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The well attended AGM at Coldham Hall began with the
announcement that Terry Secker and Jean Vaughan, who have just sold Seabird,
would be offered Life Membership in thanks for all that they have done over the
years. The Commodore, Joe Farrow, then spoke as follows:
"This season seems to have passed by very quickly,
with the majority of our weather being uncharacteristic, given how hot it was.
I was pleased to see that the YSC enjoyed a second
joint social event with EACC, something that I hope will be repeated this
January. In fact this year we have been fortunate in that we have
collaborated with at least four other local yacht clubs, who have supported us
in running or hosting our events. I think it is important at a time when
waterborne activity is decreasing that we continue to work together.
This was followed by a controversial quiz at the
fitting out supper at East Hills and I want to end my year by making amends and
finally giving the winning team their prizes. [A presentation was made
to Margaret Kilner on behalf of the whole team].
For me, the season has seen some very enjoyable social
cruises. Our May Day cruise was Eve's first such event and formed part of
what can only be described as a somewhat robust introduction to Broads
The Perryman sticks in my mind as an enjoyable weekend,
with a flourish shown at the finish line, by some. Equally, it
demonstrated the collaboration that I mentioned as being so important. Our
event featured not only in Beccles Sailing Club's year, but also that of the
Yare Valley Sailing Club, who joined us for the race.
Reedham was a mixed bag, proving difficult for some
competitors and particularly bitter for Paul Stevens - by retiring from the last
race, he excluded himself from the overall trophy.
I wasn't able to attend the BBQ, but want to thank
Julia and Christine, who devised a treasure hunt for members to follow.
This was followed, of course, by the Yare Challenge Cup, with all YSC entrants
being from our Northern Rivers executive branch, who retained the trophy for us.
Our summer regatta was very warm; idyllic, in
fact. Even Corsair went out to be stylishly uncompetitive. I want to
thank Ruth and Adrian again for what turned out to be an enjoyable weekend.
At Breydon, we experienced two very different
days. For me, I want to thank everyone who helped with the tent,
especially Andy Bale and his client, who lent their large motor boat. This
weekend involved us moving everything by boat and it takes a lot of
effort. Thank you again, because we just cannot run that event without our
Our Cecil Howard Race is in fact not ours. It is
run by the GWYC and we assist. This year it did however provide an
exhilarating sail for many, with conditions definitely suiting the larger,
At our Autumn Regatta, I am very grateful to Dianne and
Bob who stepped in to OOD and also Brian Wilkins. Congratulations to John
Holmes for winning the Diamond Jubilee Trophy. This is awarded for a
combination of races at Reedham and Cantley and is a lovely, unique trophy,
which was kindly donated to the club by Pippa Ryan.
Finally, our Autumn cruise. Well attended by
yachts and our motor boat division, we enjoyed again a mixed weekend of
weather. Eve sensibly arrived after the rain blew through on
Saturday. Very wise.
I will finish by saying that I have tried throughout
the year to thank everyone who has stepped forward. Especially, thanks to
Vince and Linda Perry, who have made several return trips from the North West to
support our regattas. Our sailing will now close with our Turkey Race in a
few weeks time at Surlingham Ferry, OOD'ed by the Rheads. Looking forward
to seeing you on the water then."
The Secretary, Julia Kilner, then spoke about the season
from her perspective, particularly highlighting the amount of work entailed in
complying with the new GDPR and organising Breydon Regatta with its many last
minute hitches. After the presentation of the accounts and the election of
the new committee, the Commodore presented the proposed sailing programme for
2019. A new regatta was proposed on the River Waveney, with £150 prize
money generously offered by Kelvin Halifax. This was voted on and the
members agreed it could proceed. It was also decided to move the Crews
Cocktail Shaker to the first May Bank Holiday Cruise and organise a race for it
on the Sunday of that weekend.
After the business of the meeting was concluded, Julia
circulated a paper quiz with 48 rather testing questions on a variety of general
knowledge topics. Members were able to puzzle over this before and during
the meal, before the answers were announced. Joe Farrow came third, with
an undisclosed number of correct answers. The Charlton/Branscombe/Rhead
team managed to get half of them correct, with the combined Pelican/Vixen team
scoring six and a half points more to win.