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From the Commodore Dec 13

 

I write this after what seems like a very hectic end to the 2013 sailing season.  I thought once the Albacore was in the garage it would all become easier and then realised I still had the Dinner & Dance and AGM to think about!

I’ve very much enjoyed my first season as Commodore and hope you have too.  The committee have been a pleasure to work with so I thank them for their hard work throughout the year and also all those members too numerous to mention that help out in their various ways, normally quietly, efficiently and without much thanks or recognition.  You are all truly appreciated.

I was very sad to see Paul Carpenter, Nik Peett, Graham Sutton and Steve Jorden leave the committee however am delighted that the club finances are now in the safe hands of Margaret Roberts and that Jessie Lawrence and Stu Bailey will be keeping sailors both young and not so young on the water as Sailing Secretary and Cadet Captain.

The AGM was a quiet one and we will endeavour to move it back to the traditional weekend for 2014 but to summarise my speech, the trick to creating a good sailing season is in taking the calendar we all know and love, re-thinking those events that are not working well anymore and adding in some different sailing and socials to encourage more members to get involved.  It will be very much more of the same next year.  I also think that it’s time for a membership recruitment drive as we’ve not seen an increase for a while.

One of the things that has come up several times this year is the requirement for training so there is now a departmental budget allocated and we will be able to run rescue boat and adult RYA levels 1-3 training in 2014.

I finish the year with fond memories of the Dinner and Dance (and NO, I will not be singing again next year however Jessie and I have a truly memorable prize giving planned (she doesn’t know it yet but it’s going to be spectacular) and with Ady’s Christmas disco and pass the parcel extravaganza still ringing in my ears from the Children’s Christmas Party.  Well done to our Junior and Cadet winners

Errol Edwards Cup for endeavour  and John Pulham Bursary– Jack Parsons

Errol Edwards Bowl for endeavour  – Kim Whitehouse

Jim Thatcher Trophy for most improved –Sam Bailey.

 

I leave you with all best wishes for a fantastic Christmas, a lovely New Year and a wish for the winter to go quickly so that we can all get out on the water again in some lovely March sunshine!

 

Hazel

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