Overall the ‘Your Club Needs You’ initiative is aiming to...

Allow any member to know what volunteering opportunities exist as these arise and change. 

To give you enough information so that you can make an informed choice about volunteering.

To ensure no one gets stuck having to do something ‘all the time’. As part of this aim we will ask existing volunteers if they are happy to ‘carry on’ and open up places to new volunteers as often as we can.

To allow any of you an opportunity to volunteer to do something you would like to support/do. 

(Please just let the Office know and either the Flag officer/General Committee Member most appropriate to your suggestion will contact you or one of the Volunteering steering group (Laurie Vanner, Ian Menzies, Amanda Portway)


During the second ‘Lockdown’ (ending 2.12.20) no one has been able to be at the Club. As we enter the winter much of the sailing activity is less and it will hopefully be an opportunity for boat maintenance both our own boats as well as those Support and Club sailing boats that have been ‘adopted’ by volunteers (please see below).

Our Lawn and Gardening Team are also busy currently (please see below)


An ‘invitation’ will go out to all members asking for help with various aspects of the Clubhouse maintenance (décor, fixture and fittings) once the work needed has been planned and there is an opportunity for members to safely be in the Club.
Thank you to those who have already offered their support for this, more information will follow.

WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED since the launch of the ‘Club Needs You Initiative’

The Club Lawn receiving some Winter TLC...
Despite a horrible morning’s weather 6 Club volunteers managed to scarify and aerate the lawn which will hopefully much improve its appearance come next spring. Our thanks go to them for their worthy efforts.

Outdoor Working Party 

“A day long effort by these volunteers saw a major improvement to the Club’s grounds. All rubbish from across our estate was collected and skipped, the laying up area cleared of encroaching vegetation and rationalised allowing several more craft to be overwintered, the area for safety boats was cleared and extended and the tender and dinghy areas tidied. In addition more hardcore was spread in both the laying up and safety boat areas. All in all a great effort by those involved”. by Laurie Vanner.

Pictured below:
Anne Plummer, Martine Clayton, Anthea Power, Alan Hall, Chris Woodard, Martin Bevan, Phil McGoldrick, Graham MacDowall, Ken Stowe, Marcus Bucknall, Stephen Olle, Ian Menzies, Simon Hewitt and Kevin Misselbrook.  

Support Boat ‘adopters’

These volunteers; Susan Iskander (and Damien), Richard Maidstone, Jemima Philpott,  Mike and Kathryn Deaton, Martine Clayton, Laurie Vanner and Amanda Portway (sponsoring Flag Officer) work alongside Hugh Williams (Bosun) and the Rear Commodore Sailing to plan and provide general maintenance and tlc to the boats to help extend their use to the Club and make using them more enjoyable.

Club Sailing Boat Adopters

These volunteers; work on the general maintenance and care of these boats. If further support is needed, they can let the RC Sailing know and a plan is agreed. Opportunity for more adopters of these boat exists now so please let the Office know.

This overall initiative has been designed to compliment all of the volunteering that already existed in the Club and the ‘Duty Man’ system still operates to source Race Officers and Support Boat Drivers. Other groups have also existed and groups gather to support specific events. To those members who have been involved and still are we say THANK YOU TO YOU ALL