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Commodore's Comment

Hello All

With June 21st behind us the countdown to summer and the new season has started.  We have a busy period coming up with planning for the yard upgrade, the General Meeting on 4th August, end of financial year, AGM and Opening day.

A part of the AGM is the election of the committee. The club rules (Rule 20) states “The affairs of the Club shall be managed by the Committee, which shall have the following powers: ..” then follows 10 clauses setting out specific powers.

I thought it may be appropriate for anybody who may be considering standing for the committee to give an outline what the committee actually does and what happens at a committee meeting.

But first, let’s consider what a committee actually is. The Oxford dictionary states a committee is: “a self-constituted organization for the promotion of a common object”.
In this case, the member’s appoint the committee to achieve the common object, which is: “the encouragement of pleasure boating in all facets, the encouragement of safe boating and such other matters and purposes connected with the welfare and development of the Club.”

There are some alternative definitions around committees for example;Committee definition
To get something done a committee should consist of no more than three people, two of whom are absent.  -Robert Copeland
A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.  -Barnett Cocks, attributed

I can assure you that your committee strongly agrees with the Oxford definion. In practical terms, this sees the committee time split into four main aspects:
  1. maintain the smooth running of the club (including approving new members, expenditure and interacting with staff),
  2. monitoring and maintenance of our physical assets,
  3. organising events for the members
  4. planning for the future.
To achieve this the committee is split into three sub committees, House, Yard and Management. The Vice Commodore and Rear Commodores are the chairs of each of those teams, who act as reports for the paid staff. Committee members are appointed to these sub committees to spread the workload.

The committee meets on the 3rd Monday of each month, except January when there is no meeting. A meeting generally lasts approx. 2 hours, with a standing agenda that covers a number of administrative, operational and strategic matters – such as correspondence, reviewing finances, approving payments, accepting new members, on water and social activities, facilities, the restaurant, moorings, health and safety, and strategic planning.

The committee exists to serve the members and provide facilities/events to meet the members’ needs. Just as much as the members rely on the committee to keep the club running, the committee needs the members to support the club to ensure it not only survives but thrives. Please support our events and make use of the suggestions box and or let us know your thoughts/suggestions by sending an email to the office at or myself at
Stay warm and safe boating.

Mike Quayle

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Upcoming Events For Your Diary

June 30th  - Birdman Competition followed by Mid Winters Christmas Party.
August 4th - General Meeting to discuss yard redevelopment plans
October 7th - AGM of the Mana Cruising Club
October 13th - Opening Day of the Mana Cruising Club
October 27th - Oktoberfest

Please put these dates in your diary, we would love to see your support for these club events.

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Wine and Cheese tasting

cheeseA lovely opportunity for members to try something new!  Many thanks to the organisers for their time and effort. Special thanks to Jan Barrett for selecting the cheeses (from Ontrays in Petone) and pairing them with the wines.  Thank you Steve for the fondue and the rest of the nibbles to accompany it. 
Wines were selected by Malcolm one of the wine suppliers to the club.

 Spencer Hill Sav Blanc with Over the Moon Camembert

Monowai Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris with French Chevre (goats cheese)

Bladen Gurwurtraminer with Washed Rind Goodness

Paddy Borthwick Pinot with Black Garlic Ewes Milk

French Shiraz with Gorgonzola

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Behind the Bar
Thank you to Lion Nathan for sponsoring the prize draw for the tee-shirt hanging behind the bar.  If there are any members who would like to promote their business through the club by way of donating prizes or sponsoring a Keg please talk with Helena or Menno  (Contact them via 
Handle club - in case there are some of you wondering why there are named and numbered glasses hanging behind the bar, this is the handle club.  Members can buy a slightly larger glass that is engraved with their choice of name so each time you visit and use your glass you get a slightly larger serving! Also enjoy Handle Club raffles, prize draws and activities as planned. If you are interested in joining please talk the bar staff.    

