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Why it’s the wonderful Brian Fereday, armed with a borrowed fob, come to open the club-house and set up the equipment and materials for a 12 hour session to board-out the balcony in preparation for the fibreglass coat the next day. The co-ordinator and Roger Morley join him shortly afterwards and between them (meaning mostly through Brian’s efforts) they are finished by 1830 hours, just in time for the tide to ebb and let them off the foreshore. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThe drip rail is in place, the interlocking boards are all screwed down, the trim is all fitted, (having had a 16 metre 100mm wide rebate routed into the deck so that it does not protrude).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003e In one of the hottest days of the year and with many a break for coffee and cold water, job done.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFriday 31\u003csup\u003est\u003c/sup\u003e July. Same man same time but even hotter! \u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThis time we are due lay fibreglass but it is almost too hot to control the hardening process. The original intention was to have two teams of two, working from opposite ends of the balcony, cutting glass-fibre, mixing resin and rollering the two together to form the mat. Peters Symons and Christie are in attendance and eager to learn a new technique.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThe first mix goes off so fast it is going lumpy and then solidifying almost before we are ready, so a new plan is needed.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eOne team cuts the glass fibre into lengths, the second measures out the resin, carries it upstairs and only adds the minimum amount of hardener, precisely 1%, at the very last moment. That way we just manage to lay two sections of fibre before the mix goes off. Why is that important? Because every mix needs a brand new mixing bucket, a fresh roller and at least one disposable paint brush, all of which are scrapped once the resin hardens and all of which are in limited supply. If you mix too much resin that will also harden and be wasted. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003e Half-way through and Emergency! It appears that we are going to run out of resin and brushes before the day is out so the hapless co-ordinator is despatched to Totnes for supplies and straight into the biggest traffic jam Harbertonford has ever seen. Back, triumphant, via the rally road to Tuckenhay, to be greeted, oh no, by spots of rain. In a heatwave?!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThe crew, having used up all the materials and covered the deck with tarpaulins against the rain, are now taking a rest and some lunch.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003e The rain hold off, the last three sections are completed and it is now time to mix some topcoat, paint carefully around the entire perimeter of the deck and stand by for the final mixes. These have an exotic additional ingredient, crushed Delabole Slate, to act as a non-slip surface.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThe result, once it has all gone off twenty minutes later, and though the team said it themselves, is absolutely stunning.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eTime to dismantle the scaffolding tower, load up the borrowed scaffold boards that made up the temporary deck, find and load all Brian’s personal tools and equipment, load all the debris, empty tins and dead rollers into the co-ordinator\u0027s car (which Mrs Co-ordinator now says stinks of resin), and with a few bits of car juggling, retreat along the beach to face the Harbertonford jam and then home! \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eReplacing the uprights and hand-rail are the next tasks and then, once the Larch arrives, we can recall the Cladiators and they can finish their job. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThat will just leave the steps-to-nowhere, which we can tackle anytime, since until we decide what to do with the starboard chamber we can access it from the balcony as now.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eWith Junior training now re-scheduled for Fridays any further sessions will be just Monday to Thursday which is fine.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eStand by for further call to arms and progress reports.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 16px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eThe Return of the Cladiators! (Or, Raise the Roof Revival)\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHaving just managed to Raise the Roofs and re-work the plumbing and electrics by the dead-line of the day of the Ice-bucket, (March 15\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e) it was difficult to accept that a few days later we should be forced into lock-down. The more so because all those months of inactivity, with all that free work-party labour confined to their homes, could have been spent completing the three outstanding jobs that, while not in the way of re-using the club-house, nevertheless still needed fixing.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThey were; the cladding, the completion of the balcony and the building of the new steps for access to the starboard chamber.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOver the past few weeks, as the restrictions have been eased, we have begun tentatively and carefully to polish off these tasks.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePeter Symons, in his new role as Quartermaster and his twelve-year-old one of Cladder-in-Chief, has dug out his old cladding manual, re-assembled the surviving members of his old team, added some new blood, (spilling some of it on site) and emerged with brand new head-gear as THE CLADIATORS!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eChris Bates, Johnny Moulsdale, Stuart Richardson, Kevin Gilbraith, and Paul Mogridge have all contributed, driven on by Peter’s relentless enthusiasm and subtle threats.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAfter three sessions involving some head scratching and two of Johnny Moulsdale’s finest ladders, both flanks have been completed and now they are waiting for the balcony to be completed and the arrival of the two types of waney-edged Larch, that have had to be specially ordered, so that they can finish the front and rear elevations.