July 2018
Commodore's Report
Dear Members,

Congratulations again to past and present Management Committees, staff and volunteers for further achieving recognition for the Swan Yacht Club.

Two weeks ago at the 2018 Clubs WA Industry Awards of Excellence the club was awarded:

Club of the Year (Large) again;
Club Manager of the Year, again;
Club Function Facility of the Year;
Members Event of the Year (Melbourne Cup); and
Club Marketing of the Year (Ryan Khong).

I would also like to highlight that the club were finalists in 5 other categories.

Indianic Group Pty Ltd were the winner of the Corporate Challenge with 37 participating businesses it is pleasing to see our business network grow. Please look at the SYC web page for all sponsors, their services and give them your support when next in the market for a trade and or service.

Reading further throughout the reports you will notice the club continues to create some outstanding engagement opportunities. The club encourages all members to book before attending to allow us to do our best to meet your requests.

Good luck to the many members who will be in attendance for Saturday Nights Angling Section Wind Up.

The galley now has a new menu with a great selection and at affordable member’s prices.

Pen holders please make yourself familiar with the amendments to the pen ropes and chains requirements. These can be found on the SYC website here.

In an effort to standardise pen compliance inspections will continue to be carried out by the Mooring Committee in coming weeks.

Members who pledged to purchase life jackets from BWA reminder that they are waiting for your collection. Arrange for payment with the administration team before collection.

This week the club signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Fremantle Rowing Club Inc. with the aim to bring our two great clubs closer together. The memorandum provides both clubs certain benefits, namely Swan Yacht Club members will receive reduced rates to the Fremantle Rowing Club gym whilst Fremantle Rowing Club members will enjoy the benefits of becoming Swan Yacht Club member.

Kevin Bielby
Vice Commodore Report
Dear Members,

Following on from the Commodores Report the club did extremely well at the Clubs WA Industry Awards for Excellence Club for the second consecutive year. Well done to Committees, members and staff.

This is indeed a wonderful and unparalleled achievement and is an enormous feather in the cap for us all. I’d like to congratulate our General Manager Damien Gaspar for achieving again two years in a row the prestigious title of Club Manager of the Year. Well done Damien, well deserved.

In July we have a calendar packed full of activity including Christmas in July, Members Sundowner and Open Mic Night. It never ceases to amaze me quite how much talent we have in our midst and this last Open Mic Night was no exception. Girls and guys of all vintages awing the 80 strong audience for the evening with their vocal attribute. Almost every possible genre was paid homage to and as usual thrilled the crowd.

This wonderful evening was over all too soon with so many performers wanting to continue on into the night. I’d like to encourage you all to come to the next Open Mic Night on Friday 20th July and join in the fun and remember you don’t have to get up and sing if you don’t want to. Just enjoy those who do.

The club is equally excited to be hosting two of the biggest AFL stars on Wednesday, 1st August with Nic Naitanui sharing the stage with Fremantle goal sneak Michael Walters, the event being hosted by Channel 7 Sports Journalists, Mark Readings.

Until next month my friends, as usual I wish you fair winds and smooth seas.

Warm Regards,
Paul Nicholls
Vice Commodore
General Manager Report
Another financial year has ended and it is pleasing to report that our membership has grown by over 500 members in the past 2 financial years.

The Swan Yacht Club offer a number of engagement opportunities for the new and potential members from our local community. The opportunity to engage with like minded members shouldn’t be understated. A healthy and active lifestyle through sport and participation is incredibly important and we are fortunate to host affiliate club and sub sections: Fremantle Dragon Boat Club, Stand UP Paddle Board WA, Fremantle Outriggers, TS Perth, Swan Yacht Club Angling Section and the neighbouring Fremantle Rowing Club offer a host of sporting and recreational activities for our members to enjoy.

At the Swan Yacht Club we do not assume that every existing or potential new member is in it predominantly just to play a chosen sport. An active boating community and the social benefits are equally important.

We are a collection of values. Serving the local community for generations, maintaining these values is key to the continuation of our club development and strong club culture that attracts people who want to be part of a proud community institution.

Aside from sports and cultural-based reasoning, members have overwhelmingly reported that they are inclined to get involved with our club for social reasons. We are an attractive proposition we aim to offer a place as part of a family. You're not just treated as a teammate, but a friend. Meeting new people and socialising with friends is a significant factor for taking up membership.

The recent awards are a testament to our Committees, members, staff and volunteers. With the positive contribution you all make I look forward to another year packed full of life, social reasons to get down to the Swan where you can meet your friends and family.

Congratulations to the award winners and finalist. Thank you to everyone who has helped the club in recognising our goals.

Around the club

Corporate Challenge winner Indianic Group
Congratulations to Indianic Group for taking out the 2018/2019 Corporate Challenge at the recent cocktail party and a big thank you to the 37 businesses that made this challenge the biggest to date. When you are next in the market for a service please take time to consider one of the businesses that offer invaluable support to the Club listed below;

Life Members get together
The Club Management Committee last weekend met with the Body of Life Members to experience some kinship and provide an update on club activities.

