Commodore’s Report 2013

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Commodore’s Report 2013
This year was a more stable affair compared to the whirl wind 2011/12. The excitement from my first term has settled and the committee concentrated on getting the club into a routine. Our goal was not to stop anyone from having a good time.
Achievements over the past 12 month:
– We issued over 550 membership cards
– We organised more than 120 Youth Sailing hours on the water and assisted YNZ with their summer training course for Opua School.
– We coordinated more than 60 races, sailed in several divisions – we can say that we have close to a hundred sailors a week (during summer) competing.
– We offer yachting in many different facets: fleet racing, ladies racing, fun (rum) racing, short-handed racing, dinghy racing and even one design racing!
– We hosted the biggest E5.9 open meeting for a few years (nationwide).
– We hosted the ICA cruisers festival prior to their departure to the South Pacific Islands
– We started a “relationship” with the BOI Sports & Fishing Club.
– We won back the Interclub Trophy – Yay!
– We held more than 20 very successful social events – including several documentaries and the fantastic Hawaiian Night!
– We have paid off our loan with FNH

All these achievements are not a one-man-band event; it is only possible with a bunch of very dedicated and hardworking people, not solely our committee members but also our two paid staff Marie & Sheila.
I recommend to the next committee the following:
 Utilise Pub charity
 Work out a member survey
 Try to create more benefits for full members
 Apply for resource consent for the dock
 Acquire new chairs for the club room (indoors)
 Try to expand Youth Sailing – this IS the future of our club
 Invest in a Bar Card Swipe System:
Introducing a loyalty card system would enable the club to increase their standard price at the bar, charging non-members more, whilst retaining a lower member cost via an automatic card discount. The elevated visitor cash price, results in higher bar and/or bistro revenue.

As you can see the job is never done – I wanted to thank each and every one of our members for their support and trust. The biggest thank you goes out to my family, without their understanding and support I could have never achieved any of this. And yes, like I’ve said last year, this job has used up a lot more time & energy than I’ve ever anticipated BUT it was well worth it and I’ve learnt a lot over the last two years. I am very proud to be a member of the Opua Cruising Club.
A positive approach yields a positive result.
Manuela Gmuer-Hornell – Commodore