MEMBERS UPDATE … 9TH JUNE 2021
It is with much regret that I write this week. Judith and I have struggled to keep the club open with an interesting and varied selection of functions and open hours. It is ever so difficult to get reliable and interested staff. We currently are understaffed for any evening cooking as Kate has resigned and we have no staff to maintain the bar on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening after 5pm. Judith has covered as much as she can but this is now effecting her health and she needs to pull back.
As a consequence I have cancelled all dine ins and functions until further notice. And I will advise next week if in fact we have to close early on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday due to lack of staff and support.
It is all very well that we pretend we have a vibrant and active club but really the truth is that we have only a few extremely loyal handful of members that constantly support the club. Please let me know what you want. Do you want reduced hours? Do you want access to the club every day? Do you want food every day? Do you want dine ins and functions? Judith and I have made a commitment to your club our club to give you something worthwhile and special but we cannot do this if in fact we are not supported. I have called a committee meeting for Monday evening next to discuss this situation in depth.
If you have anything to add please advise so that we can discuss at this very important meeting.
The winner of the one ton club this week is Andrew McKendrick number 43…again this very important fundraising event needs to be supported more by members. You stand to win £100 regardless as to whether you are here or not for the draw. There are still some 30 odd numbers that need to be bought to complete the 100 numbers.
Barry tipping reported…. A great time was had on board Roxie and ashore at the X-Yachts Solent regatta over the bank holiday weekend mixing with the 18 other crews and finishing 10th. The Sunday pursuit race was a particularly good way of keeping different size yachts racing on the same patch of water and exciting as larger yachts bore down on us.
We did get recognition as the furthest travelled yacht, and heavily in cruise trim as part of our 10 day cruise in the company with Ocean dancer before Martin and Clare headed further off to the West country.
Thank you Barry for the news and great photos.
Take care all and hopefully I will have something more positive to add next week
JAMES WHITE – COMMODORE
10 JUNE 2021
There seems to be some misunderstanding from my previous email…I would like to clarify a few points.
- The lunches are doing extremely well and we thank our members who are continuously returning. It is a nice light menu and suitable for our current summer weather. Dolly our new lunch cook is managing brilliantly and our ever bubbly Vicki are always here to welcome you Monday to Friday.
- The club is in a very affluent position…better than ever!
- There is no consideration or discussion about the club moving to new premises. We have just spent many hours and much money to enhance the club and make it more visibly and comfortable for you the members.
- It is not only us but everyone is struggling to find good reliable and well mannered staff. Judith will not allow rude and lazy staff to work at the club hence why we have had some changes. In the interim we may have to close some nights for a few weeks until we can find a Tuesday to Friday replacement.
- Judith has received four enquiries in the past few days for a birthday party, two memorial service’s and a wake. These will indeed replace our functions and Dolly has agreed to manage these in the wake of Kate resigning.
- Just to reiterate all functions have been cancelled…not the lunches and private bookings… until further notice.
Take care and we will advise the finding of Mondays meeting early next week.
UPDATE BRIEF 3RD JUNE 2021
Well I must say all is running along very smoothly. We have some great staff. Of course they are still settling in, so be patient. We have a new girl starting on Saturday who will do all weekends. Judith will show her the ropes, expectations and explain how we are so very different in a very good way, and I am sure you will agree, to just the regular pub!
Lunch meals are doing a treat…the outcome from a few girls here last week is that they would like to have a ladies lunch day. So this will be Thursday at 1.30pm each week. So bring along all those friends you have that may like the ambience of our club. Remember you can sign them in 3 times in three months or three weeks in a row if you prefer but then they would have to join the club. They can join for a quarter as a taster which is only £55 for the three months and they would be entitled to attend any of our functions and Sunday roasts.
