Commodore’s Report – October 2019

Opening Day was a fantastic success and my thanks to all those who participated and the volunteers who helped run the sailpast, including Ed Gleeson for providing his classic motor launch as the official vessel. Our office team did a great job and even organised good weather!

Discover Sailing Day is this Sunday and should be a big day, given the level of pre-registrations. If you have some time to come and volunteer, please contact the office, as a few more shore-based helpers would be great.

Finally, it was an excellent performance by RMYS boats in the ORCV’s Stanley race last weekend, with How Bizarre cleaning up with first on IRC, AMS and PHS, Arcadia second on PHS and Lord Jiminy showing their speed and passage planning smarts to take line honours.

Cheers, Charles Meredith, Commodore

What have General Committee been looking at this month?


The RMYS day pass system is being converted to the Australian Sailing Sailpass system. There will be only slight changes to its operation, notably around technology, with a grant of $1500 from AS to purchase tablets and eliminate the old paper-based system. It will also be possible to register by smart phone.

Now that the new Sailing Administrator is established in the position, SC has been working with Colin on a range of areas, including On-water Incident Management Protocol, Race Officer training and certification, MOB training and race sponsorship.

The need to sort out a fairer system for race entry payments when RMYS boats participate in jointly organised races with other clubs was discussed and the Commodore will raise the issue with his relevant counterparts.

Administrative and Policy:

Preparations for Discover Sailing Day this Sunday are proceeding well, and there has been a high level of interest in terms of pre-registrations by members of the public.


Last month there was $4K surplus overall. Debtors continue to decrease and we have had success in VCAT with a small number of long-term bad debts.


The architects made a presentation to GC last week and we are waiting for further feedback GC members before putting out the concept(s) to the members for comment.

Preliminary discussions were held with Bellingham about potential works on the attenuator and, based on the information we got from this, Facilities will begin planning the best way forward.

Membership and Activities:

Bob Galbally indicated that he would join Member Services so that there are once again two GC members on that sub-committee. Bob is pursuing the idea of targeting tertiary students as potential members and has met with Monash University.

Eleven new members were nominated this month and were formally accepted by GC.

Cheers, Charles Meredith, Commodore