Happy New Year! I hope that you had an enjoyable festive season, and a big vote of thanks to everyone who contributed to the £600 raised on Boxing Day, which has been donated to Cowes Sailability Club and the Blind Sailing Association.
Our long serving and very hard working secretary, Jo Brown, plans to retire this year. Although she has not yet set a date, she has “encouraged” us to start thinking about finding her successor. I am sure you will agree that Jo will be a hard act to follow!
Jo Chugg has agreed to support the race team, bringing with her many years of experience setting up and running yachting events.
Our bar manager Harriett has moved to Essex to be with her partner. We have appointed Steve Butler-Trump as the club’s new bar steward. Steve has been a popular member of the club bar staff, and he is keen to develop his skills and take on the additional responsibility.
Clubhouse and Social
Looking ahead, the next social event will be Burns Night on Saturday 28th January. Tickets are available from the office or the bar.
January and February is always a quiet time of year in the club, and this year is proving no different. We are keen that the bar should remain open 7 days a week, but it really needs to be better supported if we are to avoid loss making evenings during the week. If you are going out, please consider a visit to your club!
Marina & Apron
Members who keep their boats in the marina received their invoices for 2017 in December. Unless you have arranged with the office to pay in instalments, then the full amount is payable by 31st January.
As previously reported, the Club has applied for a ten year dredging licence. We are now required to supply seabed samples from two positions in the marina. Assuming there are no heavy metals found when the samples are analysed, the licence should be forthcoming fairly quickly.
This year’s AGM will take place on Saturday8thApril at 5pm.
As always, nomination forms for the general committee will be available in the clubhouse foyer.
I look forward to seeing members in the club during the coming weeks.