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The Rock-itt : November 2010
PREMIERE VENUE OPENING SOON Functions, Bistro Bar; proclaims the banner which hangs from the construction hoardings but what is really happening at Middle Harbour Skiff Club? The journey began many years ago when the Skiff Club tried to renew their lease with the Department of Lands, it took 14 years, but times change and Booze buses and Mosman Council’s greedy parking fees have changed the social life at the Spit. But none the less, the plan is in place to ensure that the Club, founded in 1904 carries its tradition of sailing long into the 21 ST century. A $4.5 million refurbishment is in progress, which will leave a stunning The club in October Club for the members and a system of moveable walls allowing maximum flexibility for the new function centre. The mainstay of the building works is a system of steel bars to support these walls and they have taken time to plan, manufacture and galvanise. Meanwhile demolition and preparation has been in full swing and sailing has progressed, in a slightly chaotic form surrounded by temporary fencing. The main theme for August was "holes" which have completely reconfigured the set of rooms which run along the road-side of the building. Opened up the club all the way through and surprised the occupants of the downstairs offices by appearing in the floors, luckily only to be filled, soon after with concrete as pads to support the new beams required upstairs for the roof and moveable walls. Most exciting...was the lift shaft outside the front door! Since then all the windows and the old glass atrium have disappeared and everything is ready for the steelwork which is expected soon. Building works should follow on quickly after that. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Club in the New Year. SAILING AT MIDDLE HARBOUR The 2010/11 season has started at Middle Harbour in the patchy winds re-known for the beginning of the season a cloud of construction dust which is generally not! Twelve 16 foot skiffs and five 13 foot skiffs, all registered for the season and waited expectantly for the first race...which blew 28 knots. The majority of the fleet retired to the can bar, run off the rigging deck, leaving only a five intrepid dingy’s setting sail to compete against the Manly fleet for their invitation race. Not long after, they returned; three of them under tow with various broken ropes and spars and accompanying How the club will look on completion