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe CLADIATORS have now begun to somehow merge into regular work-parties as the Co-ordinator himself slithers out of lockdown (with a dodgy back caused by an hour spent in a cold howling gale, replacing the burst glass and fitting the catches to one of the two new doors up on the balcony).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePeter called the first two of these combined operations with himself, Johnny Moulsdale, Kevin Galbraith, Paul Mogridge and Stuart Richardson all working on dismantling the balcony hand rails and preparing it for the new fibreglass decking, while round the side of the club-house Martins Thomas and Ely and John Phillips laboured under the bitterly critical eye the Co-ordinator to try to build some steps that Bob Thomas himself would be willing to approve.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e(The result, so far, is the slightly incongruous sight of nine steps, leading no-where, of such massive construction that in the case of a nuclear attack it would be the safest place to shelter behind in the whole of the South-West).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis Friday (24\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e\nJuly) the team of Peter Symons, Martin Thomas, Kevin Galbraith ordered about by the Co-ordinator, stripped the final bits of hand-rail from the balcony, bolted additional support beams to the front and began to re-use the old decking from the balcony floor for a nicely weathered fascia.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe balcony is now ready for the new decking and fibreglassing, which Brian Fereday has very generously agreed to come and oversee (which means mostly doing it himself!) By Monday this week al the materials should be on site and all (all!) we need is two or three consecutive dry days.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOnce the hand rails are built the club will have a 13 metre long balcony which will not only give additional access to one of the best views in the country but will act as a safe exit route from all three upstairs rooms in an emergency.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe last job will then be the completion of the steps to give access to the rear door in the starboard chamber. This will need just two or three more steps on top of the present nine and then the digging out of part of the earth bank so that we can build a platform from the steps to the doorway. That will mean a fair amount of digging and spoil disposal so, if you have lost muscle tone during lock-down how about that for a wonderful way to regain it?\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eVolunteers form an orderly queue and ring me!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJonathan Weeks\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":0,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"2899","Width":12,"WidthClasses":"col-md-12","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 20px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eHow and Why We Raised the Roof(s)\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":0,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"2900","Width":12,"WidthClasses":"col-md-12","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003ctable class=\"table\"\u003e\u003ctbody\u003e\u003ctr\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003cfigure style=\"max-width: 643px;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(100).png\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"643\" height=\"430\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003c/tr\u003e\u003c/tbody\u003e\u003c/table\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":0,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":true,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"2901","Width":12,"WidthClasses":"col-md-12","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 16px;\"\u003eLet’s start with the WHY\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt’s hard to believe that a little over ten years ago DSC only possessed the one single-storey building of some 45m\u003csup\u003e2 \u003c/sup\u003ewith a narrow store-room at the rear. 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First thing on a Sunday the boats would be rolled out and in would come an uninhibited group of male sailors desperate to wriggle out of their day clothes and into a wet-suit. It is not altogether a myth that the sight of so many a (and one particular) bare bum, inspired the creation of the two side extensions, with changing-rooms, showers, and toilets and the very first raising of a roof to form the upstairs club-room (a separate saga, well worth a read and on this very web-site).\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis ten-year old improvement was the very first time in its fifty year plus history that the club ever had toilets and therein lay the clue to the need for this second session of roof-raising lunacy.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eYou see, although a number of hardy lady sailors would brave the primitive conditions that obtained at the time, they were so few that in planning the size of the new Ladies changing rooms it was assumed that would not be that many more. As things turned out we had not anticipated anything like the numbers generated by the success of the Belles! \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt might thus be said that putting in those toilets and showers for the Ladies caused the very problem that “Raise the Roof” has set out to solve - providing a toilet and a shower had attracted more Ladies! (What a great problem to have!)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAfter three or four years it also became clear that the changing space for the chaps was also getting tight. Not many more members but more people actually racing and generally using the club.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSo, with a clear need for more space what was to be done?\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe original design had allowed for plenty of overflow changing space (hence the seating areas and clothing racks in both of the side chambers) but with the insurance company’s continued insistence that we kept all three safety boats in secure areas and the obvious difficulty of pulling safety-boats in and out while people were changing, some other solution was required.