This year we returned to the New Inn at Rockland for our AGM, where we were made most welcome and enjoyed some good beer and food, as well as the good company.
After the usual preliminaries, Commoodore Joe Farrow gave the following summary of the year:
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"So.How time flies!I’m going
to try and explain to you all what this year has meant for me, what I’ve
enjoyed, and how that correlates back to things I said at February’s dinner.
Last year, my first formal event was the
Turkey Race, which was in many ways a baptism of fire (!) I found myself
motoring upriver in the dark, in the flood, quite wondering what on earth I was
doing.This year, hopefully I will
be able to set an appropriate course for everyone… (fingers crossed!)
It’s worth mentioning at this point,
the remarkable passenger capacity of ‘Pelican’.If you see the enterprising Mr Dowsett he will provide tickets for next
The Perryman race this year was my first
opportunity to compete within the club, I sailed with Kelvin.It was memorable this year for several reasons: I’m still not sure why
I suggested a briefing at
, in a pub…Thanks to Kelvin for
winning the Crystal Ball, meaning this brings an end to it being in our
ownership for the last 4 years.You
can race for this at the Downriver Race, 2015.
Reedham regatta offered an unusual
‘perk’ for Margaret and me this year, we were able to climb up Hardley
windmill to get a unique perspective on the racing fleet.I’d really recommend it for you to try.Also, I’d like to congratulate Kelvin, this is the 3rd year
he’s managed not to finish all the races at Reedham.I must thank Neil, for throughout the weekend he came to assist when I
kept breaking the club boat.Thanks
Neil for your lasting patience.
Next year, because we are celebrating
the 30th anniversary of the club, we will not be having a treasure
hunt.I have to thank Kelvin for
this, originally it was his idea, I have thoroughly enjoyed setting the
questions, although my two lasting lessons are:
1. Don’t set a course which passes three separate pubs! 2.
Thank goodness nobody attempts building their own river cruiser…
For our July regatta, I’d like to
thank everyone who stepped up at the last minute.For various reasons, not everyone who is usually there to help could be,
and I know a lot of you went ‘above and beyond’ to ensure the weekend still
went ahead.Thank you.On a personal note, given the inclement weather on Sunday, it provided me
with a ‘first’.Taking race
results home to dry in the oven!
So.Moving on to Breydon.This
year for a variety of reasons it was quite ‘interesting’.Unfortunately, the club boat broke again, so thanks again Neil.(Sorry) The Yare Sailing Club has officially survived a hurricane
though!Never before have I seen
‘Fair Lady’ lean over so much, or move so fast.Hopefully, never again!
The final event for me was our autumn
regatta.For me, this provided a
text book example of what I’d said within my speech at February.It’s how the members of this club share truly remarkable friendships.This year, for example Dianne was unable to sail with Bob for the last
weekend of our club mini-series.Betty
immediately volunteered to sail with him, so he maintained his opportunity to
win the Diamond Jubilee Trophy.I
think it’s a really brilliant quality of our club that we do help each other.
The Diamond Jubilee Trophy is a
beautiful, unique trophy which was gifted to the club by Pippa Ryan.We use this as a mini-series, for Reedham and the two Cantley regattas.I think it’s a really engaging activity within the club, and I’d like
to thank those who administer the results throughout the year.
Finally, I need to thank both Denis and
Margaret for being officers of the day for the autumn regatta, I received large
amounts of positive feedback from members (and visiting sailors).The best accolade I can think of is how Helen and Steve Law emailed me,
asking for next years dates so they can attend.We should be proud of this.
The final event I’d like to talk
about, is not strictly a YSC event, but it represents something I think is very
important for us as an organisation.The
Cecil Howard race this year was run by two of our members, Denis and Margaret.It experienced a record ‘turn-out’ and was enjoyed by everyone, with
very close results.I think this is
essential that the two clubs support each other, and I was very pleased to see
it demonstrated so effectively.
Succinctly, this year for me has been
challenging, but enjoyable.I have
to thank all of you, but most importantly, this is the last thing you ever have
to listen to me say!"
After the election of the new committee and some discussion on the merits (or otherwise) of holding a regatta at Somerleyton, 40 members enjoyed a meal and a chance to socialise.
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