39 Birmingham Rd
Isle of Wight
Commodore’s Jottings May 2018
We are now several weeks on from the AGM where we saw a lot of change in personnel among both the flag officers and general committee. A big thank you to all the retiring committee members for all you have done and welcome to the new team. I would like to especially wish Dave Ross well in his new job in the Bahamas. In case you don’t know who the flag officers are: Laura Maxwell is Vice Commodore; Mark Hart is Rear Commodore (Sailing); and Susie Styles continues as Rear Commodore (House).
Clubhouse and Social
As you may be aware no one offered to stand for the position of Social Secretary at the AGM which left us with a bit of a problem. However the regular supporters of the social committee banded together and led by Sarah Ross have come up with a programme which goes through to December. Details can be found on the club website. I was persuaded to run a Quiz Night to start things off and we had twelve teams in for that so thanks to everyone who supported it. Things to look forward to in the next few months are Tiff & Ray's South African BBQ on July 14th, the Commodore’s Cowes Week Cocktail Party on Sunday August 5th and our “posh” Cowes Week do on Wednesday August 8th which will be a Casino Royale Party.
The marquee has undergone a makeover. The linings have been taken down and cleaned, the carpets cleaned and the lighting enhanced. During Cowes Week we will be host to the Squib fleet after racing which celebrates its 50th anniversary and hopes to attract 100 boats so to accommodate the numbers we will have an extension to the marquee. This will also give us extra capacity during July for hosting events during Cowes Classics Week and Panerai Week.
Site and Marina
The Site Team have, as always, been working exceptionally hard to maintain and improve our facilities. As boats are returned to the water, they have been cleaning up the site from the winter, repairing damaged pontoon planks, upgrading the electrics, showers, marquee etc and generally tidying up the site in readiness for the busy summer ahead.
Ralph has been busy working out the logistics of coping with the extra boats and sailors we will have in this year. The marina is now filling up as the XOD squadron assembles for the season. On the apron top we now have four RS Elites as they look to establish a fleet in Cowes as well as the regular Sonars and Flying Fifteens. We are fully booked already for Cowes Classics Week and Cowes Week.
We kicked off the season by running two Etchells regattas. The wind gods were not helpful and out of the five days of planned racing only one was possible. I cannot remember us hosting a three day regatta before where we did not manage to start a single race! At least the sun was out. In mid-May we hosted the SeaFever Regatta. SeaFever is a group of people who every year charter boats and come to the Cowes Corinthian to race and socialise. This was the 25th year of SeaFever and we were the venue again for their great party. I had to help judge the cocktail competition, a tough job but someone had to do it.
While I was still Rear Commodore (Sailing) I thought it was about time we ran a regatta specifically for our members. My initial thought was to have all of our dayboats racing together under handicap. The Sailing Committee convinced me to broaden it to include all members boats so I look forward seeing how Mark and the team organise it. The date is 6-7th October and I hope everyone will keep their boats in commission until then. The Social Committee has embraced the idea and the Laying Up Supper will be held on the Saturday evening of the regatta.
Brambles Cricket Match
The Island Sailing Club has challenged us to a match again. The date we have agreed is Sunday 12th August on the late afternoon low tide. This is the day immediately after the end of Cowes Week so we hope it will make a great end to the week. We will be the host club so all the players and supporters will come back to us for supper. More details will be sent out by the office but in the short term we always need RIBs so if you are able to help us please let the secretary know.
At the AGM the question of clubhouse development was brought up. The General Committee is keen to look again at options so a new Development Committee has been formed. We have met once so far and only scratched the surface but our aim is to harden up on a preferred way forward in the next few months and then assess the feasibility. In conjunction with physical development we will be looking at how we think the Club itself should develop, ie have a strategic plan for the Club.
Wishing you a successful and enjoyable season.