Autumn Newsletter 2020

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The year 2020 will certainly go down in history as a year like no other, never in living memory has our lives and activities been more disrupted. Aberdour Boat Club is no exception.

As soon as the lockdown restrictions were eased we craned in those that wanted to sail, and some low key activities have taken place, the most dramatic of those being the 90th anniversary sail past and barbecue. I must admit, I was a bit uneasy about our attempts to socially distance during that event. But it was a great success, and was enjoyed by many.

We then decided to run a yacht race, but with reported increase in Coronavirus cases in some areas, and lessons learned from the sailpast, we did not plan an after race barbecue or indeed any social gathering at all. We did have a good racing day however, with just our own club members. Karina skippered by Richard Luxmoore was victorious, closely followed by Whispers single handed by Andrew Aitchison. Markate was third skippered by a committee  which included Andy Carnduff. Despite my ruling on social restrictions, the club barbecue was wheeled out and produced some very tasty food. You can’t keep a good social secretary down! Well done Malcolm, and thanks to Andy O, and Roy B joint ROs on the day.

Although we had planned crane out on the 14th October, it has been necessary to bring it forward to the 1st. This is to do with the need to bring our bay mooring ashore for their 3 year “MOT” inspection. We use the barge from Dalgety Bay sailing club, we pay a fee for the service but it is trivial compared to what Briggs would have charged, so we have to fit in with DBSC’s programme, for reasons of economy, so it make sense to bring forward crane day. It also has to be said that if we have bad weather, we always have the 14th tide widow to fall back on.

It would be nice to do the traditional end of season raft up planned for 27th of this month, although you can’t have a socially distant raft up, so we would need to see some easing of restriction this month I think.

Continuing with the negatives, we have decided to cancel the planned November meal and social in the Woodside hotel. We just can’t be sure of virus related restrictions and why put ourselves under pressure?

We have finally managed to complete the roofing programme, the foyer slates have been replaced and the flat roof stripped of the decomposed zinc and felted to match the toilet roof. The opportunity was taken to put an insulation layer in, and  the whole clubhouse now has roof insulation throughout. Perhaps we will have a foyer heater installed then we would never need to put the water off unless in extremely cold weather.

Developments in the dinghy Park are under consideration, but currently we have only a year to year lease of the area from the Earl of Morton. We are currently in dialogue with them in an attempt to achieve a long term lease. This would need to be in place before we spend big on the project! Roy Marrian is fronting this for me, and if he can’t succeed, nobody can!

We also plan to do some restoration on the workboat, which needs a new keel plate. There is a good few years left in the old girl, if we keep on top of things.

This was to be my last year as Commodore, but I am concerned that we may not be able to have an AGM in view of the dreaded virus. We will discuss in committee the best way forward on this. I don’t think we can have a “virtual AGM” as the point of the meeting is about interaction with the membership. We will keep you informed…..


Dave Stewart

Commodore ABC

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