Safetyboat training courses. Possibly two.

  • 6.

    Saturday sailing. Between end of Easter and end of June and possibly Sept and the end of Oct.

  • 7.

    Instructor Course. Six days end of June. Subject to demand.

  • 8.

    Assistant Instructor and Helper training. Up to three days.

  • 9.

    Woodroffe sailing Tuesdays 4.00pm to 5.45pm Summer and Autumn Terms.

  • 10.

    LRSC / LRSS activities. Four race training sessions by outside coach.

  • 11.

    RYA Racing Coach course.

Other possible events include boat loans during LRSC racing. Provision of boats to Baltic Wharf Sailing Association. Impromptu sailing course to school groups. ( no more than two one day courses. )

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