September 2011 newsletter
From the Commodore
I would like to say a very big thank you to all of you who turned up on Sunday for our pre-season working bee. It was a great turn out and a truly outstanding effort. It is occasions like this which show how passionate we all are about our club and what a great sense of community we have.
I have been Commodore since our AGM last June. For those who don't know me I joined the club in 1992 and have been on the committee since 1999, including a period as club secretary. I know there is a lot of planning which goes into each sailing season and it’s a huge team effort and we are truly lucky to have so many helpful and competent club members to take on the various tasks. We run on enthusiastic volunteer contribution, and everyone has a part to play.
Our club does not have an “off season” and there has been continuous sailing activity throughout the winter for many. We have another full-on season ahead of us including the introduction of twilight racing on Thursday evenings for ALL classes. This is an initiative by Terry Nicholas in response to the number of sailors looking for racing during the week. There will also be some coaching available. It is hoped that this will develop into a well supported permanent feature of our season. 2011/2012 Wakatere program attached.
Our Opening Day is on Sunday 9th October at 11.00 am. It’s a great day to be present to support the club, catch up with friends and mark the beginning of another promising season with the "bang" of the cannon!
See you all on Opening Day.
All cars/trailers are to be left in the main car park and not on the grass within the club compound. You will be swiftly asked to move as this is precious rigging space for all club members. Unloading can be done close to the disabled car spaces. Thanks for your help with this.
Club reps confirmed
Reps for the coming season are: Optimist- Terry Nicholas; Starling- Peter Mayo; Windsurfing- Anthea Dunning and Jennifer McIndoe; P Class- John Adair; 420- James Munro; 470- Christine Hansen; Laser- Pete Thomas; Sunburst- Mike Long; OK Dinghy- Alistair Deaves; 3.7- Chris Hawkins. Contact details of all these helpful people are on the website and it’s a good idea to let them know you are sailing so they can pass on class news directly to you.
Register your sail number
In advance of the season all sailors should forward their boat details by email to our results officer Paul Turner. Optis, technos, starlings, lasers…everyone. It’s important that these details are registered prior to racing to make it quicker and more efficient to enter results and to avoid any confusion over sign-on signatures or numbers. (You must of course still sign-on on the day). Email Paul email@example.com this week.
SAILORS FULL NAME
CLASS OF BOAT
Opti note: If you sail an opti please indicate ‘Open’ or ‘Green’ fleet. If you are lucky enough to have your boat or sail upgraded lately please make sure the NEW SAIL NUMBER is registered with Paul (email above). On sailing days ensure you sign on legibly (your full name with a clear sail number). Please take care with this.
420 holiday course
There is a 420 holiday course at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club in the next school holidays and it’s a good way to try a different boat without buying it. Cost is $180 and runs Mon – Fri 9-12am. If there are any juniors that would like to join Sebastian Jones and Dan Finnemore on this course (preferably in the second week) the registration form - click here. The course needs 6 sailors to run.