Commodore’s Comments

I feel privileged to be given the responsibility of being the B.H.S.A. Commodore for 2021 – 2022 and would like to thank the previous committee and members for this honour.

It doesn’t seem like 10 years has passed since I previously served in this position and it’s frightening how quickly time passes.

I would like to thank Gerard Burke for his hard work and commitment as Commodore over the past two years and all his continual behind-the-scenes work that he does to have the club operating, that no one sees.

Also thank you previous committee members Mark Koster, Peter Haymes, Jim Poulston and Serena with current committee members for all their efforts, and if any member has any suggestions or questions please don’t hesitate to contact any one of us as listed below.

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Introducing our new Committee

Commodore: Bruce Clements

Vice Commodore:  Nigel Hocking.

Over the last 2 years, Nigel has been the major force in arranging and managing the Little Tackers programs which have been an incredible success and great to see so many potential young sailors on the water.

Secretary: Hamish Lonsdale.

The secretary of any club is a time-consuming position with on-going workloads to ensure smooth operation of all club affairs. Hamish has been doing this role for as long as I can remember and has always been a very valuable member of the committee and with the assistance of Jeannie taking all the minutes.

Treasurer: Fin Cornell.

A treasurer has a difficult job to balance the club’s funds and allow for all expenses and balance this against incomes and keep  membership fees to a minimum. Fin has also been doing this for as long as I can remember and currently has the club in a very financially strong position.

Committee Members:

  • Peter Creak – General committee member providing extensive experience from his roles at other clubs and sailing expertise.
  • Linton Roe – Editor of our newsletter, now promoted from assistant editor, and was on a sub-committee in 2020.
  • Greg Robinson (new committee member) Welcome aboard.
  • Sophie Kempton (new committee member) Welcome aboard.

Sub Committee Members:

  • Serena Steuart (Handicapper and membership minder) Although officially our handicapper, Serena has always done a power of other work behind the scenes and is a wealth of knowledge in the operation of the club. Another long-term valuable contributor.
  • Jim Poulson (Club Captain) The one person who is always there well before race start times and well after the completion. Setting up the course, de-briefing the competitors, packing up the course etc. always busy doing something.
  • Mark Koster (Mooring Officer) Apart from the on-going role of knowing where all the moorings are, whose boat is on what mooring, what condition the mooring is in and getting people to remove their boat over winter, Mark has also taken the duty of progressing the possible extension to our clubhouse with Barwon Coast.

Retiring committee members:

I must send our thanks and appreciation to our retiring committee member Peter Haymes. Peter has been involved in the committee for many years and was the original instigator of the Safari BBQ and organized this very appreciated finish for every sailor after a long race. Peter also arranged the Easter Series prizes, safari medals, engraving of winners’ glasses, keeping the shed in good order and much more. Peter will be missed as a valuable committee member, but we always look forward to his smiling face on the beach.

The 2020 Race Season

Unfortunately the 2020 race season of the Riversholme and Iceberg series were not completed due to COVID 19 and there was also some doubt if the summer series would go ahead. We were lucky that the COVID restrictions were lifted prior to Christmas and campers were allowed to set up on the foreshore and the summer series was allowed to proceed.

The weather was not the best over Christmas and the series had a few cancellations due to both excessive and no winds. Irrespective, the number of competitors in each race was very good and on reasonable weather days and not too early start times 15 – 20 yachts on the water was the normal.

The safari attracted 24 competitors and was sailed in a good 3-12 knot south-easterly breeze. Congratulations to Safari winners Rick McGlynn in the cats and Peter Creak in the Lasers.

Looking forward to catching up on the water during the Riversholme series and the Easter series.

Bruce Clements (Commodore)