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13_Yachtsman 2015.qxp_Yachtsman Magazine 19/08/2015 4:31 pm Page 37 Club Cruising Cruise Report 2014-15 By Jim Cormack, Rear Commodore Cruising As the season rolls around we reflect on the adventures and activities held throughout the year, from First Friday dinners to extensive offshore cruises whilst not forgetting the regular estuary cruises to one of the best cruising grounds – our own backyard. The major excitement for the year was definitely the cruise across Bass Strait to Hobart for the 2015 Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Although only 9 boats made the trip, they were supported by a significant number of members as crew or assistants and the lead up courses in Cruise Communications, Diesel Maintenance, Electrical and Navigation which catered for a number of aspects of cruising assisted many to more broadly understand those important aspects. The lead up event to this was a cruise to Jervis Bay and Sydney Harbour. For some this was the furthest they had cruised. The experience gained from this and the Tasmanian trip will prove to be of invaluable assistance for the longer cruises scheduled for the future, as newer members look to extend their activities beyond the confines of the local district. We spent many enjoyable hours and days cruising the waters of Pittwater, the Hawkesbury and Cowan Creeks with excellent attendances at Refuge and America Bays, Akuna Bay and Bobbin Head as well as a, first of its kind, progressive dinner in Castle Lagoon. Walks, kayaks, creek explorations in dinghies, picnics and happy hours ashore and on other host boats were just part of the activities enjoyed with friends whilst cruising. Many thanks to the volunteers who coordinated the cruises and made our newcomers feel so welcome. Our members were actively engaged in supporting Cruising functions as was evident by the participation rate in our Come Cruising Promotion where points were accumulated for participation in various events from 1 point for a First Friday Dinner to 5 points for a major Blue Water Cruise. The eventual, and very popular winners were Keith Baker and Graham Camier who will enjoy Boatyard services to $1800 and $900 respectively. Thanks to all those who supported the promotion and came week after week and month after month to the functions and events,