Akuna Bay Cruising Club

Commodore's Report - Christmas/New Year 2009/10

Friday 18 December, 2009

Hello ABCC Members,

After a tough few years I believe we should have more confidence and look forward to an enjoyable and prosperous new decade starting with 2010.

It has been a great boating season so far although the weather seems to be in a frustrating cycle of hot days followed by cool changes and overcast / rainy days. Hardly unusual for a Sydney early summer most of us would say! It has been great to see Club boats venturing further afield including a group of boats going up the coast to Nelson Bay and enjoying the delights of Port Stephens. The availability of reciprocal berths at other D'Albora marinas including Nelson Bay is a particularly attractive benefit of being at Akuna Bay.

Also it has been exciting to see some long-term Club Members stepping up into significantly larger craft after enjoying their boating in their previous boats but obviously feeling the need for speed (and more space)! Also us quiet little boaties on H Arm are happy to have additional company as long as there isn't too much disruption and large pointy bows! So congratulations go to those Members who have invested more heavily in their maritime assets this year!

The ABCC Christmas Party was held on Saturday December 12 at the Marina's upstairs function centre and was a magic afternoon, blessed by a beautiful day. This venue has always been appreciated by marina customers because of the fantastic outlook and the superb catering by Joe and his team at All Senses provided a magnificent traditional buffet Christmas lunch for the 50 Members and friends in attendance. Music was provided by the Juke-Box arranged by the Vice-Commodore and lucky door prizes were distributed. All too soon it was time to return to the Arms for further socialising amongst good friends.

We look forward to New Year's Eve at the RMYC where we have a group booking at the RMYC's Garden Forecourt with berths booked onto the Marina. I know that we all thoroughly enjoyed the venue and nearby fireworks last year along with the great company of Club members and friends. However this year my son and daughter have commandeered Cool Change and we will be setting sail for Sydney Harbour to enjoy NYE fireworks with many of their friends aboard. Trish and I think this is fair enough but only every second or third year. After all, having a boat gives us the opportunity of enjoying this wonderful spectacle with our family at first hand. We will be back in Pittwater or Refuge the next day anyway.

In 2010 we have a detailed Social Diary set out on the website beginning with the Australia Day celebrations on January 26 which we have set for Illawong Bay park as it is a Tuesday event. Nontheless, there may also be events on the weekend January 23-24 and I will advise ASAP.

We then should be supporting our Vice-Commodore Kim Murray as she battles to push her Dragon boat into first place with a weekend at Cockle Bay marina Darling Harbour on February 27 (arriving previous day advised).

Our signature event, the ABCC Beach Ball will be held at Hallett's Beach on Saturday evening March 6. This year we have adopted a charitable theme so please wear pink and raise money for the Breast Cancer Institute.

Also, on Marina safety matters, your Committee has been able to make progress on improving safety standards in collaboration with D'Albora's management. In very early January they will be acquiring and installing a Defibrillation unit, with a model that we recommended. As most of you you know this substantially improves chance of survival in our remote location after Sudden Cardiac Arrest or heart attack. We will be contributing approximately one-third of the cost of installation as this was identified as an ABCC initiative 2 years ago.

Through these initiatives I hope that you are enjoying a safer and more enjoyable lifestyle through your ABCC Membership and your boating pursuits. Please let me know what you think.

Happy and Safe Boating

Jeff Sheehan "Cool Change"