Ardmore will be open from 1pm on Thursdays, weekends, and public holidays (except Christmas Day) during summer. As we don’t have committee members rostered to open the gate and take responsibility for security and safety, there may be some days when nobody is available. As we will probably not open up on wet or light wind days, it is advisable to check the ABC Facebook page before leaving home. We have had another full year of successful sailing and social events. The racing highlights have been the New Zealand Open at Ardmore and the Auckland Championships and we had perfect sailing wind for the six days of racing at those events.The calendar has been pretty full since September and many sailors are feeling a little jaded. Enjoy the summer break and make the most of casual sailing. Fourteen ABC members won’t be taking a break as they are among the 39 strong New Zealand team heading to Perth in mid January for the 2014 Blokart World Championships. Best wishes and let’s hope ABC features on the podium. There will be no formal racing during January as so many of the regulars will be in Perth. A new format of summer racing will commence in mid February. Take a look at the events calendar on the ABC website and book your holidays for the big events during 2014. Many thanks to our committee who have made the club so successful. Many hours are spent behind the scenes to make social and racing events function smoothly, not to mention the administration of the club and the sport nationally and internationally. This is the last newsletter until February as our editor, Peter P, will also be in Perth. Thanks for a great job producing this newsletter every week Peter. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the ABC family and readers of our newsletter around the world. Graham ABC President