Many thanks to all of today's competitors, the army of volunteers (including parents), supporters and visitors who made the regatta such a memorable day for so many.
We look forward to seeing many of you back again next year.
Thank you to all who responded to our survey regarding weekend racing through the summer. We had 69 survey responses.
We had lots of volunteers for race officer duties and on shore duties, we will be in contact with these people imminently to arrange a duty rota.
There were 5 members who voted against any summer racing. As we had such an overwhelming response in favour, we will be going ahead. For those with concerns about racing interfering with other users of the lake, we have made some provision to limit the impact. Racing will occur in an area defined on the blackboard, we are trying to keep this consistent week to week and away from the clubhouse/launching areas/dam. Racing will occur over a period of approximately 2 hours, so if you are keen to get on the water when racing isnít on, that leaves all of Saturday, plus Sunday afternoon to be certain of this.
Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey, we hope to see you on the water soon!
As you know this is something I am proud of. At Alton water we teach hundreds of children a year how to sail and we offer schools a discounted coaching programme. SWSA was an association that promoted sailing to our schools as a bona fide sport and we have supported them (and they us) in persuading some schools and parents that sailing is a great activity and a bona fide sport for kids, and everyone, an alternative to cricket and rounders if you like.
Sailing is a green sport that teaches children several sciences and maths as well as self reliance and problem solving. What's not to like about it as an activity? Sailing is competitive yet friendly and all participants are winners and all racers soon become friends, so what's not to like about it as a sport?
The regatta tomorrow gives kids a chance to show off their skills and represent their schools in what for some will be their first and for others, yet another, regatta.
This regatta is put on as the result of a great deal of help and organisation by many volunteers. Every year, every one of those volunteers feels it was all worth it to see the kids perform. I, personally, owe those volunteers a great deal of thanks. as it is not only the children and the schools that benefit but it is all those who come to Alton Water tomorrow or any other day that also benefits from events such as tomorrow's.
But most importantly, every year the kids love it. they love racing and racing for their school. they love the water, the atmosphere and have a great day out. For spectators too the sight of many boats out on the water in all colours, shapes and sizes is a highlight of the year. So come on down and see the kids get away from their studies (and in some cases their Xboxes I am sure) and compete at Alton water for their school.
An updated regatta booking pack is now available and can be found here.
The Schools Entry spreadsheet mentioned in the booking pack can be downloaded here.
The Notice of Race is also available here.