Power Boat Trips Report – September 2015

Hi Everyone

This being my last Tide Report I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Section Cruise Captains, Steve Oliver, Steve Carrier and John Abeliotis for their time and help over the last year getting us to and from our destinations safely. A special thanks to my wife Mary, for helping me organize our events, Steve and Rachael for all their help and support they have given me, thanks to Dionne arranging and booking the section Dine-ins and to Sam our Section Secretary, and of course, not forgetting all our section members for participating and making it such a great year.

I am very pleased to report that 2014/2015 has again been another successful year for the Section.

We have over 50 members on our emailing list but unfortunately not all our members are attending our events, we usually have between 20 to 30 members who regularly participate and we always have a great time together. Hopefully in the new season we can encourage more people to participate.

We’ve had a good turnout of boats and crew for the events since the start of the season, and have been very fortunate with the weather on almost all of our planned trips, managing a total of twelve since September last year. Seven of which were day trips, three trips staying overnight and two long weekend Events, our Mandurah Christmas lights and Secret Santa event being
the biggest. Fifty five people with ten boats for the weekend.

Our Fish and Chip run to Fremantle on the 4th July saw a total of 19 members in 7 boats taking part. We had 3 Boats launch from Matilda Bay, and 4 launched from Ocean Reef. Launching from Ocean Reef, were Steve O, our trip leader , Craig, Ron and myself with our crew, we met up with John, Peter, Trevor and their crew members just before heading into Fremantle where we had a light lunch at Kallis Bros.

The trip home became quite an adventure, with the heavens opening up on us; the ocean played its part as well making it feel a bit like been dropped into a top loader washing machine. At the end of the day, all in all a good experience, we all got back safe and sound. The river runners were lucky enough to encounter a pod of dolphins which put on a show for them, once again another good day out for all.

We held Our Annual Presentation of the Trophy for ‘Section Members of the Year’ at the July dine in. Congratulations to John and Christine, who were very deserving and very surprised winners.

On a sadder note we said goodbye to two of our members and very dear friends Les and Joan Wagstaff, who have now moved to Sunny Queensland, they will be missed by all of us and I wish them the best of luck and a happy new life in the Sunshine State.

The section decided a change would be as good as a holiday and a Night out at the Crown was planned and held on Saturday 8th of August. Twenty Five of us took part, Thanks to Phyl for organizing the outing. We had a bus collect us from and then drop us back at the Currambine station at the end of the evening. We enjoying a nice meal at Carvers, and then spent a fun filled evening in the Casino. Which as can be expected was the only winner.

Thanks to everyone once again for making my short term as Rear Commodore of our section such an enjoyable one. Congratulations to John as being elected as our New Rear Commodore, I wish John all the best and I am sure he will do an excellent job of growing and looking after the section.

Lastly just a short message to Ron, the Trophy for Best Fisherman is being well looked after mate.

Stay Safe and see you on the Water.

Corrie Coetzee

And finally a word from our new Rear Commodore.

Thank you to all that have elected me as Rear Commodore of the Power Boat Section. I look forward to the challenge and will Endeavour to do a good job as the Previous RC’S have done. A big thanks to Corrie for doing a fantastic job while he was RC, and wish him the best in his new position of Vice Commodore.

I would also like to thank Corrie for giving his time and helping me with the hand over.

Looking forward to catching up with everybody on our next event.

Happy Boating

John Abeliotis

Rear Commodore – Power Boats

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