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Annual General Meeting 2017
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The 50th AGM of the Association took place at The Village Hotel Wirral, Bromborough, Merseyside.

Members started arriving on Thursday taking advantage of the hotel facilities and its proximity to Liverpool and Port Sunlight Village to take an early break and do some sight-seeing although the weather was less than kind.

On Friday evening, approximately 40 people enjoyed two very different, but equally interesting presentations. The first was given by Precision Paints, the donors of our Precision Prize Trophy. An outline of the rebranded company and its products was given which resulted in a thought provoking discussion on where DIY application of antifouling was going. It was generally agreed that all concerned needed to take heed of advice given and adopt best practices.

The second company was Dah-Di-Dah, a new publishing enterprise, that have produced a range of aide memoire books to be used in an emergency. They have four volumes – Diesel, First Aid, Navigation and Baby/Child First Aid, all are designed to be prompts for action to be taken should you be in an emergency situation. Hopefully they will never be used in anger.

Saturday morning pre-AGM was a hive of activity with a range of companies collected in the lobby to display their products and discuss the services they had to offer plus, of course, our boat jumble.

The meeting commenced with the Commodore, George Pickburn, welcoming everyone at the end of our 50th Anniversary year using the gavel that had been received as a 50th Anniversary gift from Westerly Club Nederland. The Commodore and the Treasurer then gave their reports followed by the election of committee members and honorary auditor. This included a resume of the anniversary year celebrations; in addition to the gavel a framed certificate of congratulations from American Westerly Owners Newsletter was on display. The Treasurer shared with the meeting the problems being experienced with members who pay by Standing Order who do not update them or cancel them when they leave the Association. Direct Debits would be much easier to control but whichever form of payment if used the plea is please include your membership number!

The Commodore presented engraved glasses to retiring committee members and Officers, David Gill, WOA’s Auditor, Martyn Morris, Rear Commodore whose help and advice has been much appreciated, Robert Jones, Technical editor for 7 years, John Ruskin, our first Public Relations Officer who has done “a fantastic job and will be a hard act to follow”, and Bob Shapland was retiring as Treasurer, for the 2nd time, having has also served as Commodore. Finally, a big thank you was given to Liz Truscott, who has served as Secretary for the last 7 years. Liz was presented with a potted patio plant as a memento of her service to WOA.

There being no other business the formal meeting was closed. Presentations ensued of the Magazine Prizes, The Harken Trophy, Rayner Challenge Plate, Navigators and General Photographic Trophy and Commodore’s Clock. The Magazine Editor, Jill Pickburn thanked the many contributors during the year including members of Area Groups who send in their reports of events. She also thanked Brian Easteal for his ‘From the Archives’ series of articles.

A brief resume of the contenders for the articles and logs was then given before the winners were announced as follows:-
Best Article – Julian Mandiwall ‘Happy Birthday Borborygmae’:
Best Log – Liz Marshall ‘Centaur’s Voyage around the Aegean’
Best Technical Article was awarded by Robert Jones to Alan and Ann Rand – ‘Free Charging - Use Solar’
The Harken Trophy for an Inventive Technical solution – to Bill Redgrove ‘Continuing Camomile’s 30th Birthday Refit, Replacing Toe-Rails and Grab Handles’. Julian Roberts received the trophy on Bill’s behalf as he is on his way to Ascension.
The Navigator & General Photographic Trophy had 87 entries and was won by-Richard Truscott for his shot of a Konsort on the Round the Island Race.
The Precision Prize Trophy, to be awarded by the Area Groups (it will be circulated around the Area Groups with each group deciding as to how it is to be awarded) was won by John and Pauline Powell for winning the Portsmouth to Beaulieu Race held during the 50th Anniversary Meet in Portsmouth.
The Rayner Challenge Plate, our most prestigious trophy, was won by Doug Pingel for his participation in the ‘Jester Azores Challenge 2016’.
The Commodore’s Clock was awarded to Bob Shapland, not just for his service to the Association but for the help and advice given to Commodores, the Committee and members over 11 years of service.

The meeting was then opened to the floor for general discussion. John Alker, from SW Group, addressed the meeting with regards to the review of Reeds Almanac that is being considered over the coming 3 years. John asked how the content can be made more relevant and useful and requested that any thoughts and comments be emailed to him.

The Commodore than gave notice of the Fulmar Nationals at New Quay, 22nd – 25th June.

Alan Rand along with Jan Smallwood and JayT have been looking for ‘Lost Westerlys’. Alan is photographing any Westerly he encounters and either sends it to the owner, if he’s a member or to Jan if not. Alan requests that other members do the same.

Judith Symonds, on behalf of the last 3 Commodores thanked Liz Truscott for all her hard work and support during her time as Secretary.

