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Scotland Group AGM

17th November 2018

Minutes of AGM held at the Royal Gourock Yacht Club

11am, 17th November, 2018

  1. Present:

Mary Buchanan (Chair); Alex West (Treasurer); Alistair Beattie (Committee), Mark Weaver (Secretary); Ken Johnson (Committee) and twenty-six members.

  1. Welcome:

Mary Buchanan, Commodore for WOA and the Chair of the Scotland Group, welcomed everyone to the Royal Gourock Yacht Club.

On display this year were photographs capturing some of the highlights from one of the finest sailing summers in Scotland that many could remember. Thank you, Ian Buchanan, for getting all these memories together.

Members were reminded that 2019 marked the 50th Anniversary for the Centaur and that many owners were going to make their way to the Isle of Wight to celebrate this fantastic, long-lasting, design – any takers from Scotland?

  1. Apologies:

Stephen and Sarah Anderson (Committee) and twenty-four other members (via email).

  1. Minutes of the last AGM: Agreed as correct and approved.
  2. Chair’s report:

At the last central AGM at Poole I took over as Commodore for the Association. Amongst other things, this platform gave me a wonderful opportunity to commence the marketing of the following WOA AGM, which will be in Glasgow.

Glasgow city ‘Culture & Events’ were brilliant in giving me media items to help my presentation, not least a huge ‘Next Stop Glasgow’ stand. The presentation was very well received by WOA members at Poole and people started booking, almost immediately, to come to Glasgow. Indeed, many have now discovered that the best way to get to Glasgow is to fly, and that the ‘best’ flights allow people to have an extended stay in Glasgow which effectively turns the whole thing into a mini break. We will take this opportunity to make sure that all our guests have a wide range of activities to sample. The keen- eyed amongst you will see that Burns Night falls on the Friday night before the AGM.

The weekend of the 2019 WOA AGM will become, under the guidance of Ian Buchanan, a ‘Westerly Scottish Family Weekend’. Full details can be obtained from Ian via nextstopglasgow@westerly-owners.co.uk  should you wish to discover more or wish to attend. You need to be quick if you want to book rooms at the venue though.

Following Poole I went on directly to chair my first full Committee Meeting, after which Ian and I travelled back home via some relaxing stops on way. Very shortly after that we went to the SW Group ‘Fitting Out Weekend’ which consisted of Fun, Food and Friendship and, unbelievably, no ‘fitting out’. This gave us a wonderful opportunity to see parts of Cornwall we had not experienced before – with plenty of hilly walks along the coast, accompanied by ‘Baltic’ weather – it was freezing!

Next came our Scotland Group Spring Lunch at Kip which was closely flowed by a further full Committee Meeting near Newbury.

The mid-May Tarbert Muster, arranged by Ken and Irene Johnson, was a great success with good weather and an enthusiastic turnout. There were walks, parties, competitions, races and great meals. Thank you to Ken and Irene for arranging all this.

Later in May we travelled down to the East Coast Group, who were celebrating their 50th Anniversary as a group. We discovered that the Royal Harwich YC is not actually in Harwich, but on the R. Orwell. Having got there it was magnificent to see a parade of Westerlys sailing up to us, from their Rally/Muster, for their dinner at the Royal Harwich.

Then came June. We met Maalesh in Loch ranza and then sailed on to Islay, Port Ellen, where we enjoyed the local festival (of music & malt) Feis Ile. Celebrations got a little heated one night when fireworks accidentally set fire to some scrub nearby! After this we moved on northwards eventually arriving in Oban where we had arranged to leave Clar Innis for a while.

Having settled the boat in Oban we headed south to Plymouth where we joined the ‘Summer Cruise’. The cruise started with a Rally (note the different terminology south of the Border) dinner. The following day we went to Cotehele, a NT property situated nearby on the R. Tamar. Mayflower Marina, the start of the cruise, made us all very welcome – any members thinking of locating themselves in this area should seriously consider berthing here. From Plymouth we went to Fowey and then on to Falmouth where we spent some time exploring the town and local creeks.

