News From GC – Rear Commodore

Hello Members
Looking back at the last few General Committee weekly updates, we have been reminded that the cold weather is really upon us; however, it is pleasing to see that many events are still happening around the club, both on and off the water.
We had the Frostbite Cruise up to Melbourne City Marina; the weekend just passed. This event now runs in conjunction with the City of Melbourne’s Firelight Festival. It was great to see a mixture of sail and power boats participate. Each boat had slightly different plans for the weekend, but seeing new participants and getting members together in the Marina was fantastic.
The cruisers headed for New Caledonia have reached their destinations safely and are now enjoying cruising around the islands, including Iles des Pins and the Loyalty Islands. Most will soon look to head across to Vanuatu and then back to Australia in September.
Out on the marina, there is plenty of evidence of rakali or native water rat activity; the most obvious is empty mussel shells on the walkway and arms. I have recently heard stories from boat owners about rakali getting into boats and creating havoc. As a fellow boat owner, I wanted to remind all owners to watch for possible activity and access points to your boat interior.
Have a great week ahead!

Peter Gebhardt
Rear Commodore