History




1980

The idea to establish a sailing club, at the then recently flooded gravel pit, was originally conceived by the sailing section of the Greene King Sports & Social Club in the late ‘70s. The first formal meeting to discuss the formation of the Club was held in 1979. The Club was officially founded in 1981 with financial assistance from Bury St Edmunds Rotary, the St Edmundsbury Yachting Association and Bury St Edmunds Council.




1981

Culford School donated two old music huts to be the first clubhouse.  







March 1982

Burlingham Seeds gave a hut, the Club gates and seeded the whole area.










R.A.F. Honington and Ron Munday donated the materials for the jetty. The local farmer lent his tractor and Atlas Aggregates donated gravel for the foreshore.

 





 

July/Aug 1982

The dinghy park takes shape.








                        Aug 1982

                        The first presentation of the Kronenburg Cup











Mar 1989

A new slipway was laid







Aug 1991

In 1991, the Bury St Edmunds Council provided 50% of the funding to build a toilet and shower changing block, which was supplied with water and electricity by a grant from building merchants Jewsons. This was officially opened by the Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Councillor F.S.Jepson on 10/8/1991.





March 1999

After problems with blue/green algae in 1998, then Vice Commodore Alan Turvey created a barley straw sausage making device which produced 2 1/2 tons of 'sausages' in three days. 






In 1999, the Club secured funding from St Edmundsbury Borough Council and the Suffolk Waste Disposal Co Ltd to build the new clubroom. 







This was extended with new changing rooms and facilities for the disabled in 2010 with the support of Havebury Housing Partnership; the Suffolk Foundation; Suffolk Environmental Trust; Activities Unlimited; RP Valves Ltd and Lottery Funding.

 






The following notable achievements and awards were attained in 2013:

RYA Community Award to long-time members Guy & Vicky Forkes presented by HRH The Princess Royal

RYA Foundation Status as an RYA Sailability Centre

RYA 2013 Social Media Award for ‘Push The Boat Out’ publicity success

Runner-Up in the Yachts & Yachting;  Suffolk Sports'  and St Edmundsbury ‘Club of the Year’ awards




In addition to the above, the Club gained sponsorship of its ‘Antigua Sailing Day’ from the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority and BBC accreditation for its Sports (Sailing) Taster Activity.

During the season, the Club received a visit by Nic Asher - GBR Olympic Squad and former 470 World Champion, who gave a sailing talk and sailed with some of the SESCA youth sailors. 

Club volunteers ran sailing tasters for the BSE Volunteer Police Cadets; Suffolk Young Carers; County Upper School and Stowmarket Middle School, which allowed more than 75 youngsters to experience sailing for the first time. 

                                                                                          Additionally, the Club became the sailing centre for Suffolk

Scouts.

As well as the normal sailing activities, the Club added the following new activities to the 2013 sailing calendar:

                Women on Water sessions

                Team racing training sessions

                One-day themed racing events

                Start to sail sessions

                Improver/Refresher sessions

 


In addition to the sailing activity, the Club ran a very enjoyable Summer Social BBQ and live ceilidh and raised the following charitable donations throughout the year: £270.00 for Sail4Cancer and £100.00 for Haiyan Disaster fund.

As one of the Club’s aims is to make sailing and canoeing affordable, the Club expanded its canoe hire fleet to 2 x two-man sit-on kayaks and 1 x one-man sit-on kayak and added an additional Laser dinghy, bringing the total number of sailing dinghies available for members to hire to 17.

 





Looking ahead to the 2015 season.  Plans are already in place to further grow the Club:

4 volunteers have already been recruited to train as additional RYA Dinghy Instructors.

Our ‘Antigua Sailing Day’ Regatta, on 26th April, has been expanded to incorporate junior Topper racing as well as open Laser and Handicap divisions, while another ‘Push The Boat Out’ Open Weekend will be held during the weekend 16/17th May.  

Additionally, monthly ‘Have a Go’ sessions, to encourage new members, and ‘Junior’ training sessions are being introduced into the sailing programme.   Race training is being extended and Enterprise and Topper class racing is being encouraged in addition to the established Laser fleet.

The Club's training/hire fleet has been further expanded with the addition of two one-man sit-on kayaks and three additional sailing dinghies: one Topper and two x Vibes.  All the craft have been purchased and are ready for the start of the 2015 season.  


So in 34 years, with considerable vision, perseverance and effort from members, the Club has developed from being an idea, with a second-hand hut in a field, to the flourishing watersports centre, with first class facilities, that it is today.

 

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