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    Posted: 22 Jan 19 at 9:35pm
A lot of clubs haven't been able to move with technology very well.
If your committee only meet once a month and the membership sec. Checks the mailbox on the way to the meeting you might be waiting a while to hear from them.
Sounds archaic but is fairly representative.

Clubs do need to understand the impact this has on prospective members and find a way to adopt online systems but these incur cost.
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The clubs that haven't replied are they closed for winter ?
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True. Looks like a closed shop.
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Hi Rupert,
Defiantly won't be judging the club's on this response at the end of the day I have a solution and we can all go sailing.

What it has done is highlight how difficult it can be just to get a reply. I wonder how many complete newbies would still be interested after 4 weeks of no response.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jan 19 at 1:48pm
I'm surprised so many didn't respond. It is a bad time of year for contacting clubs, but I'd have expected a better hit rate than that.

What I wouldn't do is judge clubs purely on that. Try Facebook, check when racing starts and go visit, chat to the regulars.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jasperthedog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jan 19 at 12:14pm
Clubs definitely need to be more welcoming if they want new members, I don't think I've ever received a proper warm welcome when visiting other clubs, and the feedback I Get from non sailors is its a snooty closed door sport.
I know this to be incorrect as I have met the nicest most helpfull people through sailing but if they can't get through the gate they will never see it.
A shame really because everyone I have managed to get out on a boat have been hooked and still sailing, including 2 Rya instructors and a club Commodore.
Plus I managed to sell a couple of my boats on so we both benefited.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Late starter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jan 19 at 10:08am
I agree with the comments about the lack of communication being disappointing. I used to do many duties when I was more active at the club, and used to meet lots of potential new members who had turned up and basically wanted a friendly chat with someone who could talk about the sport and the club. Sometimes I'd get a spare BA out of the car and take the prospective member out on the water and get them to help me with whatever duty I was doing for half an hour. It's amazingly effective, as for many people walking into a strange club (and sport perhaps) can be difficult so it's nice to be welcomed and "accepted". You will not believe the stories I've heard from all these prospective members who had already been to one or two other local SC's, and basically been ignored or made to feel they were in the way. I think we've got a lot more to do as a sport to be more welcoming to our newbs. 


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Clearly, your lack of response is disappointing (as an ex club gen sec particularly so, but not entirely surprising - I remember clubs I struggled to get an answer from for club business). However, it's worth bearing in mind in your situation that a lot of clubs don't charge, or charge little, for cadet membership. They may require an adult to be a member though. Worth enquiring, if you can ever get through!

But I also second the remarks about clubs being, rightly, very wary of opening up pay to sail options. Apart from likely loss of predictable revenue, the additional administration and difficulties of financial planning would be nightmarish in most cases.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jasperthedog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jan 19 at 8:20am
That,s just the thing Zero, I haven't been turned down as such, just ignored. Even sending money upfront didn't prompt a response.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jan 19 at 7:22am
Would be very surprised if any club in the country turned you down if you informed them about forces issue.
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