Dick Leedham suggested the formation of a Westerly Motorhome Group for out of season activities and will put an article in the magazine.

A request for the competition photographs to be made available for viewing was made and JayT will be asked to provide a link on the web site.

A carvery lunch was then served.

The afternoon session started with a presentation by Katherine Lynch, Heritage Manager of Port Sunlight Village Trust who gave an interesting account of how the Village has developed over the past 100+ years and how the Trust is working to preserve it for generations to come. Our second speaker was Brian Anderson, a Wirral based architect, photographer and lecturer, who entertained us with his photographs and anecdotes of life on and around the River Mersey.

The meeting ended at 4.00pm with many members returning home whilst those of us who remained enjoyed the comfort and extensive facilities of The Village hotel for a further evening.

Next year we will be back at The Lifeboat College in Poole, I hope to see you all there.

Gill Clare – Minutes Secretary.

Contact: Gill Clare


London Boat Show 2017
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Despite the rail strike and threats of snow there was a good turnout of WOA members at the London Boat Show. The 237 visitors recorded and new memberships and sales statistics compare well will both last year’s London show and with the Southampton Show.

The WOA stand was part of a large stand area allocated to Owners Associations. The area was at the west end of the South Hall next to the indoor Marina and was shared with the Moody Owners Association and the Broom Owners Association. As usual the area had been organised by John Goode and John was there during the build up to advise and assist.

We had excellent stand staff on all the days including one person who had actually worked at Westerly building boats.

Special events during the show comprised a reception on the PBO stand and our pontoon party on the late-night Thursday evening which was well attended despite the threat of snow.

On the second Friday WOA had a slot on the London Boat Show Stage. I gave a 30minute illustrated talk entitled “Classic Westerly Yachts – Even better value in 2017”. You can download the presentation file from this URL http://tinyurl.com/woalondon (save the downloaded file and open it with powerpoint or a powerpoint viewer). The presentation briefly described the history of the Westerly Company and the objectives of Commander Rayner noting that it is 50 years since the death of Commander Rayner during London Boat Show week in 1967. The presentation illustrated the excellent value of Westerly Yachts in 2017 by reference to current adverts from the WOA web site. Thanks to Brian Easteal, Tim Pullen, George Pickburn, John Ruskin and Mary Buchannan for making pictures and slides available. Special thanks to Ken Hastie for allowing use of a short video of his W33 “Forever Autumn” sailing off Northumberland.

Future show dates in 2017 are expected to be:

Beaulieu Boat Jumble: 23 April
Jersey Boat Show: 29, 30 April & 1 May
All Wales Boat Show: 9-11 June
Southampton Boat Show: 15-24 September
Scottish Boat Show at Kip Marina: 13, 14, 15 October

Contact: David Jibb


50th Anniversary National Meet
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Participating Westerlys gathered for the 50th Anniversary National Meet at Gunwharf Quays Marina in Portsmouth from Tuesday 20th June. By the Friday of the week’s celebrations, 45 boats had arrived, many dressed overall, creating a spectacle for sailors and the public alike with their 50th Anniversary banners fluttering in the lee of the 550 feet high Spinnaker Tower. WOA members came from near and far, including Brittany, the Netherlands, Scotland and, remarkably, our only Australian members.

To mark the anniversary, a memento collection of a rally banner, buff and badge, all bearing our 50th anniversary emblem, was given to participants in the Meet and all attending our 50th events.

The Meet was comprised of several events - thank you to our South Coast Group for hosting them: a rally in Ryde’s drying harbour at for bilge keelers; a re-enactment of the race from Portsmouth to the Beaulieu Entrance held at the Association Inaugural rally in 1966; a rally and BBQ in Newtown Creek, a parade of Westerlys (take a look at the video on our new Facebook page); and a “Solent Haunts” evening for visiting members at the Still & West pub in Old Portsmouth. There were, of course, a couple of almost spontaneous pontoon parties, one hosted by the East Coast Group.

At Gunwharf Quays, we were visited on the pontoons by marine insurers Navigators & General, and Paul Cochrane of XW Rigging did a Q&A session on rigging and rope, including a demo of braid-on-braid splicing,

The focal event of the Meet was a Reception and Gala Dinner in the Royal Maritime Club where 144 diners sat down to four courses, and an excellent celebratory cake baked by member Mary Allen and decorated by Creative Cakes. The dinner speaker was Peter Thomas, ex sales director of Westerly, and our special guests were Caroline and David Hardy of Trafalgar Yacht Services, and Jackie and Tim Pullen of JayT who run the Membership Office and Website. In surprise presentations by Tjerk Tjeerde of the Westerly Club Nederland, we received a gavel for the Commodore to keep the Committee’s business flowing, a bottle of “Schipper Bitter”, and, on behalf of The American Westerly Owners’ Newsletter, a framed certificate of congratulations with accompanying bottle of West Indian rum. A tombola of donated items from our advertisers raised over £300 for the Ed Dubois associated charity CLIC Sargent; this will be added to that raised at our other 50th events. The evening concluded with enthusiastic dancing to IB5.

