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WELCOME

                                                COMMODORE’S
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  from the editor

Hi everyone                                     Summer’s on its way at last, and I’m sure
                                                quite of a few of you are thinking about
Yah, spring is on the way. That means           getting your vessel ready. Remember to book
summer is around the corner and we              your place on a hard stand before the silly
can start planning our Christmas                season really gets going and the price goes up
get away. This year we have several             to the peak rate.
sets of overseas visitors who are
keen to come sailing so we’re looking           The Clark & Co Powered by Seaview Sails & Rigging and
forward to sharing the magic of our             Burnsco Winter sailing series is almost completed. It was
region with them. Top of the list are           the worst year we’ve had in a long time weather-wise.
visits to the Marlborough Sounds                At this stage, we have had three racing days postponed.
and Mana Island. As a fair weather              We managed to add an extra day into the calendar and
sailor, I’m hoping for lights winds, lots       will be using the spare day and some of the long races
of sun and good fishing. And if last            have been converted to two short ones.
summer was anything to go by, it’ll be          I’ve just returned from the Marina Operator Association
fabulous.                                       AGM and Conference. Approximately 90 people from
                                                around the country attended. It was interesting to hear
This issue of OnBoard features the wining       about the issues other hard stand operators and cubs are
photos from the competition as well as an       facing. Many are similar to what we’re grappling with –
introduction to Mana Island’s new ranger,       the new health and safety rules as well as environmental
Chris. There’s a salutary lesson about a boat   obligations.
flipping in Porirua Harbour (no one was         A big thanks to Mike and Menno for setting up and
wearing a life jacket!), and a timely reminder  running the two quiz nights we have had recently, they’re
about some pre-season safety checks.            well received and are attracting a good number of people
All the best for safe sailing,                  into the club. Job well done!
                                                The social team have been trying to come up with extra
Philippa                                        activities in the club to liven things up. Steve Lange
                                                (ex Tony’s Tyres) came down to the club the other
                                                Friday night and shared his life story with us. It as very
                                                interesting and entertaining. Thanks Steve.
                                                And I’d also like to thank Philippa, who’s stepping down
                                                from her role as editor of OnBoard after two years. That
                                                means we need a new editor – give me a shout if you’re
                                                keen to find out what’s involved.
                                                Enjoy safe and happy boating,

                                                John

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