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Recognising our season winners

Congratulations to Euphoria and Tony Coleman for winning the 2019-20 Division 1 Summer Series.  Supporting Tony were his crew: Andrew Parker, Margy Merewether, Ted Merewether, Fiona Erhardt, Donne Newbury, Cate Malone, Laki Sikes, Sarah Price and Joanne Epp (and yes, that is 6 ladies and only 4 men). It is the first time Euphoria has won a Summer or Spring series at RSYS.
 

Congratulations to Hell Razer, Ian MacDiarmid and his crew: David Baines, Robina MacDiarmid, Wendy Payne, Simon Wulf, Jaime Licari, Sue Coulson, Michael Gorman, Phil Edmonds, Margot Van de Poel and Pam Dawes. They won the Division 1, 2019-20 Short Inshore Series. Ian will be awarded the Geoff Lee Trophy.

Photos by Darcie Collington

 

Congratulations to Charles Curran and his crew on SYDNEY, winner of the RSYS 2019-20 Main series pointscore.  He will be awarded the Boomerang Cup. Second overall was Geoff Davidson and his crew on JACKIE CLARE.  Peter Campbell and his crew onboard ISUPER finished third. 

SYDNEY, an Iain Murray designed 18.5 metre yacht owned and skippered by Charles Curran, competed in her 20th consecutive season in the RSYS Division 1.  This followed a successful ocean racing record, with line and handicap wins in a number of the longer ocean races on the East Coast and several good results in Sydney Hobart races.
 
SYDNEY’s loyal crew who have sailed together for most of the 20 years are led by Charles’ long time Sailing Master David Kellett and includes prominent RSYS members Bruce Gould, Peter Hemery, Tim Court and Frank Walsh. The regular crew also includes Colin Tipney and John Woodford who have sailed with David for nearly 40 years.

Each year Charles and David and other crew members encourage younger sailors to become part of the team in an effort to introduce them to sailing large yachts. This has resulted in many of them going on to some remarkable achievements in their sailing careers over the years. The results over the past years have been a reward to the close-knit crew who sail the boat very competitively with 5 Main Point Score wins in the last 10 years.

The 2019-2020 sailing season proved to be a very different season for all, with the loss of 7 races in the point score due to weather, SailGP and the last three to COVID-19. The SYDNEY crew displayed good teamwork with seven 1st and two 2nd during the season, capitalising on her winning form at Hamilton Island earlier, in 2019.

The Boomerang Cup

Photo: 2018-19 winner: Impetuous Too, Graeme Lambert


This beautiful trophy was donated to the Squadron in 1938 by Michel Francois Albert for the Division 1 Season Pointscore. It is a Scottish Sterling Silver Claret Jug, Edinburgh hallmark 1835.  

Previous winners include:

2018-19 Impetuous Too, Graeme Lambert
2017-18 Sydney, Charles Curran AC
2016-17 Jackie Clare, Geoff Davidson
2015-16 Jackie Clare, Geoff Davidson
2014-15 Sydney, Charles Curran AC
2013-14 ISuper, Peter Campbell

 

RSYS eSailing - Put your virtual skills to the test!

The Squadron's virtual 'Lockdown' series is now in full swing with almost 40 entrants in the first week of racing!

Congratulations to our Saturday and Sunday Series winners over the weekend: 

Saturday Series Adult Group - Christopher Pearson
Saturday Series Youth Group - Jack Ferguson
Sunday Series - Ben Costandi

See more results here


The RSYS eSailing Lockdown Series utilises the popular Virtual Regatta Inshore platform. Many of you may have used this program before, but for those new to it, we have created some easy to follow instructions to get your account set up. Racing is conducted on Tuesday evenings and Saturday/Sunday afternoons. Please see the NOR/SIs located on the series webpage for more information. The eSailing Lockdown Series is free for all sailors; in game purchases are not required to partake in the series.

Please take a look at the webpage here for more information and to register


Australian Sailing have just announced the ‘Zhik Australian eSailing National Challenge’, also hosted on Virtual Regatta, which takes one participant from each of several Clubs to battle it out against each other.

See more details on the event on the AS page here.

We will hold a qualifying race day in the coming weeks to decide the sailor who will represent the Squadron in the National Challenge. 


