17 members present
Chair: Greg Martin - Rear Commodore
Apologies: David Eickmeyer (Club Capt) , Jim Watson, Ian Robertson (Club FF rep.)
Greg welcomed all and thanked them for coming on this cold evening and he thought important to obtain a gauge on Members thoughts before finalising next seasons calendar and NOR and any other matters of concern before the next Sailing Committee meeting.
1. 2017 -2018 Sailing Analysis . The Results presented on the screen. See attached:
2. 2017-2018 Sailing calendar. The Calendar summary was presented on the screen. See attached:
2.1 Long Distance races - Ways of shortening Long distance races if necessary.
2.2 Spinnaker or single class division during twilights discussed.
2.3 Etchells and Flying Fifteens sailing around the sticks for aggregates if insufficient numbers was not seen favorable due to preference for shorter races in distance and in time.
2.4 Sticks versus windward and returns. Windward and Returns better suited for IRC and AMS ratings
2.5 On Water Starts - Felt best to always keep Div 3 separate to Div. 1 & 2.
2.6 Quick Look Calendar presented was well received as a good reference tool and some members asked for a copy.
2.7 Long Distance Races - Felt that 3 in 6 weeks prior to Christmas was possibly not the best during this busy time. It was understood the 7 races were spread over 6 months and the Williamstown Palliser race could not be changed.. Also noted that the Trailable Association were considering the Hovell Pile race in their calendar.
2.8 Questioned why there was no Geelong Long Distance race prior to the Geelong Weekend but felt this could be similar to already planned St Leonards Race?
2.9 Suggestion of a 4 day around the bay destination race be considered and to invite other clubs to compete.
2.10 Two new Pursuit races planned on 2 Saturday's in December
3. 2017-2018 NOR draft. Spoke mainly on visiting boats and day passes. Final version to be released very soon. A major change spoken of was the new introduced Sailing and Safety Fee replacing the Race Entry fee.
4. 2017 -2018 Sign on and Off See attached re: slide presented.
1. Off water sign off being introduced as a safety measure for all boats other than those returning to the harbour.
2. Concerns from Div.3 with still being on water at time of sign off one hour cut off period.
5. General Business
5.1 Slipway - Video of survey 2 June 2017 shown. Unfortunately to big a file to share.
Currently obtaining Engineers report on condition, rating and longevity.
It is known that there are over 9 pair of crossheads requiring replacing, some piles needing caps and some framework repairs.
5.2 Race Crew Volunteers - Agreed with this years obvious shortage that the Roster be better managed next year through various methods and better awareness. Roster would be posted on web and year book and more members rostered on than just boat crew.
5.3 Greater Member Participation in sailing. More ideas required as to how to encourage more of the 850 members get involved with sailing. It appears to those that attended the meeting that the majority of the total membership are not active sailors. Understood the trend pf more sailing on Thursday twilight than weekends was a trend at all keelboat clubs.
5.4 Do we still encourage SBSC boats to compete at MYC. The answer is yes but less are doing so now as SBSC racing becomes more established.
Greg thanked all for coming.