Commodore’s Report – February 2019

Commodore, Charles Meredith

My summary of the key issues that were considered at the last two GC meetings is provided below. I have combined the January and February meetings as the January meeting was a short one so that GC members could attend the AWKR launch and the excellent talk by Wendy Tuck that followed.

Before I go to the report, I would like to let you all know that Michael Culhane has resigned from GC so he can focus his energies in other areas. Mick has been a highly valued member of GC for several years, and I and the Committee thank him greatly for his significant contributions to our discussions and decisions. He will continue to serve on Sailing Committee.
We have two new members joining GC, Rick Matthews (who is currently on Member Services Committee) and Bob Galbally. We welcome them and look forward to adding their skills and knowledge to the group.

​Charles Meredith, Commodore

What have General Committee been looking at this month? 

The issue of the changes to the Notice of Race for the Association Cup has been previously noted and has continued to be a focus of Sailing Committee. Despite a consistent view from several clubs that the changes are problematic for a range of reasons, Sandringham Yacht Club has chosen to maintain the changes. As a result, Sailing Committee recommended to GC that RMYS does not participate this year under the new NORs and GC fully supports this position, which will be conveyed to SYC. The Royal Yacht Club of Victoria has also passed a similar resolution.

Building on the excellent result of our Juniors in the Stonehaven Cup, we will be sending a full team to the next Cup, to be held at St Helens in Tasmania. Sailing Committee is exploring options to provide another two Quest dinghies for training and to send to the Cup.

Administrative and Policy:
GC resolved at the January meeting to call an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) for Saturday 16 March to vote on the amendments to our Constitution that were originally to be considered at the last AGM but were withdrawn due to some issues with the document presentation. You would have all received notice of this meeting and the relevant information to consider.
I encourage you to attend in the Harbour Room at 10:30 this Saturday and participate in the vote.

The Squadron’s previous loan facility expired on 31st January. It has been renewed on favourable terms to the Squadron after Finance Committee had researched the market and successfully negotiated with our current bank (ANZ).
The major financial focus at this time of the year is the preparation of next year’s budget and its review and approval next month by GC.

The slipway has been repaired and is fully operational. Facilities is seeking an engineering assessment of the slipway to check for potential future issues and assess ongoing maintenance needs.
The marina is now five years old and the ongoing maintenance needs are being reviewed and assessed, along with any defects that may require rectification by the builders.

Membership and Activities:
The Five Year Marina Party was a great success and a credit to all those involved in its organisation.
The Events Committee has been putting in considerable groundwork on setting up a timetable and pre-planning for events, which will provide a strong basis for building up the events calendar for the Squadron.