Over the weekend, the inaugural Interclub Youth eChallenge kicked off between RSYS, CYCA, RPAYC and NCYC. Up to five Youth sailors are nominated from each club to enter the challenge. Congratulations to the sailors who represented the Squadron: Garth Bickford, Louis Tilly, Ashton Scott, Benedict Mckay, Spencer McKay and Jack Ferguson. Team RSYS managed to take out the win in Round 2 hosted by RSYS on Sunday. The team worked brilliantly together, talking tactics over a Zoom call during the racing. 

See results from Round 2 hosted by RSYS here


We hope to see you joining us on the virtual racecourse soon!

RSYS Webinars on rewind

The Squadron has embraced the digital age during Lockdown and this week Members have enjoyed a variety of webinars and online meetings.

'Reflections on the modern ANZAC experience'

We were treated to an excellent presentation on Monday. Squadron Member Lt. Col. Peter Curran told the stories of Capt. Stuart Milson who lost his life at Gallipoli, and Peter 'Des' Kearney who served in WW2. He then introduced fellow Member Maj. Gen. (ret'd) Angus McLachlan  AO who spoke movingly of the Anzac spirit of today's veterans - often very young people. 


'The living sea walls of Sydney Harbour'

Dr Melanie Bishop, a coastal biodiversity expert from the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, gave us a tour of several sites around our harbour, examining the different 'tile' structures deployed and their varied success rates in attracting new life to our foreshores. Keep your eyes open the next time you take a walk! 


'Optimal Sail Trim'

Andrew Parkes and Alby Pratt from North Sails are holding weekly webinars on Thursdays at 12.30pm. The first sessions covered Mainsail and Jib trim. 

If you missed these online events, fear not! They are recorded and published on our website in News & Events/ Video Gallery  and our YouTube channel (it's a good idea to subscribe to our channel so .that you don't miss any recordings.)  Catch up now.


Book Club

The Squadron Book Club is continuing its monthly discussions via Zoom meetings. We will discuss  'The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose' at 11.30am on Tuesday 26 May. 


Bridge

Our Bridge community hasn't missed a beat and are playing frequently via BBO - Bridge Base On-line. It is a world-wide platform and free to join. If you would like to join in, please phone any of the Bridge Committee members - their numbers in the Bridge phone book – and we shall get you started.

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Mother's Day offer

Mother's Day is Sunday 10 May and we are here to help you to celebrate with the special Mum in your life. If she is isolating, why not arrange a Home Delivery to her? The Squadron is happy to deliver to addresses within roughly 5km of our Club at no extra cost. 

Menu Special
Roast Free-range chicken with Wild Mushroom Stuffing, Pommes Dauphinoise, Roast Cherry Tomatoes, Broccolini and Sage Sauce, served with Salad and Strawberries & Cream Cheesecake for dessert. PLUS home-made Macaroons - especially for Mum.

Small (half chicken, serves 2) $32, Large (serves 4) $60, 
or $50 and $78 including a bottle of NV Jansz Cuvee Brut Sparkling or 6 Peroni beers (When ordering, please specify in the Special Requests field)

This meal is available for takeaway or home delivery on Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May.
Please place your order by 5pm Thursday 7 May.

A Mother's Day Bouquet
Why not delight the special Mum in your family with a beautiful flower arrangement on Mother's Day?
We are pleased to offer:
- Bucket arrangement (colours/varieties will vary) $95
- Bouquet of Lilies $60
Flowers may be collected or delivered together with your meal orders on Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 May.
Please place your flower orders by 5pm Thursday 7 May.

Place your order here or call Reception 02 9955 7171.

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RSYS eSailing Lockdown Series 2020

Are you missing racing against your fellow Members?  Get involved in our RSYS eSailing Lockdown Series while you’re at home during the lockdown.

To kick off, we are offering three regattas: Tuesday Twilight, Saturday Main Series and Sunday Youth Dinghy.  Let us know if you think we should have another day of the week … Perhaps our Wednesday racers?  

Our first week across all series will be a training session to help us all get up to speed with eSailing.  There is some setup required and you will need to register.

All the information you need is here

We can’t wait to see you out on the (virtual) water!

Nominate your Sailor of the Year!

Let's recognise our top sailors!  

The RSYS Sailing Committee is calling upon Members to nominate an appropriate person for one of the five significant awards for the 2019-2020 sailing season. The time period for consideration for the award is 1 May 2019 to 30 April 2020. Those awards are: 

Yachtswoman of the Year 
Yachtsman of the Year  
Flag Officers' Crewperson of the Year
Youth Sailor of the Year
Ruth McCance Memorial Trophy new

If you know someone who you think should be acknowledged, please read the criteria for each award and complete the online nomination form. Your contribution would be very much appreciated.  Nominations close on Friday 15 May.

