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Celebration night/ new clubhouse plans update, May 13, 2017

Celebration night/ new clubhouse plans update, May 13, 2017

There were also individual national awards for Rob Watson, the RYA Lifetime Commitment Award, and David Clarke, Old Pulteney Maritime Hero Award for his long-time contribution to UYC.

On the night I took the opportunity to update the members on progress with the New Clubhouse Project, which may be of interest to those who could not make it on the night. Since January, when the members supported moving the project on to the design and approvals stage, the project team have been very busy. The insurers have confirmed that they are willing to provide flood cover for a building in the proposed location. They did have some recommendations for the design which we are evaluating at the moment.

A ground survey has been completed and confirmed that the condition is good and there will be no need for expensive pile foundations. We have had three meetings with the planners and they remain very positive about the scheme for a new clubhouse on the car park mound. While they are not the ultimate decision makers they are willing to positively consider a site plan that includes encroaching into the Birkett field. This would give flexibility for the site layout. They have said that a key consideration will be the impact on the landscape and therefore we have appointed a landscape consultant to develop a landscape plan and prepare an impact assessment.

We discussed with the planner the ideas for slipways, jetties and moorings however he made clear that any of these proposals would require an ecology survey to evaluate the impact on the lake bed ecology. An initial assessment by an ecologist has confirmed that a full survey will be required, which can only take place in July/ August. Therefore it has been decided to separate the two schemes into two applications rather than delay the new building application.

A draft design for the layout and construction has been developed. This is currently with the Structural Engineer and Quantity Surveyor to check against the budget cost. I think it is wise to double check the costing and avoid sharing with members a scheme which turns out to be unaffordable.  Once this has been confirmed we will be arranging consultation with members and the local community before finalising the design for a planning application. The team will continue to keep you informed of progress.
- Peter Lewis, Commodore, 14.5.17 

Press release

More than 150 members of Ullswater Yacht Club got together on Saturday, May 13 to celebrate an award-winning year and to hear about plans for the future. They were joined at the clubhouse party by local community members and Dave Williamson, Chairman of the RYA.

The club had plenty to celebrate after an amazing year which started deep in flood water damage after Storm Desmond in 2015, and culminated in being honoured as the top RYA club in the country at the Dinghy Show in London in March.

After reopening as normal in March 2016, the club went on to win a series of awards and accolades. In July, the record-breaking Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy won Cumbria Tourism’s Event of the Year Award and in August, the club welcomed 1,000 visitors to its I am Team GB Day and took a record over 500 people on the water for sailing taster sessions. In November, long-standing member and current treasurer Rob Watson received an RYA Lifetime Achievement Award from the Princess Royal in London and club representatives were invited to the Cumbria Sports Awards where they were commended for the way the club had recovered from the 2015 floods.

The club received Yachts and Yachting Magazine’s Club of the Year 2017 Award at the London Boat Show in January and long-time member and Ullswater Sailing School Principal David Clarke received the national Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award for his contribution to UYC. Then in March, representatives were at the Dinghy Show to be presented with the prestigious RYA Club of the Year 2017 Award.

Commodore Peter Lewis praised all the club volunteers who had worked so hard in so many ways over the past year to make it such a success. He also outlined the progress that had been made in the plans to build a new clubhouse on the site to replace the current building.
- Sue Giles 14.5.17


Posted on 14 May 2017 (Archive on 11 June 2017)
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