As well, here is a brief update on the selection process for the architects for the concept design work for our future clubhouse improvements. We have now short-listed the firms from six to three. This was not a simple process as all the Expressions of Interest were high quality but a comparison based in a range of factors found three clear front-runners, all with different strengths. We have gone back to the short-listed firms with further questions, with the aim of making a presentation to GC in the New Year.
Cheers, Charles Meredith, Commodore
What have General Committee been looking at this month?
The Club Captain noted that proposed rule changes in relation to safety for the Association Cup had significant implications for a range of boats, with the Squadron’s potential team likely to be significantly affected. Other clubs were in a similar situation. GC resolved that RMYS should provide a constructive response aimed at ensuring both safety and continuing participation.
Sailing Committee will be focussing on reviewing participation in sailing for all members with the aim of increasing involvement.
The Club Captain noted that the new Sailing Instructions were still being reviewed by an external Race Officer but were otherwise close to being published. AWKR preparations are proceeding well.
Administrative and Policy:
The General Manager discussed the incident reporting process. GC resolved that the process should be clarified and communicated to all members.
The Squadron’s current loan facility is due for renewal on 31 January and the Treasurer set out the proposed process and timing to renegotiate the facility and to test the market. Finance noted that the Squadron can readily service its current level of borrowed funds and noted that spending on the clubhouse renovations is not expected to be significant for at least two years. The Finance Committee endorsed the spending of $14,000 to repair the slipway (see Facilities, below).
The Vice Commodore reported that three quotes for the air conditioning had been received: one did not meet the full brief and there was a significant difference in price between the remaining two proposals. The Facilities Committee recommended the cheaper proposal and this was adopted by GC.
The slipway has a problem with the joining and support of one rail at the outer end, and this is currently preventing the slipping of deeper draft boats. The repair for this was approved and will be dealt with promptly (subject to weather).
The issues with the performance of the new wi-fi in the marina and the clubhouse have been resolved.
Membership and Activities:
The Rear Commodore reported on a range of ongoing initiatives, including organising a workshop to develop a better definition of what defines the culture and “tribe” of RMYS.
The Joe White School Sailing initiative has now put through its third school this year.