ESSC Newsletter May 2011
Welcome to this month’s Newsletter!
Owing to a number of technical hitches with my IT and internet connection last month I was unable to meet the deadline for April’s Newsletter, for which I apologise.
The Club has enjoyed a particularly busy couple of months as the weather has slowly improved and we gear up to the summer season. The highlight for me was the Long Sailaway, which was a great success. The logistics and support required for such an event was immense, and the whole weekend could not have gone as smoothly as it did without the help and assistance of a large number of people from both PISC and ESSC. Thank you to everybody that took part or provided a helping hand with the planning and execution of what I hope will become an annual event.
On the sail training front, it was encouraging to see the RC and his training team managed to get the first of this year’s sailing courses completed with all participants gaining their Seamanship qualification. Unfortunately, April’s Level 2 course had to be cancelled due to lack of interest. Looking ahead, the number of interested personnel has grown significantly now that the temperatures of both the air and water are climbing, and we should have a full quota of students.
Over with the Powerboats, the Army Sailing Association Regional Coach endorsed all of our existing instructors with the “Coastal” qualification during a recent visit, which allows them to resume training. I know that there is a sizeable backlog of students waiting to undertake the Level 2 course. Paul McRae and his team of instructors will be working hard over the next few months to ensure that the Club provides as many opportunities as possible to reduce this backlog. We also have a newly qualified Powerboat Instructor in Tony Franklin, who has assisted Paul and the team for some time. Additionally, Chris Whitehorn underwent a dinghy instructor course and made great strides towards gaining his qualification. Well done to you both!
While on island, the ASA also conducted a health visit on the Club’s processes and training standards, which appears to have gone well. Thank you to our RYA Principal, Rick Pharoah and Rob Featherstone for their work in ensuring that this aspect of the visit went smoothly. The team left with a most positive impression of our Club and have promised to visit later in the year to ensure that we increase the number of sailing and powerboat instructors within the Club.
The Club has
benefitted from the beneficence of a small number of members who are prepared
to give up their time on a regular basis to provide training to the BFC community and beyond. Without their sacrifices the ESSC would quickly become insolvent. Later this year, a number of key
personnel will be leaving and it is incumbent on other members to step up to
the mantle and accept more responsibility.
Gaining instructor qualifications and experience of conducting training
My final comment this month relates to attendance at EGMs and AGMs. The Constitution of the Club requires a forum to be created, which must be formed by at least 10 voting members who are in attendance. Only Entitled members may vote. At the EGM in April a forum was not achieved, therefore, the meeting had to be cancelled. Next month will see the AGM take place (on a date to be agreed) at which the Club’s new Executive and 3-Year Financial Plan, amongst other things, must be agreed. Once the date of the AGM is publicised could Entitled Members please try and free up an hour or 2 of their time to try and attend the AGM so that the Club can move forward.
Enjoy your sailing!
Well the good news is that the club is still standing after what has been a particularly stormy winter, well in Cyprus terms anyway! However, I hope that the weather will significantly improve now that May has arrived, which means we need to start thinking of getting the patio ready for the summer. Therefore, a club maintenance afternoon is scheduled for Fri 27 May, starting at 1400 hrs and I would be grateful for as much assistance as possible.
We are still short of cleaner so a huge thanks goes to all those members I have seen with a brush in their hand making sure the club is kept in a reasonable standard. If anyone knows of anybody that wishes to take on the job please put them in contact with me.
The electrician has been working at the club and we now have external lighting for the wash down, boat storage and central patio area, but we still need to sort out the strip lighting on the patio as quite a few, if not all, have been damaged in the recent storms. Luckily, we have managed to source some very cheap second hand waterproof strip lighting and I’m hoping that we can get them fitted before the end of the month. The roof of the patio held up really well but the structure needs staining, something that would be easier to do, and give a better seal, if it were done when the old lights have been removed and prior to the new ones being fitted. Therefore, I’ll get all the equipment ready and speak to the electrician in an attempt to get the old lights down before the next maintenance afternoon.
I’m in the process of trying to find some robust, folding, patio furniture that’s value for money and would be grateful for some local advice from a seasoned Ex-pat who knows where to grab a bargain!
Hopefully I will see you on the 27th, happy sailing.
A very warm welcome is extended to the following new members:
Jo Caswell (Now a Full Member)
I would ask all Members to get to know these people and please make them welcome when you see the new faces in the Club House.
As we have many members leaving over the next few months please keep the Applications rolling in so that we can try and maintain our numbers.
As from 1st June 2010 our declared Membership Numbers include Spouses of Couple and Family Members plus Juniors with RYA Qualifications. This equates to 163 Members and we now have a record number of 21 Junior members with RYA Qualifications. The spread of these Members over the various categories has been posted on the Club Notice Board.
Membership Subscriptions for 2011/2012
Membership renewal letters were sent out on 3rd April for the year 1st May 2011 to 30th April 2012. In order to give us a healthy boost to Club Funds and to keep our Treasurer Keith smiling, payment is requested by 7th May 2011 at the latest. The good news is that in these ‘credit crunch’ times the subscriptions have been capped at the present rates. Just to remain you these rates are as follows:
(An Associate must be a Full Member of Lemmings)
50% of Annual Rate
€10.00 per Week
€5.00 per Day
Members Contact List and Qualifications 2011
The latest list of Members Telephone Numbers, e-mail addresses and Qualifications etc, is shown on the Membership Notice Board and OOD Desk in the Club House. As there have been many changes over the last few months will you please check that the details for you are correct? If not, please amend so that I can keep our Data Base up to date. Thank you.
Finally as Joanne and I will be in the UK from 25th March to 15th May our Treasurer Keith and our Bar Manager Chaz have agreed to look after any Membership Matters until our return.
Enjoy your Spring Sailing. See you all soon.
(e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Essc Social Committee
The past two months have gone very quickly and we have had fun with the Chinese Night in March, and an end of the month Brunch which doubled as a farewell to Dave and Melanie Dunbar.
April saw a Catered Barbeque on the 16th to start the self help BBQ season from the beginning of May. These will be available each Saturday to all at a nominal cost of 2 euros each for the charcoal, bring your own meats and salads etc and have a good chat together with other members to relax after the days racing and social sailing. It’s useful to know if you are coming as we can use a smaller BBQ if only a few are staying on for the evening.
After the Family Sailing morning on Sunday 22nd May we are supporting the Open Arms Charity with a Big Boys Brunch at at 8euros each (adults and children). Good value and a good cause for help to cancer sufferers within the Forces. There will be a Bring and Buy stall so look out all your bric -a- brac, books, etc. and only sailing clothes please. Bring all donated items in good time rather than on the day and leave them by the small fridge in the back of the Sailing Club by the notice boards there.
Future events will include a MEXICAN NIGHT on Saturday 18th June so look out your ponchos, sombreros and floppy moustaches!!!!
The committee is happy to receive all suggestions for Social events, so if you have a good idea please contact Carole Pharoah or Helen Featherstone (she’s usually behind the bar on a Saturday) or me.