The Club facilities are looking pretty spectacular this week as we lead into the Opening of our 126th Sailing season so I would like to start this report by thanking all those members who have turned out to support our 4 busy bee days we held over the winter break.
On that topic it has been an honour to hear the wonderful and positive feedback from surrounding club member guests who have been so warmly hosted by MBSC volunteers for the 4-day Westsail Coaching Clinic that commenced on Saturday 24th followed by the 2-day Youthsail Championship that kicks off tomorrow. As those MBSC members that have visited the club over the last couple of days would attest, the Club lawn has been packed with juniors enjoying our Sailing playground and facilities as much as many of us do. The comments received with regards to the presentation of the facilities has been overwhelmingly complimentary and as a volunteer-based Club, I personally would like to thank all those members who have so graciously offered their time to put on such a resoundingly successful regatta both during the event and also in the lead up over winter.
On Thursday night The Bay will be closing out its hosting role of the Westsail/ Youthsail events and move straight into welcoming sailing dignitaries from across WA as Australian Sailing hold their annual Awards evening at our Club.
MBSC nominated itself and individuals into 6 categories this year and I’m delighted to announce we have reached finalist status in 4 of those nominated. The Thursday night Awards night is where the WA winners will be announced that then possibly propels them onto the National finalist category to be announced later in the Year.
Our successful finalist nomination categories are as follows:
Club of the Year – As a volunteer community club, MBSC proudly hosted 14 regattas across our 6-month 2022 sailing season. This was an incredible achievement and recognition of how successfully those events were hosted allowed the Management Committee to put ourselves forward as being named the Club of the Year.
Volunteer of the Year – Greg Jennings – Club Member of the Year 2022 – MBSC, was nominated by the Management Committee in recognition of the long-term dedication and contribution to the Club in a variety of roles and specifically in Greg’s endeavours of ensuring our Club’s archives and history are well captured and documented for future generations.
Sports Promotion of the Year – Larry Smith/ MBSC – Introduction of the highly successful Festival of Windsurfing event to the Swan River in 2021, provided an event for all styles, skill levels and an opportunity for Windsurfing in WA to have a place where they all come together to celebrate and enjoy their craft in tight and tough racing conditions specifically designed for their style of sailing.
Race Official of the Year – Larry Smith. As Principal Race Officer at MBSC, the Management Committee have determined that Larry’s effervescent character, infectious positive outlook combined with his total respect for the sailing community in terms of ensuring he puts on well-co-ordinated and professional sailing events every time he and his team heads out on water should be recognised.
Congratulations to those nominated and we look forward to sharing our success stories with all members in coming editions of the newsletter.
With this Saturday being the official launch of our 2023 Sailing Season I hope many members are looking forward to joining in the comradery and community that is the Bay and look forward to welcoming you all back for another fabulous summer of sailing at Mounts Bay Sailing Club.