Jersey Windsurfing Club to merge with RCIYC

Dear Windsurfers

As you may remember from the AGM and following emails, the conclusion reached at the AGM was that due to declining membership in recent years the windsurfing club would no longer be sustainable in it’s current form.

We discussed the option of joining with one of the other sailing clubs in order to safeguard the successful junior windsurfing program and continue to have representation for windsurfing in Jersey and we are pleased to announce that we have accepted an offer to merge with the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club (RCIYC).

About the RCIYC
The RCYIC is based in St Aubins and as well as being one of the oldest “Royal” yacht clubs it has a very active sailing program particularly for junior members and is working to become an RYA training centre. As such we believe it will be a very good fit to help us continue our junior program and represent us at local and Island Games levels.
http://rciycjersey.com/about-rciyc/

What will happen?
As of 1st September 2018 all of the clubs assets (primarily the club van, dinghy and windsurfing equipment plus the remaining cash balance) will be transferred to RCIYC ownership and paid up members (prior to 1st August cut-off) will have the opportunity to transfer their membership to the RCIYC for the remainder of the year with no additional joining fee.

What will change?
Those who transfer their membership to RCIYC will have full use of the clubs facilities in St Aubins including the bar, restaurant and changing facilities. There are regular sailing opportunities for members be it on yachts or Hobie Cats and cadet sessions on Wayfarers or Hobie Dragoons most weekends from spring to autumn and RYA courses through the summer (cadet membership does not allow parents to access the club facilities though due to licencing).

We will be able to use the clubs RIBs and race markers etc. for running races or other events such as open days.

Non-members will be able to participate in club events (eg. slalom championships) subject to completing an entry form and paying a nominal fee.

The junior sessions will move from their base in Gorey/St Catherines to St Aubins following the summer holidays. We appreciate that this could take some getting used to but the the St Aubins Fort/Belcroute area offers a great sheltered area to learn and there are good bus routes to St Aubins so we hope it will be a good compromise for those living out East and West.

The provision of 3rd party liability insurance to members will end from 31st August 2018 but insurance is available through the RYA, some home insurance policies or specialist providers. (It is still a requirement to hold 3rd party insurance to windsurf in Jersey).

The www.jerseywindsurfing.com page will be shut down and there will be a windsurfing section set up on the RCIYC webpage. You’ll still be able to use the Jersey Windsurfing Facebook pages to keep in touch with each other but they won’t be officially linked to the club.

From 2019 onward those who want to remain members of the RCIYC will have to pay annual renewal fees inline with RCIYC policy (currently £84 for an adult single membership; £21 for students; and £12 for cadets). Any new members will have to apply through the normal RCIYC process and pay an additional joining fee.

What do you need to do?
If you want to transfer your membership to the RCIYC you will need to fill out the application form and return it to us to pass on to the yacht club, there is also a separate parental consent form for those under 18. The deadline for this is 1st August.

Membership forms can be found on the links below:
http://rciycjersey.com/membership-form/
http://rciycjersey.com/cadet-membership-form/
Please return completed forms to info@jerseywindsurfing.com

If you haven’t yet renewed your membership for 2018 you have until the 1st August to do so in order to transfer to the RCIYC.

Hope to see you on the water soon
Jersey Windsurfing

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Jersey Windsurfing AGM Thursday 8th February 2018

Hello Windsurfers

We are going to have the club AGM this Thursday (8th Feb) at 7pm at St Helier Yacht Club.

Apologies for the short notice but we wanted to try and squeeze it in before people go away for half term next week.

The club has been suffering from declining memberships and although the junior program has been doing very well we have struggled to find volunteers and interest in windsurfing and social events has fallen. As such we’d encourage any past and present members to attend and share their ideas for what they’d want from a Jersey Windsurfing Club in the future.

We hope to see as many of you as possible on Thursday but if you can’t make it and have any ideas for the club please reply by email before the meeting.

Jersey Windsurfing

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Jersey Oyster Company Windsurf Slalom Championships 2017

The 2017 Jersey Slalom Championships took place over the weekend again kindly sponsored by Jersey Oyster Company.


Saturday saw the club juniors competing for the Youth Slalom Championship shield in good winds but challenging sea conditions with an onshore chop and fair sized swell rolling into St Aubins Bay. Four races were completed with all sailors using club Kona boards and free to chose their own sail sizes to suit the conditions. Island Games team member Henry Horton came out in front to get his name on the trophy for the second year but didn’t have it all his own way with some very close starts by the final race.

Results:
1st – Henry Horton
2nd – Pete Raimbault
3rd – Jack Horton
4th – Felix Carnegie
5th – Will Holden

The Open Class Slalom Championships then followed on the Sunday with grey skies but slightly stronger winds than the day before. There are no equipment restrictions in the Open Class and most sailors chose their biggest sails to account for the gusty winds though board speeds in excess of 25kts were still seen out on the course. 5 races were completed in quick succession with Chris Le Masurier showing he still had his form from competing overseas during the summer and consistently finishing at the front of the fleet.

