A Message from Commodore Cornish
It is my pleasure to welcome you to another year of Membership with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. I’d like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your support of our Club throughout a challenging 2020. I very much look forward to forging ahead with you into 2021 and beyond.
It is pleasing that despite the challenges of the past year, your Club has achieved record Membership for the second consecutive year. You belong to a strong Club with a rich history and wonderful camaraderie. Your Board and Management Team remain committed to delivering you excellence both on and off the water.
The year ahead
Looking forward, we will be celebrating 75 years of women competing in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. In the second year of this great race, Jane Tate and Dagmar O’Brien became the first women to take on the blue water challenge. We will honour them, and the many women who have competed since, in the build-up to this year’s Race.
We are also looking forward to continuing our regular social and sailing calendar and a sense of normalcy returning to our Club. While regular activities were hampered last year, we should all take great pride in our collective resilience and response to our significantly changed world.
The Club is planning to conduct as many of our usual activities as possible this year, including favourites such as the Hall of Fame & Member Anniversary Dinner, SOLAS Dinner and the Associate Committee’s Ladies’ Night. Your sailing program continues to grow too with the regular inclusion of the Summer Offshore Series after its recent success.
We are always looking at ways to further engage with Members, especially those who may feel isolated during these unprecedented COVID times. The Crewmates Program was launched during the lockdown so that subscribers can elect to have a fellow Member reach out to them for a catch-up and a chat. If you would like to subscribe to receive a check-in via the Crewmates Program please click here.
As a way of saying thank you for your continued support, the Board has decided not to increase your Membership subscription this year. Additionally, I am also happy to let you know, if you renew before close of business Wednesday 31 March 2021 you’ll receive an early-bird bonus credit. Your bonus credit will be available in your House account to spend on food, beverage or merchandise at the Club anytime before Wednesday 30 June 2021.
You will receive your Membership renewal statement shortly which includes all the ways you can pay your subscription. You may renew now via our online Members’ Portal (click here for instructions), using your BPay details provided on the statement, by setting up an automatic direct debit, or over the phone (02) 8292 7800 or in-person with our friendly Reception Team.
On behalf of my fellow Board Members and our Management Team, I thank you for your consideration to renew your membership with this great Club and I look forward to celebrating the coming year at our Club with you.
See you at the Club,
Noel Cornish AM