The plug is back in at Warley Moor reservoir and it’s raining so the water level is rising, quite quickly. Safe to say that sailing at Halifax Sailing Club will probably resume sooner rather than later.
Whilst Warley Moor Reservoir remains at its low unsailable level, regulars at Young People’s Saturday Sailing are keeping in touch via the wonder that is Zoom. Those who log in can listen to talks about various topics (clouds, biodiversity, boat speed), take part in practical activities (knot tying) and try their hand at virtual racing which is all the rage in these Covid times. If you would like to join in then Contact Us.
Work is continuing to be carried out by Yorkshire Water’s contractor to the reservoir infrastructure, the reservoir being empty. The proposed date to start refilling the reservoir is the beginning of July. Coupled with the Covid 19 situation, the club is therefore currently closed. Members will of course be kept abreast of developments.
The club has recently taken delivery of three new training boats, an RS Quest and two RS Zests. These were purchased using a grant from The Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) Eon Fund augmented by a top up from club funds.
Meanwhile at Warley Moor, the company contracted to carry out the work at the reservoir say they are on track to start re-filling the reservoir mid-March which should mean, suitable rain falling, we will be able to start sailing again mid-April.
Several of the sailing instructors revalidating their compulsory RYA first aid qualifications recently. Looking at the results, you may be well advised to avoid a head injury at the club.
A light NWerly greeted Saturday sailors at our temporary base in nearby Denholme, with temperatures enabling a dip in the water in a wetsuit which is what young people seem to like to do!!!. As Sue Lamb was absent from the first half of the day, away looking at boats with Steve Davison, Henry Goodman was in charge of proceedings which included lots of paddleboarding, using the asymmetric spinnaker on the Hartley 12, trialling a Topper Magno and a rigged Laser just in case.
After a break for tea, proceedings resumed with Denis Hopley and Paul Hoyland in the safety boat, John Lamb and George Carter making sure all went well on shore which included chatting with cycling visitors Robin Boardman and Dave Walker. Windsurfer Nick Fenn also took to the water in a dinghy as it certainly wasn’t windsurfing weather.
Henry, Sue and John would like to thank the Saturday people for the lovely presents and cards – the cat now resides beside the fire as cats usually do! There will be no Saturday sailing next week but weather permitting there will be sailing on the following two Saturdays. Bring warm gear!!
The Club recently received grant funding of £4400 towards the cost of six new windsurfers from the Community Foundation for Calderdale. The equipment is needed to enable the Club to continue to teach windsurfing to new sailors and will replace older boards that are no longer fit for purpose.
Pictured below are some of our young trainees with the new boards, on and off the water.
Congratulations go to Steve Hill, Nathan Lucas and Nick Fenn, seen here with Susan Haigh at Green Withens reservoir, on completing the Power Boat Level 2 course, plus a surprise of Navigation which is now included in the course. Well done to all of them.
After many months of planning and a great deal of preliminary work, Monday 30th April saw the successful installation of our new floating jetty. Several club members were on hand to assist the team from Aqua-Dock to launch the pontoon and set the anchors.
The result is a very impressive structure that should serve the club for many years. The jetty was partly funded by a grant from the EON Community Fund which was administered by the Community Foundation For Calderdale.
There is still some work required to remove the remains of the old jetty but hopefully that will be completed shortly.