Newsletter nr. 33 – January 1990

We wish to convey our best wishes for 1990 to you all and we hope that 1990 will be a good sailing year for you.

Winter meeting 10 March 1990
Since the meetings in the Apollo Hotel have been appreciated by all members, it has been decided to hold the Winter meeting of 1990 again at the Apollo Hotel on Saturday 10 March; as the HISWA boatshow will have started the day before, it will be very possible to combine the Winter meeting with a visit to the RAI, where the HISWA will be held.

The members and their crews will be welcome from 17.30 hours onwards. Over the well known drinks the events of the past season could be exchanged.

At 18.15 hours the usual discussions will take place; the main topic will be SAIL 90.

Dinner will be served at approximately 19.15 hours. The costs of the dinner will be ƒ42,50 per person. Please note that this sum does not include any consumptions.

After dinner there will be ample opportunity to discuss points raised earlier in the evening. As usual the Alcyone Archive will be there for anyone interested in the Alcyone history.

The exact address of the Apollohotel is:
Amsterdam Apollo Hotel
Apollolaan 2
1077 BA Amsterdam
Telephone: 020-735922

The Apollohotel can be reached from Central Station by taking tram nr. 25, “disembarking” at stop Lutmastraat, walking towards the Okura Hotel and then turning right (Van Hillegaertstraat); you will find the Apollohotel on your lefthand side, over the bridge (after approx. 100 meters).
Coming from the RAI you can reach the Apollohotel by walking through the Diepenbrockstraat, turning right into the Herman Heyermansweg. At the end you will turn left (Churchillaan) and then you will go right (Stadionweg) and find the Apollohotel on you righthand side. (See map enclosed.)

We hope that the Winter meeting will be attended by at least as many members as last time.

As we would like to know the number of people coming as early as possible, those members who have decided to participate are kindly requested to notify us before 15 February 1990, using the form included.

It would be highly appreciated if members who have decided not to come will advise us accordingly as soon as possible.

Summerreunion 1989
Before going into the details of this event, the Administration would like to thank Mr. W. Pieterse for being so kind as to give us a full report of what happened.

Fortunately the reunion had been postponed by a week. Because of this we could enjoy the exceptionally good weather. During the whole weekend we were blessed with an abundance of sun and a fresh northerly wind. The gathering took place in evening of Friday 16 June in Muiden, where we were ‘guests’ of the yachtingclub KNX&RV. The ‘small fee’ mentioned by the harbourmaster proved to be quite considerable and we found that the biblical expression ‘many lasts shall be the first’ was quite adequate to describe the availability of the bathrooms on Saturday morning.

Since H. van’t Hull and J. van’t Hull could not be present respectively because of birth of a son and because of illness, Mr. J. Kreb was left with the complete coordination and was forced to improvise.

On Friday evening during the renewed acquaintance it seemed more or less natural because of the forecasted northerly wind on Saturday to hold the ‘Palaver’ at 9.30 hours instead of 11.00 hours.

During the palaver the following morning it was decided to start the ‘regatta’ at 10.45; the start was defined as the line from the lighthouse of Pampus and the buoy 22. The finish was defined as the line from the lighthouse of Marken and the demarcation-buoy ‘MN1 GZ2’. At 10.15 hours all ships left with the exception of the ‘Margaretha’ and the ‘Vrouwenzand’ – the last one lacked manpower.

Because of the constant wind the first ships passed the finish-line at 14.30 hours; the ‘Bonnathure’ of Mr. krijgsman finishing first. Mr. Kreb of the ‘Eti’ sailed directly to the harbour of Volendam, while most of the other ships waited.

After having moored in the harbour of Volendam joy and sorrow about the results of the race were flushed away with juices, beer and drinks of a stronger quality. At seven o’clock all the crews and members who had arrived in other ways, gathered at Hotel van Diepen, where they had dinner and enjoyed the cosy atmosphere. Mr. Kreb held a speech because of the 25th anniversary of the Alcyone Circle in which he commemorated Mr. van Marle as one of the ‘founding fathers’. Because of the occasion Mr. Van Santbrink offered all the skippers present an automatic ‘telephonenumberselector’, in which the ‘Alcyone-logo’ was engraved.

During the palaver after dinner some of them members indicated that they could not be present at the sherryparty the following morning. Because of this a rather strong argument developed. A sherryparty with a limited number of ships seemed not possible. A date for the winter meeting was not set.

Early sunday morning, Mr. Westover tried again to organize a sherryparty with a small number of ships. He succeeded and that afternoon five ships, among which the Margaretha, that had sailed that very morning from Muiden to Volendam, joined in a cozy gettogether south-west of the lighthouse of Marken.

Looking back at the reunion the conclusion must be that it was a very cosy one. The dissonant of saturday evening was deplored by most of the participants; especially by the administration and Mr. Kreb in particular. He has done everything to make this reunion a success and a success it surely was.

News About Ships & Owners
We received a letter from Arnold and Anneke van Westerhoven to inform us that they were the new owners of the ‘SAYONARA’. We wish them many happy sailing trips on this wonderful ship.

We also had contact with Captain Michael Pym of fredericktown in Canada; Captain Pym is interested in the Alcyone and would like to buy one or build one himself, if he could have access to the original drawings and designpapers. The ‘administration’ has offered him all the help that he might need to achieve his goal.

The administration is quite happy to report that most of the members have no backlog in paying their contribution. However there are a small number of members, who have never, or not for the last three years, paid their contribution; during the winter meeting the course of action towards the last category should be discussed.

The administration will again include a note to report for which year’s contribution still has to be paid. If you disagree with the note included, please let us know.

The yearly contribution will be ƒ10.–, DEM 10.–, £3.–, or US$5.– to be paid to our postgiro nr. 3721241 of the Alcyone Circle in Haarlem.
If you want to pay your contribution by cheque please use an international money-order. The costs of cashing a cheque from abroad are almost as high as the amount to be paid.