Update October 12

Good morning, it is a cloudy breezy morning but the weather has been fantastic again this week. It has been wonderful to see members and guests having lunch on the decking in summer clothes in mid October. It has been a summer to remember.

Although the sailing season is nearing its end there is still plenty of activity at the club.
Our cruisers are planning to set off to Woolverstone today for their penultimate jolly of the year, the final cruise of the year will be the annual pilgrimage to Ipswich for the Fireworks on Friday 2nd November.
I hope the storms that are threatening for the western side of the country don’t affect our members weekend.
We have an Onboard session tomorrow with a 1315 start time.
We also have Race 5 in the Autumn Series on Sunday, 1400 start.

Apart from the sailing your Officers and Committee have been very busy working away on the proposed change in the club structure. The core team leading this project have put a considerable amount of time and effort in over the past weeks, I would like to thank Charlie Penfold, Anna Brooke, Steve Gregory and John Day for their help and support. Our labours are bearing fruit and we have now sent out a letter to all members about our progress.
There will be a period now for all members to see and understand the substantial documents that have been prepared.
My final duty as your Commodore will be to chair the AGM where this important decision is made.
As we have indicated in the letter, there will be the opportunity to hold a forum for members who would like help in understanding the proposal on Saturday 20th October at 1630 hrs.

Right, let’s get back to the present. This week we have been faced with the challenge of our chef and his lovely assistant being on annual leave.
We have kept the catering service going. Thanks to Harry Triffit who has risen to the challenge brilliantly and is doing a great job. Also to Tina and Steve who teamed up to man the Kitchen on Wednesday and did a great job, thirty nine meals were served during the two sessions.
Catering tonight and over the weekend will be available, there is a good choice on the Specials board. Unfortunately we won’t be serving the Carvery this Sunday, just the Specials Menu Board. The Carvery will return next Sunday, I know a number of members are looking forward to this so it might be worth booking……… Steak Night will also be held again on Wednesday, I know I missed my steak this week.

Tonight, apart from normal service downstairs for members and guests we have the retirement party for Philip Oxley as secretary of the Walton Lifeboat. It is going to be a busy evening.

As I mentioned, Steak Night is back on Wednesday and we have our ladies lunching on Thursday (a sign up sheet is in the usual place). On Friday we are hosting a Lifeboat Fish Supper evening, there is a choice of fish and chips and a dessert the cost is just £15 of which £5 goes directly to the Lifeboat funds. It is always good to support our Lifeboat, you never know when they might be needed…………….
There is a sign up sheet in the usual place in the foyer.

I think that is more or less it for information on the coming week, a few events to just mention for your diaries that are a bit further ahead.
The Laying Up Supper is on Saturday 17th November, unfortunately this is the same date as the Haven Series Prizegiving, hopefully we will still get a good turnout, my apologies are given now!
We are holding our Christmas on the Quay celebration a little earlier this year. Anne is busy organising this, the date is Saturday 24th November, there will be a Christmas Fayre as well as the Walton Lifeboat bringing Father Christmas up to the club with carols from our Kirby Community Choir.

The Black Tie Dinner is the final event in the calendar before the AGM and the end of my term as Commodore, it would be good if this can be a bumper event! I will give you more information and attach the menu in the next few weeks.

I think that’s just about it for this week. I would like to just give a mention to the Yacht Trust. The work on the Basin is progressing well and it is certainly going to be impressive, a really good modern Yachting facility.
Apologies that the lower road is still a bit messy, the good news is that the top road has had some attention and is much improved.
All that remains is for me to wish you a good week, I hope to see you around the club.

Martin