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Back in the old clubhouse - just for a meeting - on April 16

Back in the old clubhouse - just for a meeting - on April 16

The club’s wood and Lakeland stone building was flooded to a height of more than 3 metres in the aftermath of Storm Desmond at the end of last year. Despite the devastation, the club opened as usual at the start of the sailing season in March and has been busy on and off the water since then.

The changing rooms and toilets were refurbished following flood damage and have been reopened and members have been using temporary buildings for a club room, lecture room and kitchen. Now they are meeting to discuss the next step in the main club room with its stunning views overlooking the lake.

A working party of members at the end of December cleared the club rooms and kitchen of equipment and stripped off damaged plaster half way up the walls. Now members will be back in the cleared clubhouse again at 5.30pm on Saturday to discuss what to do next.

“Our flood recovery committee has been working tirelessly since the flood to make sure that the club can operate as normal this year and we have made sure our members have been kept in touch every step of the way. We have had a very successful first month. We welcomed dozens of visitors to take part in our Easter Regatta and several new members have joined the club this year,” said club secretary Marion Marshall.

“Now we need to discuss our next steps and we thought it was appropriate to meet in our club room so that members can see the extent of the flood damage.”

For Marion, the meeting in the clubhouse will be particularly poignant because she was one of the first people to reach the club site on the weekend of December 5 and 6. Marion, who lives in nearby Tirril, waded through fields to reach the club and found it completely surrounded by water. Later that weekend, the iconic Pooley Bridge collapsed. The bridge has now been replaced and businesses all over the area have recovered to welcome visitors as usual in 2016.

Commodore Peter Lewis said he was pleased with the way the 2016 season had started and he encouraged all members to attend the meeting.

“This is 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.”

Posted on 12 April 2016 (Archive on 10 May 2016)
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