|Posted: 12 June 2006 at 1:03pm | IP Logged
I was recently made aware that the club council were considering a proposal to
scrap the ½ day fee however I was unaware (I’m no longer the Company Secretary)
that it had been formally implemented.
When I was made aware of the proposal by the club’s treasurer
(also a windsurfer) I raised my concerns about the relatively high cost of day
sailing/windsurfing at Derwent with the club’s Commodore. I also expressed my [greater]
concern that scrapping the ½ day fee or even substantially raising it would
send the wrong message to the regional windsurfing community.
Regarding my personal feelings about DRSC day fees (including
the ½ day fee) I have discussed this at length on this forum previously. Go
here to see my comments:
I still maintain that the club’s first priority must always be to keep the business solvent; however
on the specific issue of scrapping the ½ day fee, I am entirely with you. In my
opinion, £15 for what is (in most cases) a half day’s sailing is too much. I am
also concerned that after all my hard work to build bridges with local windsurfers who previously believed they were unwelcome at DRSC, taking away the ½ day ticket
option does have the potential
reintroduce the inaccurate perception that windsurfers are unwelcome at DRSC. In other words, inadvertently or not, I believe
it DOES send out the wrong message to the local windsurfing community.
With this in mind, I’ve just had a discussion with the club’s
Commodore. By way of explanation; what the club is trying to do is introduce
some differentiation between the [day sailing] charges for dinghies and
windsurfers. This is largely because a dinghy is usually crewed by more than
one person and the club thinks this should be reflected in a higher fee. If you
look at the charges, you will see that the fee for launching a dinghy is double
that of a windsurfer. That said, I still think £15 is too much for a ½ Day and
I’ve expressed this very clearly to the Commodore.
Although he can’t just go back on the decision to scrap the ½
day fee without first consulting the clubs council of management, he has
committed to review the comments on this site and to raise my concerns at their
next meeting. If this yields any revised proposals, I will let you know!
Finally, I’d really like to nail this ‘Not Welcome at DRSC’
thing one and for all.
I accept that in the past, certain people at the club have wrongly
given the impression to visitors that they were not welcome, the club has taken
a number of measures over the last few years to try and ensure that a visitor’s
‘first contact’ with the club is made with a friendly face. It is simply not the case that there is any kind of anti-windsurfer sentiment.
If there was, I would be the first one to kick up a stink!
The simple fact is that the club is trying to find a way to
encourage windsurfers to join rather than day sail.Of course, I completely
agree that to take this approach to recruiting new windsurfing members is to entirely
misunderstand the transient nature of windsurfers in the first place, a point
which I have argued innumerable times in the past!
The club is making policy
decisions based on implementation of its business plan. You are all still very
welcome at Derwent, and if you have had a negative experience when visiting the
club recently, please let me know so
I can raise it with the Commodore and have something done about it.Cheers Fellas