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Committee Corner
Each month we will highlight the issues/significant decisions made by the committee at that month’s meeting. The first Thursday of the month club night will have an “open mike” session where members can ask the commodore/committee any questions arising from these items.
Issues from the June meeting:
  • New members are to be invited to the next buffet night, with a voucher for a free drink
  • Will buy and run a basic cell phone for the yard. At present Colin uses his own cell phone, however we need to have a phone with a club number that will be available for all staff all days.
  • Finances – there are some variances to budget but overall we are currently in a better position than that budgeted.
  • A manual handling course was run for bar staff by a member on 17 June as an Health and Safety initiative
  • We have identified there is another water leak as one of the existing meters is recording despite all outlets turned off - this is to be investigated
  • Quotes being sought to clean and paint clubhouse roof – this will delay the need to replace by approx. 10 years
  • Main electrical switchboard needs to be replaced – quotes are being sought
  • An estimate of $5,000 to spot sandblast/paint rut/worn areas on the travel lift has been accepted
  • New XL cradle to be built and certified –cost approx. $6,000.
  • Murray Wilson Underwater donated the cost of inspecting 4 club moorings - to be added to our sponsors list. 
Please bring your questions for the committee to the next Thursday Club night 5th July. Alternatively you can contact the committee members via the email addresses below; (Mike) for general ideas and feedback. for general business and to ask questions to be put to the committee at meetings. (Allan) - Rear Commodore Yard for queries/information about the yard area. (Menno)  for front of house queries and social events (Cathy) for membership information and payments, general business. - (Colin) for all bookings for the travel lift and general queries about the yard area.

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Year Round Fishing Competition
Year Round Fishing Competition – be in to WIN 
 For many club members fishing is the main reasons we own a boat, and for very many of us catching a fish for lunch while we’re out and about or tied up on a mooring in the Sounds is part of the fun.
We’ve added to the fun by introducing a year round fishing competition, letting you win a
prize for doing what you’re doing anyway.  All you need to do is take a photo of the fish you’ve caught on one of our certified measures (available from the office at $20.00), send the photo to and you’re in to win.
The beauty of this competition is being able to put the fish back if it’s a monster or one too many for lunch and still be in the competition. Of course you can send a photo in from anywhere as well.    There are prizes drawn regularly, usually based on average size of all the fish photo’s sent in for each species.  The first of the prize draws will be in August, so get your photo’s in now to be in the running.

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Sailing Winter Series 2018

It has been a bit of slow start to the Winter Series with only two races being sailed so far. The tides are against us this year and we only have one race scheduled in July and again in August. We had one race day postponed due to inclement weather.

It’s not too late if you want to enter- we still have 8 Races to be sailed. After the days racing we meet back at the club for a sausage and some spot prizes. It would be great to see more boats on the water. Contact John Setter ( 

 Next Race Sunday 1st July 0900Hrs Briefing 1030Hrs Start

Here are the results after two races.

Relling Cup provisional results as of 12:55 on June 24, 2018
Sailed: 2, Discards: 0, To count: 2, Rating system: NHC1, Entries: 5, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Name Sail No Helm NHC1 R1 R4 Total
1st Erotic 4215 Albie Playford .748 1.000 1.000 2.000
2nd Fidlers Green 3730 Wayne Roberts .784 2.000 7.000 DNC 9.000
3rd XTSea 3145 Chris McCarthy .800 7.000 DNC 3.000 10.000
4th Ripon Bye 3456 Phil McDowall .748 7.000 DNC 4.000 11.000
5th Warrior 5744 Andy / Andy .691 7.000 DNC 5.000 12.000
Mark Elmers provisional results as of 12:56 on June 24, 2018
Sailed: 2, Discards: 0, To count: 2, Rating system: NHC1, Entries: 6, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Name Sail No Helm NHC1 R1 R4 Total
1st Moonlight Express 4403 Kevin Beach .695 1.000 1.000 2.000
2nd Zingara 4924 Hugh McCrae .749 2.000 7.000 DNC 9.000
3rd Lady of Avenel 3498 Jonathan Vantier .700 7.000 DNC 3.000 DNF 10.000
4th Moon Magic 3986 Dan Middleeton .669 4.000 DNS 7.000 DNC 11.000
Happy sailing
John Setter
Sailing Convener

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New Members

A very warm welcome to our new members listed below.  We know you will enjoy both the great facilities the club has to offer and the events organised by your committee.

Regular  Members
Kemara Glenn Camborne Trailer Craft Kai Hopu
Wilson Troy Whitby Launch Medway
Wickens Alistar Raumati Beach Trailer Craft It’s a breeze

Country Member
Akers William Ashhurst Trailer Craft Old Mate

Associate member

Enright Bradley & Verity Camborne
Cass Will Karori
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Buy, Sell, Exchange

This space is for members to advertise "Buy, Sell and Exchange"  boating related items.  No more than maximum of sixty words can be accepted.   Please don't forget to include a picture and your contact details. Email your advert to

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