The Subscriptions were set based on an emergency budget for the year, which took into account the expected fixed costs to maintain the building, cover insurance, utilities, etc. This had to be balanced against the reduced income expected from hall rentals, functions, events, fundraising etc., also an expected 15% drop in the number of members renewing.

So how are we getting on seven weeks after the Subscriptions Notices went out?
1. We had more folk renew in the first fortnight than in the whole of April last year.
2. 63% of members from last year have renewed to date
3. There has been a large uptake on 200 Club membership, meaning a boost to the prize fund each month
4. The income to date through Subs, donations, boat storage & profit from the 200 Club equates to 98% of the emergency income figure budgeted.

In summary you folks have been astounding.

The membership have demonstrated their support for the Club by adhering to the restrictions placed on them even during some of the best Spring weather in years, but also by paying your Subs quickly.

With the required income guaranteed, the Management Committee can move on with confidence to plan for the re-opening of the Club, as and when this is appropriate.

We are constantly reviewing guidance from the various governing bodies as well as monitoring advice from the relevant maritime agencies. We are also starting to consider operational issues in and about the clubhouse, so that we are prepared for any relaxation of Sottish Government restrictions when the come.

We were quick to close the Club down in March, so want to be ready to re-open in whatever new form as soon as is safe to do so.

At the onset of the lockdown restrictions we sold off to Members, or gave away to local worthy causes, the bar stock that would have gone out-of-date by the end of May. It has come time to repeat this exercise with the stock that will go out-of-date by the end of July. Thankfully there is not a large amount, with the majority being soft drinks or mixers.

To facilitate the sale we have generated a form available from the Hon.Sec. by emailing him on secretary@rwsabc.com. This explains what is available and the cost.

We would encourage you to consider the other items for sale at the same time. These will add some long term value to your purchase and possibly break any boredom you are experiencing. Included in the items available are copies of the two books by Past VP Tom Mackay and the latest version of the mugs with the Club crest on one side and a Club related image on the other.

Whatever selection of items you choose to purchase will be packaged up for your collection in a complimentary holdall from one of our former regatta sponsors, Insight Vacations of Port Glasgow.

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