THE AQUARIUS SAILING CLUB
The Commodore's Bit........
In most years at Aquarius,
by mid-October there tends to be more activity at the bar than on the
water, wet suits and thermals have reappeared and Mrs Bodgitt is
actively planning my winter DIY activities in the expectation that the
end of our sailing season is imminent.
However a casual visitor to the Club over the last
few weeks could be forgiven for thinking that we were still in high
summer! True, with the nights drawing in, it is no longer practicable
to sail on Wednesday evening (will somebody please tell Rodger!), but
in recent weeks we have enjoyed some of the best sailing of the year.
We have welcomed several new family members and they have
been putting the Club boats to good use. The sailing programme
continues till mid November but informal sailing will continue as far
as weather and river conditions allow.
On the social side, the charity dinner in aid of Project Homerus
exceeded all expectations. From the proceeds of the dinner, the sale of
wine and other donations we were able to pass a cheque for £700 to the
British Blind Sailing Association at a small ceremony at RYA house on
October 12. Of course we enjoyed ourselves too with some great food and
wine and superb musical entertainment!
I would like to thank all who
supported the venture, but especially Gus and Eunice Coletta, Linda and
Rodger Wheeler and Anne K who looked after the culinary matters, Pat
Halling and Mike Leigh for the musical entertainment and Mike and
Richard who, as always, were on hand for the myriad of other things
that were needed.
Thanks also to Frank Rainsborough, who brought
Project Homerus to our attention in the first place and who
subsequently cajoled, encouraged and supported us in doing something
The Bacco di Homerus wine for the evening was provided by
the Italian sponsor of the project and it was a pleasure to welcome
Manuel Bonomo - from the family winemakers - as our guest. We still
have a few bottles of the white wine for sale at the bar and an open
invitation for AQSC members to visit the vineyard if they are in the
Lake Garda area.
Looking ahead, the AGM is now scheduled for Sunday
3 December, to be followed by a prize giving and social. (Note the
change of date). The AGM of course, is when the Flag Officers and
Management Committee are appointed. Most of the present Committee have
served the Club for several years in one guise or another and it might
be thought that a prerequisite for nomination to the Committee is many
years membership of the Club.
This is very definitely NOT the case!
It would be great if to have some new, and preferably younger, blood
aboard. The duties need not be very time consuming so please do think
about putting yourself forward or persuading someone else to! Otherwise
we may be at risk of focusing too much on the provision of space for
zimmer frames in the patrol boat, rather than training requirements for
May I also draw your attention to the Annual Dinner
on 18 November. This is traditionally the highlight of our social
calendar, when ladies don their best frocks and gentlemen brush the
mothballs from their number ones. ( i.e. suits or dinner jackets).
is preceded by a working party on Saturday 4 November (from 10.30,
bring gardening gear, free lunch etc) and the now traditional fireworks
party in the evening at Kempton Park.
The programme of refurbishment
of the Clubhouse has taken a back seat over the summer, but Bodgitt and
Co hope to resurrect it during the winter months.
completing the kitchen make-over, replacing the sail/spar racks,
completing the renovation of the launching ramp and re-instating the
Bosun's store. In the longer term we need to replace the windows in the
Clubroom and we are giving some thought to extending the patio area. If
you have skills relevant to any of these projects and feel able to help
in any way please let me know!
This being the last newsletter of the
year, I conclude by thanking all members of the Committee for their
good work and indeed all members who have served the Club in different
ways. I look forward to seeing as many as possible at the AGM