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#1 2018-03-01 09:27:53

Registered: 2003-11-23
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Some twenty of us gathered at Warsash Sailing Club on the last Saturday in February for lunch, and the opportunity to swap our plans for the 2018 sailing season.  It is always a pleasure to be able to get together at Warsash, within sight of Stone Pier Yard where so many of our boats started their lives, in the hands of Victoria Marine.  We also took the opportunity to hold our first Committee Meeting of the year at which we were able to report continued interest in the Association, and a slight increase in membership numbers.

Amongst those present were some founding members; John Cade, Olive Hathaway, and Barrie Marson.  Some of our Shadow members, Pete and Kate Hunt, and John and Gillian Walker had found their way down from the Thames, by car, and enjoyed the bright sunshine and sparkling waters of the River Hamble and Southampton Water, and then there were those of us: Alf Tracey, Brian and Dawn Smith, Jon and Lynda Spencer, Roy and Freida Dawkins, Sue Doyle, and Tim and Dee Clarke, who keep, or kept, our boats on the south coast and attend many of the activities arranged by Richard and Meryl Saunders, our south coast organisers.  That sparkling brightness has now turned to driving snow, and force 9 gales, right along the south coast, and which has much of the country within its icy grip.   

John Cade organised our raffle, which with the donation of prizes, raised sufficient funds to cover any incidental costs that might arise although, we do have to thank the Commodore and members of Warsash Sailing Club for allowing us to meet at their Club.  Members of the Association are always welcome at Warsash Sailing Club, which has its own pontoon on the River Hamble, with walk ashore access.     

Sailing plans for 2018 were varied with Tim and Dee Clarke heading to Belgium, Jon and Lynda Spencer to the North Spanish Rias and beyond, and John Cade, Sue Doyle and Richard and Meryl Saunders heading back to some favourite haunts along the south coast and across the Channel.  Hopefully within our travels we will meet up with other members and have the opportunity to share a glass or two in some of their home ports.


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