A Tribute to commodores
The Breeze 2013 - A Middle Harbour Yacht Club production.
By Keith Tierney
"I joined MHYC in 1970. From 1985. I serve on Committees, then as Rear, Vice and finally Commodore I989 to 1992.
In this period, the Club experienced many outstanding sailing successes, with members winning World, National and State titles.
Our major annual sailing event was the Sydney/Mooloolaba race, sponsored by Caltex. Other sponsored events included the Bruce and Walsh regatta, the MMl "Three Ports Race" marathon, inaugural Merchant Bankers Day and many others.
Sail training was a priority, led by Life Member, Frank Likely, Marion Packer, Don Gillies. Buster Brown, Wayne Parkes and volunteers. Frank passed away in 1990 and in 1991 the Frank Likely Trust was established in his memory and to express appreciation for his services to the Club and Y.A. Now in its 21st year, the Trust continues to assist deserving and disadvantaged young sailors.
The Club's Golden Jubilee was celebrated in 1989 and saw many activities ashore and afloat. A sail past, cocktail party for dignitaries. Quarantine picnics and finally a Jubilee Ball. Several events were assisted by the Fire Brigade Band, marching girls - the lot!
Not that sailing and celebrating were the dominant activities. Maintenance and improvements to the Club were extensive. The "John Smythe" was purchased from the Alfreds (now "Hugh George")., new upstairs Bistro installed and Bar area refurbished. The old Northern wing was redesigned upstairs and down and ongoing repairs carried out to Marina and main Clubhouse.
At the end of my term in 1992, the Committee had the satisfaction of handing on a financial surplus at $750,000. An excellent working arrangement with Secretary/Manager, Alan Patterson during I985 and l992 contributed largely to this success. This association was a highlight of my time in office.
Comparisons in Club life between 85/89 and 2012 (over 25 years) is not easy. One could expand on the many 'highs', also the inevitable 'bumps in the road' experienced by Committees, in both periods. The vital ingredient is the enthusiasm, dedication and drive that has prevailed throughout the period. I am confident this spirit will continue and enable the Club to maintain its hard won position, in the top echelon at Australian sailing.
A reminder to that percentage of our current and upcoming younger members who, in a very short 27 years, will be taking us to the club's l00th year celebration. We confidently trust you, not only to get us to this milestone but well beyond!
Many at us also recently attended the annual senior's lunch circa (89/90). Which is always a great day to reunite with a host of old friends and reflect on the strength of those bonds, forged on the waters of Middle Harbour and beyond."