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe considered building a separate set of buildings for the safety boats but were pretty sure, after the reaction last time round, that the planners would reject that idea as too bulky and perhaps inappropriate in an area of outstanding natural beauty. (This was confirmed in our preliminary discussions with SHDC.)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe thought of removing all three safety boats into steel cages in the dinghy park. That would have created enough space but would also involve building more toilets and showers on the ground floor, would have taken up large lumps of dinghy-park and might also have been anathema to the planners. We considered annexing the Bosun’s store for the Ladies but that created minimal extra room, left a problem for the Bosun and did nothing to add space for the already too small Gent’s section.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhile scratching our collective heads and discussing the problem with Anna Chrystie, one day, she said “why can’t we just go upstairs?”\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSilly idea we thought, there is no upstairs and such loft space as does exist would only be suitable for Ladies less than three feet tall!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThen the thought occurred - “just a minute, we raised the roof before, why not again?”\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAs a possible solution it could be very cost- effective.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFrom previous experience we knew we had the management and DIY skills to do 99% of the work ourselves. With the old roofs retained the bulk of the construction cost would be limited to the creation of three walls and a new floor for each new chamber. None of the existing facilities would have to be demolished until the final fitting-out phase. It would create almost 70m\u003csup\u003e2\u003c/sup\u003e of extra useable space, more than double the existing changing room areas. (It might even be enough for another few years of expansion!) After discussing this option in committee and then putting it to a general meeting of the whole club, the plan was adopted.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 16px;\"\u003eNow the HOW\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWell, if you were one of the forty volunteers who turned out to create Phase One (adding two empty chambers) you will know how we did it. For the record, this is the story.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFirst we consulted with South Hams planners as to the likelihood of being allowed to alter the shape of the building. They saw no difficulty, so we put in an application. Before that we had taken the parish council through the plans. They were happy and in the end there was not a single objection from anywhere - thank you Ditsum!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNext we had to have an ecology report which, fundamentally, turned into a bat survey. 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(These were items we got to know loathe and love, loathe, when we could not locate the original ones that were holding the plates down, and the roofs refused to budge, love, when we put new ones in later, winding them into the concrete walls with the satisfying wrench of a socket-set.) These rafters were left attached to the wall plate and the whole side eventually raised up as one piece.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe rafters on the other side were simply resting on a beam attached to the side of the wall and only needed a locating screw to be removed to free them off.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt was now time to get down to the serious and dramatic business of actually raising the first roof.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFirst, two heavy-duty 8.2m timber beams were built, spanning the whole length of the building. These were hoisted up onto the scaffolding by hand and attached under the collars with steel brackets. We had arranged to borrow the same special scaffolding we had used before, from Brian Fereday and had persuaded him to come down to remind us how to assemble it. We then borrowed 162 4in x 4in fence-posts from Southern Timber and started the intricate game of Jenga that we had used before.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt is too complicated to explain our version of Jenga fully here but our building inspector was so impressed he said we should patent the process. Put simply, it worked like this…..\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOn top of three separate scaffolding towers and directly under the support beam we made six stacks of criss-crossed Jenga pieces, laid two by two, across the scaffold bars. Between the 4in gaps we slid two pieces of 3in timber on which we balanced six ordinary 2ton car-jacks. Jacking up directly onto the support beams, one side at a time, the three jacks pumping in unison, we raised each side 8 inches or 200mm.\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":0,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"2906","Width":12,"WidthClasses":"col-md-12","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003ctable class=\"table table-striped\"\u003e\u003ctbody\u003e\u003ctr\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(114).png\" data-image=\"1\"\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(115).png\" data-image=\"1\"\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(116).png\" data-image=\"1\"\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003c/tr\u003e\u003c/tbody\u003e\u003c/table\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":0,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"2907","Width":12,"WidthClasses":"col-md-12","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cp\u003eWe then added a set of four new Jengas to fill the gap, released the jacks so the beam rested on the fresh Jengas and then switched sides. After nine operations on each side we reached the magic 1.7m lift we were aiming for and it was time to prop up the roof in its new position.