LTSC Update 28.04.20

An update and a few words from Tony

Hi all

Hope you are all safe and well.

Firstly, just to advise that all is good at the club under current hibernation. Whilst we have placed a hold on all major capital expenditure, we are taking the opportunity to undertake servicing on RIB’s and remedial work (in isolation) on the changing rooms. I’d also like to give thanks to all members continuing to support the club, which is vital if we are to ensure we emerge from this stronger and continue to develop all parts of LTSC. However, if any individual members are experiencing specific difficulties with regard to dinghy or membership fees you can drop me a line and we will review and assist where possible.

Now that we have got through the crazy period of organizing all matters relating to lockdown, I do find myself with a bit more time to stop, think and reflect. The truth is I had no desire or aspiration to become the Commodore of LTSC. In fact, the reasons I originally joined the club were simple, learn to sail and have somewhere I could go for a quiet beer where nobody knew me and not be bothered by anyone. Whilst I have learned to sail, I think we can all agree I’ve not executed the second part of the plan very well!

However, I did quickly realise how much could be achieved via a Sailing Club with the development and application of the right principles and thinking. I can’t resist a good challenge, so when Nick Ingram asked me to join the Executive in 2014, I saw the opportunity to be quietly influential in developing core parts of the club. And I did that…..quietly got on with it!

Due to the hard work of many volunteers, committee members and the Executive, I genuinely believe LTSC now has the perfect mix of ingredients and is ahead of the curve in how sailing clubs need to develop and thrive. Underpinning this positioning, both before and after this lockdown period, are key principles promoting the importance of values and community support which are now more relevant than ever. Developing and promoting these principles is why I joined the Executive and aggressively maintaining them is the reason I took on the role of Commodore. Sermon over : )

Gareth and Karl continue to coordinate excellent support via the club for local community activities with a full update below. Plenty of Zoom activities going on as normal and we are blessed this week with Jan and Bruno Brunning as the Quiz master team. Big thanks again to Peter Bruce for his excellent talk last Thursday and I can confirm that he will continue where he left off with Solent Hazards on May 7th at 8pm. And finally, we will kick off with children activities on Saturday morning and promise a mail directly to the parents’ group with details.

The Esailing Club Championship starts this evening so good luck to all participating in that……including me! Always look forward to fighting with Paul Etheridge to avoid last place. A very warm welcome to two new members who have joined via our virtual activities, Ben Clifford and Jack Collings.

As always, a little nudge to our local businesses and partners, details of which are listed below. Do support them as much as you can.

Finally, probably breaking many rules of flag etiquette, but after a suggestion by a club member we are delighted to fly our flags for the NHS. Big thank you to all from LTSC.

Stay safe.


Update from Gareth

Firstly, I’d like to highlight the recent request for VOLUNTEERS has gone really well, I managed to give a large list of members who meet the criteria to the Town Council and they are incredibly grateful. In a discussion with the Lymington Town Council last week, they noted they are looking for more deliverers to help get supplies to the elderly, or isolated. The list of volunteers is a provisional measure, the council are trying to be prepared for needing more so if I can add more names to our list that would be wonderful. This role who are car owners, have a valid current DBS certificate, under 70 and fit and healthy. If you do meet the criteria and would like to volunteer please email Gareth as soon as possible at

Our sewing team have been excelling all expectation, the team grow daily and have produced loads of togs bags for our health workers to launder their uniforms. Our fabric for making Scrubs for our District nursing team arrives today or tomorrow and will be delivered to those keen to make scrubs by the end of the week.

We have started to receive requests to make face masks from the Town Council for individual elderly members of the community. A friend of LTSC has been engineering some superb designs that we have delivered to those who need. Please let me know if you think you can help in any way.

We also had some press coverage this week relating to the Virtual Regatta events at the club. Many thanks to Karl for the article which you can view by clicking here.


The Plan for this week
The Club has set up an online video and video-conferencing account that all members can log into via PC or suitable mobile phone. We have two accounts set up, these being: –

LTSC Zoom 1: (note – password will be added to this from next Monday and update on Friday update)

Click on link:
Or via zoom App:     Meeting ID: 749 319 8579

LTSC Zoom 2:

Click on link:
Or via zoom App :     Meeting ID: 281 803 9925

Planned ‘get togethers’ for the coming week are noted below.
Please note that all get togethers are on LTSC Zoom 1 unless noted.

  • Morning Coffee – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10 and 11am with various hosts.
  • The first and third Monday in the month will host “knit and natter” (other crafts welcome!). Thursday will continue with the popular theme “share a photo or picture and its story”.
  • Cruisers Chatter – Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon – Host Len Tuffill
  • Yoga – Tues and Thurs at 2 pm – Beginners and returners – Host and Teacher Ali Herbert
  • Virtual Regatta Club Racing –
  • Sunday – meet on the virtual lawn at 10.25 am and races start at 10.30 am
  • Tuesday – Esailing Championship – meet on the virtual lawn at 8.00 pm and races start at 8.05 pm
  • Wednesday – Esailing Championship – meet on the virtual lawn at 8.00 pm and races start at 8.05 pm
  • Thursday – meet on the virtual lawn at 8.10 pm and races start at 8.15 pm
  • Virtual Lower Deck Bar – as and when with times posted on social media – get your beer or wine and catch up – various hosts
  • Pilates – Thursday 6-7pm – hosted by Terry, our regular LTSC Pilates coach
  • Friday Quiz Night – Friday 1st May at 7pm – Jan and Bruno Brunning, two very popular club quiz masters. LTSC Zoom Room 1 –
  • Kids@LTSC online – 9.30am May 2nd and weekly thereafter.
  • Peter Bruce – Thursday Talk – 8.15pm May 7th, Pete Bruce, continues on from his previous talk covering his latest release of Solent Hazards. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS IN LTSC Zoom 2 –
  • RYA videos now being regularly updated including tips on esailing :

