Burn’s Night 2017

The great and the good (not to mention, some of the others too) gathered on Saturday 28th January to celebrate Burn’s Night.  The Chart Room was completely full for the meal, which started with the welcome and Selkirk Grace given by the Commodore, followed by a first class Scotch broth.  The excellent haggis was addressed and cut by our President and was then demolished, with plenty for seconds and even thirds for the adventurous.  The meal was topped off with cranachan cheesecake / whisky trifle and a toast to the lassies was given by Ken Robinson, with Carrie Thompson responding on behalf of the lassies.  It’s something of a miracle that Ken made it through the night, considering Mary’s dagger stare could have cut a haggis!  Finally, the Membership Secretary gave a fine rendition of the Drunken Scotsman.

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2017 RYA Course Details

We are pleased to announce the details for the RYA VHF Radio course (with Short Range Certificate) and the RYA First Aid course for 2017.

These courses will both take place at the NWCC Club House and there are limits on numbers, so please book promptly if you don’t want to lose out. If there is a lot of interest, we will look at running one or more courses again later in the year.
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Dinner Dance 2016

The club’s annual dinner dance took place at the George Hotel on the 26th November. It was great to see everyone scrubbed up, though one or two of the sailing fraternity were hard to recognise without their oilies on!

It was also really good to see our overseas contingent in attendance, and the lifeboat crew were also extremely welcome, providing professional backup in case anyone had trouble navigating the waterfront afterwards.

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RYA Training Courses Announced

We are pleased to announce our training programme for Winter and Spring 2016/17.

We have set firm dates for the RYA Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster™ Offshore courses across four weekends in February, and will be setting dates for the 1-day courses once we have gathered interest and shared suggested dates with those who have signed up.

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Pay Membership by Direct Debit

We have just launched the facility to pay your membership fees using Direct Debit.  Direct Debit makes the renewal process much quicker and easier for you, and you will always receive the discounted rate for early payment.

All members who have given us their email addresses should have received an invitation today from GoCardless – the company we are using to manage the payments.  Signing up is really easy using an online form, takes 5 minutes, and there’s no postage involved, so if you wish to use this service then just click on the link you received by email.  If you have more than one member at the same household and would like to pay them all on the same Direct Debit, you can do that too – just sign up once and we’ll work it out, or email us with any special requests.

If you are a member but haven’t received an email, you can still sign up by clicking here.

Note that we won’t be taking any payments until renewal time next year, and you will still be able to pay by cheque, or behind the bar by credit card, if you prefer.

Winter Sill Gate Operations at Conwy Marina

Conwy Marina has started it’s restricted programme of Winter sill gate operation:

Berth holders are advised that, with immediate affect, sill gate operations will not take place during the hours of darkness and during any severe inclement weather.

Vessels wishing to access or egress the marina during this time are asked where possible, to navigate close to high water with the gate in a raised position and to contact the Marina for depth clearances.

Vessels wishing to access or egress outside of these hours are asked to request a gate operation giving as much notice as possible.

Reducing sill gate operations during the quieter winter months has proven to help significantly reduce the levels of siltation in the marina during these peak months and we thank you for your continued co-operation.

Jon Roberts, Marina Manager

Talk by David Rainsbury

ib0226David is the author of the popular Irish Sea Pilot, a guide that many of us use when cruising the area.

The evening of the 21st May was a great success, with a very full club (standing room only) to listen and watch David give a very interesting and well received talk about his sailing experiences, as well as advice and tips on sailing in the Irish Sea and the wider area.

Based on this success, we would like to continue to invite interesting speakers so if you have any ideas or would like to recommend someone, please get in touch at [email protected].

ActiveCaptain and eBoatCards

3e0d6ed7-c26a-4f74-b228-2da14e507df6ActiveCaptain is a worldwide cruising guide that anyone can contribute to – it includes anchorages, harbours and marinas as well as hazards, all reported by users and continually updated.  Users add reviews and comments so you can see where you might like to visit (or avoid).

eBoatCards is a social network for boaters – you join as a boat, not a person, and it includes private messaging, public posting, blogs and groups. The two systems are connected so you only need a single login for both.  If you and your friends run the ActiveCaptain Locations app on your phone, it will plot all your positions so you can see where they are.

NWCC now has a group, so come and join in.

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