And if that wasn't enough, the week also included the referendum on membership of the European Union!

All were exhausted by Monday 27 June - a rest day - with participants finally dispersing when the weather suited both boat and crew.

George Pickburn, Commodore

Photos courtesy of Tim Harrison, Jill Pickburn, & George Pickburn
The Beaulieu Boat Jumble.
WOA was on stand Red (R) 33 which was on the left quite near the entrance.

Contact: David Jibb


Dubois Naval Architects announce the death of Ed Dubois
Ed Dubois made a huge contribution to the burgeoning success of Westerly yachtbuilding from the 1980’s onwards.
He was the company’s designer of choice to move Westerlys into a more modern market when the time came to replace the biggest-selling British yacht ever built – the Centaur.
Unfazed by the size of the challenge he produced the 26ft Griffon, soon a considerable success that paved the way for the equally well-liked 32ft Fulmar, one of his personal favourites. He went on to produce a total of 17 different Westerlys until the firm’s regrettable meltdown in 2000.
Although he progressed eventually to superyacht design and moved to a quite different level, he still occasionally recalled his earlier days at the Westerly drawing board that produced for him well-deserved recognition all around the globe.
Many are the owners of Dubois designed boats large and small who will feel the sailing world has just lost one of its best-loved marks.
Mary Buchanan new WOA Vice Commodore
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The Westerly Owners' Association, thought to be the world's biggest boat-owner group, has appointed Mary Buchanan from Glasgow as its new Vice-Commodore. In 2018 she is now set to become Commodore.

For the past four years Mary has been Chair of the Association's Scotland Group which has gone from strength to strength during her watch.

She learned to sail as a schoolgirl at Inverclyde, Largs and went on to crew and helm the family folkboat and others.

After long admiring Westerly boats, in 2000 with her husband Ian she bought a 38ft Oceanranger on the Hamble and two years later sailed her back to Kip marina, Inverkip via the Isles of Scilly and Ireland's east coast.

Mary said: "When we first joined WOA soon after buying the boat, I never dreamt I'd become their first flag officer to not hail from the south coast of England. Now, I'm looking forward to bringing a slightly different perspective to the position.

"I was delighted by the appointment which I see as a privilege, to help sustain the reputation of the UK's most prolific builder of boats for the leisure sailor "and what fine, durable boats they built."
George Pickburn new WOA Commodore
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The Westerly Owners' Association, thought to be the world's biggest boat owner group, has appointed George Pickburn from Southampton as its new Commodore. He will serve for the next two years.

He has been sailing yachts and dinghies for over 30 years, starting in the early 1970's and building his experience in dinghies before eventually being prompted by a young family to buy a cruising yacht.

He subsequently became the proud owner of a 33ft Westerly Storm: “solid, British and good value", in which he and his wife Jill have since gathered a growing number of sea-miles between their home berth in Portsmouth harbour and a wide range of destinations around the English Channel and Brittany.

George holds the RYA's Yachtmaster Offshore and Advanced Power Boat tickets and joined the Association ten years ago.

Becoming part of the Association's committee three years later, he went on to manage WOA's presence at the major UK boat shows and stepped up to the role of Vice-Commodore in 2014.
He has run Warsash Sailing Club's cadet programme and has also taught sailing for his local Scout group. Dinghies are still in his blood and as well as skippering his Storm he sails his own RS400 at speed when time allows.

"This year is the Association's 50th anniversary," said George, "and I'm looking forward to leading the celebrations we've been planning for the past year. I've also begun a project to locate the many Westerly boats and their owners who are not yet Association members."

Association AGM 2016
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Report of the 2016 AGM

For the 49th AGM at the start of our 50th Anniversary year we returned to the Lifeboat College at Poole for the AGM. All the accommodation had been booked by Westerly Owners' Association and members started arriving during the Friday afternoon. 24 members were taken on a guided tour of the new Boat Building Centre. Following this there was a presentation given by Crusader sails which was well attended, interesting and informative. Just time for a drink in the bar and then dinner in the very busy restaurant.

Saturday morning saw exhibitors arriving and setting up their stands and displays ready for the arrival of members attending the meeting. As usual the jumble stall was doing a roaring trade and members were seen coming away with all sorts of bits and pieces they never knew they needed.

