Bill Smith EAST President

At the EAST Annual General Meeting which was held on Thursday 22 February 2018 Bill Smith retired after 25 years as a founding Trustee. I am pleased to report that Bill has accepted the office of President.
Bill was thanked by Geoff Dreher, Chairman, for his dedicated service and gave the following tribute:
Bill went EAST in 1993. Bill and Mike Spear were invited by the former RYA Seamanship Foundation, now RYA Sailability, to provide an Annual East Coast cruise for visually impaired sailors. This has developed each year since then and also includes weekend taster events. Last year EAST celebrated its 25th Annual Cruise for the visually impaired. In 1996, Kevin Curtis, a sailing gold medal winner at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, who sailed a National Squib at Haven Ports Yacht Club, persuaded Bill and Mike to extend the blind sailing activities to include other disabilities. This led to EAST being established as a separate charity offering sailing opportunities for adults with a wide range of disabilities. In 2009 with help from Suffolk County Council’s Activity Unlimited programme the Trust started regular sailing sessions for children with disabilities. By 2010 it was apparent that EAST had outgrown its premises. Bill with his wealth of contacts and an ability to extract funds from unsuspecting donors together with a team secured a grant of £50,000 from the National Lottery Peoples Millions programme to enable us to create the EAST Waterside Community Centre. We will miss Bill but I know that he will not be far away.
Bill was presented with four engraved crystal cider glasses.

Winter Maintenance - WASHING MACHINE WANTED

03/12/2015
Maintenance of the EAST fleet progresses under the watchful eyes of bosuns John Maxwell and Mike Peacey.

If anyone has an unwanted, working washing machine please contact the bosuns. (For washing rigging etc.)

WANTED - COINS - MEDALS - CURRENCY

01/12/2015
WANTED all your unwanted coins, foreign or pre decimal, also foreign notes, medals, or badges. There is a collection box in the EAST Waterside Community Centre. We are able to sell these and raise funds. Thank you.

Felixstowe Carnival

19/08/2015

Sainsburys July 2015

17/07/2015
Presentation from Sainsburys

RYA SI Course

05/07/2015
RYA Senior Instructor Course July 2015

Ipswich Golf Club

16/05/2015
Ipswich Golf Club support EAST

The morning of 14th May

14/05/2015
The morning of 14th May

Claydon High School

30/04/2015
Claydon High School

The season begins

23/04/2015
The sailing season begins

Eastern Airs takes to the water

31/03/2015
Eastern Airs is launched

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