COMMODORE’S NOTES – December 2019
As Christmas approaches why don’t you drop into the club and enjoy some of the festive celebrations on offer. The recent social events at the club have been a great success. Last weekend was, without doubt, one of the busiest and most successful social weekends for a long time. The events were open to all members and were sold out.
The Angling Christmas party on Friday saw 90 anglers and friends enjoy a lovely 3-course meal with Paul Akerman being awarded ‘Life Membership’ for the outstanding amount of voluntary work he has undertaken in CBYC for many years.
The Cruiser Racers had their presentation dinner on Saturday with over 100 enjoying a wonderful night with great food and entertainment.
If that wasn’t enough for one weekend, we held our Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday afternoon. 45 youngsters from 6 months upwards had an exciting time (along with parents and grandparents) with marvellous entertainment provided by Daley Bee. All of them received a present later from Santa in his grotto.
This busy weekend follows on from a number of other events. The RNLI held a fundraising Quiz Night with fish and chips provided from our galley. Over £500 was raised for this good cause. The Jamming sessions are going from strength to strength. If you come along you may be lucky enough to hear our Vice Commodore on the mic!! Our quiz nights are great fun and are well supported along with our winter talks. The improved quality of the food in the restaurant is certainly helping to attract more members to join in with these events.
The last weekend in November we hosted the Dragon National Student Team Racing event. Held over 2 days, we welcomed over 200 students. I heard nothing but complements regarding the students over the two days. They were polite and considerate to the club members and it was refreshing to see the club full of young active sailors. The car parking problems that we have encountered in the past were solved by keeping all visiting vehicles in the overflow car park so that we always had parking available for our members. Events such as this one bring in useful revenue for the club. Each competitor paid a £10 fee to the club and all our support boats were hired to them –giving us a total revenue of over £3000.
The website is nearing completion with just a few more jobs to sort out – one of which being the installation of the new HD web cam. A huge thank you goes out to Dave Richards for overseeing this project.
The training school has had many changes over the last few months and I look forward to an exciting sailing program next year. Along with Richard Mills and Matt Sayer, I would like to host a presentation evening in the New Year and invite all members to discuss the exciting future of the training section. We intend to run the sessions from last year but also expand into other training areas such as keelboats, Ladies training and also offering our club boats for members to use and join in with the Club’s dinghy racing or just go sailing for fun!
Lastly, on behalf of myself and the CoM, we would like to wish all our members a very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2020!
Chris Pain & all of the CoM