End of June 2013

Dear Members,

Please take a few minutes to learn about your Club & how you & your family can take advantage of the new facilities. Past, present & future events, plus improvements to the gardens. · The Annual General Meeting was held at the Club was held on Wed 19th June & the draft Minutes & Commodores report will be circulated soon for your information. · On Sat 29th June about 70 members & their guests attended a wonderful End of Season dinner at the Club, when all the Cups & Trophies were presented to the winning sailors. The results will be posted on the Club website www.mombasayachtclub.org shortly. Any Member having photos of the event please send them to me at csoper@sollatek.co.ke for posting on our website.

The new Sailing Season for 2013-14 starts on the 1st August & although we take a break from sailing at the Club in July, our Wed evening Club Night suppers starting at 7pm continue as usual. This Wed is Masala Chicken, followed by Roast Beef on Wed 17th, then grilled lemon Fish on Wed 24th & finally Prawns on Wed 31st. No advance booking is required & everybody is welcome, so please come & join us for an enjoyable evening.

The Kenya Laser Open Championship will be held at Kilifi on 13/14 & 15 July & the National Fireball Championships will be held shortly afterwards at the same venue. For details contact Teddy Ndaro at 0700 832474.

Once the Kusi wind drops (end August), we shall plan some social events in our beautiful gardens at the Club. If you have any ideas & would like to help with the organisation please contact our new Committee Member Fehmida Peera at 0738 228058. Another Ghazal Night perhaps ?. Don’t forget Movember in November & Christmas is not that far away.

I would like to make the beautification of our gardens with pot plants & flowers my personal project before the rains finish, but as I don’t have green fingers I need some help from an experienced gardener. We also need an attractive creeper to grow on the new wall between us & African Marine. If you would like to help please email me at email:csoper@sollatek.co.ke . Introductory classes on The Racing Rules, Crewing & Boat Maintenance.

Our mission this year is to improve the knowledge of our existing sailors & to get more of our Social Members & their children interested in sailing in our recently renovated Club boats. It only costs shs 500/= to rent a Club Boat + shs 250/= for rigging for an afternoon & Cadets can sail for free if they rig their own boats & help haul up all the boats & de-rig & clean them after racing. With this in mind our new Vice Commodore Sailing, Phil Jones, will start a programme of lessons on all these interesting subjects on the following dates.

Saturday 13th July – from 3-5pm at the Club. · Saturday 27th July – from 3-5pm at the Club. · A small fee of shs 250/= per person will go towards supporting our less privileged young sailors at the National Fireball Championships in Kilifi later this month. Please email Phil at email: philipjnz@gmail.com for advance reservations & any further information. The cruising Yacht KAHAWA.

The renovation of this yacht has had to be done on the water over the last 18 months, which makes it very slow & challenging. For security reasons she has had to be moved to a mooring in the area of the Tamarind in Tudor Creek, as the mooring at the Club is not safe.

Under the expert guidance of our new Cruising Officer Simon Clark, who is both a qualified Yacht Master & an experienced boat builder, we have made good progress & so far Simon, plus the Commodore & a small group of Members have donated UK£5,000 to buy new sails & sheets, a new anchor chain, new solar panels & batteries, new throttle & ignition, new life saving equipment, new navigation equipment, new depth sounder & a 2nd hand toilet, plus many other small items. They have also undergone Skipper & Crew training in preparation for taking other Club Members out sailing, as sailing an 11 ton yacht is very different from sailing a dinghy, particularly in the confines of the creek.

We are now awaiting Simon’s return from UK in September to help us install the depth sounder & toilet, which must be done while she is moored safe aground, as it is too expensive to lift her out of the water. She will also be re-painted with new anti-fouling paint at this time & put through the Kenya Maritime Authority Safety Survey.

We will then train for the Dar/Tanga race in the first week of December to test both the boat & the crew with Simon Clark at the helm & after that we will start taking 2 Members at a time for a day sailing experience out to sea for a few hours.

Any Member who wishes to undergo training for crew selection is very welcome, but in view of the significant costs involved they will be expected to make regular contributions towards maintaining the yacht (with the exception of Cadet Members, who will be trained free of charge subject to space being available). Cruising is an expensive hobby & the Club cannot be expected to contribute funds for the pleasure of just a few Members. It has been my privilege to be elected as your Commodore for another year & very gratifying to see how the Club has gradually improved & the gardens have matured in the last year. Our aim is to provide you with a wide choice of good food & drink in a beautiful & peaceful family setting. I hope we have now gone a long way to achieving this objective & our thanks must go to those Committee Members who have worked so hard to make it happen.

Assalamaleikum & Ramadhan Maqbul to our Muslim Members.

COMMODORE

About Nick Soper

Nick works as a digital consultant with 10+ years experience in the field, and has buckets of passion for travel and surfing. Grew up between England and Kenya, and has been living in Cape Town since 2006. Learn more about Nick.
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