Just a quick report to let members know what’s been happening around the club over the last few months.
As most of you would be aware, there have been changes to the board of Directors. Firstly, Bruce Swane stood down as Commodore after serving for another two year stint, this added to his last run as commodore meaning he has served as Commodore for 7 years, leading to many huge improvements around the club throughout his time.
All members would agree that this is a remarkable commitment to the club. Bruce is still very hands on, assisting in the back office work each week, and he remains our licensee for which we thank him very much.
Secondly, during early December our long serving Honorary Secretary of 9 yrs, Bruce McKay decided to take a break and go cruising in his Catamaran. Over the years Bruce has been instrumental in bringing the club up to speed with the CSC web page, on line membership system, assisting with Top yacht administration are just a few of his many achievements. The board and all of the members of the CSC would like to thank these two men for all of their years of hard work.
To move on this meant that we needed a bit of a re-shuffle of the board representatives. With the support of the board the position of Commodore has been filled by me (Rob Francis) Tim McGillvray has taken up the role as Vice Commodore, Hon Secretary has been job shared between Craig Smith and Mick Bannon, this meant we had two positions vacant as Directors which have been filled by Bronwyn Elford and Ken Mckay. Welcome aboard Bronwyn and Ken, both of these members are already heavily involved at the club. Bronwyn has been Secretary of the sailing committee and Ken helps out each week with beer deliveries and other club duties.
If you’re around the club during the week you will also notice another bunch of retired guys headed up by Dennis McLarren. They are Col Neilson, Ken McKay, John and Pete Cox, John Patterson and Col Boyle. These gents all help out each week with deliveries. To be honest they look like they enjoy these get togethers!
I would like to extend a warm thanks to race starters Dave and Andrew Mclachlan and the handicappers for the results that get done each week. Thanks Corinne, Michael and Bryce. What would we do without them?
Over the Xmas break we had 2 Yachts represent the club in the Sydney to Hobart yacht Race, The Banshee and Colortile. The crew included 23 CSC sailing members. Most importantly they all finished this included seven young men who started as club juniors and have now developed into first class offshore sailors. Once again I’m sure all members would agree this is a great accomplishment and shows the strength and depth that the club is developing through the combined efforts of the junior sailing support team.
If that’s not enough, Bryce Edwards and Amanda Stern go to South Australia to defend their National Title in the NS 14s gaining second place only beaten by Peter V who has won the title more times than Bryce has stitched up The Banshees’ Spinnakers, a great effort from Bryce and Amanda.
Bryce being a “full blown rock star” then jumped on a plane and headed to Wangi where he crewed for Drew Van Ryn on Aqua Pest. The boys went on to dominate and win the MG national titles, great work Drew and Bryce. We also had Reilly Tasker and Zac Davies win the Junior MG title. More proof of how well our juniors are progressing.
To assist in further developing our young sailors the club purchased a replacement RIB for the old CSC2 support boat, this was done using the funds saved through the hard work of the ladies in the Canteen on Sundays, and the proceeds of the junior development fund.
If you have been down to the club on a Friday night this summer you will have noticed a change in the numbers and age of the patrons. A lot of this is due to the RSL opening up an outdoor area which has taken some trade away from the club, however, the feed back I get informs me that our members are continuing to enjoy Friday nights, more so now so if you always found Friday to be too crowded maybe drop down and have a look we still have 7 weeks left of daylight savings.
You will also notice the new stainless steel handrail take shape over the next few weeks
The board has also appointed Julie Pfrengle (bar manager) as our function manager, so if you’re a member and are thinking of having a function, Julie is the person to talk to. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking to the near future one of the board’s main commitments will be to start to provide some shade sails to the area out front of the Canteen, Tim has erected some temporary sails, to see us through to the end of summer; however we will be getting quotes to make this a more permanent fixture.
So that’s about all for now, enjoy the rest of the summer racing season
See you on the water