Coffee was served from 10am and the AGM started at 11am. The Commodore, Andy
Truscott welcomed members and guests, David Pugh from PBO, Nick Girdler and Tim and Jackie Pullen. Before the main business of the meeting Doug Pattinson, Chairman of the South Coast Group, presented a cheque for £300 raised by a raffle at the South Coast 20th Anniversary Dinner. The cheque was received by Susy Smith-Wright from the RNLI who thanked members for their continued support.

The meeting then resumed with reports from the Commodore and Treasurer, election of the Association committee and a presentation of plans for the 50th Anniversary celebra-tions at Portsmouth in June.

The formal meeting was then closed and the magazine prizes, Rayner Plate, Navigators and General Photographic trophy and Commodore’s clock were presented. Contenders for each magazine prize were listed and illustrations shown by Magazine Editor, Jill Pickburn and Technical Editor, Robert Jones. The winners were announced.

Best Log Mike Crummy for ‘A voyage to the Faroes’
Best article Geoff Phillips for ‘All’s well that ends well’
Best technical article David White for ‘Pensioner modifications to a Berwick’.

There were 140 entries for the photographic competition. Andy showed some of these and photographs of magazine articles shortlisted for the Rayner Challenge Plate. The winners were:-

N&G Photographic Trophy : Paul and Liz Jackson for ‘Picking cloudberries’ at Teppkin, Norway.
Rayner Challenge Plate: Jean-Marc and Marie Papon for ‘Atlantic Crossing’ between Charleston, South Carolina and Lisbon.
Commodore’s Clock: Tim and Jackie Pullen for 20 years membership services for the Westerly Owners' Association.

Engraved glasses were then presented to retiring Association Committee members Claire Bainton, Martyn Langford and Anne Langford. The Commodore also presented a glass to Brian Bell, the retiring Chairman of the North Wales Group having been Chairman for 14 years.

There then followed a break during which a light buffet lunch was served,

The afternoon session started with the handover and presentation of burgees to the new Flag Officers. Burgees were presented to George Pickburn, Commodore, Mary Buchanan, Vice Commodore and Martyn Morris, Rear Commodore. George then presented Andy with his Past Commodore’s burgee and an engraved glass. He then introduced the afternoon speaker, Penny Tranter from the Met Office. She gave us an explanation of understanding weather information for cruising sailors. Many questions were asked by members and observations made. She was thanked by George. The meeting was then closed and was followed by some members having a guided tour of the Lifeboat College. Members then
either returned home or stayed for the New Commodore’s Dinner in the evening.

At approximately 7pm members gathered in the bar for a pre dinner drink and then made their way to the Waterfront Suite where dinner was served. Mary Buchanan said grace and Brian Easteal was the Master of Ceremonies.

After a well prepared and served meal there was a toast to the New Commodore by Brian Easteal. George Pickburn responded and proposed a toast to the Westerly Owners' Asso-ciation. Nick Girdler, the after dinner speaker then gave an amusing and entertaining talk including a recitation of ‘Albert and the Lion’.

Members then retired, a few to go home but most were staying at the College. We met again at breakfast the next morning before the rest of the members returned home.
All agreed it was a most enjoyable weekend.

See you again next year.

Liz Truscott, Secretary WOA
London 2016 Boat Show
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WOA had an excellent London Boat Show this year with more visitors again than for several years. Membership sign ups were also well up.

This year we again had Bob Shepton with us doing book signings and talking with members which added interest in the stand. We also put on a "Pontoon Party" on the show late night which was well attended and made an enjoyable end to the day.

Thanks to everyone who helped with the setting up, manning and tear down.

David Jibb

Boat Show Organiser 2015
Sharina II DS265
Pontoon Party at London Boat Show 2016
WOA will once again be at the London Boat Show at the Excel Centre from Friday 8th to Sunday 17th January inclusive. The show is open from 10.00 to 18.00 daily with a late night opening on Thursday 14th until 20.00. The WOA Stand will be part of the Owner’s Associations area at G056 (near to Sunseeker).

Members planning to visit the show can benefit from the reduced price ticket offer for Westerly Members which you can find in special offers area.

If you are at the show on the late night day, Thursday 14th, come and join us from 18.00 for an impromptu drinks and nibbles pontoon party on the WOA stand.

Also, Bob Shepton will be with us again on the 13, 14, 15 and 16th.


Boat Show Volunteer List
Anyone interested in helping to man the WOA London Boat show and/or the Southampton Boat stand please email David Jibb. Your name will go on our list of volunteers and when you do a shift you will receive free ticket(s) to the show and an embroidered WOA shirt(s) with the WOA logo and your boat name.
Where WOA has been ...

When WOA cruises visit clubs and harbours, there is often an exchange of burgees.
Here’s our collection so far . . . .