Commodores 2015/6 Report

In putting together this report I have looked back over the past years Commodore Comments. It’s fair to say that two words dominated them ‘Dreaded Weed’. But more of this later.

My first role as Commodore was to preside over the opening of the club extension and possible more importantly the agreement and completion of a snagging list. I glad to say that Barrie Woodall agreed to look after this important job, which he did very professional ensuring that all club members had the opportunity to have a say. A big thank you to Barrie for all his hard work.

The extension will enable the club to look after larger open events in far more pleasant surrounding whist also offer all members a much improved facility. The job list is still not finished we just require the funding to full complete all of the plan.

In April I accepted a contract to work for the RYA for 12 months, which has proved to be very beneficial to my role as Commodore as it has enabled me to visit many other clubs within the Midlands.

The ability to compare and contrast with other clubs proved to be one of the elements in dealing with the dreaded weed, as at one of the RYA inspections a weed cutting boat was found parked up for the session as the venue was closed due to blue green algae.

Weed had been an issue at the club in the past few years with us having to hire in at great expense a man and a machine for 2 days to clear half the pond for £2,000. 2015 proved to be unprecedented for the amount of growth of the weed that clogged the pond, with the committee having to close to sailing for the whole of August.

During June, July but mostly August an army of volunteers battled to clear the water. This was the start of a very large learning curve. The estimated cost for clearing was based on the earlier costs. Fortunately, we were able to clear the pond by mid-September for far less than was thought because of the weed cutter we were able to borrow and get back on the water. Bob Jinks, Chris Padro and Kevin Lynch all went above and beyond, help by a small hand-picked and trained group of members to work from dawn until dusk in cutting and collecting the weed. A massive thank you goes out to all involved.

This year we have started cutting the weed before it gets anywhere near the surface and will repeat on a monthly basis. The majority of the time with the weed boat was spent collecting the weed and removing from the pond, so this year we will be looking to purchase a boat of our own. There will be update presentation as we go through the year the first of which will be after the AGM.

Volunteers are called for all though out the year and as a consequent of purchasing our own boat we will have to look at keeping the budget spend very tight this year, so please help where ever and whenever you can. This is our club and we will all have to pull together to ensure we can continue to offer competitive and friendly sailing thought 2016.

Wishing you all clean centre boards and rudders

Peter Dunn