Step back in time
A recent search of state archives has uncovered some interesting pieces of club history and we will be aiming to bring some items of interest to the attention of members throughout the year.
West Australian dated Monday 25th September 1904
Fremantle Rowing Club and the Swan Yacht Club
The Swan Yacht Club and The Fremantle Rowing Club
have joined forces to create a great value added opportunity for members.

If you are an existing Swan Yacht Club member you are able to access the Fremantle Rowing Club Gym Facility for a discounted rate of $430 annually.

Contact our administration for further details. This price is hard to match with existing club gym facilities and another major draw card is the fact that our rowing club are just next door.

You can now work out before heading back to the Swan to indulge guilt free!
Adam Voges appointed new WA cricket coach to replace Justin Langer
Fremantle Rowing Club President and Swan Yacht Club Commodore, Kevin Bielby signing off on a Memorandum of Understanding bringing the two clubs closer together.
Membership renewal
Membership renewals are due. To keep on receiving your membership F&B discounts please ensure your membership is up to date. Contact our administration team on 9339 3520 during business hours for all your membership queries.

Member’s obligations
It’s great to see many of our members bringing down a guest before converting them to becoming members of our great club. But it’s not so great if your guest affects the enjoyment of others. Members bringing to the club a guest are responsible for their behaviour as per the club By Laws. Existing members should also familiarise themselves with the Club Code of Conduct / Club Rules and Regulations which outlines acceptable behaviours. These documents are located on the club website.


Winter weather warning
Members are encouraged to check their vessels regularly over the winter months. The unusually high tides impact vessels in a number of ways.

5 Hard stand bays located directly in front of the fire tanks are now ready for use. Members looking to secure one of these bays on an annual basis can email me for further information manager@swanyachtclub.com.au

Boat Pens
With the end of the financial year upon us now is the time to inquire about boat pens. If you are interested in learning more about how to become eligible for a pen email me at manager@swanyachtclub.com.au

In closing, come in and experience our Winter Wonderland from the 28th whilst celebrating Christmas in July. In time for the Western Derby get down to the club on Wednesday 1st August where you will be able to hear from West Coast and Fremantle champions Nic Naitanui and Michael Walters and bid for some personally signed items.

Members will get the chance to enjoy the next Sundowner 20th July and experience craft beer, new wines and oysters before heading up to the Open Mic Night to sing the night away.

Good luck to those up for an award in the Angling Section get together Saturday night, James Aps and his team do a wonderful job and with Australia out of the World Cup and the Demons facing a rare slump in the AFL why not focus your attention on Croatia who defeated Denmark in a riveting penalty shootout, great part of the world to visit, the Croatians face host country Russia on Sunday.

I look forward to seeing you at the club!

Damien Gaspar
General Manager
Croatian World Cup Team kitted out looking a lot like the Melbourne Demons
Rear Commodore Report
Greetings Fellow Members,

The winter storm season is upon us now with a couple of storms having been through already. We strongly encourage members to check on their ropes and chains to ensure that their boats are secure.

To those members who have boats on the hardstand, it is important to ensure that your boat is chocked properly and secured in such a way that prevents either the boat moving on the rails or in the cradle. If you are not sure, please seek advice from the Bosun.

The Mooring committee have been surveying non-compliances around the marina. Members whose boats/ropes/pens are non-compliant with the Appendices will receive a letter notifying them. Please note that there have been some recent updates to the Appendices in respect of the guidance/rules for ropes on boats. Please ensure you are compliant with the new rules. There are currently no special exceptions to these rules. If you believe you have a special case that cannot comply, please write formally to the Mooring committee explaining why.

Members will note that new barrows have started to arrive at the club. We wish to thank Shoreline Marine for their support and assistance in making these trolleys.

Given the end of the club year is here, a check of members points will be performed. All members are welcome to contact the office to check their status in this respect.

We would also like to remind members using the boat ramp that powering your boat onto your trailer is not allowed. The boat ramp is constructed of a number of concrete planks and the planks in the deeper water have previously moved due to the erosion of the riverbed beneath it. We have recently had to pay a contractor to replace the planks and re-support them.

Best Regards,
Ian Harwood
Rear Commodore
Power & Angling Report
The Angling section enjoyed another successful field day on Sunday 9th July; this was the first event for 2017 / 2018 so the competition was fierce with Travis Sims taking honours on the day, Ash Jones a close second and Ian Harwood closely following in his wake.
Boat for July and also the Year so far:
1. Obsessed – 3.311 kg
2. Pink Slapper – 1.961 kg
3. Couta Catt – 1.836 kg

Our Angling Section end of season awards night was held on Saturday night, 1st July, with over 80 guests experiencing a fun filled night.

We are calling on all SYC Club members to participate in our monthly angling competitions, all that is required is for members to complete the registration form (at no cost) in order to join the Angling Section and participate in the monthly events.

