The Phuket Yacht Club AGM 2017 was held on Friday 28th April
2016 provided the club with many challenges both socially and economically and I if I may I would like to call it a year of consolidation. Not that it means the committee sat idle by any means but after two years of significant development and investment in club infrastructure, 2016 was a year to reduce spending slightly, start rebuilding our cash holdings and means of protecting our member’s investment.
May I take this opportunity to quickly review the past year’s major events and our achievements as a club.
Finally, before the current committee officially resigns Club Commodore Scott Duncanson made a special note of thanks to June Carwardine who after over six years of service as club secretary has decided to take a much-needed break. Quite simply June has been fantastic in what is probably one of the most time-consuming roles on the committee. We have a special gift of thanks for June tonight, could you all please put your hands together for June Carwardine.
To close my report for tonight I’d like to add it’s been a real pleasure to work with the 2016 organising committee. Please let us all remember must that each and every one of them is a volunteer working to operate, maintain and manage this great organisation.
Thank you very much.
Phuket Yacht Club had a great season in 2016 even thou it was somewhat interrupted by the death of the King and a couple of races were cancelled out of respect. We had a couple of new boats show up in both divisions and a total of 19 boats competed.
The Multihull division had 9 boats compete for the series with Gale Force coming out on top narrowly beating Hurricane and 3rd was Adrenaline.
The Monohull division had 10 boats compete for the 2 series and the all-girls team of Farrgo Express came out on top beating Aqua and a newcomer Pac Man.
Over the season we made enough money to cover all the racing expenses. The committee would like to thank all the volunteers and race officers who helped out over the season. The committee would also like to thank the Owners and crews who sailed during the season as without them there would be no sailing.
2107 season has already begun and we have a couple more new boats trying to knock the top boats off their perches, we are also looking forward to implementing a couple of new ideas to liven up the racing.
Preparations for the Multihull Solutions Regatta are well underway and we are looking forward to this year being the biggest and best yet with the inclusion of a new cruising division.
Over the past year Phuket Yacht Club Sailing School has introduced RYA cruising courses and powerboat courses to our range of activities. There are courses running regularly and this year we will be running RYA theory navigation courses. Other new activities coming this year is the introduction of intermediate/race coaching for dinghy sailing to support and advance the clubs fledging dinghy racing series.
The Ladies Sailing Team, supported by Sailescapes Farrgo Express, has participated in several local regattas as well as club racing with overall podium finishes in all events. They will be continuing this year entering local regattas and club racing, please contact Liz if you want to get involved.
For those not eligible for the ladies sailing team there are still opportunities to get involved in keelboat/multihull racing. This year the sailing school will have boats available to crew on for club racing or if you would rather some coaching for your team on your boat please contact us.
Main Picture The 2017/18 Phuket Yacht Club Committee, L to R Mick Kealy, Matt McGrath, Greg Reynolds, Scott Duncanson (Commodore), Peter Gregg and Byron Jones.