Phoenix MorrisOnce again a big Thank you from the trustees, volunteers and sailors of CVSS to Phoenix Morris for their generous donation. The money you have given us is a great help to the future of CVSS is very much appreciated.

Information about their activities can be found on their website

MartinOn Wednesday 19th April 2017 CVSS volunteers refreshed their skills prior to the season, and new volunteers, became familiar with our boats and equipment and met the team before the season starts.

We can only run one day of this type each season - but if you want to volunteer for 2017 don't worry we can provide training during sailing days for you.

Rest BreakOn Wednesday 25th April CVSS provided a free day's training for those who buddy, and otherwise support sailors on site. It was a chance to ask questions and try out activities without the responsibilities of enabling disabled sailors.

Everyone had a great day and developed new skills or practiced the ones they hadn't used since October 2016. We can only offer one day of this type each year.

If you are a parent, assistant or teacher who is supporting a sailor in the 2017 season and want some training support, please tell the CVSS leader of the day, the Shore Officer or contact us and we will do what we can..... but sailing sessions are now very busy and we're not making promises!!

It's been something of an open secret for a while but I am happy to say that following a recent Trustees' meeting, it's confirmed that I am the new chairman of CVSS. David Harris, the retiring chairman, did so much for the club he will be a hard act to follow but I will do my best!

CVSS is thriving, last season we had over 5500 sailor hours and already many bookings are coming in for next season. It's a great tribute to our sailors, carers, parents and families and the many groups who enjoy their time with us. Most of all, it's thanks to our volunteers: the folks who turn up week after week to prepare and sail the boats; the many people who organise the sailors and volunteers and do the bookings; the folks who maintain our heavily used boats and keep them serviceable for the season. As well as the satisfaction of helping others, I hope you enjoy the sailing and camaraderie that the time at Bury Lake brings.

Dates of events for next year will be published soon and these will include a repeat of the training days that we had earlier this year. I hope volunteers, carers and parents will be able to come along to these. Most CVSS volunteers I know, but these events will give me an opportunity to meet those I don't and vice-versa of course.

Some of you will be aware we have restructured to club organisation to dispense with the unwieldy committee and replace it with 5 smaller groups who will take on various areas of responsibility and report to the trustees. The idea is to encourage more people to get involved with the running of the club without finding participation too onerous or time consuming (no long meetings to attend!). We'll put more information on the website but if you'd like to help, please contact one of the trustees.
I'm very keen to encourage as many members as possible to get their powerboat qualifications and/or to become leaders. It goes without saying that the more qualified people we have, the more we can spread the load and let everyone who wants to lead and/or drive the boats.

A quick word about BLYM and the new building. Unsurprisingly there are further delays but it is hoped to go on contract early in the New Year. This does mean that construction will be going on during next season and adequate and safe access to our area is a concern. We will be watching carefully to ensure the impact of the construction is minimised.

Finally, I hope to see many volunteers at the Christmas lunch on 14 December. For those unable to attend, I wish you a Happy Christmas and successful and peaceful New Year. Before you know it, we'll be sailing again.

John Bray

Facebook and TwitterA new 'Social Media' page has been added to the website that displays our latest Facebook posts and Twitter tweets.

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Elaine1Elaine Coombs sadly passed away in May this year. She was a devoted and passionate trustee of CVSS.

Please help us raise funds to buy another specially equipped boat in her memory. Elaine's legacy is that hundreds of disabled people have enjoyed sailing, so please help continue this legacy.

Click here to donate

Timandra SladeTimandra Slade, a valued CVSS volunteer and also a member of Gerrards Cross Sailing Association (GXSA), was awarded the Ruby Cup. The Ruby Cup is awarded by GXSA to someone who they feel has done the most to encourage, promote and inspire others to participate in boating.

CVSS has benefited by way of additional volunteers thanks to Timandra's inspiration and enthusiasm.

Congratulations Timandra and thank you from CVSS.

If you need to search our website, a new facility is now avaialable on the Resources Page

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Sailors relaxingPhotos of some recent activity at CVSS have been added to the photo gallery here - enjoy.

Three Rivers District Council have electronic controls to the gate adjacent to the main Aquadrome car park. Access cards can be issued to those who need to bring a car into the Aquadrome for access to BLYM.

Members routinely eligible to apply for a card are those who are:

  • Holders of a blue badge parking disc
  • BLYM Wardens, Officers and Instructors holding a Blue Key
  • Group leaders who operate their activities independently of BLYM
  • Berth holders needing access to the boat park

Those who wish to apply for a card are asked to download the Aquadrome Electronic Gate Card Request Form (link below) and e-mail a completed and saved copy to David Harris (CVSS Chair). Please do not approach TRDC or BLYM directly as all cards will be issued through David.

Unfortunately it is not possible to offer every member vehicle access into the Aquadrome. Car parking at BLYM is limited and TRDC request those who do not need to drive in to use the free Aquadrome car park so as to minimise vehicle movements through the pedestrian area of the park. We thank you for your understanding.

Click the link below to download the application form (opens in new tab or window)

Aquadrome Electronic Gate Card Request Form

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