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13_Yachtsman 2015.qxp_Yachtsman Magazine 19/08/2015 4:28 pm Page 6 From the General Manager It has been another great year for The Royal Operators and Safety at Sea Survival are all well attended. The investment in training Prince Alfred Yacht Club!! is returned in membership and in participation and will remain a key strategy for the coming years. We see many who undertake training progress to become active Last year saw record member numbers as we closed the year with 2,057 members. The Club club members and participants. has had a number of years of very strong membership growth which has generally been driven by the membership changes around Family Membership. We will no doubt see a slowing of that growth over the coming years and our focus will be on consolidation through retention. Full membership reduced marginally last year and as the boat owners, Full members underpin participation in the sport and the income base of the Club so it is critical to continue to attract and retain new boat owning members. The 2011-15 Strategic Plan incorporates strategies to attract to the club smaller, hardstand boats and their owners to address the 20-40 year old age bracket through smaller, more affordable boat ownership. This year the Club worked with member Jason Antill in developing a One Design Program incorporating alternate week twilight racing and a series of regattas. This was supported by reduced fee arrangements for storage of these vessels on the Crystal Bay hardstand. The initiative kicked off in summer and we look forward to seeing the results of a full racing season this year. The objective is to reinvigorate One Design racing, increase participation, younger boat owning membership and hardstand utilisation. Led by the Commodore a group is now working on the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. Our bi-ennial Member Survey is planned for September 2015 and the results of this survey will be important research to assist in the development of this plan, so please participate in the survey to ensure your views are taken in to consideration. Speaking of participation, fleet sizes have been very pleasing this year. The long offshore cruise this year ݅́Ѽ