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Volunteers to 'rescue' damaged clubhouse

Volunteers to 'rescue' damaged clubhouse

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.

The existing clubhouse is to be refurbished as an interim measure using a combination of professional contractors and volunteers. The objective is to get the clubhouse ready for UYC’s biggest event of the year, the Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy, which takes place on the first weekend in July. Last year’s event was a record-breaker with 231 boats taking part, the highest number since the event was founded in 1963, and organisers expect it to be just as popular this year.

Contractors started work in the clubhouse earlier this week and a list of volunteers willing to help with boarding out, joinery, fetching and carrying and decoration is being compiled. The use of volunteers will help keep refurbishment costs to a minimum and the long term aim is the building of a new clubhouse at a higher level on the site above the flood risk line.

“The objective is to have the clubhouse ready for the Birkett – or before would be a great advantage,” said Peter Lewis. “In the coming weeks we will be consulting the members on their needs which will be used to set the key deliverables for a new clubhouse.”

He also paid tribute all the club members who had been involved in getting the club up and running since the flood. “Without their selfless devotion to the club we would not be enjoying our sailing at UYC,” he added.

And the club received an unexpected visit on Saturday from the Chairman of the Royal Yachting Association Dave Williamson who was in the area called in to see for himself how the club has received from the floods and to offer the support of the RYA.

Club members are also doing their bit to clean up the lakeside which has been littered with debris since the flooding. Volunteers will be on the water in a club boat on Sunday, April 24, helping litterpickers from all over the area in canoes who will be clearing the lake frontage as part of a clean-up day organised by the Ullswater Association. The club boat will take the bags of rubbish to Pooley Bridge for disposal. The club has offered all the volunteers free tea and cake after the Ullswater Litterpick along with a free ice cream donated Abbott Lodge Jersey Farm at Clifton, near Penrith.

“We are very pleased to provide volunteers and a boat to support the litterpick,” said club secretary Marion Marshall. “One good thing to come from the floods is that we have all realised the benefits of working together for the benefit of the lake that we all love.”


Chairman of the RYA Dave Williamson meets UYC membership secretary Clare Clarke, left, and secretary Marion Marshall 

Posted on 19 April 2016 (Archive on 17 May 2016)
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