Friday Night is Quiz Night

Jan and Bruno Brunning, two very popular club quiz masters, have kindly volunteered to be quiz masters for this Friday’s quiz night at 7pm.

The following Friday is the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. There will be a VE Day themed quiz hosted by the Social Committee, complete with virtual fly past. Come to the festivities dressed in appropriate patriotic attire and decorate your zoom room in red, white and blue.

Lymington Town Sailing Club – Bridge Group

Announcing our:
Tuesday 5 MAY, 2020

Players will await their invitations to play at 10.00am & 11.30. It’s not necessary to have a partner you will be invited by our Hosts.

Thursday 7 MAY, 2020
10am & 11.30 –

CHALLENGER Tournament 21/4
Winners were Wolfgang Gabau and Malcolm Buchanan 38-5 and followed by Lynda Evans and Mary Allen 25-15. We have our WhatsApp Group – LTSC Bridge – however no chat whilst at play please! If there are any other LTSC members who wish to join our Bridge Group during these unsailable times, please give a shout.

As you may appreciate, we need even tables to play, so we shall increase our table to reflect our sign-ups. However, you should have a sign-up BBO lesson before joining us, and of course, know how to play Bridge!

Bridge Coordinator
Lynda Evans:  07875 676098          :

Plans for re-opening of the Club

Whilst it is difficult to plan effectively until we get details of how the current lockdown will be relaxed, we are starting to think about how we could mark the re-opening of the club when we are in a position to do so. Ideas are being developed and we’ll update you as these take shape. In the meantime, if you have any thoughts or ideas drop a line to the office and they will be passed on ( We are also starting to plan for May 2021 and the 75th Anniversary of the founding of LTSC. A week of very special celebrations is anticipated.

Other promoted activities – Paid activities

  • Hugh Styles Virtual Regatta coaching session

Great sessions and far more than an online racing game. Our medal winning Olympic coach Hugh Styles talks you through the race, helping you become a better tactician and strategist from the comfort of your armchair. One-hour sessions from as little as £5.

To join the coaching sessions, go to then use the following process:

  • Log in at the top of the page
  • Book online
  • VR inshore coached sessions – Book Now
  • In schedule pick the session you want eg: 1200 04/05/20
  • On the right menu book a session or buy a pricing plan (this will then take you through to the Gold (10 sessions) and Silver (5 sessions) plan for multiple sessions)
  • We will then email you with the zoom meeting details and password.
  • Then log at the session time you book, and we will see you later for some coached fun.
  • The Gym Tin Online

Having received excellent reviews from multiple members we are adding The Gym Tin to our promoted activities. The package is £39 per month, but provides daily workouts, suggested menus and specific advice. Every sign up will also earn a free membership for any NHS employee.

Club Partners and Local Business
Given the current environment it is important that we support LTSC partners and local businesses as much as possible. With that in mind I’ll use these updates to provide some regular links and promotions where applicable. I’ve noted some details of these below: –

  • Nick Cox Chandlery. Our convenience store remains open from 8am to 1pm every day for food and groceries and in response to the government’s guidelines we have closed the Chandlery. Fear not however! If you require Chandlery, advice, splicing and quotes, we can still help! Please call us on 01590 673489, email or purchase as usual through our website  For all items we are offering a free local home delivery service in Lymington during this period.
  • Sanders Sails. Open for drop off and non face to face collections. Call 01590 673981.
  • Plants, Shrubs and Gardening supplies. Online ordering and delivery:
  • Wines, Spirits and Beers. Online ordering and delivery:
  • Fruit and Vegetables.  Phone order and delivery:
  • Coffee. Online ordering and delivery:
  • Orchids. Andy Burton, a club member, runs Double H Nurseries in New Milton who normally supply to supermarkets including M&S and Waitrose. They have some very good prices and can deliver anywhere in the UK, perfect to brighten up your ‘work from home desk’ or send to friends and family to cheer them up. All details can be found on their website
  • An amazing range of fresh foods, home cooked pies, delicatessen and much more. Please email or call 01202 482797 and we will send you our full product and price list of the items. Deliveries available.
  • Lanes of Lymington. Fine Dining Deliveries with a sample menu below. Dishes will be prepared cooked and delivered at an agreed time. 24 hour notice is preferred to check time availability. We are also catering for meals that are chilled. These can be re-heated for convenience or even frozen for future days. These include Fish Pie, Chicken Curry and rice, Cajun chicken, Salmon and Pork. Desserts are also available. Prices are subject to dishes chosen. All dishes will change from time to time so when an order is requested, I will confirm directly back. Payment can be either with credit card, bank transfer or cash, please call 01590 672777 for more information.