December news from the Commodore

Good Morning Members,

Well, December is upon us, the wind and rain has signalled that winter is well and truly here and Christmas draws ever closer. In the Club preparations are already underway for next year, the bar still provides a warm welcome to those who venture down over the weekend and the Cove is as popular as ever, especially Sunday lunch and of course the Christmas parties have now started.

During the weekend of the 30th November – 2nd December it was the Abersoch Christmas Festival, with carol singing from the local school children, bands playing in and around the village and special promotions in the shops, bars and restaurants. The village was very busy with people down for the weekend and the Club was no exception, both in the bar and in the Cove – what better place to be!

Over that same weekend the December Council Meeting took place and many issues from Club finances, maintenance of the launches and the ribs, the upkeep of the premises and what we need to address throughout the winter, the 2019 events and sailing programme and of course the results from the Club survey were discussed. Many decisions were made from these discussions and more information will be made available throughout the following months as things start to develop.

Club News

The Bar is decorated ready for Christmas and throughout December is open every Saturday and Sunday lunchtime (12:00 hours until 15:00 hours), closed on Christmas Day but open again on Boxing Day, 26th December, until New Year’s Eve, Monday 31st December (12:00 hours until 15:00 hours). We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible over the winter and Christmas period – the heating is working so come and join us!

On New Year’s Eve the San Silverstre Run will be taking place and culminating at the Club. In the bar between 13:30 hours and 15:00 hours chilli, rice and guacamole along with mulled wine will be served, £10 a head. Also, don’t forget that bookings are still being taken for the New Year’s Eve curry evening in the Bar (£20 per head), where Carron Dawn Wright will be singing, with a play list in-between, from 19:00 hours until 01:00 hours. The Cove on New Year ’s Eve is fully booked.

Then on New Year’s Day, Tuesday 1st January 2019 the Bar will be open from 12:00 hours until late.

My thanks must go to Julian Adams who for the past few years has been responsible for the bar and has done a sterling job. Julian is relinquishing the helm, but staying as our resident consultant and has handed the reins over to Steve Harral, whom we wish every success.

The Cove, after its redecoration and the installation of the Cove Bar, which is for diners only, looks forward to welcoming you to sample their excellent seasonal menus. The Cove Bar is offering for diners a selection of gins and cocktails as well as wine and selected beers. They are open every Friday and Saturday night and every Sunday lunch time for a traditional Sunday roast. Remember that booking is essential in the Cove and you can now use the new landline number which is 01758 228269 or email info@thecoveabersoch.co.uk.

The Cove will be closed over Christmas, but open again for the New Year celebrations with a sell-out New Year’s Eve dinner and on New Year’s Day, after the RNLI swim, there will be live music in the Cove and they will be serving a hog roast, soup, mulled wine and cocktails.

The Cove will then be taking a well-earned rest during the month of January.

Requests for help

Dinghy Show. We do have a stand at next year’s Dinghy Show on 2nd and 3rd March 2019 at Alexandra Palace, London. This is a great opportunity for SCYC to showcase itself and let people know just what we have to offer. So if anyone is willing to help on the stand over that weekend and spread the good word, then please let either Jude or myself know.

Results. As a Club we produce racing results for those taking part in Club Events, Dinghy Week, Mirror Week, Keelboat Week and for all Open Events. These results have to be inputted into the computer and this is not the work of the office.  So we would like a volunteer or volunteers who would be willing to offer their time over the season. In 2019 we will be using a system called SailWave and anyone willing to take up this very important role will be given appropriate training in the system.  Again please let me know or the Club Captain.

And finally, I would just like to reiterate that if you have anything you can offer the Club or any ideas/suggestions about SCYC, please let the Council know – after all it is your Club!

May I take this opportunity of wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Paul Proctor

Commodore

 

Council Member Profile

In future Commodore’s Newsletters we will be including a Council Member’s Profile to let you know, as members, who is doing what and the first is from Adam Collinson who writes:

I was invited to join Council in October 2017, having recently retired as a partner in the law firm Eversheds Sutherland.

My specific responsibility on Council is for Member and Community Relations. I see my role as thinking about how we as a Club are engaging with all our stakeholders – members first and foremost, but also the other businesses on whom we depend and who (to an extent) depend on us.

I thought it might be helpful to give you an idea of some of the things I have been involved in over the last year: I have established a dedicated e-mail address (memberrelations@scyc.co.uk) for members to use as an additional communication channel, so that you can raise any issues direct with a member of Council; I have created a new members’ welcome pack, as well as mini questionnaires to send to new joiners and to leavers to see if we can capture reasons for their decisions to join / leave (if we can do more of the things that attract people to join and less of the things that prompt them to leave it should help bolster subscriptions!); I have relocated the Club’s defibrillator and signposted it from the beach and the car park, so that it is more readily accessible to members of the public, and have invested time and effort in building relationships with others in the local Community, as well as promoting membership more widely, including driving an initiative to attract more motorboat members (liaising with Land & Sea, Abersoch Boatyard Services and The Warren, as well as Abersoch Moorings).  The Club now sponsors the Abersoch Tourist Information Office, and has hosted events for the Abersoch Taste Weekend, held at the end of September. We have also played host on a number of occasions to the Abersoch and District Trade & Tourism Association, who have held monthly meetings (and most recently their AGM) in the Club Bar.

You may have seen my name at the bottom of the recent e-mails from the office relating to the Members’ Survey. I thought it was really important to take a sounding from members as to their current usage of, and views about, the Club. I was delighted with the response rate, and I will be sending out a report in the coming weeks summarising the survey’s findings and outlining the steps that we as a Council have already taken, and are committing to take, in response to the comments we have received.  We are determined to improve the operation of the Club and make it an even more enjoyable place for members to spend time.

My family has had a long association with Abersoch and with the Club.  I have visited Abersoch every one of my 53 years, bar three!  My father Michael was a member for the Club for many years (he sailed a dragon – Scylla – with his brother in law Bill Toole in the late 50s and early 60s, but not terribly successfully, managing to hit the Duke of Edinburgh’s dragon – Bluebottle – in the 1962 Edinburgh Cup when it was first held in Abersoch!).  As a boy I was a junior member and, after we established our own family and bought a house in Abersoch, my wife Selina and I re-joined the Club, together with our daughters Hannah and Lizzie. To us, SCYC is a quintessential part of Abersoch.