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East Coast: AGM and Talk

21st October 2018 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm


Minutes of WOA  East Coast Group AGM October 21st 2018 Held at Greenwich Yacht Club

After Coffee the meeting opened at 1130 am

35 members were present

11 apologies for absence were received including four committee members – Ian Bartlett, Alan Thomas, Rick Dines and Andy Clark.

Minutes of 2018AGM were accepted, proposed by David Jibb and seconded by Norma Banks.

No Matters arising raised.

Chairman’s report
I presented some aspects of a written report which had been circulated to all participants before the meeting.  The report below is a combination of the written report and my address to the Owners and crews.
2018, as the 50th Anniversary of the East Coast Group of WOA, has been very important for us Eastern Westerly owners.  Our East Coast Group has been quite active especially north of the Thames.
For this AGM I think I have done my best to show as little favouritism between the south and the north as I could — the main clubhouse is in the Thames with fairly deep water all around it at this state of tide.
This year the events, which have been ably organised by my fellow Committee members, included:

East Coast: Ipswich Rally organised by Alan Thomas
August 17 – August 19
East Coast Group: Medway Rally organized by Roger Clark
August 3 – August 4
East Coast: Suffolk Rivers Rally organised by Nick van den Brul
July 26 – July 29
East Coast: Feeder for Summer Cruise  organised by Bill Miller
May 25
East Coast: 50th Jubilee and Dinner organised by Bill Miller
May 19
East Coast: 50th Anniversary organised by Bill Miller
May 18
East Coast: Fitting out lunch organised by John Elliott
April 7

Short descriptions of each event were given by Committee members or other participants present at the AGM.

Reports for all events except the Feeder cruise, which only three boats attended, and the Ipswich Rally are on the new WOA website www.westerly-owners.uk/east-coast-group. Alan has promised to write up the Ipswich Rally when he gets back from Gran Canaria – I suggested he took his laptop to do it from the sunbed but his wife wouldn’t let him!

Of particular note Rick Dines was awarded the Breakaway Trophy at the 50th Jubilee dinner for his exceptional service as Treasurer for 10 years, by our WOA Commodore. It is suggested that Rick keeps the Trophy until the AGM next year.

From personal experience, or hearing from others, most events have all been well attended and all well appreciated.  None of these events could have happened without the efforts of the members of this Committee who instigate things, but the members who attend make them successful.

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 have already two nominations to join the committee – Bill Drew and Sue Redgrove. Nick Van den Brul  after organising the very successful Suffolk Rivers Rally I understand will be too busy to do justice to committee membership in the coming year and wishes to resign from the Committee.  On behalf of the whole East Coast Group I expressed our thanks to Nick for all his hard work on the Committee over the last 4 years and the 5 events he organised.   All the other members are willing to stand again if the members are 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. I should add that there is one event for this year or early next that we are still planning but we need some volunteers:

Suggested Nov or later 2018/9 Clinic/Workshop possibly at RCYC Any volunteer to organise? Three speakers required

1.    Roger Clark

2.    ?

3.    ?

I also have two pleas – can we get the dates and rough ideas of what is planned early so that draft flyers can be published on the website and weekends etc can be reserved. I will send a table of potential events and organisers shortly to the Committee. Secondly if possible can we find places we can get into from all directions and at most states of tide.

The Association’s AGM will be held at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Clydebank, in the lovely City of Glasgow on weekend of 26th January 2019. Whilst the formal AGM business will take place during the day on Saturday, arrangements have been made for Members attending and traveling from afar to make a weekend of the trip. 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 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
Unfortunately Andy Clark did his back in just before the AGM and was also planning to bring Rick Dines, so in the event we had nobody except myself to present the accounts.

The Treasurers report was available before the meeting to all attendees and copies were on each table.  The report showed a balance of £1643.04 as of 30th September an increase of nearly £300 from last year. However as of the ECG year end, a very significant part of the payments for this AGM had been received and none of the costs had been incurred (for information – post the AGM the balance stood at £1049-04
Acceptance of the report was proposed by Bill Drew and seconded by Roger Clark

Election of Management Committee
The following names were put forward:
John Elliott, Rick Dines, Andy Clark, David Jibb, Ian Bartlett, Alan Thomas, Bill Miller, Sue Redgrove,  Bill Drew and Roger Clark. They were agreed unanimously by the members.

Closing remarks:
It was suggested that we should have the already ‘semi planned’ Workshop as part of the Fitting out lunch but a bit earlier than last year and this should be at the Royal Corinthian at Burnham if possible – John Elliott to start organising.

It was also suggested that all Committee members plan their events early so they can be accommodated in people’s diaries.  An event was suggested with a meet at Ramsgate and then a trip down towards the Baie de Somme.

All 35 Westerly Owners and crews together, with the guest speakers (Garth Cooper and Dick Holness of the East Coast Pilot fame) then repaired to the bar and then to an excellent lunch organised by William Aldridge from the club (many thanks to William and the club for the loan of the facilities).  The whole event was overlooking the Thames bathed in glorious sunshine all day with a group of intrepid Dingy sailors taking to the water, Brian Jones Tempest Bootlegger moored up to the main club pontoon (others arrived by car share or public transport),  the planes taking off from City Airport and the exciting developments in East London.

After lunch we had a fascinating talk by Dick and Garth.  They explained how the Pilot book was written for the East Coast, with Garth dealing with the northern area and Dick the southern, how it is kept up to date via the website www.eastcoastpilot.com and that they are always working on the updates and hence new versions.  They even vanished for a few minutes during the proceedings to take photos of and from the main clubhouse!

Apart from the Westerly Owners attending the lunch, 3  GYC members attended the talk (one did have a very smart Centaur siting up on the hard at the club).


21st October 2018
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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John Elliott


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