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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!!

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.

Season Starts: Monday 30th April 2018
Season Ends: Wednesday 17th October 2018

Summer Season: Monday 30th April to Wednesday 17th October 2018

  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – sessions of one hour from 10.30 to 2.30 (last session)
  • Saturday – sessions of one hour from 10.00 to 2.00 (last session)
  • No sailing Half Term: 28th, 29th and 30th May 2018
  • Contact Frances Brown to organise a booking

Summer Holiday Sailing: Saturday 28th July to Saturday 1st September 2018

  • Mid-week sailing is restricted to Wednesday because BLYM are so busy. Contact Frances Brown to organise a booking.
  • If your child/young adult comes along with a school or college to sail or katakanu with CVSS you can bring them sailing during the school holidays.
  • If they have paid £35 annual membership fee for 2018 they can sail free.
  • If the haven’t the sailing is £5 an hour.
  • An application form must be completed for every disabled sailor.

Autumn season:

  • Monday 4th September to Wednesday 18th October 2017 (half term)

No sailing on the following dates:

  • Any Bank Holiday Saturday: 5th, 26th May and 25th August 2018
  • Any Bank Holiday Monday: 7th, 28th May and 27th August 2018
  • Saturday 19th May 2018 due to the Canal Festival
  • Half Term: 28th, 29th and 30th May 2018

Exceptional Sailing Days

CVSS offers regular sailing on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.

CVSS also offers some Thursdays for “exceptional groups” – these are groups who do not have regular sailing sessions. We only offer a limited number each season.

We offer a 10.30-2.30 “day” to such groups. The minimum number of disabled children and adults in a group is 12. For a smaller group we would try and offer a sailing session on one of the other days.

The cost is £5 per sailor We restrict this experience to sailors who cannot participate in our usual offering.

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

Elaine1Elaine Coombs sadly passed away in May 2016. 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.

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