Westhaven Yacht Club, Auckland, New Zealand
Watermark #221 February 2023
The team at dinner at Denny’s before the show.
The cast for the play Rangitoto, enjoyable show
February Jennie Rennie, Lis McCook Ray & Bridget Gorinski
March Jan Probert, Rob Lorden, Michael McCook
April Barry Jones, Roger Hawthorne, Peter Longbottom Lyn Viskovich
Rob’s Ramblings – aka Commodore’s Report Rob’s Ramblings – aka Commodore’s Report
We hope the newsletter finds everybody well and not too badly effected by recent weather events. We had a bit of flooding but not so much to be an insurance issue, unlike several of our neighbours.
This must have been the worst summer we have had for getting out on the water because of weather. When we did, it was good the catch up with members for the few days between adverse weather events. The WYC Sailors Messenger app worked well. We haven’t flagged away summer sailing and intend to get out and about once we know what the two cyclones are doing.
As you would have seen by recent emails, the Bayswater Marina decision to allow residential development, has been appealed by four organisations including AYBA who are seeking funding through a Givealittle page to cover the costs of the AYBA appeal.
Similarly the decision to close the Landing at Okahu Bay is getting traction within Council and government departments in respect to disregarding the law, related matters, the consequences of the decision, and the need for Auckland Council to have a Marine User’s Strategy to guide decision making processes. The AYBA Marine User’s Group is presenting these issues to the Council’s Planning Environment and Parks Committee on 2 March 2023.
Further details of the above are included in the two attached documents.
The impact of these and previous decisions on other marine activity areas for current and future generations in the absence of a Marine User’s Strategy is that:
The number of people and organisations who support the AYBA appeals through the give a little page will strengthen the AYBA’s case, irrespective of the amount pledged. i.e. Just giving (e.g. $2) will help the case. If you want more information on the details of the AYBA appeals. Let me know and I can send you the lodged documentation for Bayswater Marina.
The WYC committee recently agreed to give $100 to both Givealittle pages.
Note that the Little Shoal Bay hardstand area remains open until June 2023, but no maintenance may be undertaken in the yard.
Stay safe out there on land and on the water.
Welcome to our new member Ryan McCook (Bill & Lis’s grandson if you have not worked it out for yourself). Ryan has brought Colin & Barbara’s boat “Mouette”
Off Water events
The AGM is fast approaching more details to follow.
Still feel free to organise an impromptu event using the club group messenger.
On Water Event
Keep an eye on the club sailing messenger site and wait for the weather (hopefully soon)
This month's bad joke
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