 

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Award Criteria

Yachtswoman of the Year - The Joanne Trophy
Donated to the club in memory of Mrs Joan Godfrey.  A sailor of more than 50 years she started out in VJs at Vaucluse, then in 12ft Skiffs and eventually in keelboats.  She was and enthusiast, deeply involved and an active participant rather than a spectator.  The trophy is to be awarded annually to a woman who, like Joan:

  • Sails regularly from the Squadron
  • Is, above all, enthusiastic, deeply involved and an active participant - even if her role be relatively unobtrusive

The activities can relate to any aspect of sailing from junior to family sailing.  It should preferably not be oriented towards, but not exclude, competitive sailing. There is no age limit. 

Yachtsman of the Year - The Idris Cup  
Donated to the club in memory of Mrs Idris Wolseley Picton-Clark, born in Sydney in 1894 to a pioneer family.  Mrs Clark was a life long devotee of both rowing and sailing. To be awarded to the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron amateur yachtsman or woman of the year.  In making the award the principal considerations are: 

  • Excellence in local, national and international sail competition
  • Demonstration of the art of good seamanship and sportsmanlike conduct

Flag Officers' Crewperson of the Year - Carabella Tray
This award will recognizes a Squadron member who has demonstrated a high level of commitment to their sailing and contributed to the success of their skipper in club and regatta events.

Youth Sailor of the Year
Criteria for this award, established in 2019 is: 

  •  Aged 25 or under as of April 30 in the year of nomination
  • Have a record of outstanding achievement in national and or international competition
  • Have followed a committed training program during the award year, and brought recognition to RSYS competitive sailing
  • Have demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship

Ruth McCance Memorial Trophy
In its inaugural year, this trophy will be awarded to the best sportsperson of the year at the club. This award embodies the spirit and traditions of the club and encompasses the love of competition, fair play, support of the sport of sailing and contribution to club life. The award shall be awarded by the sailing committee who shall consider following guidelines in its deliberations:

  • The winner shall be a member of the RSYS
  • The member shall embody the club values of Integrity, progressiveness, inclusiveness, respect and safety
  • The winner must have competed in a sailing event run by the RSYS in the award period
  • Shall demonstrate a high level of sportsmanship at all times. Their behaviour shall be ethical, appropriate, polite, and fair
  • Shall contribute to the development of the sport of sailing
  • Shall contribute to club life
  • Should display courage in what they undertake either in competition or service
  • The activities in the previous full club year, based on membership fee due date, shall be the basis of consideration.
  • A nominee may be professional however activities undertaken in a professional capacity will be excluded from consideration
  • Nominations shall be received from the general membership
  • Committee members are eligible for the award but they may not be nominated by a current member of any committee
  • A member may not self nominate.

Past Winners

Yachtsman of the Year


2018-19 Martin Hill
2017-18 Rupert Henry and Greg O'Shea
2016-17 Rob Lowndes
2015-16 Paul Clitheroe
2014-15 Roger Hickman

Yachtswoman of the Year

2018-19 Karyn Gojnich
2017-18 Maddie O'Shea
2016-17 Jeanne-Claude Strong
2015-16 Millie Brown
2014-15 Jeanne-Claude Strong

Crewperson of the Year

2018-19 Richard Allanson
2017-18 Will Ryan
2016-17 David Chapman 
2015-16 David Chapman
2014-15 David Chapman

Youth Sailor of the Year

2018-19 Brooke Wilson

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Revised notice on Waterfront access

07.04.20

Update from the General Committee

Dear Members,

As you all know, we are in a rapidly changing environment. Your General Committee is endeavouring to protect Members and their families, as well as staff and contractors, from the worst-case scenario of loss of life in our community.

Last Friday we issued some guidelines relating to our Waterfront amenities. This was based on our interpretation of current legislation and our wish to comply with the overarching ethos of protecting the broader community and in particular our front-line emergency services and medical professionals.

It is still the General Committee’s belief that if you don’t need to be out, you should stay at home and not go to the Squadron.