Our Angling Committee is asking Anglers to step up and help out with the Friday night raffles at the Club in an effort to assist the regular guys for 2-3 hours to sell tickets. We hope to arrange a weekly rotation and if we had 20 people help out, then you would each only have to take a turn once every 20 weeks. We request that our regular Angling members contact Tim, Ian or Owen to volunteer.

Happy and safe boating, if weather permits.

Steve Browne
Rear Commodore P&A

Angling Report

This month we changed our normal routine and decided to fish the whole weekend, starting at 6.00 am on Saturday followed by the 'Weigh In' at 3.00 pm on Sunday. It was a very successful weekend with Anglers fishing either day or the whole weekend. A few of us rafted up at Rotto for a BBQ on Saturday night which was very nice. The Weather was pleasant and a good selection of fish were brought to the weigh in table. Well Done All and Congratulations to all the Winners.

The final results will be announced at our 'Dinner and Awards Night' on Saturday 7th July at the SYC. This was our last competition for the Season which will end of our Angling Season for the year and our new season commences this month.

We will commence a brand new Angling Season for 2018-2019 on Sunday 15th July 2018. All SYC Members are welcome to join the Angling Section, so here your opportunity to join and start with a clean slate and show us what you can do.

Once again, a Big Thank You to all our sponsors - Anglers Fishing World, Riverton-Rossmoyne Veterinary Hospital, Compleat Angler, MM Electrical, D&W Electrical, Travis Sims Tackle and Phil Scott Sinkers !! All who support the Angling Section with 'Gift Vouchers' and 'Prizes' for our Monthly Field Days. A Big Thank You to all the SYC Members and Guests who support our weekly Raffles at the Club on Friday Nights, your support helps keep the Angling Section interesting and also supports other needy activities within the Club, so dig deep as we need your support, help us help others !!

All SYC Angling Members - The 'Dave Birchenough' and the 'School Boat' are used on all for our 'Angling Field Days', so if you are a Angling Section Member without a boat and looking for a spot on a boat, please contact Travis SIMS by email - travissims@bigpond.com. If all spots on the two boats are taken, we will try and find you a spot on another boat. The normal contribution towards Maintenance, Fuel & Bait is ~$50 for the day out on one of the Club Boats, juniors are 'free' accompanied by an adult. Bear in mind you could quite easily win your contribution back in prizes, so come along and have some fun. As a SYC member you are entitled to join the Angling Section 'free of charge' as part of your SYC Club membership. You and your family are most welcome to come along and try your skills at fishing. You can also view the Angling Section on our Facebook page.

Till Next Month, Safe Boating & Happy Fishing,
Ian Hall
Editor & Field Day Officer
0412 949 323
Social Events Group Report
Hi everyone,

Hope you are all enjoying our bits of winter? Getting down to the club for some great meals and socialising with family and friends during the colder days is really enjoyable.

Firstly congratulations to our club taking out some very prestigious awards at the recent “Clubs WA Industry Awards”. A credit to our Management, Staff and Committees.

We have had some amazing shows at the club, including the ones the ladies are involved in which include: The Commodore’s Ball, The Ladies Christmas Lunch, Anzac Day and the Biggest Morning Tea (had to give the ladies a plug). All sections of the club play a big part in it being so successful and the place people want to be. So congratulations to all.

As the spring months approach the Social Events Group will be getting some plans together for more events. Keep your eye on the monitors around the club, E-News and Cygnus.

Some of the ladies tell me their ‘hubbys’ get the emails and they don’t know when things are happening until after “The Event”. So, gentlemen before you delete or file can you let your partners catch up on the social news or ladies if you are not a member, head to the club and sign up as an Associate Member (if you are the spouse and or sibling of a Full Member) or join as a Social Member. That way you receive all the news and benefits associated with membership including discounts on food and beverage.

I have only four weeks left of chemo and the finish post is in sight. Its been a tough six months, and I thank those who have continually supported us. Don has a few more issues to sort out with his health and then its summer and Garden Island here we come!

We look so forward to catching up with everyone.

Hope to see you at the club soon!
Marian Byfield
Social Events
Committee Nominations & Voting 2018
Full Members Only
Open Wednesday 18th July 2018
Close Wednesday 1st August
Friday 24th August 5-8pm
Saturday 25th August 10-6pm

2018/2019 Points List
Voting – 24th & 25th August 2018
Annual General Meeting – 29th August 2018
Commodore’s Ball – 27th Oct 2018
Open Mooring Meeting – 30th Oct 2018
Opening Day – November 2018
Busy Bee – TBA
½ Yr. AGM – 27th Feb 2019
ANZAC Day – 25th April 2019
Open Mooring Meeting – 7th May 2019
Intra Club Fishing Day

For full information regarding points please see our website
Upcoming Events

July 2018
August 2018
Corporate Challenge Sponsors

Swan Yacht Club
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East Fremantle WA 6158
Ph: (08) 9339 3520
Fax: (08) 9339 5995