I guess we can now say that the summer season has officially come to an end. Running the Club Champs this past weekend, I hope you will all agree was a great way to finish of the season and provide something of a bonus after our period of Level 4 lockdown.
Thank you to all those involved in helping to organise and run the weekend under trying conditions, both with the government restrictions in place and mother nature throwing her own restrictions on top of them. Saturday’s 2-6 knot South Easterlies and Sunday’s 13-20 knot North Easterlies with a substantial swell rolling onto the beach gave all the sailors and volunteers plenty to think about. Launching and retrieving was a true team effort and to those parents that got their wetsuits on and assisted both sailing boats and safety boats, thank you. These days can’t happen without you. A big part of the decision whether to send the fleets out in these conditions is based around the risk of getting the kids and equipment off and on the beach safely. For those who didn’t manage to get wet and observed, next time, throw your wetsuit in the car, it’s kinda fun and very rewarding.
A special mention has to go out to Team Smike, Mike Ferrissey and Simon Redpath. These two gentlemen are always the first at the club in the mornings and last to leave and keep the club assets up and running with very little fuss, while also getting their kids sailing.
The water restrictions that are now in place for Auckland have added another element to our normal operations. A reminder that no outside hoses are to be used. We have the big blue drums to flush out the outboards. Water can be used to wash your boats, but this must come from a bucket/bailer etc. As a sport linked to the environment like we are, please do all you can to conserve water, this includes not showering at the club if possible.
Another thanks goes to our Zephyr fleet rep Craig Moss, for bringing down his Chemwash truck to help wash down the RIB’s heading into winter. Thanks Craig.
While the current COVID-19 restrictions in NZ are slowly easing, we will be looking at our own club rules and restrictions over time and will notify you all of changes as they come into play. Right now, the same rules apply,
- The clubhouse is closed, members are only allowed in the bunker and downstairs changing rooms.
- All members must fill in the contact tracing form on arrival and departure.
- Please wash your hands, on arrival
- Keep physical distancing
- If you feel at all unwell, DO NOT come to the club
With the current restrictions in place, we are not able to lock in a date for the club prize giving as yet, but as soon as we can we will get the date out to you.
The AGM will be held in August, date yet to be confirmed. One position we will have to be filled at the AGM is the House Committee lead. We have an awesome group already at the club with plenty of experience, but we need one person to lead the galley team and manage the ordering, menu and processes around the galley and bar. Please get in touch with me if this sounds like something you could help with.
As mentioned, a few months back, we have some shiny new assets on their way to the club. 2 new RIBS are incoming imminently with 1 to follow shortly. Our Feva fleet is in transit and 12 new LTS boats are close to be agreed on. Of course, with new boats arriving, we have old boats to sell. That’s 3 RIBs and 12 LTS boats. If you are interested or know of a club or organisation that might be keen on some 2nd hand boats, please get in touch with Bryce Day or myself.
- 1st Christopher McGlennon
- 2nd Charlotte Handley
- 3rd Nicholas McGlennon
- 1st Joe Leith
- 2nd Alex Norman
- 3rd Hermione Aris
- 1st Susannah Pyatt
- 2nd Naiomi Ferrissey
- 3rd Ben Brighouse
- 1st David Norman
- 1st Thomas Mulcahy
- 2nd Annabelle Rennie-Younger
- 3rd Courtney Reynolds-Smith
- 1st Angus Rainsford
- 2nd Scott Leith
- 1st Alex Mitchell-Barker
- 1st Steve Pyatt
- 2nd Craig Moss
- 3rd Peter Dawson
- 1st Amelia Angus & Rebecca Hume
- 2nd Hugo McMullen & Tim Howse
- 3rd Kiera Sinton & Leah Sinton
- 1st Blake McGlashan & Seb Menzies
- 2nd Mason Mulcahy & Andre Van Dam
- 3rd Lucy Leith & Lizzy Shapland
There is plenty of sailing and training on over the winter for those who are keen. The Lake Pupuke Sunday racing and the Auckland Junior Winter Sprint Series gives lots of racing opportunities and I know most of the class reps have already been in contact with their fleets about some winter training.
Reminder we are hosting the 2nd AJWSS event on Saturday June 13th.
Take care everyone.