Well its been another fantastic year for the Little Ship Club!
My heartfelt thanks to all our guest speakers who put together such interesting talks, to YOU – everyone who comes along to listen and take part – it wouldn’t be half as much fun without you all there, to Paula and my lovely committee for all their help and support, and to Gail & Naval Point, and Mount Pleasant Yacht Club for providing the venues, heating and drinks for our events!
In the past 12 months we have:
- Helped Coastguard Boating Education promote their brilliant boating courses
- Had a number of on-water events over the summer including cruises to Port Levy, Pigeon Bay, The Rolling Pin race, Easter in Port Levy, and a great raft up on a hot sunny day in Diamond Harbour
- Helped the Akaroa Cruisers group promote their events
- Te Ana Marina opened!
- Helped the Dampier Bay/Te Ana Berth holders promote their AGM
- Heard from Jan & Chris Bathurst about their voyage across the Indian Ocean
- We hosted the Harbourmasters Recreational Boating Forum
- Hosted Enda O’Coineen as he re-launched Kilcullen Voyager back in Lyttelton to complete the rest of the Vendee Globe race
- Got to meet the America’s Cup in person thanks to Pleasant Point Yacht Club
- We met the first Indian women to around the world on their yacht INSV Tarini
- Dan Fishkin – new Haulout manager, came along and told us about his work on a super yacht
- Oborns Nautical did a fantastic session on sail repairs at sea
- Zeke Holland came and spoke about his circumnavigation. You can buy his book here.
- We watched The Mercy at the Deluxe Cinema at the Tannery and had a great pizza afterwards
- Heard from Christophe and Carina who were sailing around the world on their tiny boat with a tiny budget
- Chris Harris whet our appetite with a session all about the capabilities of Open CPN and then ran a follow up – practical hands-on session
- Lisa Blair came and spoke to us about her solo-circumnavigation of Antarctica.
- Anthony Lealand gave a wonderful talk about his voyage to the Auckland and Campbell Islands and showed some amazing photographs.
- Max Dorfilger told us some stories of the mountains and sea and his incredible sailing adventures.
- We watched another movie at the Tannery – Adrift.
- Helped the Canterbury Mooring owners promote their petition to ECan
- Tony Allan came and told his story of spending 20 days alone in a life raft in the Tasman. You can buy his book here.
- Jonathan Gillard gave a wonderful talk about his Greek Island charter holiday.
- Bob & Robin Jones are doing a session on weather modelling at the end of August
- David Kennett is doing a passage planning session after our AGM in September
- Published heaps of newsletters and Facebook posts
- Donated funds to Canterbury Coastguard, Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Naval Point
- Printed some new burgees
- Promoted Women Who Sail New Zealand and Sistership Magazine both designed to connect and encourage women in sailing.
- Set up a Crew Wanted/Available page on our website
- Got our friends at Boat Coat to design a simple template for ordering boat names/ID’s to comply with the ECan regulations
Personally I was honoured to have been re-elected as your President. I was also elected to the board of Yachting New Zealand (after having been appointed earlier last year) and I attended the Women Who Sail Australia Gathering as a key note speaker and gave a talk about why everyone should consider coming to sail in the South Island.
Phew! It’s been a busy year!
Thanks also to everyone who pays their subs. For just $20 a year you get to support all those activities! It helps us to buy a small gift for our speakers, give a donation to Coastguard and Naval Point for hosting us, and for other little bits and bobs throughout the year. Your support is much appreciated.
On a sad note, we were very sorry to lose Anthony Lealand who passed away suddenly just a couple of weeks after he gave his talk due to complications following surgery. Malcolm Ramsay also sadly passed away. He was an amazing volunteer for Naval Point. They are both very much missed.
Here are some photos below of just some of what we got up to in the last 12 months…
We have got lots more planned for the next 12 months. I hope you can join us, share some of your skills and stories, become a member or renew your membership, bring some friends, get out on the water, meet new people, learn something new and have a great time!
I’d be honoured to be re-elected as your President for the 2018-2019 year.