The Alfred's News Alfreds News November-December 2017

November / December Sesquicentennial Year Concludes November 18 Inshore Series Race 3 MC38 ACT 2 Regatta November 19 Tackers, Green Fleet Optimist & Laser Training Centreboard Series Round 9 MC38 ACT 2 Regatta November 22-26 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship November 25 Club Marine BWPS Boondelah Race Commodores Cup Series Race 3 November 26 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship FINALS December 1 The conclusion of the Clubs Sesquicentennial Year was celebrated on October 15 with the Clubs 150 th Birthday Garden Party. The week prior saw a sell-out Gala Dinner with MC Liesl Tesch and guest speaker Col. Richard Mallett giving an inspiring speech. ‘Knowing your Club history makes you more resilient, especially when we understand our connection to the people who went before us. In the military we train and educate our people to be mentally tough for good reason. Part of knowing more about where we’ve come from, who we are, our military history, the history of our units, helps build resilience. It’s hugely important to know who your Club champions are! To know something really challenging that happened in your Club’s history! To know the story of how it all began! The more of these stories we know—the more we would feel our own lives as part of a story that spans generations. And it makes us happier and emotionally stronger. Everything I see and hear about your Club leads me to believe you are resilient because you have a strong sense of the past. It is why we are all here tonight and it means we are better able to deal with the challenges of the present. Why? Because when we’re part of a story, we’re not alone. Because we know that others have done what we now have to do or are doing. Others have worked hard for your community and survived the journey; others have triumphed, some have not, yet ultimately, your Club has thrived. Because we’re part of something bigger than ourselves. The last 12 months has seen the Club celebrate its achievements, developments over the last 150 years and acknowledged our Olympic Honorary Members. First Friday Christmas Progressive Dinner December 10 Club Christmas Party Buy / Swap / Sell Centreboard Items Optimist Measurement Day December 20 Clipper Round the World visit December 23 Feature Event, Whisper Mug December 31 New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball The Sesquicentennial Garden Party culminated with a Members’ group photo to commemorate 150 years followed by a fabulous fireworks display over the waters of Pittwater.