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RMYC General Meeting October 25th 2012

Members attended the October General Meeting and received with approbation the Commodore’s Interim Report. The Commodore, Mr Phil Gilmour, paid tribute to the very hard work put in over the past few years by retiring Captain Mike Blaylock. It was particularly noted that his untiring efforts this year, working jointly with recently retired Boatman Mr George Collings, had been exceptional, due to the difficulties experienced at the beginning of the sailing season. Later in the meeting, Assistant Captain Mr Graham Knights was unanimously elected Captain for the ensuing year.

The Commodore expressed his appreciation of the work put in to the refurbishing of the new Training Room, to be known as the ' Conway Training Room’ by Rear Commodore Ian Diamond. It is intended that the room, named in honour of the former training ship HMS ‘Conway’ formerly moored off Rock Ferry, will be completed by 10th November. The members joined with the Commodore in expressing their appreciation of his work at the Clubhouse.

Mr Cliff Renshaw reported on the various development plans for Bedford Road East and other adjacent areas, together with his assessment of the potential for further progress. It was noted with satisfaction that the former Admiral Pub was now refurbished and successfully operating under its original name of ‘The Refreshment Rooms’. Plans for further improvement of the Clubhouse were also reviewed. Cliff Renshaw was thanked for his hard work on all the re-development planning.

Following a report by the Honorary Secretary, Mr Allan Dinwoodie, it was agreed that a significant portion of the historical club records, dating back to the Club’s founding in 1844, should be deposited with Wirral Archives for safe keeping.

The Honorary Treasurer, Mr Simon Shepherd, gave the financial report and was thanked for his custodianship of Club accounts and helpful summary of the Club’s finances. Membership fees for 2013 were agreed.

The AGM date was noted as being the 21st March 2013.

The meeting was followed, as is customary, by an extremely convivial dinner.

Retirement Dinner for RMYC Boatman Mr George Collings

The Commodore, Officers and Members held a special Retirement Dinner for Mr George Collings on the 14th September to mark their appreciation of his 36 years of service as RMYC Boatman. The traditional roast beef and Yorkshire pudding dinner was enjoyed by all, not least by George. Held amidst a splendid display of the Club’s Cups and Trophies the Commodore paid tribute to George’s tremendous contribution to the Members enjoyment of sailing at RMYC over those many years, and made a presentation on behalf of the Members as a mark of their appreciation. George was accompanied by his wife Sally.

RMYC Beaumaris Regatta 2012

A season of frustration continues. A full team of RMYC Members led by the Commodore and other Flag officers descended upon the delightful surroundings of The Green, in Beaumaris, with its stunning views over the Menai Strait and Snowdonia only to find that strong southerly winds in the region of 30 knots precluded any sailing. We were hugely disappointed for all the sailors present eager to go sailing, who had similarly missed any racing the previous day, when even worse weather conditions prevailed. On what turned out to be a mainly sunny day, everywhere looked stunningly beautiful, all that this wonderful scenery lacked was a cloud of sails. Next year will be good sailing weather, we hope!

Retirement of RMYC Boatman Mr George Collings

After 36 years of service as RMYC Boatman, Mr George Collings is to retire on 31st July 2012. Mr Collings has given sterling service to the members over all these years and his expertise and knowledge have been invaluable. No one has a greater knowledge of the tides and weather conditions in the southern reaches of the River Mersey and many a yachtsman, whether RMYC member or from elsewhere, has benefited from this knowledge. His duties as safety boat coxswain have been a great reassurance to everyone sailing at the Club and his timely assistance has helped many a member out of a difficult situation.

Mr Collings has also been a safety boat coxswain during the annual Menai Strait Regattas over these many years; here too his knowledge and assistance have been highly valued by members of the many Clubs participating there.

Both on the Mersey and the Menai Strait Mr Collings’ presence will be sorely missed. The Commodore, Officers and Members wish him a very happy retirement.