Results:
1st – Chris Le Masurier
2nd – Andy Hart
3rd – Adam Chester
4th – Rob Ayliffe
5th – Henry Horton
6th – Guillaume Begue
7th – Steve Melia
8th – Pete Carey

The club would like to thank Jersey Oyster Company for sponsoring, Sue Baudains for the photos and Mic Trehoral/RCIYC for providing support on the water both days.

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Jersey Oyster Slalom Championships 30 Sep – 1 Oct 2017

Hello Windsurfers

The wind forecast is looking great for the Jersey Oyster Slalom Championships this weekend so we’re going to split the event over two days.

Saturday 30th September will be the Youth Slalom Championships.
This is open to all the clubs junior members using Kona boards and any sail with club kit available. Courses will be simple reaching courses and we aim to have 3-5 races depending on the conditions.
We will meet at Bel Royal to be ready for a racers meeting at 10:30 with the first start at 11:00.
Any adults are also welcome to come out and practice on the course in between/after the youth races.

Sunday 1st October will be the Open Slalom Championships.
This is open to everyone with no equipment restrictions. Again the courses will be simple reaching courses and aiming for 3-5 races.
We will meet at Bel Royal to be ready for a racers meeting at 10:30 with the first start at 11:00.
Even if you’re normally a wave sailor only it would be great to have as many windsurfers to come out to race and support the event, and when the winds up a good gybe could make all the difference whether you’re on top slalom gear or a quad fin waveboard.

Mic Trehorel has kindly offered to support us with the Rowing Club rib both days so if anyone can volunteer to help him out either for the Saturday or the Sunday please get in touch.

Hope to see you all on the water at the weekend
Jersey Windsurfing

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Junior JAWS Autumn sessions begin.

This Friday (22nd Sept) is the start of the JAWS Junior Autumn sessions at St Catherine from 4 until 6pm.
The session is open to all Junior Jaws members at secondary school, and caters for all levels of ability.
JAWS has equipment from beginning to sail, to race training, and supplies buoyancy aids.
Just required is your own wetsuit.
Please let Justin know if you are intending to join the session…justindavidhorton@gmail.com

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Jersey Oyster Slalom Championships – 2 weeks to go!

Hello Windsurfers

The Jersey Oyster Slalom Championships will be held on the weekend of 30th September for both the Junior and Open divisions. This is change from the original date due to commitment clashes for the sponsor.

Location and timing will be announced nearer the time based on the forecast but the plan will be for 3-5 races for each division based on simple reaching courses. The Junior division will race on Kona boards but aren’t restricted to Kona sails (please get in touch if you’d like to borrow one of the club boards so we have an idea of numbers). There are no equipment restrictions for the Open division.

There are trophies and prizes for each division and you can take it as seriously as you like but the aim is for it to be accessible and get as many windsurfers on the water having fun as possible no matter if you’re on the latest slalom gear or an old wave board from the 90’s.

If conditions aren’t suitable we will roll forward to the weekend of 11/12th November.

Also the British Kona One Class National Championships are being held in Jersey this weekend as part of the Jersey Regatta so good luck to the club members taking part, hopefully the trophy will be staying in Jersey after this weekend.

Hope to see you all on the water soon.
Jersey Windsurfing

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Jersey Windsurfing Event Reminder

Hello Windsurfers

A quick reminder of some upcoming events in the next few months.

Jersey Regatta – 15-17th September

This years Jersey Regatta will include the British Kona One Class National Championships racing in St Aubins Bay as part of the biggest sailing event of the year. There’s more detail on the Regatta website and entries need to be in by the 6th September. Club boards will be available to members but make sure to get in touch soon if you’d like to use one to make sure we can get a board and correct sized rig reserved for you.
http://jerseyregatta.com


Jersey Oyster Slalom Championships 2017

This is the clubs big event for the year! There will again be a Youth Class racing Kona boards and any sail up to the maximum for their Kona weight range and an Open Class with no equipment restrictions and both run on simple reaching courses so everyone can take part.

The provisional date will be Sunday 15th October but if there is not enough wind we will roll over till the 11/12th of November and then subsequent neap tide weekends till the end of the year if we need to.

Membership Reminder
It is a requirement for windsurfers to be insured in Jersey and the Coastguard have sent reminders round along with a warning that there could be a fine of up to £2,000 if not.

All paid up club members are covered by the club insurance at great value and fees also go towards running club events and junior sessions. So if you haven’t paid up already now the time. See the Membership page.

