The past two years have been challenging to say the least, but our previous Commodore, Alastair and his team managed to preserve the club and even make some advances during times of real adversity. We start this new year with a slightly increased membership, financially stable, but with some rather exhausted members who made all of our events last year happen.
But life goes on, and so must the club. Our 110th anniversary has passed, and we must now look to the future. While the realm of work has been changed to be more electronic, more automated, so has the club. Remote working has become advantageous for many, and the closure of the Club office has lifted a financial burden, but opened the opportunity for a fully mobile office. This will be a benefit also in race management. The new IT system has helped automate many processes that previously had to be done manually. We're grateful to those who laboured away doing things, but now the time has come to reassess what we want from the club. We have a heritage to be proud of, racers that challenge any comers, cruisers who go beyond the horizons, small boat sailors who test the physics of their boats too. Of course it might be that we want to do more of the same as we've done in previous years, and maybe there's little that CCC and its membership hasn't done, but what do you want to do?
More cruises in company? More big boat / small boat crossover days? More youth activities? More blue-water cruises? Bigger better races? This year we hope to garner members opinions to be able to steer our club in the directions its members want.
Whatever we decide together, we'll need some organisers to organise things, and some doers to get things done. Could you volunteer? A few of our longer serving committee members have stood down; they served us well, and we thank them. Special thanks and mention must be made for the many years of dedicated service from Jennifer Rolland who retired mid pandemic.
Now its time for others to step up. As Commodore I'm relatively new to CCC, likewise our Vice Commodore Glenn. And we're both "incomers" to Scotland. We didn't grow up on the Clyde receiving the CCC heritage into our DNA, but hopefully we'll bring some fresh thinking, some new ideas, but certainly a bundle of enthusiasm.
So as we start into 2022, lets do so with some sense of relief that we can cope with whatever comes, but also to get the most of the past time we all love so much. With so many aspects of yachting available, lets get out in 2022 and do lots more sailing, and lead others along to share this fabulous sport with us.
See you on the water this summer.
Commodore, Jan 2022
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