We had some very happy chappies here from the Eastborne Yacht club on Sunday. They were great fun and I am certain that they enjoyed their Sunday snack. The boys said…eat your heart out Dickie! Look what you missed out on…
With functions getting good bookings. Please ensure your place. The Queens Birthday is special as it is her 94 birthday and anyone reaching that age deserves a celebration. I have attached the poster…
Humbug Christmas is filling up fast as well and Santa has to sort out all those presents he has hidden away! Both these functions have really nice menus but remember we aim to please and so if you have an allergy or food preference we will endeavour to accommodate you. I have attached the poster…
CONGRATULATIONS…CONGRATULATIONS…AND CELEBRATIONS…WELL DONE… RUSH AND CREW
FROM THE COMMODORE AND ALL OF THE COMMITTEE AND MEMBERS OF THE RCPYC.
Ken let us know…we managed tp win a race and won the Marina Plate and were awarded the visitors trophy for being the highest placed visitor in the Regatta. We were flying the RCPYC burgee as an advertisement for Dover…it was a very good regatta helped by super weather and we arrived back in Dover Tuesday evening 17.30pm.
Any one interested in a yacht delivery? Craig Smead has a yacht he wants delivered from dover to Swansea. Can you please call him on 07394083466 if you are interested.
Take care all…
UPDATE BRIEF….25TH MAY 2021
Firstly a special thank you to those members who have been in with their friends to support our new lunch menu…see attached. Look what you are missing out on!
Remember that Sunday is free snack day…last week was sausages and salsa…food is still and will always be individually served now as a precaution against covid. Saturday is HUGE BACON SANDWICHES with the main menu Monday to Friday 12 noon to 4pm.
There is a new DATES TO REMEMBER, so print off and book for all events as soon as possible as we are still working with limited numbers…see attached
For those of you who attended the celebration of Bob Slaughters life it was both a sad and happy event. So many have lost loved ones during covid and were not able to attend a wake. So celebrate we did on what would have been Bob’s birthday, with Dena, his wife and much loved member of our club. The food was served on individual platters covid style.
And for those who have not met our latest member…may I introduce you to our young Lord Nelson who lives in pride of place in the foyer between the brass cannons. Unfortunately we have had a few adverse comments so please let me know and Judith will remove him if you find him offending.
Many of our members are at last on the move this week…yachts leaving us for where ever they can get to are Roxy, Rush, Ocean Dancer..we wish you a safe and happy sailing. And of course our dear Mickie is off on a yacht delivery only a short distance away to Ramsgate. Take care all of you. We are still having such inclement weather!
Please join us soon…we miss you all…
SOMETIMES WE JUST HAVE TO DO THIS….
UPDATE BRIEF…12 May 2021
Finally we are opening 12 noon on MONDAY 17TH MAY 2021…RAIN…HAIL OR SNOW…WE WILL BE OPEN…
We have many new looks…
…a new look club…We have done our best to renew and lighten the look of the club…I think the result is amazing! Thanks to the help of many and our industrious painter and his handyman. A huge thanks to Dena who has been here most days over the past months, her nephew, Morgan, who will work in the bar on weekends and evenings, Gary Barrel who helped me build the grate cover on the verandah and numerous other things, Peter Knight who stripped the front door to bare wood and look at it now!, all shiney, and Judith who have been here endlessly throughout the covid close down. I am sure you will appreciate the results.
…a new look verandah…as we said above, the badly unsafe grates on the verandah have been covered, the glass end panel is nearly complete with the glass being sponsored, supplied and fitted by Simon Perren, one of our new members. New tables and chairs befitting our new look have been purchased, with three still to be delivered, so we can enjoy our lovely sunshine! Hah!
…and recently the new look ladies…ALL OF THIS HAS BEEN PAID FROM THE ONE TON CLUB FUNDS. So please remember where these vast improvements have come from…YOUR VERY OWN ONE TON CLUB. If you are not already a member please consider joining. Only £5 per month and you stand to win £100.
…new staff plus our great and well loved Vicki, Kate, and Amy are all staying. Because of the covid restrictions we have had a good hard look at the best way to offer the very best service to you, our members. Our new hours will be 12noon to 8pm Monday to Saturday or later if viable and of course if we have functions it will be an appropriate closing time. Sunday 12noon to 6pm or later.
…a new look menu…Judith will send out tomorrow when it is finalised. We will have a loyality card for lunches…buy 5 and the 6th one is FREE…we have a new and exciting menu for you to try.
