We look forward to another busy and exciting year in 2016/2017 at Waikawa Boating Club.
We have started the year with a great AGM with lots of discussion and ideas floated that your Executive Committee will look at over the coming months. It is great to see the commitment and passion people have, to spend their free time coming to our AGM with positive thoughts to help make the club stronger and better.
Activity wise we have another busy year ahead of us with lots of opportunities to join in and participate for all.
John Jackson is wearing two hats this year. He is Vice Commodore and Rear Commodore Cruising and no, he hasn’t been genetically modified to wear two hats! John is enthusiastic about the cruising program and bringing the racing and cruising fraternities together to socialise, so watch this space and join in the festivities.
Paul Williams has an extremely busy year last year with leasing and resource consents and purchasing new moorings for the club. I hope for his sake this year is not as demanding on him time wise although we are already aware of issues that will need to be addressed. These include asking members to make individual submissions to council re: the new proposed rules on discharge of waste water. When this comes out please act on it to help make your and everyone else’s lives on the water a little easier. As well as sending in a written submission we ask you to note that you would like to speak to your submission as council takes much more notice when that is done.
We now have a great network of moorings in the Sounds for members with new moorings in high use areas to help with peak cruising periods. Enjoy them and the wonderful area we cruise in!
Helen Ashworth has taken over from Sheelagh as Rear Commodore House. Sheelagh has done a wonderful job this last year with a number of challenges to deal with, thank you Sheelagh.
Helen comes into the team with loads of experience and lots of ideas and enthusiasm. Similar to cruising, look out for what’s coming up and the more you get involved the more fun you will have!
Anna Gibbs and her sailing committee have a full and varied racing program all organised. We had a great year last year with another record entry list for the WineWorks Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Yacht Race – get involved and see if we can make it 3 record years in a row.
Anna has also organised a new short-handed race to Tarakohe with lots of interest already being shown and a main sponsor arranged. This should be a great race.
We look forward to another year of good weather and great fleets for our ever popular twilight series. Get involved, have fun, then back to the club for socialising. Your support in the club afterwards helps keep the club financially viable.
Your committee members this year are Terry Allen, Mandy Carpenter and Juliet Abbott. Mark is staying on as Immediate Past Commodore so we have a strong and experienced group.
As is usual the club relies on a group of volunteers to help and run our events – please pitch in and help if asked. We are very grateful for the efforts our volunteers put in.
Similarly we would not be able to offer anything like as good or extensive program and prizes without our family of sponsors. Thank you to our sponsors and members, please support them so they can continue to help your club.
Heather Barnes has stepped into Sue’s role as Club Manager until she goes on maternity leave, so thanks Heather.
To our members, have a great year out racing, cruising and socialising – the more you get involved the more you will enjoy the beautiful Sounds and the year.