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East Coast: AGM at the Royal Corinthian YC

5th November 2017 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Minutes of WOA East Coast Group AGM November 5th 2017
Held at Royal Corinthian Yacht Club Burnham on Crouch

After Coffee the meeting opened at 1130 am

Twenty six members were present

14 apologies for absence were received including two committee members – Ian Bartlett and Nick van den Brul.

Minutes of 2016 AGM were accepted, proposed by Bill Miller and seconded by Patrick Rogers.

No Matters arising raised.

Chairman’s report

2017, as the 51st anniversary of WOA, has not been quite so important for Westerly owners as 2016. Nevertheless our East Coast Group has been quite active. The events which have been ably organised by my fellow committee members included:

08 Sep 2017 East Coast Adventures Nick van den Brul
18 Aug 2017 Ipswich Rally Alan Thomas
11 Aug 2017 Medway Rally Roger Clark
23 Jun 2017 Walton Rally Andy Clark
22 Apr 2017 Fitting Out Lunch Rick Dines

Reports of all these events can be seen on the website; Nick’s and Roger’s reports were, at the time of the meeting, in draft and were also circulated to attendees of the AGM. From personal experience or hearing from others they have all been reasonably attended and well appreciated. None of these events could have happened without the efforts of the members of the ECG Committee who instigate things, but the members who attend make them successful.

Ian Bartlett, as I think most of you know, has not been well recently and cannot stand again at the moment as Secretary to our East Coast Group but is willing to stay on the Committee. Patrick Rogers has sold his Griffon and bought a Moody and is resigning from the Committee but will maintain his membership of WOA (which will very usefully allow us to use the beautiful location and facilities of the RCYC without any fees!) I would like to take this opportunity to thank Patrick for all his efforts for the Committee including some really excellently organised events including helping with this AGM at this super location. Ian has been on the Committee for many years and has recently served as Chairman and without his support I certainly could not have carried out my duties.

It is not a particularly arduous task being a Committee member and can be quite fun and sometimes even an opportunity for the organiser to explore new options. We had two nominations to join the committee – Bill Miller and Alan Thomas. All the other members were willing to stand again if the members were happy for us to continue.

I would ask all committee members and indeed any other members if they have any ideas for events for the coming year. And two pleas – can we get the dates and rough ideas of what is planned early, so weekends etc. can be reserved. Secondly if possible can we find places we can get into from all directions and at most states of tide. Some dates and ideas came forward at and after the meeting and I will endeavour to rough out a programme and send to committee members shortly for developing

The Association’s AGM, at the RNLI Lifeboat College in Poole, is worth attending. Apart from the actual meeting there is an opportunity to have a go at the Lifeboat Simulator, this is too good to miss out on. There is also the benefit of meeting up, and socialise, with old friends, and new, from all parts of the country and even abroad. It is my original home town and sailing waters so I hope to attend.

It has been an honour and pleasure to have served as your Chairman for the last year and thank you all again for organising and attending events.

Treasurers Report
Rick Dines thanked Andy Clark for helping him throughout the year. He presented the accounts approved by Geoff Wass which showed a balance increase from £1337.98 to £1355 .32; however this was complicated by the timing of the AGM for which some receipts had entered the accounts but at the time of the assessing the accounts no expenditures. The AGM event charges have only covered meals for members attendances there are some small costs for Peter Taylor’s expenses and meal. Other events made either small losses or small gains.

Acceptance of the report was proposed by Roger Clark and seconded by Robert Jones

Election of Management Committee

The following names were put forward:

John Elliott, Rick Dines, Andy Clark, Nick van den Brul, David Jibb, Ian Bartlett, Alan Thomas and Bill Miller. They were agreed unanimously by the members.

Closing remarks:
It was suggested that we should have a Fitting Out Lunch south of the Thames – John Elliott to start organising. There should be a 50th celebration of the forming of the East Coast Group on or near May 18th – Bill Miller to start organising.

The AGM closed at 1150.

All 26 Westerly Owners, one guest and the guest speaker (Peter Taylor) then repaired to the bar and then to lunch, all overlooking the Crouch which was bathed in glorious sunshine all day but had a brisk wind and some exciting races of Dragons and cruisers to watch.

After lunch we had a fascinating talk by Peter Taylor of The Thames Sailing Barge Trust based in Maldon on the Blackwater.

The Thames Sailing Barge Trust is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers, which owns two Thames Sailing Barges Centaur and Pudge. The Trust promotes the preservation of these historic sailing vessels and the traditional skills in sailing and maintaining them.

Both Centaur and Pudge are available to members of the general public to sail on, either as an individual or organised party. The barges still use traditional techniques and materials, and offer a hands on sailing experience, around the Thames Estuary.

Westerly people are welcome to join the Trust, go on a barge trip or even we could, as a group of 12, hire a barge for a couple of days. The Barge Trust can be found on www.bargetrust.org tel 07840 862685.


5th November 2017
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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John Elliott


Royal Corinthian Yacht Club
The Quay
Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex CM0 8AX United Kingdom
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