Westhaven Yacht Club, Auckland, New Zealand
Rob our illustrious commodore giving his report at the club’s AGM
July Wayne McEwan
August Lynne McAven, Barbara Gibson
September Heather Hawthorne, Karen Jones
Rob’s Ramblings – aka Commodore’s Report
I hope you are all surviving the winter and looking forward to warmer weather.
With great sadness, we announce the passing of Alan Stevens who recently passed away in his 90s. Alan was an inspiration to many of us as he singlehandedly kept sailing his yacht Tresandra around the Gulf until his mid-80s. I have many fond memories of having a drink with him on various boats and hearing about some of his sailor’s yarns about past sailing activities that took place many years ago.
Our thoughts are with Trent and his family at this time.
Dissolving the WYC
We had a committee meeting last week to discuss, amongst other matters, the future of the club as an incorporated society and our 25th birthday celebration.
In order to make any decisions on the future of the club we need to follow the rules of the Incorporated Societies legislation and our own constitution. This will require members to vote on a proposal we will formally put to members hopefully later in the year. Possibly as a special meeting or a planned get together such as at our Christmas function which is planned for 9th December 2023.
Activities we are carrying out include
25th birthday celebration
We have set a date for our 25th birthday celebration of 2nd March 2024. We would intend to use the balance of our funds to subsidise whatever activity we choose. We would love to hear about any ideas you may have with the committee to consider at its 12 September 2023 meeting. Please send all ideas to our secretary Barbara M before the meeting
UP COMING EVENTS
The Westhaven Yacht Club Christmas Party
is scheduled for Saturday 9th December at Lis and Bill McCook's home. More details later closer to the date.
The Westhaven Yacht Club Clubs 25th Party
Saturday 2nd March 2024
start thinking about what you would like to do and get back to the committee.
Still feel free to organise an impromptu event using the club group messenger.
This month’s bad joke
A man called to testify at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), asked his accountant for advice on what to wear.
"Wear your shabbiest clothing. Let him think you are a pauper," the accountant replied.
Then he asked his lawyer the same question but got the opposite advice. "Do not let them intimidate you. Wear your most elegant suit and tie."
Confused, the man went to his Priest, told him of the conflicting advice, and requested some resolution of the dilemma. “Let me tell you a story," replied the Priest.
"A woman, about to be married, asked her mother what to wear on her wedding night. 'Wear a heavy, long, flannel nightgown that goes right up to your neck.' But when she asked her best friend, she got conflicting advice. Wear your most sexy negligee, with a V neck right down to your navel."
The man protested: "What does all this have to do with my problem with the IRS?!"
"Simple” replied the Priest...
"It doesn't matter what you wear, you are going to get screwed!"
The origin of the word "scuttlebutt," which is nautical parlance for a rumour, comes
from a combination of "scuttle" -- to make a hole in the ship's hull and thereby
causing her to sink --- and "butt" -- a cask or hogshead used in the days of wooden
ships to hold drinking water. The cask from which the ship's crew took their drinking
water -- like a water fountain -- was the "scuttlebutt". Even in today's Navy a drinking
fountain is referred to as such. But, since the crew used to congregate around the
"scuttlebutt", that is where the rumours about the ship or voyage would begin. Thus,
then and now, rumours are talk from the "scuttlebutt" or just "scuttlebutt".
Splice the Main Brace
In the age of sail, ship's rigging was a favourite target during sea battles because destroying the opponent's ability to manoeuvre or get away would put you at obvious advantage.
Therefore, the first and most important task after a battle was to repair damaged rigging (also known as lines- but never "rope"!). Examples of lines include braces (lines that adjust the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind) and stays (lines supporting the masts).
The main brace was the principal line controlling the rotation of the main sail.
Splicing this line was one of the most difficult chores aboard ship, and one on which the ship's safety depended. It was the custom, after the main brace was properly spliced, to serve grog to the entire crew.
Thus, today, after a hard day (or, not so hard day), the phrase has become an invitation to have a drink.
Even worst Bad joke of the month
Best ever senior citizen joke
A little silver haired lady calls her neighbour and says “please come over and help me , I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I cant figure out how to get started.
Her neighbour asks “What is it supposed to be when it finished”
The little silver haired lady says “according to the picture on the box it’s a rooster”
Her neighbour decides to go over and help with the puzzle.
She let him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table.
He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says,
“First of all no matter what we do we are not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster”
He takes her by the hand and says “ secondly, I want you to relax. Lets have a nice cup of tea” he said with a deep sigh……………..
“Let’s put all the Corn Flakes back in the box”