Good morning everyone
Well I really cannot believe we are over half way through 2015 and now well into the boating season. The Club has had a very successful year to date with social events being well attended and cruising both tidal and non tidal well supported. David Owen and John Forsaith do a great job in presenting Channel 6 for us all to enjoy reading and keeping us informed of all these events .
Last weekend was a particularly busy weekend for TWYC. Around twenty members of Thames Motor Yacht Club were welcomed on Friday evening for drinks in the bar and we had a very pleasant evening. They were very envious of our new galley!
On Saturday afternoon, we held a boat demonstration of boat handling techniques and in the evening we enjoyed the Summer Party with a mouthwatering hog roast supplied by Justin of Oxfordshire's Finest Pig Roast Company and delicious buffet expertly presented by Anne,Charles, Marilyn and David. We were entertained once again by Kerry George who has become a favourite of TWYC. John and Janet Donovan ran the raffle with excellent prizes as always. Thanks to everyone involved in the Summer Party to make it such a success. A full article will appear in next Channel 6.
On Sunday we held the charity auction in aid of Canine Partners and an amazing amount of money was raised. With gift aiding, Canine Partners will benefit from around £8320 thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our members and doners of auction promises and gifts. Linda and I chose this charity in memory of our very popular member and dear friend Andy Anderson who passed away suddenly earlier in the year. It was our goal to reach £5000 which would enable us to suggest the name for the puppy when he/she is acquired by Canine Partners. This figure was exceeded well beyond our expectations . We asked Jeannie, Andy’s partner, to suggest a name for the puppy and the charity have just confirmed that her chosen name of “Arthur” has been accepted. John Donovan did a brilliant job of auctioning the items so a huge thanks to John who was ably assisted by Jayne, Janet and Pat. Young Alex Purves also assisted by showing the items on display to interested parties. Maybe we have a budding auctioneer in the making! A full article of this event will be included in the next Channel 6 .
Our new Training Officer, Melvyn Sexton’s initiative to arrange a presentation in the clubhouse was extremely successful . Around 20 boats were represented and the skippers and crews were treated to an excellent overview of available training courses by Brian Barnes. This initiative has rekindled a genuine interest in training particularly for our newer members.
I am sure that many of you now will be out on your boats enjoying the warm weather, meeting up with friends and making new friends along the way.
The next busy weekend in the Club’s programme is the Commodore’s party on Saturday 5 September which will be a delicious buffet and dress code is casual. The following morning is the Commodore’s sailpast. The Commodore’s sailpast is a tradition in all boat clubs and is an extremely emotional event whereby a long flotilla of members boats sail past the Clubhouse and the Commodore’s boat at 12.00 noon with the Commodore and his lady on board their boat Kahlua to take the salute on behalf of the club. This is also a chance for skippers to dress their boat overall with signal flags or bunting if they so wish but not essential. It is always a wonderful spectacle. We have a jazz band playing from the decking of the club and a photographer to capture your boat as you pass. For those of you who are new to the club and would like to know more about this event, , we will give you more information nearer the time.
There will be two lists in the foyer of the clubhouse as usual from this weekend; one for the Commodore’s party on Saturday 5 September so please don’t delay as this is a popular event. The other list is for those taking part in the sailpast - the more the merrier.
It is my turn to run the bar this coming weekend so Linda and I will be delighted if you are able to pop in any time for a chat or if there is anything you would like to discuss when the bar is open.
All that remains is for Linda and I to wish you all safe cruising and look forward to seeing you all very soon.
All the best