Dear Fellow Members
What a summer it has been! I can't remember a Cowes Week with better sailing weather and the fair conditions have enabled us to enjoy ourselves on and off the water right through the summer. I made a full report on our activities at the AGM and you can find a copy of it here, but I would like to mention a few highlights.
On the water, the Redwings and BODA have both had active and successful seasons and a wide range of trophy winners. BSDC has run a series of popular and successful courses and I have been receiving very favourable comments on the high standard of instruction this year. Congratulations and thanks to Daniel and all those involved. Thanks also to Andrew Eddy for masterminding and running the successful J70 weekend for 18-30 year olds: this will be repeated and built on following very positive feedback from participants.
Off the water, we have had a memorable season by any standards under the able leadership of our tireless Rear Commodore (House), Lisa, with the Bembridge Ball, which was raising funds in aid of the Boulton and Paul Building, as the pinnacle and an evening those of us lucky enough to attend will not forget. A huge thank you to her and to Dorian Campbell, our Rear Commodore (House) elect, who also played a key role in making the ball happen. I am delighted to report that the Ball, themed with a 'Hint of Rio' made a profit, which will go towards the extensive renovations required on the Boulton & Paul building. We were sad to lose the services of Mandy, our chef, at the end of August; she leaves us with our best wishes.
None of our on-water or off-water activities could have happened without the dedication and support of our staff under Daniel's leadership. While we have been enjoying ourselves, they have had a long, hard summer making it happen, and they have done it with a smile. It is that time of year and I do hope that you will all show your appreciation for their dedication and hard work by contributing to the staff fund. You can do so by completing the form here, by ringing the Office or by putting your name on the form on the Notice Board.
Finally, I would like to thank you all for your participation and support over the summer. We have a really great Club and I hope that you have all enjoyed it as much as I have this summer.