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThat sounds straightforward enough but we had to reconfigure the scaffolding half-way through and again Brian Fereday appeared, heroically, to solve a very complex problem.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe initial processes of cracking the roofs free were never straight-forward. Three hidden Thunderbolts and some inaccessible coach-bolts confused and delayed the process several times. The most thrilling moments were when the roofs being raised did finally and suddenly lurch upwards with a terrifying bang and a whole four inches of daylight appeared all around the perimeter!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eProbably the easiest bit was securing the raised roof into position.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOn the side where the rafters had been held up by a beam attached to the wall, another was bolted on, the jacks let down and the rafters secured with screws. Half the roof was now in permanent place!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOn the side with the rafters were still attached to the wall-plate, stud- work pieces 1.7m long were cut and fitted into place, secured with screws or angle brackets and that side of the roof lowered too. (On a couple of occasions we went home leaving the roofs appearing to teeter on top of six slender piles of Jengas but in reality they were always secured and fully supported down at least one side.) The morning after one of the storms we did fear the worst but a quick check by Stuart Richardson confirmed that all was still vertical!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe balance of the construction work then consisted of making and fitting the substantial beams that will support the newly extended balcony (now some 13m long) and covering the stud-work with so-called free-ply (ply donated by Royal Torbay YC). That in turn was covered with the sort of roofing felt that bats like (as insisted on by the ecology report) and then the battens were added to await the attention, in due course, of the Cladiators.\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":0,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"2908","Width":12,"WidthClasses":"col-md-12","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003ctable class=\"table\"\u003e\u003ctbody\u003e\u003ctr\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003cfigure style=\"max-width: 366px;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(117).png\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"366\" height=\"275\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003cfigure style=\"max-width: 365px;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(118).png\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"365\" height=\"274\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003cfigure style=\"max-width: 366px;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(126).png\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"366\" height=\"275\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003c/tr\u003e\u003c/tbody\u003e\u003c/table\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":306,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"2909","Width":12,"WidthClasses":"col-md-12","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cp\u003eThe gable-ends now needed openings carving into them to accept the four new doorways. Two doubles, leading out onto the balcony and two singles, the first giving out onto the staircase up to the club-room behind the gents, and the second that will eventually do the same on the yet-to-be-built staircase on the ladies side.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNow our attention turned to building the floors for both new chambers.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis was a tricky task, involving slicing the top off the internal walls, more serious re-routing and wrestling with the plumbing and further temporary disconnection and making good of the tangle of electrics, especially near the old distribution board. With the problems solved, more or less, and over two particularly dramatic weekends up went the supporting beams on the side walls and in went the rafters to support the floors for both rooms. Just a week later the flooring arrived and after puzzling out the best sequence and method of laying it two competing teams had the whole lot glued and screwed down in just one day.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAnother land-mark moment - it was now possible to walk out onto the extended balcony from the club-room and enter either room through the new doors and walk around the pristine, empty, spaces for the first time.\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":0,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"2910","Width":12,"WidthClasses":"col-md-12","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003ctable class=\"table\"\u003e\u003ctbody\u003e\u003ctr\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003cfigure style=\"max-width: 454px;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(123).png\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"454\" height=\"340\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003cfigure style=\"max-width: 262px;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(122).png\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"262\" height=\"350\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003cfigure style=\"max-width: 458px;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(124).png\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"458\" height=\"344\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003c/tr\u003e\u003c/tbody\u003e\u003c/table\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":356,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"2911","Width":12,"WidthClasses":"col-md-12","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cp\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e In a mad moment a bench was quickly made out of scrap material in the chamber above the Gents and light and power sockets added thus making a lockable workshop ready for phase two.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Next we employed our one and only professional help with Kevin Scott, our ultra-patient electrician, solving all the challenges we had made for him. With his expertise and a whole set of new lights, the whole club house was returned to its former, if slightly battered, condition. We then added some new and some extended spar racks spring-cleaned the whole place. The final act was to return the borrowed scaffolding in a borrowed lorry, fill a small skip with the plaster-board taken down in December and round off the whole shebang with a traditional DSC beach bonfire.