The end of my Scaling Dam windsurfing and my website!



When the Committee (predominately dinghy racers) informed members on the 1st February 2017 that the Bosun was being made the Water Safety Manager (WSM) they also included major changes to sailing times which only affected casual sailors/windsurfers.

For casual sailors/windsurfers the season would be 12 weeks shorter than the dinghy racing season and no mid-week sessions!

Click this link for the Water Safety Manager document. Note: there is no Wednesday or Friday afternoon coverage all season!
After prolonged discussions the committee rescinded the cuts in casual sailing/windsurfing sessions. However the committee have now decided (March 2018)that there will no Wednesday or Friday afternoon sailing except for school holidays!

Also dinghy racers have paid safety crew (paid by all members) but casual sailors/windsurfers have to manage with voluntary safety boat coverage or Buddy sailing!
A proposal for paid Safety Crew for all sessions was discussed but the committee voted against it

I think the consequence of this for casual sailors/windsurfers is that there will be many occasions where they arrive at the club but won't be able to sail/windsurf as there will be no volunteer safety crew making it a waste of time and fuel!
A proposal for paid Safety Crew for all sessions was discussed but the committee voted against it.

I therefore decided to try pastures new and joined Derwent Sailing Club where the fee is £135.00/year and they have paid safety boat crew. This means no duties and guaranteed sailing/windsurfing on the days they are open.

I had a great first year at Derwent and can windsurf any day they are open including when dinghy racing is scheduled (casual sailing is frowned on when racing is taking place at Scaling). Last season I windsurfed 2 or 3 times a week and 90% of the time I got planing - a great location and club.

I left Scaling Dam as I don't want to be treat as a 2nd class member and I need guaranteed windsurfing time after travelling a 60 mile round trip. I made some very good friends at Scaling but the club committee do not appreciate casual sailors/windsurfers