Chairperson’s Report 2011
- Geoff referred to the previous Chair’s report by Tina Skinner in 2011, in which Tina emphasised that recruitment would be key to the future success of the club. The club’s membership has now grown, with new rowers weekly; this does present a headache for the crew organisers, who were thanked for their considerable efforts. Some changes will be made to the rota to ease the burden.
With regard to racing success, the Ladies Vets and Super Vets were northern league champions in 2011, with the Ladies also second in the London river race. The club received positive feedback on its league race and the Cob 200 was a big success and will become an annual event.
The club’s website is now excellent and well maintained by Bill, but needs input from everyone. As social secretary, Max with help from others organised some great events and weekends away, including Dale, Ramsey, London, Bingo, Halloween and a Christmas party. Dave Brookes also deserves thanks for his discos!
As far as training goes, the club now has two new coaches in training and from this weekend on plans to hold regular training sessions for both newer and more experienced rowers. Further new coaches will receive training this year and Porthmadog is likely to host the WSRA coaching course after confirmation of dates from WSRA. A recent First Aid course was well attended and Si successfully organised grant funding through the Outdoor Partnership. The club will also be holding VHF radio course and safety boat courses in 2012.
Both boats were repaired at the beginning of the 2011 season and are now in sound condition. The club is also looking to buy a third Celtic, which can be stored on land that the yacht club has purchased opposite the club house. As far as fundraising goes, the pound pot continues to be the main source of income, in addition to fundraising events and generous offers from members of yacht club.
Geoff thanked all committee members, without whom the club would not function, in addition to the core group of people who muck in whenever needed – we owe them our success. Geoff explained that recruitment is still important but may need to be capped at some point, and that we need the infrastructure to support the number of members the club now has. Coaching is vital and needs to be a priority.
2012 promises to be a great year ahead, starting with the Celtic challenge and a full calendar of league races. The club is also lucky enough to have been invited to be part of the Jubilee celebrations on the Thames thanks to applications put in by Si and Pete. The Cob 200 will be held on the August bank holiday weekend and complemented by other yacht club activities. Geoff summarised by emphasising how healthy the membership of the club is, with lots of up and coming rowers including for the first time ever a girl’s junior team. He wished everyone all the best for 2012.