Update November 9

Good morning, I am getting on with this week’s Update a bit earlier (currently 0605!) a pretty busy day clearing up loose ends with my period of Office nearing its end.
Being a creature of habit I always seem to start these with a weather report, well the weather has been fantastic again this week and the dawn looks promising for another lovely day.
The weather was pretty good for our cruisers’ last outing of the year. There was a good turnout of boats and they had a good time, I am told. I think there is a report on the website. There was a good turnout on Sunday evening for the post cruise supper too.

On Friday we held the November 200 Club Draw. As is customary I pull out the first number, it was Frances Tomkins. Frances has very kindly asked me to put the £100 into a tab for the lifeboat crew and bar staff to have a drink after the Armistice Day service on Sunday. I am delighted to do this, thank you Frances for your kind gesture.
Also on Friday evening we had a Curry Buffet, unfortunately it wasn’t well supported but the curries were excellent. We will continue with themed evenings, we are always open to ideas of what you would like us to provide for you.
Last night we had Wivenhoe and Rowhedge Sailing Club visiting us so we had a busy evening. It’s always good to welcome this friendly bunch of fellow sailors.
We have no organised functions in the club tonight or tomorrow so there will be normal dining service and bar of course.
Tendring Canoe Club are holding their AGM in our BMW Room tonight.

Sunday is, of course, Remembrance Day. It is the 100th anniversary of this momentous day and I shall be laying a wreath at the service at 1100 hrs. I look forward to this, it will be one of my last responsibilities as your Commodore and an honour. As I have already alluded to, the lifeboat crew and their families return to the club and take over our function rooms and Tower Bar for the afternoon. The dining room is always busy on this day and we have got a number of bookings already so it is worth giving Tina a call (675526) if you want to enjoy the Carvery. I believe we are already at the position of only having tables in the dining room after two o’clock but you can take your carvery into the bar if there is a vacant table. Don’t forget that the dining hours for Sunday return to normal Winter hours, midday through to 1700

Next week we have our usual Steak Night on Wednesday, then on Friday we are hosting the Town Hard Association dinner upstairs, but there will be service in the dining room and bar.
On Saturday we have the Laying Up Supper, there is a list in the usual place in the foyer. The list will be taken down at close of bar on Sunday evening. Unfortunately it is also the Haven Series prizegiving dinner at Haven Ports YC so I won’t be able to be at our supper.
We have the Christmas on the Quay on Saturday 24th. This is a big day in the club calendar, we are still in need of helpers to serve tea, sell regalia and man a Tombola stall, please contact Anne in the office if you can help out…………..
A reminder too that the Black Tie Dinner is coming up soon too! This is on 8th December, the day before the AGM. It is my absolute last function as Commodore so it would be nice if it was well attended.

That is just about it for this week but I think it would be good to bring you up to date with progress on the vital work on changing the club’s status to a company limited by guarantee and regaining CASC status. A lot of work has been put in by the sub committee, none have worked harder than Charlie Penfold, he has been a tower of strength for us, thank you Charlie.
We are currently on schedule and plan to make the necessary decisions at the AGM.
Right, all that remains is for me to wish you a good week and to say that I look forward to seeing you around your club in the coming week.

Martin