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePhase One was completed just one week ahead of schedule and was yet another splendid example of DSC get-up-and-go, self-help. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you were worried about the cost, what Johnny Moulsdale calls a budget ( really a very rough estimate), came to £8,400 for the materials for the completion of Phase One and we were just a smidgen inside this last time we dared to add it up. (That, to be candid, turned out to be a rather lucky guess). Worth pondering on, the cost of the planning application, architect’s fees, ecology report and building control fees was almost another £3,000 which would have bought an awful lot of timber and which, on the face of it, seems to be a disproportionately large amount. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePhase One, the creation of two weather-tight empty chambers between early December and the first week of March, included no less than 50 sessions with between two and ten volunteers in each. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe number of hours put in by these volunteers, as calculated from the daily blog written up by the co-ordinator, stands at a staggering 1300!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e If we had had to use contractors at a very conservative £20/hour that would have meant an additional £26,000!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Thank you to everyone who gave up such a great deal of time and put in such a tremendous effort.\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":0,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"2912","Width":12,"WidthClasses":"col-md-12","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003ctable class=\"table\"\u003e\u003ctbody\u003e\u003ctr\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003cfigure style=\"max-width: 509px;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(121).png\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"509\" height=\"339\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003ctd\u003e\u003cfigure style=\"max-width: 509px;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(120).png\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"509\" height=\"341\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003c/tr\u003e\u003c/tbody\u003e\u003c/table\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBefore\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; After\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: right;\"\u003eJonathan Weeks\u003cbr\u003eMarch 2020\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":484,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"2913","Width":12,"WidthClasses":"col-md-12","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https://www.flickr.com/photos/159815675@N03/albums\"\u003eMore pictures in The Gallery\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Documents/How_and_why_we_Raised_the_Roof.pdf\"\u003eDownload an illustrated pdf version of this article\u003c/a\u003e\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":0,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"2914","Width":12,"WidthClasses":"col-md-12","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 20px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 20px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eHistory of the Build 2007 - 2009\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(23, 54, 93);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(73, 68, 41);\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(23, 54, 93);\"\u003eBackground\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://dsc.myclubhouse.co.uk//Client/Images/Cms/01Original Clubhouse zoom.jpg\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"255\" height=\"170\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe original boathouse was built in the early 1990’s with a lottery grant and funding from Sport England.\u0026nbsp; The cost of the build was £30,000. The original planning application was for a two storey clubhouse building, but this was rejected.\u0026nbsp; However, the completed boathouse provided a very valuable facility for the club, but with no toilets or showers and only the “barest” of changing facilities.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn 2003/4 Peter Symons was elected Commodore and it was his initiative to reapply for planning permission for the second storey.\u0026nbsp; In order to avoid piecemeal development the committee produced a 10 year plan for the club. A planning application was submitted in 2005/06.\u0026nbsp; At first a large “A frame” design was submitted but this was initially rejected as having “too much mass”. The present design of the new clubhouse was passed by South Hams following a very valuable meeting with Dittisham Parish Council.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA quantity surveyor\u0027s report advised the cost to build at £143,000.\u0026nbsp; Various applications to secure funding by way of grants were unsuccessful so the idea of self build was proposed by Jonathan Weeks and Frank Seear.\u0026nbsp; The idea was to try to build the shell from existing club funds (£48,000 at the time) and then try to raise money for the fit out in stages and as we could afford it. Our original estimate for the shell was £35,000.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAnd so began the self build of the new club house by the members.\u0026nbsp; Working parties have taken place most Sundays during the non-sailing season since October 2007, supported by mini parties of semi-retired members working as many as 3 days a week to carry out particular specialist tasks to move the project forward to a point where the big Sunday working parties could be used most effectively.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBuild Process\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://dsc.myclubhouse.co.uk//Client/Images/Cms/02with doors small.jpg\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"262.9107981220657\" height=\"175\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe build envisaged recycling as much of the original fabric as possible.