Some members of ESWSC took to the cold waters of the Deben on New Year’s Day to get that first ski of the year:
On 10th June we were notified that the newly installed jetty ( not yet finished installing) was no longer attached to the beach. It was a windy afternoon and nobody really wanted to go to have a look,but good ol’ Matt Moore took Lewis’ RIB and braved the elements. On inspection, it seems that three of the hinge pins had been removed. Thankfully, this meant that the jetty was still moored and no further damage had been done. All sections were still attached to the ground.
Later that day, we had notification that the jetty had been covered in thick mud and the sign completely smothered with the words ‘F*** You’ written into the mud. Someone clearly with a grudge against us rather than just someone trying to cause a nuisance.
The problem here is that if the jetty was to go adrift, it could do a lot of damage, for which we would be liable. The mud smeared on the sign means that our legal obligation to have a reflective sign is in jeopardy and Trinity House, who look after safe navigation channels will be looking into our obligations. In essence, we have obligations and must take this seriously.
To that end, I have spoke to the police who have passed the case to their investigations department and will report the matter to Trinity House on Monday. Anyone with information should call 101 and report to the police using reference number SC-11062017-121. There will also hopefully be an article in the East Anglian Daily Times and other publications appealing for information.
Please spread the word that we are after information.
The club is really thriving this year thanks to the hard work and dedication of its committee. As well as the usual tangible work like membership management locally and with British Water Ski, there is an air of belonging and ownership throughout. Thank you all for helping this to spread.
Wednesday evenings have seen more people learn and enjoy skiing and wakeboarding. Thanks to Jake Moore and George Algar for teaching wakeboarding and thanks to Kate Kydd for helping me teach skiing. Thanks to everyone for making our newcomers feel so welcome and for your encouragement.
The new sense of club ownership mentioned above and the influx of new learners have led to an increase in membership. Unlike many years, all of the users of the facilities are club members or are paying the Wednesday night rate. Thank you to everyone for making this happen.
Most people will be aware of the beautiful sign on the jetty informing people that they need to join the club if they want to use the facilities. Many may not have noticed the new sign at the top of the slipway telling people about paying to launch boats. This has been commissioned to help Stevie Read’s task of collecting money for us. This is a long awaited and much needed arrangement to help us collect money for the jetty.
Each registered boat should now display a boat number to show that it is insured and that the registered owner has passed the SBDA requirement for driving at the club. If you have a boat registered and have not had your number, please contact Richard Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange getting your stickers.
Very nearly all of the drivers at the club have passed the Ski Boat Driver Award which, although a rule of the club has been very difficult to enforce. There are just one or two people who need to to complete it and their training and test is booked. By the end of August 2016, we should have 100% compliance. This has been a goal for a long time so thanks for supporting the initiative. People without SBDA can drive boats as long as they have an SBDA holder in the boat and ‘in charge’.
You will probably know that ESWSC used to ski every New Year’s Day to raise money for the RNLI. Whilst looking through some old files, I came across this…
Some names you may remember…
Who were the skiers? I think I was one of them and Hugo was there too with some ‘Single ski action’!
Now these are probably from a different year, but you can see what we used to get up to and you can see that the RNLI used to turn up too
This banner was certainly a different year because I remember that this picture also made the paper.
The bye- laws on the river River Deben set the speed limits at 10 knots near the river mouth and 8 knots further up river with a bit in the middle where there is no speed limit. This is where we are allowed to ski. The speed limit applies to all pleasure craft between May and September inclusive.
In recent discussions with the River Deben Authority, I was shown an email from Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC) to Waldringfield Sailing Club (WSC) that gave the sailing club and exemption from the speed limit during events organised by the WSC for sailing and rescue craft.
Naturally, I wrote to SCDC to ask whether ESWSC could be granted the same exemption. In a few emails, I pointed out that if the sailing craft were allowed to exceed the speed limit with their limited speed control, direction control and visibility, then the relatively safer speedboats (anecdotally and statistically) should be granted a similar exemption. After a while, they could see my point and I met with their solicitor.
He told me that the sailing club’s exemption was intended for exceptional, special events, not their regular sailing program. I said that we have no objection to the sailors speeding and indeed it was not my intention for their exemption to be revoked, only that we be granted the same. Following the meeting, their solicitor spoke with SCDC’s Strategic Director who decided that there was no reason to exempt people from the bye-laws and that the WSC exemption would be revoked.
I reiterated that a level playing field was my intention but one where we are all allowed to operate at sensible speeds for our sports, not one where we are all restricted by unenforceable bye-laws but understand their decision.
This is the new look ESWSC web site built on 28th April 2015.
I hope that it will start to take shape over the coming months and become an asset to the club. Please let me know any issues with the site.