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Commodore’s Report – March 2012

I am very proud to represent all Members as the new Commodore for Helford River Sailing Club. I have taken over the helm at a very busy but exciting time seeing all the improvements starting to take shape. I would like to thank Jane Benney and her Committee for all the great work that has been done over the last three years, leaving us in a very good position for the future developments. I want to take this opportunity to welcome the new Committee and thank them all for making such a huge commitment to the Club.

I am pleased to report that the work on the Clubhouse is progressing well and by now most of the dirty work has been completed. The timber frame will soon be erected and things should start to progress quickly after that. However there may be a certain amount of disruption for a short period of time, please bear with us – it will be worth it!

The new Stewards Tom and Ben have been appointed and are looking forward very much to meeting you all and extending the famous Helford River welcome. I would like to encourage you to come down and introduce yourselves and sample what is available on the menu.

As you should all be aware, Sports England has made a grant of £50,000 to help with the Club re- development. I am really excited to announce that on 11th May we are staging a big public relations event to receive the cheque and we will have, as Guest of Honour, three time Olympic champion Ben Ainslie. Ben is taking time out from his busy preparations for the Finn Gold Cup to come along and present the cheque and meet the Members. Please make a note in your diary as this is an event not to be missed. Details of this are in the Social Calendar at the end of this newsletter.

Finally the start of the sailing season is now only a couple of weeks away and we are hoping that the dinghy fleet will increase its numbers as both the juniors and Tuesday night sailors have expressed an

interest in joining the racers. I am delighted to announce that there have been seven additions to the Hunter 707 fleet over the winter period which will bring a total often to the start line competing against thePYandIRCfleetson4th April.

I look forward to seeing you all enjoying what our Club has on offer over the next few months and wish you all fair winds and good sailing.

Julian Samuel – Commodore