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Overy Staithe Sailing Club celebration of 2023 and plans for 2024 and beyond

by Jennie Clark 8 Jan 20:11 GMT 6-7 January 2024
Overy Staithe Sailing Club annual prizegiving supper © Averil Edwards

Over 60 members of Overy Staithe Sailing Club came together on Saturday 6th January for their annual prize-giving supper.

Held in the village hall, which had been decorated with sails for the occasion, the prize-giving celebrated a very busy year afloat in 2023. Prizes were presented by Commodore Ben Goakes and his daughter Liberty with members, young and old, collecting trophies and commemorative glassware.

Following the prize-giving the members enjoyed a fantastic cold buffet and then took part in a quiz, organised by Paul Goakes, which was won by Ellie Clark and her team. The questions involved a range of navigational and sailing questions but also some trick questions such as 'where did Captain Hook buy his hook' - answer 'a second-hand shop'. Yes, you can groan!

On Sunday 7 January the club held their AGM, electing Ben Goakes for a third year as Commodore with Rodney Tidd elected as Vice Commodore, Paul Goakes as Secretary, Andy Turner as Sailing Secretary and Ashley Deakin as Treasurer.

The club will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2025 and members were encouraged to think about how this should and could be celebrated to enable the committee to start planning events for what will be a very special year.

The club programme for 2024 provides a wide range of races for the members to compete in, with racing starting at Easter and running through to the early Autumn. The duty list is now on line and available for members to sign up.

The club will host a number of open events in 2024, including open meetings for Sharpies, Europe, OK, Laser, Clinker and Mirror dinghies, with the annual open regatta running from 22 to 25 August.

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