FFSC Weekly News 14th January 2021



Fun Workgroups!

We, as a committee, have made some positive changes to the way the club is run. We have created a number of workgroups that cover certain areas of the club:
So far we have created the following:

Clubhouse (inc. Bar and Galley)

Each group consists of 3-4 members. The group has at least 1 if not 2 General committee members and other members are assisting.
Of course at the moment these groups can only meet electronically, but we are looking forward to having face to face meetings again, when the government guidelines allow.

This method of working helps to spread the workload and it’s fun to get involved.

So why don’t you get involved, see how the club runs and have a bit fun to boot.  Reply to this Email and we will put you in touch with the group that you are interested in.

If you have any concerns about the running of the club, please do reply to this email and we will put your questions to the GC for their reply.

Watch this space for more information about what each group are up to as the year goes on.

Membership Renewals

Thank you to those who have already renewed your membership.  Please be aware that those of you who wish to pay by Cheque or BACs will not receive an invoice. If you choose to pay this way please calculate your renewal fee and make the payment using the details on the form.

To renew please click on the following link

Online Membership Renewal Form

Bill Waring & Iris Davenport

It is with great sadness that I advise you of the passing of Bill Waring, and Iris Davenport.

Bill was a member of the club for many years, he sailed both here and in the Caribbean. He was often seen propping up the Club bar!  Bill had a wonderful sense of humour, a lovely man.  Our thoughts are with Sue and their family.

Iris, wife of the late Bob, was a social member of the club, although her and Bob previously kept a yacht in Levington. Iris was part of the Sunday afternoon ladies social group, putting the world to rights! A kind, true friend to many.  Our thoughts are with her son Paul and their family.

AGM 2020 (previously postponed) Notice

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club will be held online on 21st March 2021 at 1430 hours.

In accordance with rule 2.2.1 candidates for Officers for election at the AGM shall be nominated and seconded in writing by members entitled to vote and the nomination, together with the nominee’s written acceptance of the nomination, shall be forwarded to the Club Secretary, or added to the nomination form included in the Club Newsletter, no later than 28th February 2021.

In accordance with rule 3.2 any proposal from the Membership in respect of changes to the Rules of the Club shall be signed by any ten members and submitted in writing to the secretary by no later than 7th February 2021.


Here is a list of Nominations so far…

  • Commodore
  • Vice Commodore
  • Rear Commodore (Sailing) – Sam Rowell
  • Rear Commodore (Training) – Alan Rutterford
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Membership
  • Social
  • Publicity
  • House – Andy Robinson
  • Sailing Captain
  • Yacht Captain
  • Ordinary Member – Max Evans
  • Ordinary Member – Paul Smith
  • Youth Sailing Rep – Doug Chesterman

Sewage Plant

Members may be aware that for many years there has been foul drainage issues at the club, I believe locally referred to as the Ferry Whiff !
The old system relies on a septic tank and a discharge to the river. The club drainage is linked with the council public toilet building. What members may not know is that the club own the freehold of the toilet block and lease them to the council!
Approximately a year ago the Environment Agency legislated that the discharge to the river no longer complied and the discharge pipe was blocked off. From that date on the council have been paying for the septic tank to be pumped out.

The council have a right to renew their lease and this they will do as they accept that they have a need to provide public toilets at the Ferry. Over the last year they have had engineers MLM look at various schemes to upgrade the drainage system. Their chosen scheme is to install a treatment works behind the public toilets where the container is currently located. The treatment works will be above ground as the ground conditions are poor, there is a high water table and a risk from flooding if it is sited below ground. The plant will be installed in a sound insulated building.

The cost of the works will be paid for by the council. They have received tenders for the works and their chosen contractor is Brooks and Wood Ltd. As part of the works they will be refurbishing the public toilets.

The ownership of the treatment works will in due course pass to the club along with all the design and construction warranties. The club will continue to receive rent from the council but will pay 50% of the ongoing maintenance costs.

The contract is programmed to start on the 18th January 2021 and will be carried out in 3 phases, the last phase being the refurbishment of the public toilets due for completion in May 2021. The contract will include the relocation of the container. The new drainage system should be operational by Easter.

With the current lockdown the disruption to the club should be minimal but access will be retained throughout the building contract.

The Directors and a majority of the General committee are pleased that this has been resolved at very little cost to the club. The club would not have had the funds to install a treatment works if the council had not taken up their right to re-new their lease’.

Cruising News

Art at the Ferry

Due to the Government guidelines, our Easter dates are looking like it won’t be possible to hold the Art at the Ferry, so we are going to have to postpone this event again. We are looking at later in the Autumn. So watch this space for updates.

Minutes from the December General Committee Meeting

Please CLICK HERE to view the 13th of December General Committee Minutes


Training Centre

We know you want get out on the water as soon as possible. Our 1:1 Courses waiting list is getting very long!  Get your name on the list before we come out of Lockdown

A bit of Fun!

Illustration By Claudia Myatt

Stay safe and well
Jane B & Jane W

I found this on Youtube – Goes back to 2012 🙂
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