Over the weekend we received some constructive feedback from Members who are concerned about being able to undertake essential upkeep on their personal property across the dinghy storage, Hardstand and swing moorings. After deliberation, we wish to re-calibrate our communication as follows:

The tender service will operate from the outer pontoon seven days a week during Waterfront operating hours (listed below). The pick-up area will be clearly marked with signage. Due to government-enforced social distancing regulations, the tender is limited to one passenger and one vessel skipper. We kindly ask that you are patient with our Waterfront staff who are running the tender service and maintain social distancing whilst waiting. Please call 9017 0161 on approach to minimise the wait. 

We are not able to guarantee that the Walker Bay dinghies can be adequately sanitised and safe to use. They will not be available for the time being.

Members requiring access to Hardstand vessels may do so during Waterfront operating hours. We ask that you call ahead so that we can plan and manage social distancing. 
This week: Monday – Thursday   7.30am – 4pm
Easter long weekend: Friday – Monday   8am – 5pm
Thereafter: weekdays 7.30am – 4pm, weekends   8am – 5pm. 

Members may access their storage lockers in the Members’ Shed, however please comply with the social distancing rules, be prompt and do not touch any items except your own. Members may not conduct DIY work in the Members’ Shed for the time being.

We would reiterate that:

The Pond is closed other than as a safe haven in emergencies

No DIY work is permitted in the Pond or in the Yard.

We can confirm that we are investigating the possibility of financial concessions in respect of dinghy storage, Hardstand and swing moorings. We hope to advise you of any concessions shortly, based on our financial modeling and our work in seeking rent reductions from the relevant government authorities.  

Whilst we respect our Members' ability to make considered decisions regarding their safety, and to interpret Government regulations and guidelines, we also take seriously our duty of care to Members, staff and contractors, and ask for your assistance by adhering to these policy changes.

Regards,
 
The General Committee
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Tips for vessel hibernation

By RSYS Waterfront Manager Ned Brown

Here is a useful check-list if you are concerned about your boat's wellbeing during the period ahead.

Check all mooring lines are secured properly. Consider setting up a back-up line from the mooring loop to a cabin or cockpit winch.

Ensure all sea-cocks and thru-hull fittings are closed. Ensure hoses and drains have been cleared.

Make sure battery switches are turned to the OFF position, and that battery terminals are clean and connections are not loose. If you have a solar charging system, make sure connections are in good condition and batteries are receiving charge. If you don’t have a solar system, solar “trickle chargers” are an affordable way to help keep your batteries topped up. They can be placed on your vessel and connected to your batteries via alligator clips. These are available from Whitworths and other marine outlets.

Check bilge pumps and float switches are in good working order. Check pumps on both manual and automatic settings.

If you have hard antifoul applied to your vessel’s hull (Ultra 2, VC Offshore, Vivid), you may want to contact a hull diver to wipe down the hull every 4-6 weeks. Most hull divers will be available through the lockdown.

Ablative antifouls (Micron Extra, Altex no.5 and Altex no.5 Plus) should require little maintenance, so long as your vessel has been antifouled in the last 12 months.

If you’re unsure what type of antifoul is on your vessel, contact us and we can assist.

Propspeed is a great product for your vessel’s running gear but requires regular use for maximum performance. Propspeed is not designed to sit stagnant or be scraped or scrubbed by a diver. If possible, you can put your engine into forward and reverse a few times every 2-4 weeks. This will throw off any growth that might begin to accumulate on your propeller.

Check hoses for signs of deterioration.

If possible fill diesel vessels with fuel. The more oxygen present in your fuel tank, the higher the likelihood of your tank developing diesel bug, which can cause complications in the future. There are diesel additives that can help prevent diesel bug.

Ensure anodes are present. If anodes are needed, contact us ASAP so that we can organise.

Remove all food items, bottles and cans containing liquids, bedding and clothes.

Clean fridges and freezers, leave doors propped open.

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The RSYS Waterfront team are on hand to assist Members in any way.
Please call Ned or Louise in the office on 9017 0161 or email louise@rsys.com.au

Letter from the General Committee

03.04.20 

Dear Members,

Your General Committee has been meeting regularly to discuss the ramifications of the Government’s latest announcements. We deliberated the MIA, BIA, RMS, Health NSW and our own legal advice, and agreed we should be guided by the primary intent of the regulations. Government imposed isolation restrictions are structured to keep people at home, keep them safe and reduce the anticipated load on our health system. The safety of our Members, staff and community is our priority and the primary factor in our decisions.

In light of these developments, RSYS infrastructure will be available to facilitate access to your boat only for emergency access and only to transport the skipper to prepare for the months ahead.