Also don’t forget to join up to the new Jersey Windsurfing Group on Facebook if you haven’t already. Jersey Windsurfing Group

Hope to see you on the water soon.
Jersey Windsurfing

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Jersey Windsurfing July Update

Hello Windsurfers

A few dates for your diaries coming up but first congratulations to the windsurfers who took part in the 160th Gorey Regatta last weekend. This is one of the oldest continually running regattas in the world and it’s great to see the windsurfers represented and there were some close results.
Have a look at the photos on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GoreyRegattaAssociation/

Jersey Regatta – 15-17th September
There will be a Kona class again at the Jersey Regatta this year so if you missed out at the Gorey Regatta this could be your chance. We had a good fleet of Konas last year though the top prize went to Guernsey so hopefully we can get a good showing again this year. Club boards will be available for members to borrow.
http://jerseyregatta.com

Remember there’s also fun Kona racing at St Catherines every Thursday evening through the summer. This is a great way of getting some regular time on the water and keeping your skills fresh whilst there’s not much wind around. Races start at 7pm and if you’d like to borrow a club board and give it a go then get in touch.

Jersey Oyster Slalom Championships 2017
This is the clubs big event for the year! There will again be a Youth Class racing Kona boards and any sail up to the maximum for their Kona weight range and an Open Class with no equipment restrictions and both run on simple reaching courses so everyone can take part.

The provisional date will be Sunday 15th October but if there is not enough wind we will roll over till the 11/12th of November and then subsequent neap tide weekends till the end of the year if we need to.

Membership Reminder
It is a requirement for windsurfers to be insured in Jersey and the Coastguard have sent reminders round along with a warning that there could be a fine of up to £2,000 if not.

All paid up club members are covered by the club insurance at great value and fees also go towards running club events and junior sessions. So if you haven’t paid up already now the time. See the Membership page.

Also don’t forget to join up to the new Jersey Windsurfing Group on Facebook if you haven’t already. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1320464414727144/

Hope to see you on the water soon.
Jersey Windsurfing

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Jersey Windsurfing AGM Summary

Hello Windsurfers

Thanks to those who were able to attend the club AGM last week, for those who couldn’t make it I’ve summarised the key points below.

Club Finances and Membership
In short the club made a small profit on a cash basis last year but not enough to cover any future expenditure on kit when it needs to be replaced. To make sure the club can cover expenses and break even this year we need to at least match the number of membership renewals as last year so if you haven’t done so already make sure you do.

It was agreed at the AGM to keep membership fees the same as 2016 and this provides you with insurance and allows the club to run the weekly junior sessions and put on events. (Having insurance is a legal requirement for windsurfing in Jersey and Harbours have been getting more active with their reminders in the last year: http://www.ports.je/JerseyCoastguard/Safety/Pages/WatersportsInsuranceRegistration.aspx)

Follow the link to the membership form on the club website for details and ways to pay: Jersey Windsurfing Membership

Junior Sessions
The Friday Junior Sessions will begin this week at St Catherine’s from 4pm. These are reliant on volunteers and we’re always looking for more so if you have children who might like to learn windsurfing in the next year or two or who already take part in the junior sessions and you’d be willing to help out please contact Justin for details.

Facebook
You may have noticed the new Jersey Windsurfing Group on Facebook which will be replacing the Jersey Windsurfing page. The idea behind this is it makes posts from group members more visible rather than just official posts showing on the front page. We’re hoping this will make it easier for members to communicate when they’re going windsurfing and encourage others to join them.
If you haven’t already follow the link to the group and request to join: Jersey Windsurfing Group

Committee Member Elections
The Committee for 2017 were elected at the AGM as follows:
President: Andy Hart
Treasurer: Mike Surcouf
Juniors: Justin Horton
Club Secretary: Ali Varrie (Ali will be taking over from Donna Atkinson and we’d like to reiterate our thanks for her work for the club over the years)

Club Events
There will be club gear sale on Saturday 3rd of June, we’ll confirm the location once we know the weather forecast so that hopefully we can combine it with some slalom racing and maybe a BBQ on the beach if the weathers good.

The St Catherine’s summer evening series has started this week every Thursday and they have again offered to do a start for Kona racing. There will also be a Kona class in the Gorey Regatta (1-2 July) and the Jersey Regatta (15-17 September) so get the dates in your diary now.

My summary email has turned into a bit of an epic but as a final reminder don’t forget your membership renewals and hope to see you on the water soon.
Jersey Windsurfing

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Junior sessions begin!

Junior sessions begin on Friday 19th May at St Catherines from 4pm.
Open to all junior members from 11 yrs upward.
Please be changed and ready to go on the water by 4pm.
Help with rigging and derigging is compulsory . First come first served and if numbers exceed boards then kit sharing is necessary.
Also help on water is always welcome especially if uou hold PB2 and as assistant instructor all of which may go towards D of E awards and similar.

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