Scuttlebutt - Club News
Scuttlebutt – October 2019 – RMYC Toronto News
Mariners Bar Area
The renovation work in the Mariners Bar and what was the deck area, is almost complete. We expect the builders to be finished around October 18 and that just leaves the area to be paved at the front. Peter Mayo is doing the ground works in preparation for the pavers which we hope will be laid in the week prior to our Opening of the Season Day on October 26th. Photo’s, aerial video footage taken from a drone, mass media features and advertising will form the basis of a publicity campaign which will highlight the RMYC as The Function Venue on the western side of the lake. You can view the council approved plan by clicking Mariners Bar Plans
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Toronto Foreshore / Bath Street
By now, you would be aware that Lake Macquarie City Council have deferred any further work related to the construction of (up to) a 6 story high rise on the Bath Street Land. The decision was taken at the September Council Meeting but immediately challenged by some Councilors who advised that they were going to introduce a rescission motion at the next council meeting. The planned wording of the rescission motion had a number of concerns for the community but with late negotiations and some minor word changes resulted in some improvements.Common sense – and the threat of an upcoming council election, looks like it may have prevailed with council now looking to include the Bath Street land in the Foreshore Master Plan – an action that the Toronto Foreshore Protection Group have been pushing for some time, consult with the community on the future use of the land (something that should have occurred before starting the process), and consideration being given to changing the Bath Street land from Operational (meaning it can be sold / developed), back to Community. So, in summary, a bit of a reprieve but the need to be vigilant and to constantly remind Council that the community needs more parkland, remains.
We do not know as yet, what the role of the consultants will be in relation to the Bath Street land.
Yacht racing - end of Winter and start of Summer.
The last race of the Winter Wednesday Series finished on October 9th and was won by Emmenar (Mel Steiner) with Hows Trix (Graham Parr) second and Sapphire Lady Third. The Series results have not yet been determined as there is a protest in play. This news item will be updated as soon as the final results are known. The Autumn Wednesday Series was won by Hows Trix (Graham Parr), and the Winter Saturday Point Score was won by Austral (Peter Mayo).
The Saturday Spring Series has started and will continue on until Christmas and the Wednesday Twilights commence on October 16.
Cruising Section – Coal Point Trophy, Trinity Point and more.
The annual Coal Trophy – a sort of Observation Trail on the water organised and run by Mark Godwin, was run back in August. Unfortunately, weather conditions were not on the side of the participants with gale conditions keeping numbers down. The event was taken out by Brad and Ang on Bakflash for the first time and they celebrated in style. Second place was taken by Garry and Mel on Moonraker and this was their first time competing. The next event on the Cruising Section calendar was a joint event with the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Cruising Section at Trinity Point Marina and it was pleasing to note that everyone was warmly greeted by all at the marina. The Cruising Section AGM was held on 12th September and all committee members were reinstated the same as last year with the exception of Mark Travis whose position was filled by long term member Donna Somner. The annual trip to Broken Bay took place on the October Long Weekend and by all reports, everyone had a great time with no incidents and everyone returning safely back to the lake.
NSW Clubs Community Awards
RMYC Toronto is pleased to announce that it is a finalist in the Health & Wellbeing division of the NSW Clubs Community Awards program. Fundraising and community activities associated with the clubs organisation and running of the Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta are the reasons for being selected as a finalist. The winners will be announced at a gala event to be held on Saturday November 2, 2019.