The previous 12 months has continued to be a period of growth and rebuilding. On the Water we hosted seven national and one world sailing championships. The prestigious King and Queen of the Harbour has come back to the club as a club run event and next season we are hosting the nationals for two Olympic classes and The World for the RSX windsurfer. We look forward to catching up with all our helpers and volunteers to help deliver some great events.

Off the water, we have seen some great turnouts on Friday nights and we are looking to continue finding ways to grow overall participation.

In May of last year, we disestablished the position of Club Manager in order to reduce costs. Brigitta and Kirsten have both stepped up the task and done a tremendous job running the office.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their efforts. This week we will be joined by Danika Mowlem who some of you may know from YNZ who is taking on the newly established role of Event Manager. She will be responsible for bringing to the club and running the major events that we will be hosting in the future.

The Bayswater clubhouse has continued to be a thorn in our side. The parties within council are yet to agree on issues relating to the proposed lease. We continue to work with council to get them to do what we need them to do and the act of Parliament will need to be changed to allow us to lease the top two floors. This will be a process that will most probably take a couple of years.

Two of our board members, Joan Finlayson and John Mortimer are stepping down this year. I would like to thank both of them for their contributions and single out John in particular for his many years of service.

On the eve of our centenary I look forward to the next year and the challenges that lie ahead of us and am confident that we will continue to make this a club where people aspire to belong.


Andrew Snell