\u0026nbsp; The roof would be lifted off intact and the exterior cladding removed, stored and reused. The walls of the first floor would be prefabricated wood panels and installed once the roof had been removed.\u0026nbsp; The two side wings were built in blockwork. The effluent from the showers and toilets would be processed using a treatment plant, a septic tank or a cesspit depending on the requirements of the Environment Agency.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe club was fortunate to have Jonathan Weeks as Vice Commodore who masterminded the build process. Always to be seen with an A4 clipboard with an endless list of jobs to be undertaken, he undertook sourcing of materials, organisation of labour, site management and endless other duties familiar to those who watch the TV programme “Grand Designs”.\u0026nbsp; Perhaps most important of all he sustained the motivation and good humour of club members over the 18 months. That the clubhouse was finished to a high standard is thanks to Bob Thomas who brought to the build his past experience as a building inspector from an era when things had to be done properly.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHighs and lows of the build\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFlash bang wallop!\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOne of the first tasks was to re-route the electricity and water supplies. Inevitably we put the digger bucket through the unmarked cable.\u0026nbsp; However tragedy turned to triumph when the electricity board repaired the cable and added enough spare to re-route it to the new location months later inch perfect, free of charge.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThat sinking feeling --- ready mix.\u003c/strong\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://dsc.myclubhouse.co.uk//Client/Images/Cms/03Crane.JPG\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"291\" height=\"194\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe new foundations under the two wings were 6 foot deep (or deeper than Bob Thomas standing in the bottom emptying out the sea water with a bucket!) and required 21 tons of concrete.\u0026nbsp; One concrete lorry drove too far into the dinghy park and stuck. If it takes one man ten minutes to pour three tons of wet concrete from a pre-mix wagon how long does it take four men with a barrow and a shovel…….??? Eventually the empty lorry was dragged clear by the local farm tractor.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe first storey wall\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://dsc.myclubhouse.co.uk//Client/Images/Cms/04Ditsum Sailing Club 003 small.jpg\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"294.3125\" height=\"221\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/strong\u003eThe first storey is timber framed.\u0026nbsp; The sections were prefabricated one noisy Sunday morning when the sound of 20 hammers, not all hitting the spot, competed successfully with Dittisham Church bells. Once completed the section were stored onsite in a container which was also used as the site hut for tools and making tea.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe crane that almost raised the roof\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eEasily the most stressful day of the entire project, this incident reached the local press, brought a visit from the harbourmaster and nearly triggered an environmental crisis.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe crane was hired to lift off the roof, set it to one side and return 2 weeks later to lift it into its new position once the first floor walls had been installed.\u0026nbsp; The crane sank into the foreshore some 150yds short of the clubhouse and leaned precariously to one side.\u0026nbsp; Various attempts to move it using a range of local tractors of increasing size and members attempts to dig out the crane were all to no avail.\u0026nbsp; Indeed the effect was to make the crane lean at an ever increasing acute angle.\u0026nbsp; As the incoming tide approached, with the risk of diesel and hydraulic fluid spillage, first one and then a second wrecker lorry arrived and the crane finally dragged it to safety.\u0026nbsp; Fortunately JW’s negotiating skills (involving pleading ignorance, poverty and sobbing down the phone) ensured the sizeable recovery bill was settled by the very generous crane hire company.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eRaising the roof\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://dsc.myclubhouse.co.uk//Client/Images/Cms/05Ditsum Sailing Club 004 small.jpg\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"195.20766773162939\" height=\"260\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c/strong\u003eIn the aftermath of the crane debacle, enter new member Brian Fereday who devised an ingenious method to raise the roof using 4 Chinese trolley jacks and 150 fencing posts.\u0026nbsp; Over three dramatic days in February 2008 the roof was jacked up, the walls installed and the roof lowered and rolled back 2metres to it\u0027s final position on sawn-off scaffold rollers\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRecladding the exterior\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/strong\u003eA separate working party was assembled to reclad the building using the original material and new cladding. Thus was born the “Glad to clad” group; sporting their unique hats, they would be seen in the evening twilight wielding saws and hammers.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe forming of the\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; “Glad to clad” group led to a rather more elegantly named “Thrilled to build” representing the Thursday working group.\u0026nbsp; These two groups have maintained an healthy competition, each reminding the other that any problem or delay is the responsibility of the other group.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReplacing the Chestnut shingles\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe original roof needed extending by 3m and the two side wings roofed.\u0026nbsp; New chestnut shingles were installed during a series of working parties during autumn 2008, culminating in a topping out ceremony conducted by Jonathan Weeks precariously balanced with the final shingle whilst everyone else ate cake.