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Gold award winners in April's Yachts and Yachting

Gold award winners in April's Yachts and Yachting

We all owe our thanks to the club members who have been truly ‘inspirational’, working so hard since December 5 to get the club ready for March 19. The changing rooms and toilets have been refurbished and are open and the temporary buildings for kitchen, bar and club room are on site. This is just the start of a new adventure together, planning the future of the club as proud members. The spirit of UYC is not in the buildings but in the members and our shared love of sailing on our beautiful lake. The full article from Yachts and Yachting is below:

Ullswater Yacht Club is on course for another great sailing season despite being affected badly by the devastating floods that hit Cumbria in December last year in the aftermath of Storm Desmond when the lake rose to the highest levels ever.

The Lakeland stone and wood clubhouse was flooded to a depth of more than nine feet and the bar, kitchen, changing rooms, toilets and boat stores were all under deep water. Club secretary Marion Marshall, who lives in a village nearby, walked over fields as the lakeside road was impassable, on Sunday, December 6, to find the clubhouse completely surrounded by water. Later that day the iconic 250-year-old Pooley Bridge, at the head of the lake collapsed.

The pictures she took shocked all lovers of UYC but immediately Commodore Peter Lewis issued a pledge that the club would be open for the start of the sailing season. A Flood Recovery Sub Committee was set up and began meeting straight away to devise a strategy to get the club up and running by March 19. Marion took dozens of pictures of the devastation in the dinghy park and a ‘spot your stuff’’ gallery on the club website enabled members of identify what was theirs – and the big clear-up began.

Six Outward Bound instructors from the neighbouring Howtown Centre, who volunteered to step in and help several local flood-hit establishments, spent a day clearing leaves and storm debris and just after Christmas a ‘wrecking crew’ of 30 club members descended on the clubhouse removing plasterboard, stripping equipment from the kitchen and bar and, sadly, binning several kegs of beer! Members of the Monday Club, regular volunteers from the club who live locally and regularly give their time to help out, were also invaluable in the clear-up.

Peter Lewis explained: “Dehumidifiers and blowers were used to dry the clubhouse and the building was handed over to contractors to start the professional strip-out and restoration work. The plan is to have the changing rooms and race box ready for the start of the season.”

While work continues on the front clubhouse, temporary accommodation for the kitchen, bar, club room and training room has been set up. On the water, it’s business as usual with a busy club sailing and training programme and plans are in place for a series of open events. Highlight of the year is the Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy must-do long distance race on July 2 and 3. The weekend of June 25 and 26 will feature the Tempest National Championships as well as an Open Event for the VX One, the club’s fastest growing fleet, and the 29er. In August visitors are welcome to enjoy all the delights of sailing on beautiful Ullswater at the family-friendly Holiday Week, from August 8-12, which follows Ullswater Regatta on August 6 and 7.

Commodore Peter Lewis, whose ‘winter break’ from club matters turned out to be quite the opposite, said: “We were all devastated by what happened to our club but everyone involved has been so positive. I am really pleased at the way they have all worked together to get the club ready, we could not have done it without so much voluntary help and goodwill. We look forward to a successful sailing season for all our members and welcoming visitors, old and new, to our events in 2016.”

The Birkett in 2015 was a record-breaker. UYC is looking forward to welcoming visitors to the Birkett again this year. Picture by Holly Rawlings

Posted on 11 March 2016 (Archive on 08 April 2016)
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