AFTER a winter of extreme weather, there had been concerns at Henley Sailing Club about the start of the 2014 season being a washout.
However, hard-working committee members have kept a close eye on the clubhouse and grounds off Willow Lane, Wargrave, over the winter and have already started planning the clear-up operation.
Bosun Tim Saunders says: “Although we’ve seen sustained flooding of the grounds, the clubhouse has remained dry and the members will no doubt attack any work that needs doing at the start of the season with their usual gusto so that we can kick off the spring series on time on March 23.”
Despite the floods, Commodore Peta Bowyer delivered a buoyant report at the club’s annual meeting on February 1 at the Castle Royle Golf Club. She said: “The 2013 season was in complete contrast to 2012 with a wonderful summer on the water, ample sunshine and a variety of wind conditions to suit all standards.
“The racing has been competitive, we’ve introduced new sailors to the river through our buddying tuition system and, as ever, we’ve enjoyed numerous barbecues, evening dinners and cream teas in good company.”