Club Day Sunday 25th August

Bank Holiday Sunday looks like being a perfect day for getting out on a SUP. 25C and not much breeze.

As a Club Day, everyone is welcome and…. Decathlon will be at the lake demo’ing their SUPs, paddles and wetsuits. The BBQ will be on – BYOB (Bring Your Own Burger).

And…. Our brand spanking new 6 person family SUP should have been delivered and this will be it’s first outing. So expect lots of races, getting wet and generally making the most of the weather!

See you Sunday!!

SUP Taster/Training

Our first taster/training session as part of the introduction of SUPing to the club will take place on the 8th of June.

This first session will be for member and their families and will be an opportunity to try out the new equipment and get some instruction from Neil.

We’ll organise another day soon after this where we can invite friends along to see what the club can offer.

Next SUP beginner training is on Saturday 3rd of August.

Anyone interested in SUP activities at the club should come along to one of the Monday SUP sessions. We try to meet up from 6pm until it gets dark. Or come along to a Club Day, these are normally twice a month, one on a Saturday and one on a Sunday. See the calendar for dates.

Refresher Training

The refresher training cancelled because of Storm Hannah will now take place on the 11th of May.

This is also an opportunity for members to bring old or unused kit along that other members may be interested in purchasing/borrowing.

SUP Introduction Update

April 2019

We’re still waiting to hear from Sport England if our application for a small grant will be granted. We’re hoping that we’ll get to hear in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, we’ve purchased a WindSUP for windsurfing members to try out.

Red Paddle, one of the major SUP suppliers will be at the East lake on the 27th of April for a demo day. Look out for more details nearer the date.

AGM 2019 – Change of Venue

Calendar of Events for 2019

We have now finalised the calendar for the year. Last year we increased the amount of training time for existing members and this year we are increasing that again. We recognise that people want to improve and we want to help you. Clearly windsurfing is on the up and up in the East Midlands, and if you want to be part of it TWC is the place to be.

There are plans this year to include SUPing or paddleboarding and we are exploring grants to fund the purchase of a set of SUPs. As this progresses, we’ll be making some of the Club Days specific to SUPing and if we can get the funding adding specific Taster Sessions for SUPing.

The Maintenance Days in March will be an opportunity to review the beginner and intermediate boards and sails to make sure they are still fit for purpose as well as all the usual maintenance activities.

Club Days area a great opportunity to get together, to share experience and meet up with other members, so please make sure if you can to come along to some of them.

Watch out for group emails about updates to the Calendar, e.g. camp overs and other activities on Club Days.

Also, if you want to be included in the Club WhatsApp group contact Nathan (nathanwashington@talktalk.net) with your mobile number. The WhatsApp group is used to see if anyone else is sailing, what the wind is like etc.

Membership Update

With memberships due for renewal before the end of March, we have had 62 renewals so far.

If you haven’t renew yet, then you have two weeks left!

If you are interested in joining the club then membership fees are now:
Individual Membership = £120
Family Membership = £145

Simply fill in the membership form and then submit it via the contact page and selecting ‘Membership’

The National Watersports Festival – At last, a beer named after your daggerboard

NWF ONLINE ENTRY IS NOW OPEN!   Wahoo!

So book your tickets NOW!

You have the option to purchase ‘Full Festival Experience’ Tickets or ‘Day Tickets’, which allow you to take part in all the NWF disciplines!

Of course, you can still purchase entry specifically for Windsurfing or SUP, but this new option is included for 2018 because we have so many multi-disciplinary festival-goers who wish to take part in more than one sport.

GET HOODIED UP AT A DISCOUNT – BEFORE THEY’RE ALL GONE!

Premium quality NWF 2018 Hoodies are available to order at a discounted rate with your online entry.

Hoodies WILL NOT be available at the Festival. All orders must be placed online before Friday 18th May 2018. So don’t miss out!

LAST CHANCE FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE NWF AWARDS!

Nominations for the NWF Awards close on Wednesday 28th February 2018.

Do you know anyone who deserves recognition for their outstanding contribution to our beloved sports of Windsurfing and SUP?

We are looking for nominations in the following categories;

  1. Windsurf & SUP Coach of the Year
  2. Young Windsurfer & SUPer of the Year
  3. Most Inspiring Windsurfer & SUPer of the Year
  4. Windsurfer & SUP Club of the Year

To place your nominations, please click here and complete our short survey https://surveyhero.com/c/acc7af62

AND THE FANCY DRESS THEME FOR SATURDAY’S PARTY IS…

“Come As You Are!” Not without fancy dress but, well, you remember the ‘90s… ‘Friends’ was still on air; Grunge was on the radio; waistcoats, overalls, neon colours and ladies – all topped off with butterfly clips in your hair! So get layered up, don your checked shirt, ripped jeans and see if there’s still Something in the Way…!

MUSIC LINE UP FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY’S PARTIES ANNOUNCED!

There will be more than Pennyroyal Tea on offer at the NWF parties! NWF sponsor, The Grainstore Brewery, is supplying the bar with its prize-winning local ales and ciders.

The music line up has also been announced for the Friday and Satuday night VIP parties…

Friday Night Party – The Top Banana Band

“Musically brilliant and with a great sense of fun!”

