We've had a hectic year of events, starting last December with the RYAS Winter Championships, the fast handicap dinghy weekend in May, then a 6 week spell with the Laser Nationals, immediately followed by the Topper Nationals, then Largs Regatta Festival, and the Musto Skiff Nationals!
All this would not have happened without a massive effort from our great group of volunteers (well over 100, across all events) - from set-up and co-ordination, then everything from slipway cleaning, mark preparation, committee boats, safety and mark laying boats, and many shore activities - car parking, registration, information desk, safety tallies and launch / recovery assistance, clubhouse tea bar, and the bridge communications centre. Many thanks also to our office administrator Julia Gibson, who was everywhere, Largs Yacht Haven for their invaluable support, and to Bosun's Table, our caterers - they've had quite a baptism in their first year with us!
Many of our volunteers enjoyed a thankyou evening hosted by the club, with Bosun's Table kindly providing a barbeque. During the evening, our commodore Ewan Macpherson introduced major events convenor John Connelly, who gave a summary of the events, thanked the many, many club volunteers and others who had made the events possible, and highlighted the significant financial benefit to the club of everyone's efforts.
John, very ably supported by his deputy Freddie Moran, has done a fantastic job, and the whole club very much appreciates this.
No rest for the wicked! We have the RYAS Winter Championships in December, and the Optimist National Championships next August. We also need a new major events coordinator, as John is stepping down.