I trust you are all well and looking forward to the season ahead.
I am sure the Hon. Secretary has asked me to write this earlier than normal in the hope that this will reach you on time, with the knowledge that I do often leave things to the last minute.
As I write this, Storm Dudley (or Dud Lie if you’re from the Black Country) is fast approaching Nefyn Bay with Eunice (Yow Niss) close behind. I have it on good authority that Mac and Davey Philips have donned their sou’westers and are camped on the beach ready to ‘tidy’ up anything the storms may throw up!!
I am pleased to report that the crowdfunding organised by Sue Cookson to raise money for a defibrillator was a great success and the target reached. As a club we were keen to support following an approach from Pat Haley and donated £500, I also know that many of you personally contributed so, thank you. Sue and her husband have kindly agreed for it to be affixed to their wall, just below the beach café and supply the power required to maintain it. Nigel Daly’s family were ever so grateful and are going to organise an appropriate plaque. No doubt you will all agree this is a very worthy cause and a vital addition to the beach.
Following the sad news of the passing of James Bell at the end of last year, he had a truly wonderful send off, with a large presence of NSC members in attendance and also online. Many of us also got to experience the amazing sunsets Bracklesham Bay has to offer, which JB so fondly took many pictures of.
It seems (fingers crossed) that a ‘normal’ NSC summer awaits, and I don’t mean little wind and lots of rain. The full social calendar is back on and due to the golf club hosting a number of functions, the dinner is reverting to Nant Gwrtheyrn. It is being held on Thursday 11th August to try and avoid change over days and some of you making the long journey home the following day after a night of partying to the sounds of DJ Stretch (yes, that is his name) so, please pencil it in the diary and further information will follow.
I have had a gentle reminder from our treasurer that 100 Club numbers are strong but we are always happy to welcome new members, just email Mervyn. He has also asked that, where possible, if members could pay online in the season for BBQ and dinner tickets it does make his and Lynne’s life a bit easier.
Ali last year had the news of the new breakwater ladder to report, unfortunately for me there is nothing quite so exciting, however!!!! One of the bigger discussions at the committee meeting last season was the new role of Social Media Officer which was assigned to the Junior Vice Commodore’s duties. I gather Alex Dymock is using this role to his advantage in order to boost his followers on TikTok under the username #OprahWindFury.
I am looking forward to seeing you all over the coming months and, more importantly, in August and I hope that we will be blessed with perfect sailing conditions.