Friday, 14th October 2011
FLEET CAPTAIN’S REPORT
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Since we all last met at an “official meeting”, it’s been quite an up and down summer in all sorts of ways.
A number of us have various health problems, some serious, some not so bad. Sincerely, I hope the companionship from the members of this Fleet helps all of us
.I would like to talk about Mildred Cook. I have had an e mail from John, and I just want to read the bones of it out to you-----------
(John’s e mail was read and was understood)
Quite a few of us attended the funeral of Eddie Lewis. It was a very moving occasion. We all miss Eddie, and hope we will see Heather for a lunch and for her company.
Welcome to new members since our last meeting----Bill Findlay, and Sue and John Pickup.
We have 96 paid up members. Even better---about 90% of those members did “social sailing things” during the season. I guess that makes us the most active fleet in the Club---but I may be proved wrong on that one?? Anyway----I hope Doreen’s looking down from heaven reckoning we’re all keeping up the good work.
That summer weather was up and down.
Probably the most notable voyage of the year was by Nauti Lady. Trevor and Monica reached La Rochelle latitudes, and well done the two of them.
(Correction---Mark and Romey Sawtell brought their new boat back from the Baltic, having cruised in those northern waters. Liz and Chris Alder also cruised “foreign parts”. Apologies!)
Proud Moment only left the Solent once, and then only to Christchurch harbour!!
The two gigantic social events of the year were
A lot of effort went into both occasions, and thanks to everybody involved
Web site and Emails
The Web site is constructed on free space on Barry’s Internet Service Provider
Its name is www.hiscsocsail.co.uk and if this is written into the top line of your internet connection you should get connected. At the moment this is not working and Barry has written to Free Parking from whom we buy the Domain Name – next payment for two years due November 14th cost £15 98.
If you write in www.blaydes.plus.com/hiscsocsail this will also get you onto Barry’s server and our site.
If you just write in ‘hiscsocsail’ on the top line you will get through to Google and will find that all our pages are listed.
Another way is to go to the main Hisc site – www.hisc.co.uk – where there are two links.
1) go to ‘sailing and racing’ along the top line, then down to ‘cruiser news’ then to ‘Social Sailing’ at top left
2) go to ‘social’ near right end along top, go to ‘social sailing events’ – which has our programme on it but which is not updated - then go to ‘social sailing web’ bottom left . Once site is reached scroll down to whatever page you require, bearing in mind that some pages only show up when you click on the dominant page. There is a link back to the hisc site
For events and messages etc. Organisers will tell me what they want to say. The web page – usually ‘next event’ is written up on the Fusion programme on our computer and then published onto the Web site. This is then copied to a Yahoo General Newsletter and sent out using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org which is actually me but set up by Barry to look official. Any replies to this email will come to me but will then be forwarded to relevant organiser.
The Yahoo emails have organisers’ tel nos and emails which you can click onto and get an email set up. These are not put on the web site for reasons of privacy. The only email address on the site is ‘hiscsocsail’ and it has only ever been used once by an outsider. This person was trying to trace Basil Rizzi and Google had found his name somewhere on the site and I was thus able to connect Basil with a very long lost friend!
If the message is very long or sometimes a bit personal, then I will put a short message on the Newsletter with a link back to the relevant web page. Clicking on this link should take you straight there.
People asking for a message to be posted should remember that it will go out to the whole club and not just Socsail members. This was Doreen’s idea to enlighten the whole club to our activities and to thereby recruit new members.
I need more reports please about events that I do not attend – and pictures!