CHANGES TO COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
Peter Buitenhuis was welcomed back as Commodore; and Tom Rawlings was also welcomed back onto the Committee replacing Helen McCrimmon as Social Secretary. Helen’s resignation was accepted and her contribution to the Committee and her organisation of social events was acknowledged. Both of these positions, and the positions of Rear Commodore, Secretary, Safety Supervisor, and Other Committee Member will be up for election at the forthcoming AGM.
Welcome: Lewis Martin
MARINA SUBCOMMITTEE REPORT
Desilting: DWELP has finally issued a permit for us to go ahead with the this project; BUT, we now have to get permission from Parks Victoria…….. Due to the many delays in processing our application and the further planning still to be done, it is unknown at this stage as to whether we will be able to go ahead with the works this winter.
Maintenance of Centre and South Arms pontoons: the remaining 5 pylons have been de-scaled.
Safe-loading pontoon: a proposal by Geoff Atkins Marine was discussed and it was agreed that the location was unsuitable and the estimated cost of $200,000 was excessive. A more affordable alternative is to be considered.
Marina security: Raneye has begun installing security cameras and repairing the webcam. This work is due to be completed by 21 June. Glen is looking into better sensor lights for the yard.
Safety audit of the Maintenance Yard: we are compiling a list of replacement ladders and other equipment, designing brackets for aluminium planks to be attached to the support arms of the larger cradles, and working on repairs to the spill boom.
Electricity supply to the Centre and South Arms: upgrading the number of outlets in being researched.
Water leaks: Glen has been repairing water supply leaks to the Centre and North Arms.
BOATING SUBCOMMITTEE REPORT
The Westernport Challenge will be on 1 February 2020, with a re-sail scheduled for 16 February.
NYS will be hosting the next Southern Westernport Challenge (for dinghies) and the Triangular Series at dates to be announced.
It was agreed that the Presentation Night being held on the same night as a Second Saturday of the Month social night was a great success. The matter of the Fishing Competition trophies not being presented was raised, and general discussion focussed around increasing fishing and motorboat member representation on the subcommittee. There was also discussion about re-introducing the 3 Humps Race and involving motor boats.
The Sailability program continues to be progressing successfully. It was proposed that 2 programs on the same day might be trialled in order to take advantage of weather conditions and more efficient use of volunteer time.
Arrangements for the Round Phillip Island Motor Boat Cruise have now been concluded with safety requirements being finalised. This event will take place after winter with the date yet to be decided upon.
The Radio Operators Course saw 18 participants become qualified radio operators. Another course will be offered not too far into the future. The Squadron has a number of Radio Operator Certificate handbooks available for $20.
Chris Wilson is still on the lookout to purchase an Elliot 5.9 keel boat to use as a training boat for the racing program.
A twilight race will be re-introduced into the racing calendar.
It was decided that the best way to communicate with race participants leading up to a race was by SMS.
Alen Garrett and Chris Wilson lead a discussion about a possible dinghy racing and fun regatta over the Christmas and New Year period.
It was agreed that it would be appropriate to conduct a working bee to improve the condition of the two club dinghies.
FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE REPORT
Annalisa Elliot, our Treasurer, has met with the auditor in preparation for this year’s audit.
A stocktake of merchandise will take place shortly and a new range will be acquired. Any suggestions are welcome – please contact the Treasurer.
TRAINING OFFICER’S REPORT
An Emergency Response day involving the CFA will be scheduled when the CFA is available.
SAILABILITY SUBCOMMITTEE REPORT
It is planned to expand the Fishing for Kids in the Marina over the summer to include taking kids out in power boats. We will need volunteers with boats.
COMMUNICATION & PROMOTION REPORT
Web page analysis indicates that the Quarterly Magazine continues to be valued with high member numbers downloading it on the day they are informed of its availability.
Typically, posts to the Squadron Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NewhavenYachtSquadron/) were subject to approval before they were posted on the page. It was decided that posts will now be published immediately they are sent.