This report is a summary of Squadron matters over the last three months. It is designed to keep members informed and to give feedback on issues that have been raised.
This report covers;
- Member survey results
- Worksafe Compliance
- Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta
- SYC's Commodore's Challenge
- Management and more...
MEMBERS’ SURVEY RESULTS
Thank you to all members who competed the survey providing valuable feedback on a range of issues. Nearly 40% of members completed the survey which gives a high degree of confidence that the survey is an accurate representation of our member’s views.
There is considerable detail in the full results, but several key things stand out:
· 64% of members are aged over 55 years, and 79% of members are male
· 43% have been members for 10+ years
· the primary reason for membership is to go sailing, with clubhouse facilities very important
· there is dissatisfaction with facilities, including the food and beverage offering
· 70% of members who are assessed as “Promoters” of the Squadron are aged 55+, 50% have been members for 10+ years; they view the club as friendly, social and well located
· the biggest issue for “Detractors” is the food offering
· members repeatedly suggested that they’d like to see better food facilities (e.g. all-day café, good food, bar/ better night dining facilities, outdoor areas and outdoor dining)
· members overwhelmingly prefer what is described as ‘Pub Style’ dining which is not defined in the survey. There are suggestions for a Sunday BBQ/carvery
· for both Summer and Winter racing, most respondents prefer a squadron course, with a laid course next
· options to change the format of Opening Day did not attract much interest.
The list above is based on the results summary provided by the survey firm will be analyse further by the General Committee and the Sailing, Membership, Facilities and Finance Committees. The aim is to respond to the issues raised by August this year, to be actioned by the incoming General Committee.
We propose to post the survey results in the Members’ section of the RMYS web site soon. We will put a note in eBreeze when they are available.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE SERVICES ASSESSMENT
This continues to be a priority as evidenced from the questions raised at the last quarterly members’ meeting. Members perceive that there is an imbalance in the importance given to revenue raising from function catering to the public compared to serving the catering needs of the members. The results of the members survey support for this view.
Trading figures over the last financial year show that net cash into the club is above that year’s budget. Budget for the current financially year is finalised setting a similar target for net cash.
The capital expenditure budget has funding to $1,000,000 for improvements at the clubhouse and Marina, detailed below.
Marine occupancy continues at about 75% with no immediate prospect of a large influx of boats. Marina infrastructure function and maintenance has continued to be closely monitored with lose sleeves of some piles being addressed by the supplier. Boat storage lockers and ablution facilities are a high priority.
Our aging clubhouse is having structural repairs as well as layout changes and improvements.
The following works have priority:
1. the leaking roof and the balustrade
2. WorkSafe compliance
3. new fence around yard and car park
4. security surveillance, and
5. layout redesign to address members’ future needs and growth.
The club has carried out the works required by WorkSafe assessors. Testing on the cradles has resulted in changes to some slipping techniques and maximum loads.
PARTICIPATION IN ON WATER EVENTS
Our existing on water events are consistently well supported by the same 40% of members’ boats moored in the marina. Establishing a process for the running of on water events for the remaining 60% of our moored boats is still in the incubation stage.
AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S KEELBOAT REGATTA
Our AWKR regatta management team is in the home straight with the number of participants, sponsors and volunteer numbers approaching those of last year.
Our members participated in the Association cup. Tragically, one of our sailing community was lost. Out of respect, the event was cancelled. Presentation night is on our doorstep where we proudly display our love for racing.
SYC COMMODORES’ CHALLENGE
Monica and her crew did exceedingly well with three first places and one fourth place put her team in overall second in the regatta; congratulations all round.
RMYS TO HOST WORLD SALING CHAMPIONSHIP
The Squadron has been selected to host this championship regatta. While details are still being nutted out, the event will be held in mid-January next year. Please look out for volunteering this event.
The committee is working on ways to improve the storage and retrieval of club documents. This will facilitate the squadron’s operations. Communication techniques among the various committees are being reviewed. We are helping our volunteers and management staff to successfully identify and report on important issues.
Your squadron manages the clubhouse and yard that would cost $6 million to $8 million to replace. We have a marina that, under optimum seabed lease conditions, realises more than $12 million in value and the squadron is the gatekeeper to about $15 million of members’ assets.
The club is 142 years old and has done very well to date. Committees, volunteers and staff are working hard to ensure this continues.