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Commodore’s Christmas Cogitations

xmasI’m sorry I did not make it to the AGM. Many of you will know that my dad died recently, and his funeral was the following day. I am reliably informed I was elected as commodore! Thanks for voting me in; I’m looking forward to the role. My main aim is to bring together the different sections of the club and not to upset too many people along the way. I’m sure Sarah will keep me out of trouble!

Thanks to Andy Mellor for suggesting the title for my blogs this year, a pint awaits you at the bar as a small gesture of thanks. I thought I’d kick off with what I wrote for the AGM to go with my nomination. The successful running of the club relies on many people working together, in particular our President (Trish Ordsmith), various commodores (Rear Mike Scott, Vice – Chris Smith) and many others. I look forward to working with them to develop the club along the following lines

  • Build on the many strengths we have including Racing, Jybaz, Training, RYA recognition and our fantastic facilities. That said we must recognise without change the slow decline in membership numbers over the last few years may continue. That is what prompted the review of sailing formats that we will test next year and has informed the club’s 3 year plan.
  • Developing and improving sailing at the club. Jybaz has grown into a hugely successful section of the club of similar size to Sunday and Wednesday Racing. This year we will experiment with a period of joint sailing to bring the club together more. We also intend to continue develop our less experienced sailors through Go Sailing, Wednesday afternoon sailing and other initiatives These are the sailors of the future alongside our more experienced racers.
  • Developing a clear financial plan to give us a framework within which to make major investment decisions including maintenance of the fabulous club house, development of other facilities such as a second pontoon, continuing to build the clubs financial reserves and better exploiting grants available
  • Have fun, the club has many non-sailing members and for all, coming down to Rudyard means many things from a social day out or developing sailing skills, contributing to the smooth running of the club and competitive racing. Social and other events are a key part of this.
  • Spreading the work load and improving governance. The club relies on volunteers to keep it running. We plan to evolve the governance and organisation of the club to ensure the committee roles are not too onerous and every member is clear on whom to approach depending on the topic. We all have a role to play; being a member involves both a financial and time commitment. We also wish to create an environment in when everyone makes a voluntary contribution to the club (Duties, Bar, Working Parties, committee posts and many more) that is fully valued and appreciated.
  • Communication. We plan to continue improving communication and using the many and varied ways and tools available. The Clubs 60th Anniversary in 2016 coincides with the 50th Year of the Southport 24 hour race in which we one of only a few clubs to have competed in every race. I’m sure this will great opportunity for the club to celebrate.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable time over Christmas and Santa brings you lots of sailing goodies!