We would like to welcome Phil Latimer to the WBC Committee.
Phil has been a member for a few years. Please introduce yourself to him if you see him in the club.
IMPORTANT NOTICE - WBC TRACTORS
All boaties this is a reminder to make sure that you have an up-to-date trailer tag secured on your trailer and to also check when possible that other tractor members are doing the same. If you think someone is abusing our tractor membership please let us know. The new tractor contract will be coming out in the next few weeks.
On a recent sting carried out by the WBC Commodore, we have ascertained that there are people using our tractors that are not boat club members (visitors over the weekends or here on holiday) and some crew members of member’s boats who have not been through the tractor training.
We have recently had an instance where a member used a tractor that had been put away with a sign on it not to use, as the front carriage pin had become dislodged resulting in the whole front end of the tractor becoming very unsafe and difficult to steer. This situation put the tractor at risk of more damage, the driver at risk, and members of the public at risk. He was told by a committee member not to use the tractor but did so anyway. He would have been in the water faster had he shown a bit more patience as the committee member was in the process of launching boats. That tractor was repaired about an hour later. Tractor abuse will not be tolerated. All boat club members please ensure that your tag is attached to your trailer near or on the winch stem. We will be checking over the next month that this is happening.
As at the 1st of April…………NO TAG NO TRACTOR.
We have also been reviewing tractor use from an Insurance and liability aspect. To this, we will be sending boat-owning members a contract agreement that will have to be signed and returned to the club. This contract will be in force from 1st May.
We will also be collecting your boat and contact information to update the tower database.
AGAIN NO CONTRACT NO TRACTOR
We have some 375 boat-owning members and growing, we now need to tighten up our liabilities from the club's point of view, the tractors, as you know, are operating on Council land (the Ramp) and technically a public road ( the beach).
Bon voyage to Pete Dixon
After 34 years as an active Coastguard volunteer at the Paraparaumu base, Pete Dixon and his wife Marionne are moving to Napier to be near their daughter and grandson.
In that time, he's been a stalwart member as crew, Master and Senior Master, and has been a driving force for various initiatives that have helped keep boaties safe up and down the Kapiti Coast.
I don't know the words that will do justice to that amount of service and commitment to the community. So I'll just leave you to consider this...
Pete started with the Coastguard back in 1987, when the All Blacks won the inaugural Rugby World Cup, David Lange's Labour government won a second term, the Bay of Plenty was shaken by the Edgecumbe earthquake, and Dave Dobbyn won the New Zealand Music Award best soundtrack, for Footrot Flats.
Think about what's happened in all the years since then. For Pete it includes a young family and now a young grandson. It also includes abandoned dinners. Dark nights (and sunny days) out on the water finding people in trouble and bringing them home. Passing on his invaluable experience to others. Leading by example. The odd glass of rum here & there(!) Having a laugh and being an all-round good bugger.
Our unit owes Pete a lot. Our communities do too. But you'll never hear him making a big deal of it.
Our huge thanks go to Pete, and to his amazing wife Marionne who's stood shoulder to shoulder with him all the way.
As his chapter on the Kapiti Coast comes to an end, he's about to start a fantastic new chapter with his family in Napier.
And although we're sad to see the bugger go, we're happy for him and Marionne, and we wish them all the very best.
Bon voyage, Pete
Keep in touch
The Great Forest Run
WBC members at the Great Forest Event at Waiterere last weekend.
Steve Kelly completing a 10k run and Stephen Sexton completing in 3hrs 2 mins a half marathon walk which was 21km.
Lyn Williams volunteering her day to hand out water at the finish line.
Scott Marriott, Paul O'Sullivan and Barber with their catch on boat Encharter (55km northwest of Cape Reinga around the three Kings islands).
New WBC tee-shirts and Caps
Available this weekend from the club $25 each.
Get in quick.... limited stock available.
Michelle and Muz
#43- Steve Tully
Oil Skin Vest
#92- Nic Weldon
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