Dear Sydney 38 owner, welcome to all the latest news of what is happening within the class.
Housekeeping: Please note that our email address has changed. If you wish to email the Association, contact Jo on [email protected] . Our old email of [email protected] is no more.
Rules review: Periodically the Technical Committee reviews our Class Rules to ensure they adequately meet our needs and are clear and consistent. A few members have raised some areas of the rules for clarification and items such as undersized blocks on the main sheet and jib sheets being longer than necessary have been kicking around for years. So John Chatham, our tireless Class Measurer, has offered to put together some suggested rule modifications for consideration at the next AGM. So here is your chance to let John know on [email protected] if anything in the rules needs to be reviewed or modified. All changes will require a 2/3 majority vote to pass at the AGM and some notes will be circulated for your consideration prior to the AGM. Please contact John by the 11th of August if you have a suggestion.
AGM: This year for the first time we plan to hold our AGM via a conference call to allow interstate members to participate. The AGM will be held on Tuesday the 15th of October at 7.30pm. Three venues in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide will be identified to allow owners to meet up, share a cold drink and have their say in the running of the Association. If you have the urge to get more involved, why not consider nominating to join the Committee or taking on a task such as helping organize a regatta? Contact one of the current Committee members to find out more.
Spare rudder: The Association has purchased a spare rudder for emergency use by Association members. As some of you have experienced, getting a new rudder made (especially over the Christmas period) can take many weeks. This can be very inconvenient if you are stranded somewhere between Sydney and Hobart. The rudder is being stored at BoatMate at RPAYC in Pittwater NSW. Our contact is Peter Gregg (02) 9997 1144 or mobile 0400018297. Contact should also be made with a Committee member (our contact details are on our web site) who will then authorize Peter to make the rudder available. We hope you never need it!
National Championships: The Victorian Chapter are keen to host a cracking good National regatta next January in Geelong. Rowan Simpson and our long-time supporter and sponsor Ian Murray have been working behind the scenes and there is an information flyer attached to this email containing further information. We are anticipating a fleet of around 15 boats with a number of NSW and S.A. boats expressing interest. The Geelong Festival of Sail is one of the largest regattas in the world and a must for anyone who loves to race and have fun!
NSW States: Dates for the NSW State Championships have been confirmed as the 7th and 8th of December at RPAYC. Contact Mark Griffith for further details.
Association Web page: www.sydney38class.com There is plenty of information on our web page including recent news and stories from recent regattas. If you have a story or a photo to put on the web page, email [email protected] We have a “For Sale” section so why not list those second hand sails, etc on the site. It’s free!
Association membership: Recently you will have received your subscription invoice for FY14. We need your support to keep the Association moving forward, so don’t wait too long to pay! For those who have already paid, many thanks.
Class flags: All members are entitled to receive a Sydney 38 class flag, supplied by the Association that runs up the forestay and identifies your boat as a member of the Class Association. We would encourage all boats to fly this flag whenever you have the chance. If you have joined the Association recently and don’t have a class flag please contact me.
Greg Clinnick [email protected]