Akuna Bay Cruising Club

Commodore's Message

Wednesday 05 October, 2005

Welcome to the 2005/6 boating season. A new calendar of events has now been prepared and can be viewed through the 'events' link.
We are also planning to establish a notice board at the Marina for notifying members of coming events. For October we have the big Boat show and the Club will be having a celebration to open the boating season which will involve a sail past of as many of the Clubs' boats as we can muster. Please come along decorate your boat and your crew and get your and your boat's photo taken with the other club boats. We will then engage in a take over of America Bay for the remainder of the week end.
On Friday night 28th October a Trivia night will be held. I did not go last year but in listening to the accounts of it I wished I had. It is a BYOE evening.
This years Christmas Party will be held at the RMYC in Pittwater. We have orgainsed Elvis Presley to entertain us on the Friday night 18th November this will be a cost of $25 per head. For Saturday lunch we have the actual Christmas party at the RMYC and this cost will be half subsidised by the club, so will cost only $75 per couple, although drinks will be extra. On the Saturday we will be organising whale watching trips combined with a navigation exercise. In addition we will be organising whale watching by yacht for those who have not sailed or who need a break from the burble boat. We will require booking for this and will be contacting you regarding this event as we will need to organize the berths, boats and the whales.

As most of you know the club has a number of moorings for the use of the members. We have had complaints from both other members and Waterways on the misuse of club moorings. I have included below the rules and regulations in relation to the use of moorings.

The main points are:-
" Do not to overload the moorings as we have had to move moorings that have been dragged close to neighboring moorings.
" Consider other users of the water especially noise from music and small tenders.
" Speed limits apply in all mooring areas.
" The boat that is actually tied up to the mooring is the one who will be held responsible by both insurance companies and the authorities in the event of any complaint or mishap.
2.1 Club moorings are for the communal use of financial club members.
2.1A Club members must be the owner of a current registered vessel by NSW Waterways and the vessel must be comprehensively insured to the satisfaction of the club's committee.
2.1B Club Members shall do all such lawful acts as are incidental or conducive to the safe use and quiet enjoyment of the club's commercial moorings.
2.2 The number of boats using each club mooring at the one time, is a matter of intelligent discretion of the Club Members. As a guide, it is suggested that in good weather conditions, the number of boats be restricted to a raft up of five, and that in rough and windy weather, this number be reduced to three. However, the weight limit and wind effect on very large boats should be taken into consideration.
2.3 No Club Member shall refuse other Members the right to raft up on the Club Moorings, providing:
(i) Approaching boat is flying the club burgee.
(ii) Approaching boat is under proper control.
(iii) Approaching boat has sufficient fenders for protection.
(iv) The number of boats will not exceed that recommended under Rule 2.2.
(v) The vessel master of the vessel on the mooring to be secured to, has permitted a raft up with due consideration for all aspects of safety of his and each vessel and all persons of all vessels on the mooring
(vi) The largest vessel (in length.) should be the vessel secured to the mooring.
(vii) The Waterways Authority by allowing Clubs to participate in the rafting up scheme advises that it does not accept responsibility for any injury or damage caused to persons, vessels or property as a result of rafting up on commercial, i.e. club moorings.
(viii) An adult person must be available and capable of moving any vessel at all times if required.
2.4 Members are not permitted to leave their boats unattended on any club mooring for long periods without having fenders out in order to facilitate for other members to be able rafting up, particularly during holiday periods, and with due consideration to all issues of safety.
2.5 The club moorings should be serviced annually, but not withstanding the club accepts no liability for any damage sustained by vessels using these moorings, be it Club Members or others.
All club members using the club's moorings, either alone or as part of a raft-up are "mooring licensees" who must comply with all safety, noise and sanitation conditions and ensure responsible personal behavior of all persons on their vessels at all times. Members should be aware that failure to comply, constitutes a breach of clause 48-1 of the Management of Waters and Waterside Lands Regulation NSW, and renders the mooring licensee to a court-imposed penalty of up to $1,500-00 and the Authority may also exclude the mooring licensee from participating in rafting
See you on the water, have fun

Stephen Smith