Rossendale Valley Sailing Club: RTE Principal.

Rossendale Valley Sailing Club: RTE Principal.

Rossendale Valley Sailing Club is going through a period of transition whereby roles within the club are being both vacated and created.  In order to ensure a culture of openness, fairness and accountability the Council propose to put in place agreed procedures for appointing these roles that provide a transparency open to scrutiny and criticism.

The first such role to be considered is the RTE Centre Principal.  As a consequence of the previous Principal relinquishing the role, the club found itself in a possible invidious position such that the future of the RTE could have been jeopardised, on completion of the recent RYA inspection, our Commodore Douglas Forbes stepped into the position of Centre Principal to prevent this potential conflict.

In the spirit of implementing the new processes, it has been agreed in Council to advertise the position of RTE Principal to allow suitable RVSC members to apply.

The Centre Principal is primarily a management position, overseeing paperwork, liaising and facilitating the contact between the Club and RYA, the Principal holds overall responsibility for compliance with the RYA Recognition Guidelines.

Recognition primarily covers standards of safety and instruction during RYA training activities; however training centre Principals are expected to ensure ALL activities at the Centre are conducted within the spirit of recognition using suitably qualified or experienced staff, including volunteers, temporary and permanent members of staff.

The Principal must be aged 18 or over and have sufficient authority within the organisation to manage activities. A Principal need not be a qualified instructor, but where a Principal is not a qualified instructor, a Chief Instructor must be appointed for each discipline.

The Principal is required to give a personal undertaking to ensure compliance by the Centre with the RYA Recognition Guidance Notes, subject to the terms and conditions of recognition.

Any interested parties should indicate their intentions to be considered for the role by Friday 15th January, accompanied by a brief supporting statement, to the club secretary at

Webcam and new anemometer

The PC running the webcam hasn’t been working for a few weeks. The issue has been resolved, for now, and there are to be some discussions in the near future to address the reliability issues and improvements generally.

The anemometer on the weather station has been replaced as it has been under-reading the wind speed for some time.

2015 AGM Moved to Sunday 15th November

Unfortunately the original 2015 AGM date, the 8th November, was scheduled on Remembrance Sunday. Those wishing to attend both a remembrance service and the AGM may have found this difficult.

With that in mind the decision was taken at the last committee meeting to postpone the AGM by one week to Sunday the 15th November

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause but the decision to move dates seemed the most appropriate course of action.

We hope to see you all there.

Web site status

As many people have noticed there is an intermittent problem with the Webcam display. Unfortunately this appears to be a hardware problem.

We have added a performance enhancement to the website which should, in most instances, speed up the browsing experience of users when navigating the site.

As always, if anyone has any suggestions for the website please get in touch via the page or chat to a committee member at the club.

United Utilities new spillway project presentation

All members and interested parties are invited to attend a presentation by United Utilities in the clubhouse on Wednesday 4th February at 7pm. The presentation will cover what United Utilities are planning with regards to upgrading the existing spillway and overflow channel over the coming year.

If you would like tea prior to the meeting please let Joan know in the galley.