39 Birmingham Rd
Isle of Wight
Commodore’s Jottings December 2017
As we reach the end of the year, I would like to thank personally everyone who has helped the Club during 2017. Around 70 volunteers have assisted with social events, yacht racing and around the site over the past 12 months. There are too many people to name them all here, but you know who you are, we could not run the club without you, so a very big thank-you!
Clubhouse and Social
I am writing this a couple of days after the Christmas Party that was held on 9th December. A big thank you to everyone that came, it was a very enjoyable evening with great (if loud!) music from “Risky Business.” Takings on the night were £1,065 across the bar, plus £750 from the auction and £425 from the raffle, so a very successful night for the Club financially as well.
During November a challenge took place between Club member and well-known local sailor Crash, against Vice-Commodore Dave Ross. It was to decide who cooked the best chilli-con-carne. The brave members who came along to try them paid for their meals with a charity donation and then voted for their preferred choice, congratulations to Crash on winning the most votes! The event raised around £260 for Blind Sailing and the Andrew Cassell Foundation.
Our Wednesday evening suppers have now come to an end, apart from a Christmas dinner on 13th December which is already sold out. A very big thank-you to Kevin Webber and Michelle for preparing the suppers through the autumn months. We hope to resume suppers sometime in mid January, to help members get rid of the winter blues!
Behaviour in the Club
There have been a few instances of bad behaviour in the Club recently. The flag officers and committee wish to emphasise that such behaviour will not be tolerated.
I know it should go without saying, but please treat all club members, visitors and staff politely and with respect. Something intended as harmless banter may not be perceived as such by the person on the receiving end.
All berth holders should by now have received details of the options for paying their 2018 fees. Please contact the office if you have not received the letter. As usual there is a saving if you pay before the end of December 2017. If you do not wish to keep your boat at the club in 2018, please inform the office so your berth can be offered to a boat on the waiting list.
During November we were able to undertake an interim dredge of the Hammerhead and South side of the marina between our pontoons and Tides Reach. The next full dredge will now take place during the winter of 2018/19, which will coincide with Cowes Yacht Haven’s planned next dredge.
The final sailing event of the year will be on Boxing Day, with the usual “Bramble Scramble” starting at 11:00. A prize-giving in the club, with mulled wine and mince pies, will follow the race. There will be a prize for the best crew fancy dress. Entry forms are available on the website or from the office. Come along and get some fresh air before resuming the seasonal round of eating and drinking!
The Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 7th April 2018. If you are interested in standing for the General Committee or as a Flag Officer, then look out for nomination forms - available in January.
Very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year,