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Commodore's March Newsletter

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Published 09:28 on 1 Mar 2024

The Clubs AGM

The AGM is to be held on Wednesday 17th April, the notices and documents will follow in due course as required. We are looking for new members to join our committees, whether that is on the Executive, Rally, Social, House and Sailing. So, please contact the Office or speak with me or any of the Flag Officers to help with the running of the Club.

In particular, Richard Le Quesne will be stepping down as Hon. Treasurer at the 2025 AGM, after 6 years in the position. Thank you, Richard, for maintaining the Clubs finances in such a healthy position over this time. Please let us know if you feel you can take on this position by contacting the office, myself, or indeed just have a chat with Richard in the first instance.

Brunos fresh dishes
All the dishes served in the Club are cooked from scratch and not bought in premade and reheated, despite the cost of living increases. The focus is on good, healthy eating, at a great price. We are aware this is not always the case in other restaurants in Jersey, and in France it has become such a problem that they are to bring in legislation for restaurants to disclose when food is not prepared on site.

Save the date Annual Dinner
The Clubs Annual Dinner will be on Saturday 16th November and will be at the St Brelades Bay Hotel. Further details to follow, once we have the menu and prices from the hotel.

Caribbean night
Wow, what a night. I heard it said, that this was the best party for many a year.  The Les Quennevais School Steel Band got us all in the mood with a tremendous performance on the night, setting the scene perfectly. A really big thank you, to all on the Social Committee, a really great team performance, but in particular to Karen OHare, who used her experiences of Carnival in Trinidad to such great effect.

Intrepid232 Ladies Transatlantic Rowing World Record
Three weeks ago many of us were watching the Jersey rowing ladies of team "Intrepid232" (so called because of the total of their ages), battling their way to the finish line in Antigua.  On the evening of Friday 9th February, after what is the "toughest row in the World" they crossed the finish line after 3,000 miles, in 58 days 12 hours and 30 minutes at sea. Many congratulations to them on taking that World Record. ... the oldest female four to have successfully rowed across ANY ocean.  

Well done to Chip, who was setting up for the Six Nations Rugby for the following day and had a chance meeting with rower Michel Trehorel. This resulted in the impromptu live screening at the Club of the finish. The word spread and the room filled up with Rowers and Club Members.  Channel TV turned up and covered it live.... The footage was broadcast on the CTV 9th February evening news. Thanks to them, we now have the footage which you can view here.

In addition, please be aware that on Saturday 2nd March at 1445 hrs in the Royal Square, the Bailiff will be hosting a celebration of the achievement with the Lt. Governor and Intrepid232 in attendance - members of the public are invited and the more club members who attend in support of this magnificent achievement, the better. 

Also, the Rowing Club will be hosting an evening for the Intrepid232 ladies in our Club Room the following week on Saturday 9th March from 18:00.  They will be advertising that very soon. The Club will be decorated appropriately and there may be media attending.  Click here for event details and tickets.

Additionally, some time later in the year it is planned that the Intrepid232 Team will deliver a Talk at the Club on their voyage - details TBC.

Brittany Canals Talk
Thank you to Chris & Sue Parlett and Martin & Heather Speller for their talk on cruising the Brittany canals on Wednesday evening. Their entertaining and educational talk was enjoyed by many members in a crowded Westward room.

Wine Tasting Quiz
We still have places available for the Wine Tasting Competition with supper on the 16th of March. Put a team together and call Cathy on 07797 735252. All proceeds raised for RNLI Jersey in their 200th year.

Dates for your diary:

Sunday 3rd: Seapower Marine Spring Series races 3 & 4
Wednesday 6th: Bingo Night
Sunday 10th RYA Sea Survival Course
Saturday 16th: RYA VHF Radio Course
Sunday 17th: Seapower Marine Spring Series races 5 and 6 
Sunday 17th: Fitting Out Luncheon
Friday 29th Rally to Guernsey

Monday 1st: Alex Bleasby Series Race 1
Wednesday 3rd: Bingo Night
Saturday 6th: Pal Trophy to NW Minquiers
Tuesday 9th: Peter Pitcher Talk
Wednesday 10th: Hettich Series Race 1
Monday 15th: Alex Bleasby Series Race 2
Wednesday 17th: Annual General Meeting
Saturday 20th: Syd Courtman RTI Race (West-about)
Tuesday 23rd: Fisherman's Mission Quiz
Wednesday 24th: Hettich Series Race 2
Saturday 27th: Marine Auction
Tuesday 30th: Alex Bleasby Series Race 3

Jeff Speller
St Helier Yacht Club

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