Despite minor setbscks the Club has had a reasonably successful year.
Again another enjoyable dinner at the Merry Miller got it off to a good
start. Numbers were slightly up on last year & the good food &
company meant we all had an enjoyable time.
After an abortive attempt to find a new venue for meetings, we decided
we could not do better than "the devil we knew" & settled
back at the R.B.L. Hall at Hanney.
Those of you who were at the March meeting will have seen that the hall
is now partially carpeted which, to my ear at least, seemed to improve
The family problems experienced by Mike & Barbara Coombes & their
subsequent departure for Australia & New Zealand meant that after
a good start we could no longer rely on him for a supply of speakers.
However, with the help of the Committee & personal contacts I have
been able to fill the season until May, with what I hope you will find
are a mix of interesting talks. I wish Mike & Barbara a good trip
& look forward to their return in May.
If any of you can give us an illustrated talk or can suggest speakers
or topics you would like to hear, please contact me. With these &
Mikes help I will try & fill out the 2013 season from September to
Christmas, After the Summer sailing season (should Summer ever arrive!!)
On March 4th.a visit was arranged to the Solent Coastguard H.Q. Garry
Hall gave us a very interesting tour of the place & a comprehensive
lecture on the history of the Coast guard, which was set up before Robert
Peel established the police force. It was a pity so few members went but
with support from POG we had a respectable group & all enjoyed it.
I still hope to arrange a sail on the Lugger "Ocean Pearl" out
of Emsworth but must await Mike's return to arrange this.
We have booked Sept. 7th & 8th for the Club Gathering & Dinner
at Ginns Farm, on the Beaulieu River. These are always enjoyable events
& I wish more of you would come along & support your Club. This
year we hope to have 3 or 4 boats there & if you can't scrounge a
lift as a crew member it is fairly easily reached by road. Do give it
a try & show you appreciate the work the Committee does for you.
Please also look at & support our Website. It is an excellent advert
for the Club. If you can send a short report or pictures of a relevent
item you have attended recently it will help to improve our image as a
My thanks to John Driver who has acted as Scrutineer of our accounts for
a number of years & who has now retired.
My thanks also to Bob Dyer, who although retired from the Committee, keeps
sending me helpful suggestions. Thanks also to all the Committee for the
work they do to keep the Club "afloat" & running. I look
forward to seeing you all in April.