At one time the Start of Season Party really did mark the renewal of life at the
Club; members emerged from winter hibernation, removed storm covers from their boats,
dusted off the cobwebs and renewed their friendships. In recent years however we
have had a winter program and at times the Club has been quite buzzing with activity.
This year has been no exception: As I write this we have just finished putting the
Clubhouse back to "normal" following the hugely enjoyable 6oth Anniversary Party
which replaced the usual start of season party. Mike (trustycorrespondent) Baker
describes this elsewhere, but I add my congratulations and thanks to Diana and her
team for a magnificent "do".
The programme of monthly Sunday lunches have been well supported, culminating in
the Ladies Lunch on 17 February, when the Ladies were able to enjoy their aperitifs
outside on the quarter deck in sunshine!
This year's Programme is being distributed with this newsletter and contains the
usual old favourites together with some innovations. In particular Richard is planning
more pursuit races on Sundays where circumstances allow. He has also made arrangements
for an additional "away week" to Chichester Harbour, courtesy of Chichester Yacht
Club. This coincides with the Signet Nationals and also Chichester YC's own family
week, so we will be able to enjoy one or more day's sailing in good company.
As weather allows, we will be arranging impromptu events, for example BYO barbeques
on Wednesday evenings and we will also schedule the " Midsummer Madness Cruise" to
the pub (date currently secret in order not to tempt the rain gods!)
On the domestic front, plans are in place to replace the windows in the Clubroom,
which are now in a somewhat sorry state. It is anticipated that some strengthening
will also be necessary to the frontage, and hopefully the "dip" in the roof will
be corrected. This will be followed, as time and finances allow, by refurbishment
of the galley.
I conclude by drawing your attention to the work party on 26 April. As always there
is always a lot of work to do to keep the common areas of moorings neat and tidy
(individual berths are of course the occupier's own responsibility). In addition
this year we are intending to take the patrol boat out of the water and start its
refurbishment. Please note the date and do come along if you can.