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Tasman Bay Cruising Club
8 Cross Quay, Port Nelson

P O Box 5062, Port Nelson
Phone: 03 546 8251
Email address:
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Office Hours: 9.30am- 2.30pm, Monday to Friday

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Shall be the encouragement of pleasure boating in all its phases including power and/or sail and such other matters and purposes connected with the welfare and development of the Club as members shall from time to time deem  necessary or expedient and the promotion or social intercourse between members and kindred clubs; and to establish, maintain and operate shore-based facilities for members and their guests involved in the Club's activities.





Welcome to our 2012 – 2013 Almanac for the Tasman Bay Cruising Club.

The Club was founded over twenty – five years ago (see Club History). This year, the first years of the Club’s history are being written up by Tracy Neal, assisted by Karen Price of Contexo and Michael Neale, a past Commodore of the Club. This task involves collecting dozens of excerpts from old minutes of meetings, newsletters, member’s anecdotes and thousands of images. We are still seeking and collating information and images. Members with relevant written material or photographs should give them to Margaret Busch at the Club as soon as possible. The finished publication is expected late in 2012 or early 2013.

Last year it was noted that our “red shed” was beginning to show her age.
It is very pleasing to note that our building has now been expertly repainted and now looks quite stunning. Many of the panels have been replaced. The Club “dug deep” into its reserves to pay for the refurbishment.

Our three major activities, social, cruising and racing are described elsewhere in this Almanac. These activities are vital and are possible only because of the dedicated work of a number of volunteers. Notable by their service behind the bar are the voluntary barmen led by Murray Lister. In addition are the members of the Racing Committee led by Rear Commodore, Kevin Skelton, the Social Committee led by Missy Hearfield and the House and Operations Committee led by Shep Shepherd. Other ad hoc committees are formed from time to time. One of these is the New Zealand King Salmon Nelson Regatta Organising Committee. Volunteers are welcome at any time and those interested should approach the Commodore or the Committee Chairs.

Written communication at the Club is mainly via the twice monthly eBulletin. After 50 eBulletins the Commodore recently stepped aside and handed the editorship over to new member, Shelley St James. With a new and exciting philosophy and format the eBulletin is now stunning. It is read each fortnight by most members. Any contributions from members, including advertisements of interest are more than welcome.

Friday night at the Club is a very pleasant way in which to catch up with Club affairs. It is a great place to have an end of week drink with friends in a stunning environment. An excellent meal at modest cost is provided by our caterers, Indo Jaya. At 6.30pm, the Commodore or a deputy addresses those gathered for about five minutes. The address includes a welcome to those present and their guests, news about members, details about forthcoming Club events along with the Friday night draw.

The Club constantly tries to improve its performance. To this end the Commodore is very accessible and keen to hear from any members with ideas that might help improve the Club for its members. After all, the Club belongs to us all.

Phil Silva