I wish all members a warm welcome to 2019
As I mentioned last year, improvements are being made to Windsor Crescent. Following the five year electrical safety check, it was considered that the electrics were unsafe for the use of members. A decision was made by the Trustees and myself that the only option was a total re-wire of the whole building. Unfortunately, this has meant that we have had to close for two months, hopefully re-opening the first week in May.
It has proved to be a challenge re-scheduling events but we were left with no option. I apologise for the inconvenience this has caused and hope you will continue to support the Club on its re-opening.
We have now taken on the services of an excellent ‘in house’ chef, Jon, who iscatering for Club events. His services have also been used for private functions at the Club, which have proved to be increasingly popular. He has contributed to making dining at the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club a very enjoyable experience.
The annual Sponsored Walk, in aid of the RNLI, was re-introduced last year. A great day was had in the sunshine by all who took part and £1,600 was raised and split between Bridlington and Flamborough RNLI. We look forward to welcoming anyone who wishes to take part in 2019.
Regatta 2018 was blessed with perfect weather. There was some excellent sailingand all social events were well supported. A good week was had by all and we look forward to an equally successful and enjoyable 2019.
Annual Prize Giving was held at Windsor Crescent this year. This helped to keep money in the Club and ended up being a most enjoyable evening.
Funds from the Annual Christmas Draw were used this year to raise funds for a defibrillator, which is to be positioned on the harbour side. Thanks to excellent support, we raised £660 towards this.
The Sailing Programme for 2019 has been finalised, with input from the Sailing Group. Classes have changed, with a view to encouraging more racing. The new programme is available to view on the website.
Blyth Park has now established itself again as a successful racing venue. Racing took part every weekend throughout the season with many mid-week fixtures too. The Boxing Day Race was even re-introduced!
The RYA Windsurfing training weekend is returning to Blyth Park again this year and the Dart 18 UK Nationals will also be there this summer.
More improvements have been made at Blyth Park, including groundworks in the compound, a new storage container and CCTV has been installed.
All in all, an enjoyable and challenging year and I sincerely hope that 2019 will continue to build on all that has been achieved.
I hope and look forward to continued support from all members.