Commodores Newsletter June 2017

Headlines

Don’t miss the big Mid-Summer Madness evening this Saturday 24th June. Two live bands, should be a great party and it is FREE!! Including a raffle draw in aid of Julia’s House during the break, please bring some raffle ticket money, there are great raffle prizes

The Osprey/Contender Open is this weekend 24th and 25th June. A very warm welcome to guests joining us for this event.

Our Club Regatta is on the weekend of the 8th and 9th July. Enter on line through our web site; if you are not racing please consider volunteering for the many jobs that make the weekend so memorable. I understand that Lynda and I are cooking Bacon Butties from 08.00 on the Saturday!

General Committee

June’s General Committee meeting will bring to a conclusion our deliberations on our Senior Membership Category. We will also be considering the Capital Expenditure requests brought forward by HB&C, Y&H and Sailing. Finally we will look at setting membership and Y&H fees for next year. I will bring you all the outcomes in my next newsletter and of course the GC minutes are available to all once they have been ratified.

What’s happening?

Sailing

Amazing effort from the Sailing Team and all the volunteers that have supported their activities over the last month.

Poole Boat Show

The Poole Yacht Club was brilliantly represented over this weekend. The team of volunteers who spent their weekend representing our Club looked striking in their bright orange T- shirts but as importantly their engagement with the public and potential new members was first class. I have already thanked those involved on behalf of all our members but I would like to praise their efforts once again. I really would like to name everyone involved from the shore team, the rib teams, the youth sailors competing in a mini Feva race and the R19’s with their try a boat. But the list would be too long for this newsletter.

The Poole Yacht Club Taster day

56 guests descended on our Club on Saturday 17th June for our “Taster Day”. The day was so well organised that our guests were given a first class experience. The sun shone, our Club and the harbour looked at their best and we even had some breeze fill in for the on the water sessions. We have already signed up new members from this event and again the sailing team and all the volunteers did an amazing job, once again thank you.

Yard and Haven

Last month I asked members to understand and comply with the new non-parking zones on the freshly repainted car park markings. I am at a loss to understand why a few members do not understand that NO PARKING in the yellow zones means please do not park there. Please comply; I have explained why these zones have to be kept clear. I have asked for sticky notices to be placed on the windscreens of offending cars. I really hope that these will never be needed.

House, Bar and Catering

The new climate control environmental systems are now up and running. This new system replaces our old and dysfunctional heating system. What a difference it is already making, in the recent very hot weather our Club house was cool (some say too cool but we can tweak that) and very comfortable.

Social

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Commodores Charity

I have been in discussions with Julia’s House about what could make a significant impact on the lives of the children and their parents. Julia’s house has play equipment specially designed to meet the very special needs of the children. A crucial aspect of supporting these children is the creation of “Play Plans” individually and specifically created by a “Playmaker”. Such plans are designed around the likes and wishes of each individual child. If we were to raise £5,000 over my time as Commodore we could fund the creation of “Play Plans” for 31 children. Another alternative is that £5,000 would fund emergency care packages for 5 families in crisis. I will let you know in my next newsletter after I receive advice on what is the best option.

Regards
Nye Davies
Commodore

Commodores Newsletter May 2017

At the last AGM I stated a wish to improve communications throughout our Club. As such I will be producing a regular newsletter hopefully to aid information sharing. My newsletter will be published on our website and printed copy put up in the Clubhouse. I hope you will find this useful.

General Committee

Current main topics under discussion are the issues around senior membership benefits and “berth blocking” i.e. the boats that do not leave their haven berth. Myself, the Flag Officers and any General Committee member are happy to discuss the matters above, please approach any General Committee member if you have any input that you would like to make.

What’s happening?

Sailing

Masses going on and the Sailing Committee and all those involved have a host of activities that we would love you to support.

Tonight 19/5/17 (if this letter gets to you in time) Meet the Fleets, 19.30 in the Skylight lounge. Class Captains encourage participation in their fleets.

Poole Boat Show this weekend 20-21/5/17. Come down to Poole Quay, bring your friends and prospective members, our volunteers both on and off the water will be working hard on our behalf.

A very warm welcome to our new fleet of dinghies, the Hobbie Cats; we look forward to you enjoying your racing and building your class.

The Membership Sub-Committee continues to work hard to help ensure that our Club can attract new members keen to sail and join in our Club activities.
Coming up and a must for your diary is our Club Regatta July 8th and 9th; Andrew Tate is our lead organiser. Let’s support and enjoy this great weekend.

Yard and Haven

As you will have seen the lines in the car part have been repainted. All the areas defined in YELLOW markings are no parking areas. This is a change from previously where we had some red zones and some yellow zones. Please do not park in the yellow zones as all members know it seriously affects the workings of the boat hoist and the efficiency with which we can move members boats. In addition the route through from the main gate to the dinghy park is a designated harbour emergency vehicle path and must at all times be kept wide enough for the passage of emergency vehicles.
Yard and Haven continue to monitor those boats that are not used in our Haven and will take appropriate action after their investigations and communications with those members.

House, Bar and Catering

You will have seen the new air-conditioning units being fitted along with the replacement and refurbishment of the ceilings. The new air-conditioning systems are very cost effective and hopefully we will now enjoy comfortable temperatures rather that than the wild swings from cold to too hot!

Social

Coming up.............. Comedy Night 20/5/17, 19.00. Buy your tickets on line from our web site.

Commodores Charity

As I announced at the AGM my chosen charity is Julia’s House. I had the humbling privilege to be taken around the hospice at their recent open day. I know that any money that we can raise will directly benefit those families who need support at such a challenging time. I have met with their fund raising committee and we can target with them where any monies raised can be spent.

My immediate thought is in helping to provide respite costs for children and their parents when it is most needed. My hope is that we can make a real difference to the quality of the lives of the children and their parents accepted into the care of the staff of Julia’s House. I am currently looking at Club events which can help us as members support their work. More details very soon.

Regards
Nye Davies
Commodore