Update September 15

Good morning, without wishing to sound repetitive, it is another beautiful sunny morning! It’s noticeable that the temperature has dropped but it is still a fact that we are enjoying a lovely autumn.

When I wrote last week’s Update I was up to my neck in preparation for the EGM. It was a hectic day with lots of work being done throughout the day to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible.
The meeting was well attended by sixty one members. Charlie Penfold has been a very valuable support in this matter. Clearly, as a lawyer he is far more experienced than me or the other club officers in these important matters. I am very grateful indeed to him for the considerable amount of work he is putting in for the club.
Certainly the feedback after the meeting was how much attendees appreciated Charlie’s explanations and how everyone felt more comfortable and reassured that we are doing the best for the club’s future.
Although we decided to not make the meeting an official EGM, we asked the members for their support which we were emphatically given.
Work is now proceeding, we will keep you informed of progress and we will make available the core documents for members to approve. The critical vote will be taken at a later general meeting, probably the AGM.
I explained at the meeting that the process is fairly extensive and to achieve the goal of being CASC registered before the end of the tax year means a fairly tight schedule so you can expect to hear more from us soon.

After the excitement of the EGM lots of us retired to the bar for a drink, supper and the first of the third year of 200 Club draws. I am not sure if I had divine intervention but suffice to say I pulled my own ball out to win the £100 first prize. I did of course immediately reinvest it in the draw!

NEWSFLASH Steve has just advised me that the continuing work on the website is visibly bearing more fruit. If you click on the front page you can access news and events pages, currently with race reports, updates, a full events list and gallery of pictures from Dinghy Week. This a really positive step and we are beginning to get the website where we need it.

I mentioned last week that there was a lot of sailing going on over the weekend.
A quick report is that Simon Hipkin, Geoff Parker and David Evans were in Herne Bay at the Hadron Nationals. Simon finished a creditable seventh although he thought he could’ve done better……. Geoff was tenth and David was a bit further back.
James Oxley went to Felixstowe for the Phantom Nationals, where he did very well to come 28th overall in a very competitive fleet of fifty three boats, well done James.
Charlie and I managed to clinch the Haven Series again in Blue Beeste and the team, including Crikey and Zero Gravitas, were successful in retaining the lovely Wilkinson Sword to hang in the bar.
There was an Onboard session last Saturday and there is another one tomorrow with a 1430 start time.
We also have the next race in the Autumn Series on Sunday, start time is 1500.

Whilst quite a few of our members were away from the club we had reinforcements in the form of visiting yachtsmen from Felixstowe Ferry and Woodbridge Cruising Club, I have had excellent feedback from both clubs to say they had a great time and are determined to return.
We also had some visiting yachts from Royal Harwich on Wednesday lunch time, they had a good time and have since contacted the office to book a follow up visit in October.
It is very satisfying that after all the work that has gone into the club building and its facilities we are becoming such a popular destination for so many other East Coast Yacht club’s.
We have our close neighbours Haven Ports Yacht Club coming next Saturday (22nd)

Right, so what else is happening over the next few weeks.
Tomorrow evening we have a charity fund raising event. Ellie Frost who works for us with Tina in the bar is planning to go to Botswana to do some missionary work. Funds need to be raised for her journey to work with children suffering with type one diabetes. It’s a Soul Evening with a disco and will be held in the Bill Gibbon Room and Tower Bar, starting at 1930 til midnight. Tickets are £15 with all funds raised going to the charity.

Sunday we will have our Carvery from midday through to 1430 then opening the dining room from 1800 to 2000 hours. With winter approaching we are looking at changing the hours back to keep the lunch going through to 1700 hours and not reopening in the evening.
We will be starting the winter hours on Sunday 7th October, however we will be reverting for one day on 4th November as our cruisers will be coming back from their firework cruise.
Wednesday we will be having our usual Steak Night.
On Friday we are holding our Wine Tasting evening in aid of the Centenary Fund, a poster is attached. Tickets at £15 and are available at the bar.
As already mentioned we have Haven Ports here on Saturday.

A heads up on some events coming up.
Our ladies are lunching on Thursday 27th, there is a sign up sheet.
Saturday 29th we have St Edmundsbury Yacht Club and Shotley club with us.
We have our annual quiz with Shotley and our cruisers are very enthusiastic to get some more members to be part of their team, please put your name on the sign up sheet in the foyer or ring Tina in the bar who will do it for you.
We are also holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Saturday 29th at 1000 hours, there is a poster attached.
I am advised there is a Casino Night on Saturday 6th, there is a poster attached, we also have Royal Harwich Yacht Club visiting that evening so if you wish to dine at the club please ring and book a table to avoid disappointment!

Ok, that’s enough for this week, I look forward to seeing you around the club (especially the bar!) in the coming week.

Martin