…dine ins will continue every Tuesday evening at 6.30pm from the 25th May…the menu will be Salmon and potato bake and passionfruit pudding. Bookings are essential and must be in by Sunday end of closing each week. Any reasonable alternate choice can be arranged. All bookings must be paid for if there is a no show.
…there will be a Sunday roast dinner every fourth Sunday beginning Sunday the 20TH JUNE…FATHERS DAY…the first Sunday will be roast pork and of course for me roast chicken. Any reasonable alternate choice can be arranged. Bookings are essential and must be in by close of business Thursday evening.
…the fortnight before will be function night…QUEENS BIRTHDAY BLACK TIE EVENT…6.30pm Saturday 12th June. Menu to be advised. These functions will then take on a fortnightly rota as long as they are financially supported.
So all in all there are lots of changes and certainly I am certain for the better. Please come along and support your new look club and show you care. I am sure you will be very pleasantly surprised.
Bernard has been very busy as well…it is good to see the young out on the water and we certainly need some younger members to join the club. This is something we should all be aware of and encourage.
SELL… SWAP… FREE… BUY… On our website and ebay has been very successful. We have not only sold items for members but donated items have raised £79 for the ONE TON CLUB and of course this goes towards further refurbishments.
I cannot say thank you enough to those who have helped us in these torrid times. I could not have done it alone.
Take care and I hope to see lots of you over the next few weeks…
UPDATE BRIEF 4TH MAY 2021
Well! what a couple of weeks…sorry if we have been more than a little silent but our computer system maintenance has been taken over by a new company and our email has been down. Never the less here we are again! Hopefully all sorted but didn’t stop us doing lots of other things.
A very special thank-you for Ken Lees stepping up to the mark to design and organising an interim draft sailing calendar. I will attach it here for your information. Please let me know any feedback. RUSH will be off for the MEDWAY YACHT CLUB KEELBOAT REGATTA 28TH-31ST MAY and would love to have some company.
There are also other regatta’s coming up…. RAMSGATE WEEK REGATTA 19TH-23RD JULY
A CINQUE PORTS RALLY for the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Yacht Club arriving at our club on Sunday 11 July for a BBQ…they are hoping to meet up with lots of our local sailors and members.
For those interested we have had an alert from the Dover Port office that the ladies showers in the Wellington Dock are extremely hot and should not be used…this matter will be rectified asap.
I was one of the lucky participants at a commemorative Choral Evensong for HIS LATE ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH on Thursday 22nd April…it was indeed an honour and a most moving service. The even-song celebrated the life of Prince Philip and to remember THE QUEEN and THE ROYAL FAMILY at their time of loss.
There are no more photographs of the works at the club…it will now be a surprise when you attend after the 17th May…OPENING DAY…We will all be here with new and old staff ready and waiting to attend to your every whim. There is a new menu and food will be served 12-3pm. Our new hours will be 12-8pm daily and later if the custom is here to serve. Tuesday dine in will commence Tuesday 25th May and there will be a monthly function to celebrate something/anything that will tempt you to support your club. A Sunday roast will also be organised on a four-weekly rotor. I am very excited for the club to reopen and so look forward to meeting with you all again.
Food for thought…Don’t allow motivational speakers to deceive you….
1…the inventor of the treadmill died at the age of 54
2…the inventor of gymnastic died at the age of 57
3…the world bodybuilding champion died at the age of 41
4…the best footballer in the world, Maradona, died at the age of 60
5…The KFC inventor died at 94
6…The inventor of Nutella brand died at the age of 88
7…imagine, cigarette maker Winston died at the age of 102
8…the inventor of opium died at the age of 116 in an earthquake
9…Hennessey the inventor of brandy died at the age of 98
How did the doctors come to the conclusion that exercise prolongs life…the rabbit is always jumping up and down but it lives for only 2 years and the turtle that doesn’t exercise at all, lives 400 years. So, take some rest, chill, stay cool, eat, drink and enjoy your life. You will still die! I’m sending my Nike trainers back for a refund! …anonymous!
The winner of our one-ton club this month is Derek Meadows with Number 55. Derek has been a long-term member since 1987 so I am certain that there are lots of members who know he is. Dereks yacht is called SHADE.