From Tuesday 7 April:

  • The Pond will be closed
  • Tender service will not operate
  • RSYS dinghies will be stored away
  • Members’ own dinghies, Zodiacs etc. may not be launched from RSYS premises
  • Access to moorings, Hardstand, dinghy storage etc. will be restricted
  • Fuel service will cease to operate
  • DIY and contractors work on the Hardstand and Pond will not be permitted

There are exceptions however: RSYS premises may be used as a safe haven in an emergency, and you may drop off your boat for pre-arranged RSYS boat repairs/essential maintenance (Note this may change). In this event, you should vacate the hardstand as soon as practical.

We appreciate that Members may want to access or even remove their boats before the above edict is in place. This will need to be a coordinated activity to reduce the number of people on site. Louise Alves from our Waterfront operations will be coordinating this activity for Yachts, Hardstand boats and Dinghies.  Times will need to be confirmed with Louise to ensure that we follow the social distancing rules and do not have too many people at the Club at any one time. Members are invited to book a two hour slot between the following times:

Saturday 4 April until Tuesday 7 April from 8am - 5pm

Tenders will only be able take one Member at a time.  Louise can be contacted by email louise@rsys.com.au or call 02 9017 0161.

On a more positive note, our Waterfront staff are on hand to offer the following services to Members with boats on the Hardstand, RSYS moorings and those who are signed up to the RSYS Tender service.

  • Complimentary daily visual inspection. The Waterfront Manager will contact you for further instruction/permission should any issue be observed.
  • We are working on a program to have staff board your vessel and start your engine, check the bilge and batteries, please let us know how we can help.
  • The Boatshed remains open for all your maintenance and repair needs. The team has undertaken an intensive program of cleaning and realigned staff shifts to minimise any risks associated with the work environment.

Please contact Ned Brown to arrange an onboard inspection ned@rsys.com.au or 02 9017 0161.

Your Club will monitor all Government announcements and Members will be contacted if there are any material changes that will safely allow a change to the Squadron’s policy.

 

Regards,
 
The General Committee

New online take-away & delivery service

We are pleased to announce that the Squadron's Dine at Home Take-away and Home Delivery meals service is now available via our new online shop.

You may order from several menus; then simply select Take-away or Delivery, enter your details, preferred take-away or delivery time, click 'submit' ... and lay the table for a delicious meal!

We offer:

FAMILY MEALS (Large serves 4, Small serves 2)
FROZEN MEALS  (single serve, heat & eat) 
A LA CARTE DINING 
COOKED ROASTS
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ANZAC Day special: 7 hour Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, available for pick up or home delivery on Friday 24 April ONLY. 
Please place your order by 5pm Thursday 23 April.

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Home delivery or Take-away available for:
Monday to Friday, 3 – 8pm (last orders 7.30pm)
Saturdays, 12 – 2pm & 3 – 8pm (last orders 7.30pm)
Sundays, 12 – 2pm.

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CLICK HERE FOR NEW ONLINE ORDERING
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Please note

- You will receive a confirmation email (if you don't, please check your Junk folder). 

- All purchases will be billed to your Member House Account

- Take-away: Please collect your order from the Northern Entrance (near the Main Bar) during the above hours. Please ring the bell and a staff member will meet you at the door. 

- Deliveries: minimum order $25, delivery radius around 5km, orders must be paid for in advance. Our staff will knock at your door and drop your order, no cash accepted.

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Update from the General Committee

27.03.20

Dear Members,
 
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Introduction


Following the General Committee (GC) meeting last night, we thought it was very important to provide an update to all our Members on what was discussed and the current position of our Squadron.

Most of you no doubt are close enough to the news hitting us each day, however, we wish to share with you our current views upfront which are assisting with our decision making.

- Timing: We have all heard that this Pandemic will last for somewhere between 3 months (if we can flatten the height of the Bell-shaped curve through strict social distancing) to approximately 18 months (worst case of a scalable vaccine being implemented globally.) We all hope the issue of flattening the Bell-shaped curve plus the shortening of the length through fast work and great scientific minds occurs. In the meantime, your GC has explored and will continue to review all options, both the worst and best scenario. We are currently planning for a most likely scenario of approximately 6 months, with tightening Government restrictions in the meantime and ultimately these restrictions being lessened leading into our spring sailing season.

- The globe has seen pandemics before, some worse than others in scale, all having a devastating impact on the communities involved. But History says communities bounce back. We know this so well in our sailing community. To use a sailing analogy: Covid-19 is not just a black southerly buster coming through but could be like a tornado if we don’t all work individually and together to find solutions. So we must “batten down the hatches” and ride it out. We will survive this as a Club but we all must work both individually and together to ensure this.

