Commodore’s Winter Update 2017/18

Following a busy summer when yet again we could have hoped for better weather, we have also endured a hard autumn and winter, weather-wise in Abersoch, but much has been happening at the Club and I can report a great deal of positive activity…

SCYC enjoyed a profitable and busy 2016/17 season and the Club continues to buck national trends and maintain membership levels; however we continue to seek new ways of increasing Club membership and are considering the possibility of establishing a new “Shore-based” membership category.

Maintenance works are now underway with attention being focussed initially on the Bar Beach Deck, the Race Officers’ Deck, the rear wall and flat roof of the bar store room and also the jetty which has suffered winter storm damage. A new canopy and lighting have been installed on the Bar Beach Deck, however access to the Beach Deck and to the Race Officers’ Deck is prohibited while structural repairs are undertaken.

2017 was a very busy year with open and hosted events running continuously from Dinghy Week through to mid-September and, as ever, huge thanks are due to all of those members who make the events possible by volunteering to assist both on and off the water. All Club “Open” events were well supported and profitable … and good racing was enjoyed by all, despite difficult weather conditions!

2017/18 will be a relatively quiet year for hosted events … whilst we appreciate the additional funding that these events bring to the Club, we welcome the occasional “quiet” year which enables all of us to reap maximum benefit from our membership – we therefore look forward to seeing as many of you as possible, both on the water and in the Club, during the coming season! We want to encourage greater participation on the water in all fleets – particularly in the dinghy fleets and by our younger and newer members – further details will be published in the spring. I would also like to take this opportunity to say thanks and “Au revoir” to Rob Riddell who, having built (allegedly) the best Dragon fleet in the country, will shortly be setting off on a world tour – and to wish Nick Whipp every success in taking over the captaincy of the Dragon fleet.

Shoreside, all Club social events were very well attended and for the second year, on New Year’s Eve Club Members and their guests had a choice of fine dining in the Cove or a more casual hotpot in the bar. Both parties were very well attended and everyone had a great evening followed by more celebrations in the bar on New Year’s Day for those who had watched or participated in the RNLI annual swim …. Which this year was reported on ITV’s national news!

We ran a number of new social events in 2016/17 to attract members and non-members into the Club and will continue this theme in 2017/18. Thanks are due to Adam and the bar staff and of course to David Smith, Marie and the team in the Cove, for their hard work.

Bosun Rob Falck and Assistant Bosun Josh Holyoak have decided that their futures lie elsewhere. We thank Rob and Josh for their contributions to the Club and wish them well in their future careers.

However I am delighted to tell you that Mike Davies (aka “Mike Fish”), who some of you may remember as a launchman at SCYC and many of you will know as the coxswain at Porth Dinllaen RNLI station, will be joining us full-time in March 2018 as the new SCYC Bosun. We look forward to working with Mike in the future and we are sure that he will make a significant and positive impact on waterside operations.

As reported previously, after several years of providing an exceptional catering service to members, David Smith has decided that the time is right for a well-earned retirement; the recruitment process for a new caterer is underway and we will be interviewing candidates in the coming weeks. However, to ensure that there will be no interruption to “normal service”, David has confirmed that he will continue to provide the catering service in the Cove until we appoint a replacement.
I am very pleased to report that since the SGM, Adam Collinson and Steve Harral have joined Council and that Paul Proctor (Commodore 2001& 2002) has also come back on to Council.

Steve Harral has assumed Council responsibility for the Maintenance Programme and Paul Proctor is settling back into Council by managing the recruitment process for the new caterer.

Council recognises the importance of Club members having access to Council (and Council listening to, and taking into account, what members have to say) and the value of the Club being able to contribute to the wellbeing of the local Community. To this end, Adam Collinson has volunteered to take on responsibility for “Membership and Community Relations” and his role on Council is therefore two-fold: First, to engage with Club members and act as a conduit for them to be able to express their views on how the Club should develop, where the Club is “getting things right” and where the Club could do better. Second, to explore ways in which the Club can make a contribution to local Abersoch life and help support the Abersoch Community. We have set up a dedicated e-mail address as an additional channel through which members can communicate with Council, which Adam will monitor and respond to / action. If anyone wishes to contact Council in either of these contexts please do make use of the new e-mail address.

We cannot talk about Admin without thanking Jude – as ever – for her unstinting efforts in the office as the fount of all knowledge, sales person extraordinaire, race results supremo and general “go-to” person!

Finally, I hope you all had a very Happy Christmas and wish you a Prosperous and Healthy 2018 as we look forward to another season of good sailing and happy times in the Club!

Yours sincerely

Anne Munro