Report given by David Walker.
What a great year. Despite all the economic gloom and doom the club has continued to grow.
We have completed an excellent sailing programme, considerably improved our club assets, the club boat and enjoyed many first class social events.
On the sailing side, attendances were up at most regattas with again many more non racing boats helping to swell the numbers. We have continued to develop our vision of interesting but fun racing. I think we should all congratulate our officers of the day for setting out some interesting courses, rather than just racing around cans. Sailing on the Yare presents lots of opportunities to race different courses and the OOD’s have leveraged this to new heights. (If only we could get rid of Langley Woods!). The revival of the Reedham passage race to Buckingham and the Pursuit race at Cantley were good examples. I’m sure that this philosophy will continue to attract more and more entries.
Some notable highlights were Kelvin Halifax and crew on Anne winning the Crystal Ball and then nominating next year’s Cantley Autumn regatta for the Crystal Ball race. Chris Sale on Kingfisher, last years Crystal Ball winner just missed out on retaining the trophy but then went on to show his local knowledge by choosing the last starting time but winning the Breydon Passage race. He also repeated this in the Yare Navigation Race, winning his class. Well done Chris.
Breydon was an interesting experience, very little wind so no reason to expect any problems. Not so, we hit something which bent our rudder, Starlight Lady and Rebecca collided resulting in the top of Starlight’s mast breaking off. And then Honey hit a stake which almost sank her. And that was all before the start.
Fortunately for Honey the club boat fitted with the new engine is ultra reliable and was quickly on scene to help with bailing.
Regarding the new engine, I am delighted to report that with a significant grant from the RYA plus your generous support to my appeal earlier this year the new club engine is commissioned and working very well. So well you can hardly hear it sometimes. We have also moved the boat to the Reedcutter at Cantley where it is securely parked and we are having a car/boat port constructed to protect it. Our thanks go to Phil and the team at the Reedcutter for their help and support.
On the social side we had a great time. I think we managed to visit every pub on the Yare, except one – the Reedham Ship, and we did some on the Waveney and the Wensum. We are grateful to all the pub landlords for their support but particular thanks to the Reedcutter and Sonia and Andy, new club members, at the Surlingham Ferry.
Thanks to the committee and officers for all their support. Special thanks to Betty and Tony who are retiring this year. Betty has served on your committee for six years and Tony for ten. We also congratulate Tony on becoming Commodore of the RNSYC. We have a small gift for them. [A bottle of wine each]
I have one last duty to perform as your commodore. It is well known that the only really important job in this club is the secretary. For the last five years this club has been blessed with one of the hardest working, efficient, smiling and organised secretary, nothing is ever too much trouble for her, but unfortunately she is retiring. On behalf of everyone in the club I would like to thank Julia for, well being Julia and doing such a magnificent job. We have some gifts for you as a thank you from the club.
Julia was presented with a necklace, £50 to spend at House of Fraser and a bunch of flowers, all paid for by members' kind donations