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.
- Firstly and most importantly on October 13, we saw the passing of Thailand’s King and Father, Bhumipol Adulyadej. This was a very sad occasion for the Thai people and expats alike. Khun Bhumipol was a very competent yachtsman and his loss especially touched all those involved in this wonderful sport. The first 30 days of the mourning period were quite difficult for all businesses and the lack of information and indeed incorrect information didn’t make things any easier. In response and respect of His Majesty’s passing the yacht club bar was closed and the scheduled racing for the month postponed. May we please pause for a few seconds to show our respect.
- With the ever increasing numbers of members and visitors frequenting the club restaurant, it was decided that a more private area was required to operate the club business. In July the Phuket Yacht Club meeting and training room was completed and now provides a much-needed area for committee meetings, sail training sessions, protest hearings and of course the filing and storage of important club documentation.
- Now while insurance is a rather boring topic to raise we can’t underestimate its importance as the club continues to grow. We must remember that PYC now provides a junior sailing program, maintains RYA recognition, not to mention club racing and the operation of the largest Multihull regatta in Asia. We now have public liability and contents insurance.
- The 2016 Multihull Solutions Regatta was the largest and most successful ever in the 7-year history of the event. Not only from the perspective of entry and participation numbers but also in terms of sponsorship, media and interest from the global sailing community. With a major shift towards multihull sailing not just in Asia but globally, we should all be proud to be the owners and operators of this fabulous event. This year’s regatta is shaping up to be even bigger and better and the organising committee looks forward to driving it to new heights in 2017.
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 AGM 2017 Race Committee Report.
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.
Phuket Yacht Club Sailing School Report
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.