Sad news

We are sad to report we have had two of our older members die this week. Will Stanton died on Friday 11th and Brian Start two days before.

Will Stanton

Will with. Chernobyl youngster – Photo Sarah Read
Will at the last of summer winers Christmas Party

Will Stanton joined the club in 1995 from Newark Argonauts. He was one of those people with loads of enthusiasm and a smile. Many who started in the sailing school and then went on to Tuesday nights before progressing further will remember his advice and willingness to pass on his knowledge.

Will was our RYA training principal for a decade, he championed both young and old instructors and sailors and was awarded the RYA National Volunteer award in 2012, whilst still principle. He was always down at the Summer Winers, helping them, get on the water, and maintain the clubhouse or boats. Will was on Newark  PCC as treasurer and also treasurer to the local scouts.   He was very well thought of across sections of the Newark community. He was a bank manager at Coutts in London and commuted to London for a period of time. 

George his son was Chief Dinghy instructor till recently, and is still an active member with his family. Our thoughts are with Gill, George, Natalie and family. He will be missed by many members.

Anyone who would like to donate to the RNLI in Will Stanton’s memory may do so through the club, we will collect the monies and forward on around 1st September. You can use the membership account and put Will Stanton in the payment information so we can identify it, or email to let us know amount, date etc. If you need the bank details please contact and we can send them.

Brian Start

Brian (left) in his younger days with a beer in hand
Windsurfer. paying tribute to Brian, the original idea was to lay down sails for. minute, but lack of wind put paid to that. Photo Susan Sprekley

Brian Start was a keen windsurfer, and one of those genuine and lovely characters. He joined in 1986 with many other windsurfers on the move to Hoveringham water. His wife Jan ran the tea bar for many years starting in the huts, then the new clubhouse until Pauline came. Brian was a key member when the clubhouse was built, fitting much of the original plumbing and heating as a volunteer, he was a heating engineer by trade after he left his job at a nearby factory. He enjoyed racing and sailing his windsurfer until a few years ago, and subsequently made several quiet visits to windsurfers corner and has many friends in the club.

He died relatively suddenly and left us far too soon, he will be missed by many in the windsurfing fleet, and many other members who knew him.

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