We have new supply of club regalia available short and long sleeved, warm or cool to wear, caps and burgees. The old stock…there is very little of that left, is being sold out at half price. Get in quick or you will miss out.
Take care and see you in the club shortly…
19th MAY 2021
It is with a heavy heart that we write this week. Firstly and very importantly we have lost our Patron, HRH the Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh. Many of you would have seen our website condolences but for those who have not I will insert it here…
One of our talented members, Jacky Silcox, has created a very special sympathy card to send to HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN on the passing of HRH the PRINCE PHILIP the DUKE of EDINBURGH.
I am indeed very sad that we have witnessed the passing of our Patron. HRH the Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh was our patron for an incredible 63 years.
Although most of us will have received our Covid inoculations, we are now in a better position to mix with our friends and family. I would request of you that we spare a thought for some of our members who are suffering from the other BIG “C”. Where possible I ask of you, to support THE BRITISH CANCER charities, who are working to rid us of this terrible disease.
And only today we have heard that another of our treasured members has passed away…DENNIS CARTER…Director of Just Tickets. Dennis joined our club in January 1995 and was a much loved and loyal supporter. We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Vera at the loss of her best friend and loved husband.
On a happier note the restoration for the club is nearing completion. The painter/decorator completes his work in two more days and the builder will complete the frame for the glass wall on the verandah by the end of next week. The glass will then be supplied and fitted. There is still lots to do and I would ask that if there are any volunteers out there that want to make a difference within the club please do not hesitate to contact me or Judith as soon as possible.
Our treasured Dena has been in polishing all the brass…I did not realize just how much there was! And of course, Peter Knight who is constantly updating our web page. Well done and thank you both!
As we get closer to our opening date it is important that we are able to get further staff. Unfortunately we have lost Lee Sansum to a better job working within the covid organisation. He will be hard to replace as he did all of the shifts that no one else wanted. Please, I ask you, to spread the word…we need staff to cook at lunch times and weekends and afternoon/evening bar shifts. I will take this opportunity to suggest to you that our trading hours change to something more reasonable during these changing times…MON TO SATURDAY 12 noon – 8pm excluding Tuesday which will close after Tuesday night Dine-in and SUNDAY 12 noon – 5pm or later if required. Lunches will be served between 12.30pm -3.00pm. Of course when we have a function those nights closing times will be as required. OPENING DATE 17TH MAY 2021.
I leave you with something to test your skills…How many can you find?
Take care and stay safe…JIM WHITE …COMMODORE
ROYAL CINQUE PORTS YACHT CLUB
UPDATE BRIEF 30 MARCH 2021
Well sorry that I have bombarded you with quite a few things this week but please bear with me and delete what is of no interest to you.
The painting is rolling along or should I say rolling on ….what a difference a coat makes! Gary Barrell, one of our newest committee members, has helped me or really he has done most of the work in demolishing the verandah window…it was so very close to falling in!
I have been told the timber has been delivered and the frame for the glass is under construction. What a difference that will make for the verandah…Judith is on the look out for some new tidy verandah furniture.
The plants are all waking up from winter and will be well out in bloom when you next visit. Remember May 17th!
Judith has forwarded to you the Medway Yacht Club Keelboat Regatta poster and categories for the 28th to 31st may 2021. Looks good and a great opportunity to get out there and shake the cobwebs from those yachts and motor cruisers!
I know how very disappointing our last season was and then the dreaded Covid arrived, so I do so hope that this season will give us all a chance to get out there on the water. I know I am certainly excited about getting out myself.
I have thoroughly blitzed the Blue ensign File and many of you have received notification that you permits were either out of date or due for renewal soon. From now on Judith will send out a renewal notice the month before your permit expires. If we have missed you or if you want to apply for a Blue ensign permit, one of the greatest of opportunities to you as members of a Royal club.
Unfortunately a very dear old member of ours, DENNIS CARTER, has been seriously unwell, but is well on the way to recovery in hospital. We all wish you well Dennis and a very swift recovery. I look forward to seeing both you and Vera in the club on our opening in May.
Take care and stay safe….