Exe SC - sailing at its heart
PUBLISHED: 12:21 16 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:29 10 June 2010
I am concerned that your recent article (Journal, August 7 Club leisure boost") may have given a misleading impression about the direction Exe Sailing Club is taking in future. We are a private members' club and access to the premises by non-members is
I am concerned that your recent article (Journal, August 7 "Club leisure boost") may have given a misleading impression about the direction Exe Sailing Club is taking in future. We are a private members' club and access to the premises by non-members is strictly limited by club rules. Any non-members will be bona-fide guests, visiting yachtsmen and women, families, friends of guests attending sailing events, training courses, presentations and talks or invitees to pre-booked functions. We are a recreational club with sailing at its heart and our purpose is set to remain as it is and as it has been for the last 100 years - a sailing club first and foremost.If anything, the new licence conditions bring an increase in restrictions. Friday, Saturday and Sunday bar closure times remain as they were before, under the previous Club Premises Certificate, ie midnight on Friday and Saturday and 11pm on Sundays, and it is on up to 15 occasions in the year, on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, that we can have licensed activities until midnight. This would be the case for a social event as part of a national championship week, of which we run one every two years, or a seasonal or celebratory event. In the past, for events such as these, the club obtained temporary entertainment notices (TENS). New Year's Eve provision is included in the new licence rather than requiring separate extension as done previously.Increased restrictions as a result of the new licence include defined areas for consumption on the property, a 10.30pm limit on consumption outdoors - including our balcony - and children needing to be indoors by 10pm. The club is currently working hard to implement the operating schedule and conditions of the new licence. In addition, we now must restrict drinking of alcohol to specific parts of the property, ie indoors, the balcony and under the balcony and in the area up to the sea wall at the rear of the clubhouse.Children can play in the club grounds (up to 10pm) but, of course, they must be supervised, and they are not allowed to play in the car park.The Journal has always done a great job in its coverage of our sailing activities at Exe Sailing Club, including the exploits of our top sailors in international competition. With the Olympics now under way, there will be a lot more to write about over the next couple of weeks. This week we also have the great news that one of our young Cadet teams has taken fifth place in the World Championships in Holland. You have also brought to your readers the story of our recent community activities, notably the OnBoard scheme for schools and the Sailabilty disabled sailing scheme. This excellent relationship with our local press really helps to emphasise the key message that we are a club with competitive sailing at its heart, but with its roots firmly in the community. Finally, if anyone is looking to follow the fortunes of our Olympians in China, the front page of the club website at www.exe-sailing-club.org is a good place to start.Symon C Garratt,Commodore, Exe Sailing Club.