Alderney Sailing Club hopes to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a revamp, festivities, sailing races and rallies

Plans for a ‘Sail Deck’ at Alderney Sailing Club in the Channel Islands have been unveiled in celebration of the club’s 50th anniversary.

The design was presented by Ronnie Cairnduff to the club committee in December last year and approved subject to budget constraints.

The scheme is expected to be submitted for States planning permission in February or March with a view to having the structure built before the summer.

The estimated at £7,000 to £8,000 cost will come via sponsorship from interested businesses and club members who can ‘Sponsor a Plank’, plus any balance from club funds.
A private Vin d’Honneur is planned on 28 March – the club’s ‘actual birthday’.
To mark the 50th anniversary, the Alderney Sailing Club is challenging its members and visitors with a busy diary of sailing races and rallies around the island and across to nearby France for cruisers, dinghies, motor cruisers and ribs.

Celebratory events planned for the anniversary also include a summer photographic display, a grand ‘Golden Anniversary Ball’ in the Alderney Week Marquee on the Butes on Friday 15 August, a Harbour Festival (jointly with the RNLI) on Sunday 17 August and the ever popular Laying Up Supper on 21 November.

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Pictures: Artist impressions of Ronnie Cairnduff’s Sail Deck design for Alderney Sailing Club