The Australian Sailing and RQYS Kabuki Theatre Thread

Fah Kiew Tu

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If you look like an old tradie van that has done the Dakar Rally you get away with ‘stealth camping’ in the ‘burbs. You just need to wake up early, have a dump in the nearest park and fuck off.
My mates & I used to do that back in the day in an old Bedford van, We even fitted a 'Silent Knight' kerosene refrigerator to keep the beer cold.

Hard to believe that was 50 years ago now.

FKT

 

LB 15

Cunt
My mates & I used to do that back in the day in an old Bedford van, We even fitted a 'Silent Knight' kerosene refrigerator to keep the beer cold.

Hard to believe that was 50 years ago now.

FKT
A ladder on the roof and some removable magnetic signs that say 'Jims sewage pipe cleaning' also helps to get people to leave you alone.

 

LB 15

Cunt
Also, can someone explain to me how the port starboard mono, Beachball was written off but then was sailing again in a short time?  
It's a miracle!

As I was reading the morning newspaper yesterday I noticed with interest yet another article about everyone's favorite yacht club.

Tycoon calls on elite yacht club to explain ‘blatant rip-off’
Property tycoon Kevin Miller and high-flying members of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron are demanding answers over “over the top” fees and use of club funds.
 
Kylie Lang
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December 8, 2020 - 6:27PM
The Courier-Mail
 
Property tycoon Kevin Miller and other high-flying members of the elite Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron are demanding transparency around the club’s finances, urging the board to ditch the “smokescreen” amid exorbitant fee hikes.
 
Mr Miller, who twice held the top job of commodore at the salubrious Manly club and is a life member, is seeking a special general meeting with officials, saying requests for “detailed accountability” have been ignored.
 
Half-yearly marina berth fees have jumped over 30 per cent – totalling $2.15 million for 2020-21 – despite assurances any increases would be modest, according to angry members who contacted The Courier-Mail.
 
Mr Miller, the brains behind Centro on James in the Valley and The Barracks in Petrie Terrace, is being supported by fellow developer Russell McCart and other wealthy members in calls to lose the “smokescreen”.
 
At issue, according to Mr Miller, is how the sizeable assets of the RQYS Marina Ltd, which in 2016 included 42 berths and $961,951 in cash, have been used, and “how bad the financial position of the squadron is to justify this blatant rip-off of a section of the membership”.
 
This is not the first time the 135-year-old club has come under fire for an alleged lack of transparency.
 
In July, The Courier-Mail exposed alleged misuse of government COVID-19 relief funds, and in August whistleblower Mike Freebairn was expelled. The club denied any wrongdoing at the time.
 
On the weekend, berth holders were alerted to Mr Miller’s meeting request, and sent a copy of his November 25 email to squadron officials.
 
In the correspondence from a fellow berth holder, they were told the “emergency” meeting would question how club bosses “can charge whatever they wish for outgoings” and “captive members shall pay whatever is charged or lose their subleases”.
 
It said “previous attempts at a conciliatory approach had either been ignored or resulted in a meeting designed to deflect the financial issues”.
 
Mr Miller’s November 25 email followed an unsatisfactory meeting the week prior.
 
“The seriously strong message the berth holders attending expressed (on November 17) was the complete lack of detailed accountability and lack of communication from the board in recent years,” he said.
 
Referring to the significant 2016 assets of the RQYS Marina, Mr Miller said: “Where did those funds go?”
 
“The berths, with a saleable value of close to $3 million provided in excess of $300,000 p.a. income to the Marina Co, which now goes to the squadron directly,” he said.
 
“Surely those funds should be set aside for the rebuilding or reconfiguration of the marina in 20 years’ time rather than seeking a further $280,000 p.a. for a maintenance fund contribution in addition to the actual maintenance costs expended.”
 
Mr Miller, who was commodore in 2013-1015 and 2006-2008, said leases had been able to incur other charges since 1984.
 
“However, only since 2015 has the current general manager (Shawn Ket) sought to add indirect wages and other costs into the equation to the extent of $330,773 in the 2021 budget, and heaven knows what in the 2019 and 2020 years to create the so-called non-full recovery which needs a clearer analysis before being credible.”
 
He said the squadron had received over $360,000 a year from the redirection of rental commissions and live-aboard fees since 2016.
 
“Even the most ardent supporter of fairness amongst squadron entities would surely find this over the top,” he said.
 
Responding to the allegations, Mr Ket said the board had decided to appoint an independent auditor to carry out a review of the calculation methodology of the half yearly sub-sublease charges.
 
“Given we’ve had these assertions from past commodore Miller and the magnitude of the rise this year, we consider it a good idea to look at the way charges are calculated to seek an outcome that is in the best interests of all members, not necessarily individuals or sub groups,” Mr Ket said.
 
