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PAT training was our final pre-season training event. It was also our biggest yet. We were fortunate in that it didn't rain, and whilst we'd have liked a bit more wind, you just can't have everything!

What we did have was a busy day with 45 of us sitting down for lunch and a chat in the middle of a busy day of sailing and katakanuing.

Thank you to all participants.

The 2014 season begins Monday 28th April – see you at the Lake!

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QuizeesThe annual CVSS Quiz Night on Saturday 12th April was a great success ..but how could it not be – clever questions, good company, fish and chips and brilliantly organised by Barry Slade (our quiz master) and the lovely Timandra. They were assisted by Nick King and Robin Smith, who ensured it all ran smoothly and broke up the fights between tables – only joking!

A big Thank You to the organising team and all of you who came along and raised £651.63 for CVSS coffers (a fifth of a katakanu, or a tenth of a 303, in CVSS terms).

We look forward to seeing you all at the Lake or, if you support us via quiz night, at the Quiz Night in 2015 which we sincerely hope the Slades will organise.

And here is a "poem what they wrote earlier" from Timandra and Barry

"We've added the money
and we've sorted the float
With another nine quizzes
we can buy a new boat"

Eat your heart out Carol Ann Duffy!

Our volunteer training day went well, a dry day with some sun and challenging gusts!

We had a great turn out of old (or should I say established) volunteers with some new faces - a great mix.

It allowed us to try out some of the new ACCESS dinghies all of which look "tres chic"

Steve Sawford joined us to take away the old H pontoon and have lunch.

Our next event is Parents and Assistants Training on Thursday April 24 - and then the 2014 season begins on Monday 28th April.

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BoatCrowdJettyLooking on

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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On Tuesday 2nd April the "launch squad" got the boats out of winter storage and onto the lake. Our twelve access dinghies and 2 katakanus are now rigged and ready for service.The two new double access boats look very smart..."Smartie" is featured in one of the photos- it's very bright with a patterned deck and bright red sails. The other new double is a little more sophisticated ...but it does have a sparkly deck!

It was a busy day because as the CVSS team was launching boats our new pontoon, which replaces the old "H" pontoon, was being installed.The team did a brilliant job and got the whole thing finished in one day.

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So..the boats are ready!

Next we have Volunteer Training Day (8th April) , Parents, Teachers and Assistants Training (24th April) and the season begins Monday 28th April.

We look forward to meeting everyone down at the lake.