Entitled “Mainsheet” it was circulated to members in February 1957 with the aim of “keeping members in constant close contact and up to date with club activities”. This aim was achieved by giving details from the various groups within the club including recent race results, social activities, updates from the overseas Ocean Cruising Division, upcoming events etc. These were interspersed with “sidelights” relating amusing incidents involving various members who had participated in recent club activities.
Although the content was similar to the current newsletter the format and the method of communicating was very different. This earlier version was prepared on a “Gestetner” duplicating machine on three sheets of foolscap paper and was distributed either by hand to members in person or by post. The copies for out of town members were folded, addressed and mailed by members of the Junior Division of the club (Members under 21yrs) as one of the activities they undertook to help the club administration.
However there are some similarities to today. Lack of funds are mentioned, requests for assistance on committees, reminders that subs are due and complaints from members that trophies for racing are lost or insufficient.
The newsletter concludes by stating that although it is hoped that “this publication will go to press on a monthly basis this is dependent on input from the various sub-committees and the need to prevent encroaching on club funds” It concludes with a request for any member to “loan a duplicating machine as the Club’s machine is out of order and probably irreparable”
How the internet has changed communication!!!
If any members have retained copies of these earlier newsletters the archive committee would welcome them as a contribution to Club records. These can be dropped into the RAYC office or posted to the Club post box.
Please contact Marian Harkness on (09) 524-4968 or firstname.lastname@example.org for any contribution you may wish to give to the Archives or if you are able to help with the Research.