The auditor had yet to be appointed but it was hoped the review would be underway before the end of the year, with Mr Miller’s requested meeting to be held in late January or early February.
 
He said charges for sub-subleases for berth holders had in some instances used methodology that had been in place for more than 30 years and had remained consistent over time.
 

jack_sparrow

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.....we consider it a good idea to look at the way charges are calculated to seek an outcome that is in the best interests of all members, not necessarily individuals or sub groups,” Mr Ket said.
 
The auditor had yet to be appointed but it was hoped the review would be underway before the end of the year
So you pick numbers out of your arse (to fix up other numbers you have fucked up) and send out invoices for the new charges.

Then when people complain you then go to "look at the way charges are calculated."

Don't know what all the fucking fuss is about.  :rolleyes:

 
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LB 15

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astro said:
The story is poorly written.  Does not explain the problem clearly enough for the average Courier Mail reader.
Most Courier Mail readers tend to be pretty average. I only read it to find out what’s happening at the club. RQ appears in the paper almost as often as the crossword. 

 

LB 15

Cunt
And here is different but related shitfight they have going. One of many. Fuck I love that place...

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LB 15

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From the go fund me page...

Mike has been a member of Rqys for 37 years however he has been expelled after he asked, on behalf of himself and others, what assistance might be available during the Covid pandemic. 

The Squadron was not transparent in what support it had been offered nor what help might be available. 

Despite the General Manager telling DTMR that he was open to offering a seabed lease rent waiver to non commercial berth holders who could prove their income was affected this did not happen. 

Mike asked questions that the Squadron reacted to aggressively and then pursued his expulsion. This went as far as paying members of what was supposed to be an independent review board. 

Mike now has to appeal this in process in court.

For those who don't know Mike he has a very unassuming character and is very generous with his time when it comes to introducing people to sailing and supporting boat owners.  This may be welcoming onboard his boat for Wednesday sailing, catching peoples lines and offering his wealth of knowledge where possible or checking on owners boats in the middle of the night after a storm. 

Mike has invested significantly in the Squadron, has introduced trade to the Squadron and it's trade tennants through his Brokerage business and introduced many members.

Mike is looking to overturn his expulsion not only to be able to return to a club he has taught sailing at, grown up sailing dinghies and represented in many regatta and offshore races, but also to be able to offer his services to members, introduce new members and be able to support his two sons who are keen sailors.

Rather than look to help Mike and others get through this difficult time the Squadron has elected to spend extraordinary amounts of money to expel him. Money that could have been far better used to actually promote the sport sailing and introduce newcomers.

Please support Mike in this David and Goliath battle. Any excess funds will be used to assist schools racing of which Mike is a past national champion and keen supporter.

 
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LB 15

Cunt
And speaking of shitfights... avid followers of the Squadron will recall how one of the Commodores crew mates, was found guilty of assaulting  his partner while armed. Despite the constitution saying that a member can be expelled for having a criminal conviction they, didn’t throw him out until he used the fact that he would be lose his membership to over turn his conviction. 

This caused a shitstorm in the press and even a member of parliament got involved telling the Squadron to expell him.

Odd that they waited 12 months to act against him when they normally take action against other members within days (unless they are friends of the flag officers of course)

Anyway he is back and was seen out enjoying the Wednesday afternoon race the other day.

it is an odd place...

 

The Dark Knight

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And speaking of shitfights... avid followers of the Squadron will recall how one of the Commodores crew mates, was found guilty of assaulting  his partner while armed. Despite the constitution saying that a member can be expelled for having a criminal conviction they, didn’t throw him out until he used the fact that he would be lose his membership to over turn his conviction. 

This caused a shitstorm in the press and even a member of parliament got involved telling the Squadron to expell him.

Odd that they waited 12 months to act against him when they normally take action against other members within days (unless they are friends of the flag officers of course)

Anyway he is back and was seen out enjoying the Wednesday afternoon race the other day.

it is an odd place...
So maybe you will be welcome back. Why don't you crew a boat next week :)

 

Ex Machina

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Great to be getting some “meat in the sandwhich” in this thread at last . The story is fleshing out somewhat and certain cryptic dots are aligning on the cryptogram  . Still trying to work out who greasy Al is and why 8 hands has gone to multi hull thread to talk about winches 

 

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Great to be getting some “meat in the sandwhich” in this thread at last . The story is fleshing out somewhat and certain cryptic dots are aligning on the cryptogram  . Still trying to work out who greasy Al is and why 8 hands has gone to multi hull thread to talk about winches 
Well at least he isn't here. I would think he is keeping his head down now after years of being an apologist for the Club leadership group's behaviour. Oh course he may just have gone bankrupt again...

 




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