- The Squadron is currently in a solid financial position. We have no debt and have built up cash reserves for the car park project of approximately $800,000. However, this cash position will not last even in the most likely scenario unless we dramatically curtail both operational and capital expenditure. In addition, with our now dramatically reduced operational revenues, we will have to turn to ensuring our Members' subscriptions due next month is consistent with our Club’s “Member for Life” philosophy. The GC has and will continue to prudentially manage your Club's finances.

- Our priority is how best to support our Members and staff through these difficult times. With the right planning and prioritising and all working together, we are confident that we can get through this situation and be ready to welcome you and your guests back to enjoy the Squadron as soon as allowed.

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Current situation

As you will all be aware, our circumstances are changing on a daily basis. Regrettably, the last week has been one of the most difficult in the Squadron’s long history. The following points are important to note;

- Staffing: 

In the current environment with announcements daily from different levels of Government, we have been forced into closing parts of the Club. As a result, we had to stand down 70 staff. This was obviously extremely tough on our staff / management, and Members who knew many of these great individuals. The decision had to be made to protect the future of our Club and to also allow the staff to access the recently announced government support. We stood them down with the hope that one day they will be able to rejoin us if they so choose. We also provided a modest ex gratia to help them all until Government support kicks in next month. 
 

- Clubhouse, Waterfront and events:

The clubhouse is closed with the exception of the Cellar and the newly introduced frozen and ready to eat take away options. These are proving to be extremely popular, so please look at these online. We can arrange home delivery of these meals as well as anything from the cellar.

All Club events are now cancelled until 1st September.

Accounts and Administration will be generally working from home with minimal staff onsite.

All Sailing is cancelled including the “Academy” until further notice. This now includes the Combined Clubs Winter Series as well as the Winter Youth Programs.

The Waterfront operations are currently open, including the tender service, and we encourage our Members to make use of this facility now more than ever. We will be announcing a new service to Members shortly to check / service boats during this period. This may change in the future if further restrictions and definition of essential services are changed by the Government.

All Capital works have been deferred. Expenditure of the Car Park repairs project will be the first capital works project to be recommenced once we are in a financial position to do so.

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Subscriptions        


We now need your support more than ever. We continue to look to our Members for support if possible, to renew their subscriptions. Our annual subscription renewals are due to be sent out mid next month. We appreciate that this is not the best timing, but are hopeful that our “Member for Life” philosophy will help us through this time. Please note the following;

The 2020/21 Membership rates will be frozen at the same level as 2019/20.

We remind our Members that they can pay on a monthly basis by direct deposit (this year without any administration charge.)

We plan to offer Members the opportunity to pay two years of subscriptions upfront at the 2020/2021 rate. This will not only significantly help our cash flow but will also be a discount for Members with no subscription increase in 2021/22 for those who pay in advance. We understand that not all Members will be able to take this up.

As a Club, we fully respect that everyone’s personal circumstances are different and we will continue to work through scenarios for dealing with the impact of this crisis on our Members. As part of the Squadron’s philosophy of “Membership for Life” the GC is examining options to support Members to continue with their membership until the Club is fully operational again. If any Members are experiencing difficulty, please contact the CEO or any of the Flag Officers, and the Finance Committee will consider any requests and make recommendations to the General Committee for sign off.

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The Future


The GC are continuing to explore all the many ways that our Club can remain strong albeit under these exceptional circumstances. To this end, our Sub Committees will continue to meet on a regular basis. This is now happening electronically and has already started this week.

Over the next few months, we will be introducing some new online courses so that our Members continue to feel engaged and part of our wonderful community. We appreciate the great work all involved in RSYS communications and particularly Ms. Isabel Wartho. We are calling for help from any member with information technology “hands-on experience” in web mastering and social media platforms to support Isabel and the team. Please contact Will Pettigrew if anyone is interested.

Finally, as we mentioned above, these are challenging times which this current generation hasn’t seen before. We want to thank all our Members for their understanding and ongoing support. We must acknowledge and sincerely thank our Management team for being able to steer us through these recent headwinds. In particular, we would like to recognise the professional leadership of our CEO, William Pettigrew.

Please all stay healthy and reach out to other Members, and also to your GC Members if you need any assistance during this period.
 
Regards,
 
The General Committee