Down the Track Newsletter February 2018
Posted on Mar 03, 2018 by pmgmedia
The last weekend of summer folks, with Saturday hot as and Sunday cool, overcast and finally some rain. A typical scenario as we move into Autumn with the prospect of sizeable surf and changeable weather conditions to keep patrol members on their toes.
Aerial view of the best beach on the coast.
PATROLS - And speaking of patrols, attendance has generally been good despite some last minute fill- ins and/or "volunteering" to cover absences. Three patrol inspections to date have seen the club record 342,345 and 347 points out of 350 which puts us well in the running to receive prize money in the Branch patrol competition. There are two more inspections to go so let's keep this standard going.
IRB - A new IRB hull has been received but a problem with drain holes in the transom is to be rectified. And our ageing IRB beach trailer will be replaced with a new trailer, probably around the time of writing. As with all our equipment, regular washing down after patrols and care generally when using will mean a much longer life for this trailer.
COMPETITION - Owing to a clash of dates, the next and final round of the club championships will be split, with Cadets and Juniors competing on Saturday 10 March 2018 and the Open round being held on Sunday 18 March 2018.
The Shore School carnival was held at Long Reef on 24 February with the host club proving too strong overall although Barker took 2nd place in the Junior and 3rd in the Intermediate point scores. Strong performances by Barker were a 2nd in the Junior Surf Teams (T. Dorahy 1st), J. McFarland 1st in the Junior Sprint and a 1st in the Junior Sprint Relay and 2nd and 3rd in the Intermediate Sprint Relay.
URGENT! The Bungan-Whale Challenge will be held on Saturday 3 March 2018. Matthew Lloyd has the unenviable task of organizing this carnival and we are asking all members who are not competing to come down to the beach by 8-30am to lend a hand. We are hosting other schools and have set a high standard in previous years in running this carnival.
COMMUNITY - Congratulations and thanks to Bungan’s own Matthew Lloyd,Gabe Newhouse, Madelyn Cross, Elijah Gordon, Tyson Dilieu, Charlotte Redman, Nick Fewtrell, Rod McGibbon and David Newhouse who braved the Gita swell and bluebottles to represent Bungan providing water safety for the Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim. The head Organiser , Robert Lloyd was effusive in his thanks to the Bungan crew. The event raised in excess of $200 000 for the Rainbow Club which helps disabled children get swimming lessons.
Malabar Magic Swim overview
SOCIAL - Many thanks to our Social Secretary, the Hon N. Fewtrell Esq. who organized a pre - Xmas function and the increasingly popular Australia Day social soiree (don't mention the duck tape on the swimming pool!).
The major social function on our calendar, the Annual Presentation Night, will be held at Pittwater RSL Club on Saturday 12 May 2018. PLEASE PUT THIS DATE IN YOUR DIARY! We want to see as many of you there as possible (along with family and friends) to celebrate the lifesaving awards and club championship trophies gained by members, not to mention the raffle with really worthwhile prizes - last year one of the young members went home with a TV!
NIPPERS - A recent meeting with the Branch attended by Rod McGibbon, Matthew Lloyd and Rebecca, a local mother, discussed the requirements to set up Nippers at Bungan. Current intentions are for Nippers to commence next season 2018-19 and we are expecting about 20 children initially. This initiative should see a greater involvement by the local community in the club and although it will involve some extra work the benefits should be evident in the short term.
CLUBHOUSE - Under the "Ripley's Believe it or Not" category we can now state that the club TV again receives free to air television due to the replacement of the TV aerial. Thanks to James Bezer for his help in organizing this.
A state-of-the-art amplifier has been installed in the club. Aidan will provide operating instructions but this is one piece of equipment that really needs to be operated carefully and protected from the elements ie. salt air.
VALE - Too many of these farewells in the last couple of years with Stuart McNeill, aka London Jones, being the most recent Bungan stalwart to crack his last wave. A member from the '60's to the '80's Stuart was an athlete who featured as the stroke of the Open boat crew which put the club on the map in the early'70's and in the mid '80's achieved two firsts and a second in the Open Boat at the Australian Championships for Bungan. He also competed with distinction in triathlons and was a fierce competitor in club events. A member of the committee and a man to whom taking things to extremes was the norm.
Michael Ace, who ironically was introduced to the club by Stuart in the early '70's, is another former member who has taken his last wave, both of them passing away within two months of each other. He achieved fame as the original "Solo Man" and was also an athlete of note.
A more comprehensive obituary for both will be incorporated in the annual report.