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Message from the Commodore 19th July

Published 11:55 on 19 Jul 2020

I hope you are all well out there! We have certainly moved on at a pace in the last month.

Dinghies are out racing and have now actually reached the mid season break! This has been well supported and we are glad to see so many of you out there it has made Steve's year! Yachts have started racing again and this weekend thanks to Dee we have put on the Wreck Race and Ranney's Buoy Race with other clubs joining in.

The Bar and Kilby's has reopened on the limited basis in my last update and it has been a necessary responsibility of mine to check the level of custom from time to time. It's tough being Commodore but it has to be done. However we are taking a close look at how we perform as trade builds up so that we balance cost with income. We are restricting entry to bona fide members so if you know of any member who is not this day doing their duty please encourage them to take a leisurely pint in the sun or in our Covid compliant bar!

If the trade falls off then we will need to reconsider the opening hours, and on that note the bar and Kilby's will not open Monday evenings until further notice.

We have held our first socially distanced committee meeting and will revert to the normal patter of meetings now. I would like to say thanks to all the club officers, committee members, instructors and Nev and Dave and their teams for their tireless work on keeping us afloat and getting us back on the water during this long and difficult time.

Work is recommencing on club strategy and work in hadnd including repairing the slipway which starts this coming week and repairing / extending the foreshore. The ladies shower roof is in hand and will receive the needed decoration after the repairs.

We will shortly be rigging the new Hartleys for the first time and also reviewing the existing fleet of dinghies.

In the meantime, you can be assured that your club remains in good health and active. Hopefully we have come through this relatively unscathed. Our reserves are intact but the bank balance is lower mainly because of expenditure early in the year, e.g. aircon in the bar set off against lower revenue.

So, we move cautiously forward. Speaking of which I am back on the water thanks to Black Dog and HSBC! I hope to race next week but for any colleagues worried by this I don't intend to peak too early!

Stay safe and enjoy the summer.

Best wishes

Bob Wilkey

Commodore

Last updated 11:55 on 19 July 2020

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