News has been quiet during February so I have left you in peace during the last few weeks. With the sailing season starting activity levels have increased and I am delighted to bring you up to date on what is happening.
Those members who attended the AGM thank you, as a democratic members club attending the AGM and voting is important for us all.
We have a new Flag Officer in Simon Philbrick, Simon was elected Rear Commodore House Bar and Catering. Good luck Simon, you will be busy.
At the AGM I took the opportunity to give a very big thank you, behalf of the members, to Barrie Lovelock for all his work and achievements as a General Committee member and Flag officer. Barrie made an outstanding contribution to the Clubhouse and transformed it with his energy and drive, saving the Club substantial sums of money in the process. I was also pleased to give a personal thank you to Barrie for his contributions at Flag Officer level.
A question was asked at the AGM about the disposal of the old pontoons and fingers. I will post the information for all members on the notice board over the next week.
With the beginning of April now with us the sailing season is well underway. For the first time in many years I will not be seen out with the R19 fleet, I have sold RASCAL and will now be racing on a J24 (if my bad back ever improves)!
Of course, the car park is full of boats with owners rushing to prepare them for the coming season. This makes car parking a problem at times so please take care when parking and the dinghy park is available for parking on Tuesday racing until the end of May. At this time of year, it is important to remind all those who have been working on their boats to ensure that they clean up fully after their boat is relaunched. We still experience punctures in member’s tyres from carelessly discarded screws and nails.
We have a full and exciting social calendar of events. Kate and the Social Committee are doing a fantastic job of putting on a range of events to suit all members. Coming up soon is the amazing fashion show.
This will feature new season fashions and beach wear and the proceeds will all go to my Commodore’s Charity, Julia’s House. Amanda Jones has been working very hard with her team to make this a really special evening tickets are only £10 and include a glass of fizz. Please book your tickets as soon as possible, purchase them on line, over the Bar or from the Office. As this newsletter goes out there are still a few tickets left, so don’t miss out.
As always there is news from the Sailing Team; Peter Drake and Andrew Tate stood down at the AGM and I would like to thank them for their time and contributions. We welcome Joe Cross as the newly elected Assistant Sailing Secretary, Brian Snelgrove was elected as a General Committee member who will continue all his coordination of Volunteer Team Leaders.
Tracey will be continuing to build on the great success of the adult dinghy training which was so well received last year.
Katie Hooper is now our RYA Training Centre Principal and is settling well into Club life.
Alec Hopley will be coordinating a “Forward Planning Group” consisting of a small group of members. This group has been given the remit from the General Committee to consider long-term issues, so that we can plan and anticipate Club needs years ahead of time. The group will report to the General Committee on a quarterly basis.