This fabulous 9-piece soul, funk and blues band, with two vocalists and a horn section GUARANTEE get you up and dancing! Expect high-energy soul, rhythm, blues, funk and party tunes – and they are always happy to play requests!

“They even managed to get my Dad on the dance floor – and that never happens…”

Saturday Night PartyDirty Rumour

Dirty Rumour is a 4 piece pop, rock and covers band made up of local friends and seasoned musicians.

No namby-pamby female-fronted covers band; this rocking band delivers a diverse range of songs from the ‘60s to the present day, with groove and funky rhythms. Add in powerful vocals to the mix and you’ve got a great blend that helps give them their full punchy sound – perfect for Saturday’s 1990s-themed fancy dress extravaganza!

DISCOUNT CODE FOR NWF BEER ‘DAGGERBOARD’ – ORDER YOURS NOW!

NWF sponsor, The Grainstore Brewery is brewing not one, but TWO special beers for the event! They are “Rocker Ale” @ 3.8abv and “Daggerboard” @ 4.0abv. Both will be available at the Festival, although Daggerboard is available to pre-order in bottles NOW.

Visit the Grainstore’s webshop page, https://www.grainstorebrewery.com/shop-window/ ‘Daggerboard’ is available in Gift Packs of 2 with a glass, or cases of 8; both for collection over the weekend. To claim your special offer deal on “Daggerboard”, please use Discount Code WhatSUP? at the checkout.

FREE WATERSPORTS TASTER SESSIONS

The free watersports taster sessions in Dinghy, Kayak, SUP and Windsurfing will be co-ordinated by The RYA (Royal Yachting Association.)

Sessions can be booked only at the Festival, however you can register your interest from the link on the NWF website. The RYA will then contact you to confirm timings and, depending on the session, suitable clothing and anything that you might need to bring.

WINDSURF

The Master Blaster races, open to everyone, are back for 2018. If you can sail out to a buoy and back, you are in the running to win a prize as an individual, as a team and/or in fancy dress! Read our latest blog to see how a first-time racer won a prize in her first ever race!

Free technique clinics will be on offer from top coaches, Gurus Simon Bornhoft, Jim Collis, Colin ‘Whippy’ Dixon, Peter Hart and Sam Ross.

SUP

Something for everyone, from beginner to expert!

If you have never paddled before, but long to try it, free taster sessions and demo equipment will get you on the water. GB SUP is running National Series sprint and distance races which are open to all, from beginners to serious paddlers. Those looking to improve their skills can join in the free coaching sessions, both on land and on the water. There are also fun events such as the SUP Polo on Friday evening which are not to be missed.

See you there!

CAMPING

There are a number of different camping zones, which have varying tariffs. Make sure that you book early to secure your lakeside spot!

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

Book those tickets NOW! Reserve that prime camping pitch! And don’t miss out on the discount for your Limited Edition NWF 2018 Hoody – which WILL NOT be available to buy at the Festival!

 

The National Watersports Festival 2018 will take place at Rutland Water, Sykes Lane, Empingham, Oakham, LE15 8PX on 8-12th June 2018.

TWC Tries Foiling – RYA Instructors Day

Andy, Chris, Pete & Andrea attended the Instructors Day  at Rutland water. One of the sessions was a talk on Foiling, which surprisingly turned into a demonstration and a chance for us to try it. So, Pete, Andy & Chris being soft of head and determined to get freezing cold (it was about 2 degrees with a chilly wind) put their hands up to volunteer to try it out.

I’d always imagined foiling to be a dangerous activity for the novice, but  Tris Best (tris@otc-windsurf.com, www.otc-windsurf.com) assured us that as long as we didn’t let go of the boom then we’d be safe… so having been re-assured that we’d not be catapulted or decapitated , we were convinced.

Surprisingly, all of us got some air on our first tries, and we’re all now hooked. I think we can safely say that TWC will be investing in a club foil in the very near future :-)… Happy foiling.

Many thanks to Tris for his tuition.

 

Here are some shots of us foiling (and crashing)…. Thanks to David Eberlin of Notts County for his photography skills.

 

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Calendar of Events for 2018

We have now finalised the calendar for the year. Last year we increased the amount of training time for existing members and this year we are increasing that again. We recognise that people want to improve and we want to help you. Last year saw membership rise to 106, an increase of nearly 20%, again. Clearly windsurfing is on the up and up in the East Midlands, and if you want to be part of it TWC is the place to be.

Lots of exciting stuff to look forward to.

We had a great turnout at the National Watersports Festival at Rutland last year and we will be there in force again this year. We’ll be taking the gazebo, we’ll have the BBQ lit and there’ll be a nice pale ale on tap. Lots to see and do, tickets will be on sale shortly so make sure to get yours.

Club members will already have been informed about our summer trip, this year to Alacati in Turkey departing 30th June. We also hope to arrange a short trip to Sotovento again for intermediate/advanced sailors. The Tiree trip will be in September and we’ll get more info out to club members later in the year. Want to come along?, to be sure of a place, join the club!….

New this year is the Saturday Club Days. Rather than a weekday evening this year we are trying all day monthly events  at the lake. We will be organising some events, inviting the public to come and see what we’re about, lighting the BBQ, possibly camping if the weathers nice, get the tandems out, maybe even some informal racing if the wind is good. But whatever is going on it will be a great social occasion  and the chance for members to get together.

Make sure to put the dates in your diary.

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