The Yachtsman 2017-2018 RPAYC Yachtsman 2016-2017 - Page 18

REAR COMMODORE OF ACTIVITIES REPORT A ctivities Committee continues to facilitate members’ engagement with the Club by delivering a program of events that seek to appeal to all members. The Club is a large family with many areas of interest and the social program handled by the Activities Committee aims to bring together all of these diverse interests and build a sense of community. The Club Social Charter is also enriched by our support for community programs such as Soldier On and Sailability under the umbrella of Integrated disAbled Sailing. This has led to our involvement with the launch of Invictus Sydney in June this year and will see the Club taking a major role as the lead sailing organiser for the actual games in 2018. This year was rewarding for the Club family with our esteemed members Jason Waterhouse, Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch representing Australia and winning Silver at the Rio Olympics and Gold at the Paralympics. The Club celebrated these achievements with an early morning start to watch Jason Waterhouse in his Olympic medal race and after the Olympics/Paralympics, the memorable Brazilian themed “Welcome Home Party” was held which appealed to young and old alike. This is also a good time to reflect and recognise all of those who make our program possible which includes Admin staff, members of the Committee and the many members who volunteer their time to support the Club. KEY ACTIVITIES IN 2016/17 • Friday Night Happy Hour with live music • Lighting of the Fire • Degustation Dinner with Helen & Joey Wines • Speaker’s Corner included: Attitude Foundation and Bill Buckle’s Show and Tell • Lunch ‘n’ Bubbles • First Fridays (organised by Cruise Committee) • Jazz at the Club • Annual Golf Challenge • Melbourne Cup Garden Party • Vintage Car Rally and Luncheon • Kids’ Christmas Party • New Year’s Eve and fireworks party • Sail Expo • Mother’s Day lunch • Zonta International Women’s Day Breakfast 16 YACHTSMAN • Three Island Rally (including the Dicko Cup and Dangar Island) In aggregate we had in excess of 5,000 Members and Guests attend these Club Activities over the year and many more for other Sesquicentenary celebration events. Activities Committee also helped promote the Dicko Cup and Dangar Island races as part of the “Three Island Rally” series. Participants included Couta boats and a number of Cruising Members. Blessed by beautiful weather all had a great time. These events have now a place in the 2017/18 sailing calendar. The remainder of the Club’s Sesquicentenary year will also bring a whole range of new and established activities for members to enjoy: • America’s Cup at the Club • Clareville Beach Summer Sunday picnics • Mysteries of Pittwater ferry tour • Team challenge: Build your own Pizza The Activities Committee meets once a month in the E-Bar, usually on a Saturday morning. Any member who has an idea to bring forward or wishes to see how this part of the Club life works is most welcome to attend. SALVATORE RIDULFO