Before I get to that, I would like to mention a couple of other things. Firstly, we should all be proud of how our “big boat” Primitive Cool has been performing in offshore racing against stiff competition in Sydney, with strong results so far in the Flinders Islet Race and last weekend’s Cabbage Tree Island Race. Well done to John Newbold and his crew.
Secondly, we have now received Expression of Interest documents from six firms of architects for the concept design work for our future clubhouse improvements, the next major step in implementing our RMYS Master Plan. These EOIs are being reviewed by a small team chaired by me before being considered by GC.
Charles Meredith, Commodore
What have General Committee been looking at this month?
The Club Captain noted that the new Sailing Instructions were being reviewed by an external Race Officer but were otherwise ready to be published. She also noted that the Sailing Committee has developed a policy for adult member use of the Quest dinghies on Sundays. The re-laying of H mark was awaiting the contractor’s availability. AWKR preparations are proceeding well.
Administrative and Policy:
The GM reported that an upgraded RMYS website is due to go live in the near future. GC also resolved that we need to set up a register of all members and staff that have RMYS-related working with children certificates, with expiry dates.
A risk management technical group has been set up, chaired by the Commodore, to assist with the preparation of risk management plans that are now required for many of the Squadron’s activities.
The Treasurer reported that an initial follow-up letter in relation to members with overdue accounts resulted in a positive response in most cases. Where payment was not received however, GC has resolved to firmly implement our existing credit policy unless a member merits special consideration due to hardship or other factors.
The Facilities Committee reported that the roof repairs are now close to completion, with the re-conditioning of the balustrades still to finish. Three quotes for the air conditioning are being sought and we have engaged a specialist to assist in this process.
The issues with the performance of the new wi-fi in the marina were noted and GC resolved that these should be dealt with as a priority. GC also discussed further the design and costing for toilet and shower facilities on the marina in response to several issues raised by GC members.
Workcover has made its final inspection of our yard after we have implemented their previous recommendations and have given us the tick of approval.
Membership and Activities:
The Rear Commodore reported that a separate Events Committee has been re-established, as a sub-committee of Member Services, chaired by April Wilkinson. There was also discussion about the Squadron Sundays format and it was agreed that it should continue being relaxed introductory racing and a lunch.
The GM reported that Discover Sailing Day marketing had focused on social media this year, which generated over 350 pre-bookings and a high level of awareness.
The Joe White School Sailing initiative has put through its first school this year, St Columba’s Primary, (and the Commodore has since presented the students with their certificates. What a bunch of happy kids!).