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eAt this point the project had cost £33,000 against our original guesstimate of £35k so we looked at the bank balance and discovered that we still had £23k left (no, it doesn’t add up but there you are, some kind fairy had been adding cash over the past two years).\u0026nbsp; Promptly declaring the fit-out budget to be exactly £23k we set off on the great fitting-out and sewage disposal adventure.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFitting-out Winter and Spring 2008/9\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://dsc.myclubhouse.co.uk//Client/Images/Cms/07Clubhouse Interior.jpg\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"286.9170305676856\" height=\"191\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c/strong\u003eWork was suspended during the Summer of 2008 and began again last October with a series of Tuesday/Thursday work parties taking over from the Sunday series when sailing began again in the Spring.\u0026nbsp; Once again the bulk of the work was carried out by a team of regular loyal attendees of a certain age, surprising aptitude and great good humour, sustained by copious quantities of coffee and Cake.\u0026nbsp; The progress was steady with no major drama but some notable land marks….\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e-The day the South West Water Inspector looked into the pit at the sewerage connection and just said “That’s fine” and walked off….\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e-The day the sewage pump was commissioned, and worked!\u003cbr\u003e-The day the Commodore christened both the Ladies and Gents!\u003cbr\u003e-The day Les Moores took a hot shower \u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e-The day we arranged the new furniture in the first floor Club Room.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe whole process of digging the trench……\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn the end the EA did not want our effluent so SWWater agreed to allow us to pump it into their septic tank in the field behind the club.\u0026nbsp; This required a trench to be dug along the back of the dinghy park with and, with Gil Hayward\u0027s very kind permission, through his garden to connect to the main sewage pipe. This was a major Sunday morning task for the heavy digging brigade (aided by Rufus the dog) and involved digging 140m of trench, a rise of some 18m and a pair of pits, one 5 feet deep and hand dug for the connection and one 2m deep with a mechanical digger for the pumping station.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003eAgain, a working party armed with spades, mattocks and wheelbarrows supported by lots of tea and cakes completed what had initially seemed a major obstacle.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCakes and treats\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA particular thank you must be extended to all those who have contributed behind the scenes providing the huge variety of home made cakes and biscuits that have been submitted for the Sunday morning taste test. An army marches on its stomach they say, our work parties exist on (some say for) cakes and treats.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eConclusions\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis has been an epic project for the club.\u0026nbsp; It is a remarkable achievement for the members\u0026nbsp; who are almost exclusively amateurs. The project has generated a great sense of camaraderie in the club, with new friendships both on and off the water.\u0026nbsp; We have all learnt new skills and acquired new injuries.\u0026nbsp; The new club house now offers the members the chance to meet together after racing to discuss tactics and the finer points of sailing over cake and tea.\u0026nbsp; The possibility of lectures and social events during the winter will help to sustain the membership during the long dark months.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe founding aim of the club was to offer facilities for sailing and to introduce and encourage people, particularly young people into the delights of sailing.\u0026nbsp; The new lecture room, changing and toilet facilities should now offer local schools and sport partnerships the opportunity to use the club to encourage sailing amongst young people in the area.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eAnd finally a huge thank you to the dozens of members who helped build the new Clubhouse.\u0026nbsp; Whether you only managed to put in a few hours or, as some have done, many, many days, it’s been a wonderful experience and a great achievement.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eIt was built for a total of £55,000 with our money, no debt and our time and effort.\u0026nbsp; It is a Clubhouse to be proud of and it truly belongs to us all.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eOn a final note, a warning to local clubs, if the name Jonathan Weeks suddenly appears in your membership list, be afraid, be very afraid.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://dsc.myclubhouse.co.uk//Client/Images/Cms/08New Clubhouse zoom.jpg\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"408.3942028985507\" height=\"272\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDSC July 2009\u003ca href=\"https://www.flickr.com/photos/dittishamsc/albums/72157628793814913\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eMore pictures in\u0026nbsp;The Gallery\u003c/a\u003e\u003ca href=\"https://dsc.myclubhouse.co.uk/Client/Documents/Ditsum%20Build%20final.pdf\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003eDowload\u0026nbsp;an illustrated PDF version of this article\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":0,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"PageURL":"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Cms/Spaces/ABOUT/Clubhouse+Development?version=7","AllVersions":[{"ID":457,"Name":"v5 - Clubhouse Development - Roy Pryor - 16/04/2020 12:15"},{"ID":458,"Name":"v6 - Clubhouse Development - Roy Pryor - 16/04/2020 16:33"},{"ID":494,"Name":"v7 - Clubhouse Development - Roy Pryor - 10/08/2020 09:31"}],"Comments":[],"UpdatedComments":[],"Spaces":[],"IsWatching":false,"LastViewTime":null,"CanEdit":false,"CanPublish":false,"CanComment":false,"CanReadComments":false,"CanModerateComments":false,"CanLike":false,"CanWatch":false}