“On writing this Report, I find it difficult to realise that five years have passed since Simone Kennett and I were elected Secretary and Chairman of the Ajax Class. Alas the time has come to hand over these offices to the East Coast Fleet.
The past year’s highlight was that of welcoming eight boats from the East Coast Fleet to St Mawes for the National Championships and Falmouth Week. Both events were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Only two boats have travelled east for the 2009 Championships but at least we are represented.
The East Coast Fleet are very keen to get all boats weighed. We have managed to weigh two boats – Athena (920 kgs) D Liddington and Victory (880 kgs) now owned by Dr Mike Black and having had quite a lot of work done to her this winter.
Turnouts for racing on the East Coast seem to be better than in the South West where turnouts are disappointing considering the number of boats based in St Mawes. We must hope that this will improve as the season progresses. Roger Wood sailing Amalthea dominated club racing in 2008 though on the East Coast no one boat seems to dominate.
Mention should be made of the acquisition by the East Coast Fleet of a load cell and our thanks for being able to loan this to the South West Fleet.
I must thank my fellow officers for their support over the past five years and say how much I have enjoyed my time as Chairman. I look forward to many more years as part of the Fleet.”