Clearing Pylon Island including raking up and burning will have taken some 60 mandays. A tremendous effort by those involved, which we must not waste. The high volume of work is because we have been unable to clear the island on a regular basis. When done regularly, 5 active people have cleared one island in a day. We are not working on the islands between mid March and mid September due to bird nesting, so we need to trim them twice a year Feb/early March and Late September/October.
Please bear with me. I urge all members to help with the clearing of the islands on a regular basis, to improve our sailing, in addition to our main allocation of duty or duty waiver. We, including the Sailing Committee, propose that the three main islands are each adopted by a Fleet. This is already happening with the Blaze/Asymmetric working hard on the far large island. The Slow Fleet could look after the centre Pancake Island, with Oppies/Junior/Sailing School on Pylon Island and Sailability/Working Party team on the small Runway Island. The two sessions a year could be tied in with a team Fleet social afterwards. It could be fun and gently competitive. The rostered working party teams would continue with the work through the year as the shore vegetation grows apace while members of course keep their individual boat parks neat.
You will notice the new Trophy cabinet in the corner of the club room and the new general notice board in the corridor.
The ice is over, for now, the winds are lively and all looks interesting for the rest of the Frostbite series. Happy sailing or boat maintenance.
Commodore, Burghfield Sailing Club