Akuna Bay Cruising Club

Commodore's Report - Christmas 2010 / New Year 2011

Thursday 30 December, 2010

Hello ABCC Members,

On behalf of your Committee I would like to wish you all the Compliments of the Season. I hope that you, your families and friends are enjoying the holidays, have had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to a spectacular New Year. What better way than by being on the water with the worst of the wet weather hopefully now behind us? As I write this on December 29 I am surrounded by so many visiting boats from places like Sydney Harbour and Lake Macquarie. Refuge Bay is a spectacular sight bathed in sunshine. Even the Packer ship is floating around off Hallett's Beach with its multiple smaller craft.

It has been great to see the renewals roll in for your Membership which became due on October 1st. The last day for renewals is December 31st, so if you have forgotten please attend to this promptly. Also pleasing has been the introduction by existing Members of new Members who have recently joined the Club. Welcome to each of you and your families and I hope you enjoy the benefits of your Membership and the camaraderie of your fellow Members.

One of the Committee's recent initiatives has been to arrange with D'Albora's management to have a sign erected at the front gate to the marina under the D'Albora's sign. The message is "Home of the Akuna Bay Cruising Club / www.akunabay.org". Personally I think the sign looks great and I would like to thank Brian Budden for his professional design input. The purpose is to increase awareness of the Club with other boaters and visitors to the Marina and also invite usage of the Club's website. And let's not be afraid to show pride in our Club which many of you have worked hard to build!

An upcoming event which several boats will be participating in is the "Cruise for a Cure" on February 27, details of which Secretary Stephen Smith has distributed by email. Organised by "Cure Our Kids Foundation" and SBM Maritimo Sydney this event is designed to allow boat-owners to use their boats to allow kids fighting cancer and their families to enjoy a fun day on the water. There will be events in Pittwater, Sydney Harbour and Port Hacking. Obviously this is a great opportunity to help people in very difficult circumstances through our favourite pastime - boating - so I encourage you to participate and put some smiles on some young faces. Also they are looking to raise funds by offering sponsorships if you can help.

Of course the main focus of the Club is on having a good time and I think the Social Calendar so far this year has achieved that admirably. To view the photos and comments arranged by Keith Turner visit www.akunabay.org . Thanks Keith for putting such a good record of our events together!

On October 1st we kicked off the new boating season with an enjoyable Season Opening Dinner Dance held in the Cafe where Joe provided a spectacular "braised meats" buffet. We also heard from Marina Manager Garry Crowhurst and Joe who updated us on progress and plans for the marina and the Cafe. Unfortunately the inclement weather meant that on water events over the weekend were largely cancelled. On October 31 a group attended the Diesel Maintenance course run by Brookvale TAFE to gain a thorough understanding of diesel engines. As most of us rely on diesel engines when boating this was a very sound investment. It was organised by our Vice-Commodore Kim Murray - thanks Kim!

In November we enjoyed a Melbourne Cup lunch at the Sheehan residence (Kim won the sweep money again this year!). Our first Cruising lunch for the year was arranged by Warren Armour at the Berowra Waterview Restaurant on November 13 with an enthusiastic group of boats venturing to Berowra and overnighting on the newly refurbished marina. Thanks Warren for organising a very successful function at a new venue for the Club. I am told the food and service were great!

The ABCC Christmas Party was held on Saturday December 11th at the Marina's upstairs "Cielo" function centre and was another magic afternoon with good food complemented by great weather. This venue should always be appreciated by marina customers because of the fantastic outlook. The catering by Christian and his team at "Cielo" provided a traditional buffet Christmas lunch for the 40 plus Members and friends in attendance. Decorations were co-ordinated by Marcia Southern so thanks to Marcia and your helpers. All too soon it was time to return to the Arms for further socialising amongst good friends.

In 2011 we have a detailed Social Diary sent by email, set out on the website and on marina notice boards beginning with the Australia Day celebrations starting on Friday January 21st with a marina BBQ starting at 6pm. Our Aussie Day events will be held on the weekend as January 26 is a Wednesday so difficult to arrange something substantial on a single day.

Our signature event, the ABCC Beach Ball will be held at Hallett's Beach on Saturday evening March 19th. This year we have adopted a charitable theme for men's health so please wear some BLUE and we will be raising money for Prostate Cancer research. Again let's support financially causes which help improve the longevity of those around us!

Through these initiatives I hope that you enjoy 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)

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