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Royal News: Issue 85


We had a pleasant surprise when our president lifted the booze ban early February. Trading got back into full swing quickly and we had some good weekends with members enjoying the club. Friday night was the re launch of the 100 club. This was very well attended and members stayed on to enjoy a great birthday party downstairs. Happy Birthday to new member Adrian Ash.

The hundred club is a revitalised members only draw. The idea is to limit this to 100 members who each contribute R 100 per month. Prize money is split 50/50 with winners ( 3 members ) The balance goes to building maintenance or specified projects.

We are waiting to ratify a business plan submitted to restart the pacer training program. The boats have been resuscitated and Shaun Hamlin will be heading up this program. The specific goal is to get more people to the club and encourage new membership.  We will be on the lookout for skippers to work with Shaun to help sail all the boats. More info to follow.

I will be inviting interested parties to an open meeting to find a way forward with the Vasco De Gama Clock. Please send me a mail if you can contribute in any way  A special thank you to those who have helped us get this far.

We have been members of the prestigious ICOYC for a few years now and it is encouraging to see we are recognised in this prestigious group. ( see below) The bad news it costs 1200 Canadian Dollars current exchange rate R 15 000 … in annual subscriptions.

They have waived our fees for the last two years but we need to decide if we want to stay in this club. I have been told this is very difficult to get back once we have forfeited our membership. There may be certain members who could contribute separately to keep our membership. We certainly do not have the funds at the moment. Let me know if you can keep this initiative alive.
More great news to follow next week.
Stay safe go sailing enjoy your club

Your Commodore
Leo Kroone


As mentioned above in our Commodore's message - we have recently been recognised by the Platinum Clubs of the World panel and were amongst a number of ICoYC Clubs to receive an Honourable mention! 

As stated by the International Council of Yach Clubs (ICoYC):

"We’re pleased to announce that 26 of our 44 Member Clubs have been recognised by the Platinum Yacht Clubs of the World. Nineteen ICOYC Member Clubs ranked among the 2020-2021 list of the Top 50 Platinum Yacht Clubs of the World, and another seven Member Clubs received Honourable Mention.

The panel appointed to elect the Platinum Clubs of the World was comprised of industry leaders, connoisseurs, historians, journalists and club experts.

Employing a point system, the panel evaluated clubs based on seven selection criteria:
Universal Recognition
Respected Membership
Excellence in Amenities and Facilities
Exceptional Service Standards
Adapting to Changing Times
Management and Operations
Overall Experience.

Congratulations to all!"
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from the Yeoman of Signals

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