Following this we went north again and managed to sail out to the Monach Isles, along with numerous other destinations around the Outer Hebrides. We then made our way towards Mull and Tobermory where we were met with 32 degrees C! We found that WhatsApp worked consistently well for us allowing us to meet up with other Westerlys informally.

On return to the Clyde we visited Douglas Locke at Carrick Castle and he took us to see the Meditation Pavilion built in Liz’s memory in Cononachan Woods.  It has a wonderful view as it is situated up the hill.

In September we made our way to the Southampton Boat Show where we maintained our usual presence. We were able to welcome back a couple of our circumnavigators and meet up with various names from the yachting press. All this was not helped by the quite windy conditions which persisted for the duration of our stay.

The following month we were at the Scotland Boat Show at Kip Marina – funnily enough it was ‘blowing’ there too. However, we had a good show and were even visited by wee Kelpies.

  1. Treasurer’s Report:
    Alex West stated that there was “nothing much to report” as there had been nothing in or out. This is because all our Musters are self-financing and any essential events like this AGM and the Scotland Boat Show are paid for centrally. This explains our current balance of £257 – the same as this time last year. We aim to keep just enough money to allow for any issues that may arise should a Scotland Group event need to be cancelled without notice.
    Our accounts have not been put before the Auditors this year because there were no receipts received and no financial movement.

The accounts were agreed and Mary thanked Alex for all his hard work on behalf of the Association and presented him with a small token of our gratitude (see 7 below).

There were no questions and no one requested a printed copy of the accounts either.

  1. Election of Committee Members:
    Mary Buchanan, Alistair Beattie, Stephen and Sarah Anderson, Ken Johnson and Mark Weaver were re-elected.
    Alex West stood down at this AGM – there followed a short acknowledgement of Alex’s efforts on behalf of the Scotland Group.
    Jan Montgomery was proposed by Mary and seconded by Jill Coleman as our new Treasurer – unanimously agreed.

Mary Buchanan then gave formal notice of her intention to stand down as the chair of the Scotland Group at the next AGM in a year’s time. This was to ensure that there will be plenty of time for someone else to consider and volunteer for the role.

Jim Montgomery agreed to take over the role of Scotland Group Representative (will become active after Mary stands down).

  1. Any Other Competent Business: None
    Formal AGM completed at 1140hrs.

There then followed an update on some of the events scheduled for 2019

National AGM

We need Scottish Support.

The full programme has now been produced. To find out more please register with Ian Buchanan via nextstopglasgow@westerly-owners.co.uk and he will keep you updated via regular newsletter.

Spring Lunch 2019

Will be held on Saturday 9th March 2019. However, as yet, we do not know where.

Robert Colvil agreed to investigate the Royal Northern YC as a possible venue.

WOA Summer Cruise 2019

This will be on the West Coast of Scotland during the week 26th June to 2nd July 2019. It will start from Craobh Haven Marina and move on through the Oban area (29th June) and onwards towards Tobermory.

We hope that a few Scotland Group members will be able to offer berths to other WOA members who cannot get their boats up there.

Informal talks by Scotland Group members

Phil Bingham:-

Phil is a member of the Seagull Trust based on the Forth/Clyde canal. He is offering 12 places on a short cruise on the canal and up to the Falkirk Wheel. The cost will be £10/person to cover costs.

Ken Johnson:-

Ken recently replaced his engine in a Seahawk. He selected a Beta Marine 35hp and shared with everyone the trials and tribulations of physically changing an engine on a yacht.

Ian Buchanan:-

Ian has an engineering background and has developed, over the years, a series of well tried and tested ‘processes’ that make boat ownership that bit  easier; e.g. oil filter removal tool, transom rope, 12V dinghy inflator tips, halyard bags, hatch lock, headlining tool and many other simple solutions devised over his sailing life.

John Fagan:-

John is a relatively new member and sought advice upon some anomalous things he had found on his Centaur. He stimulated quite a bit of technical debate which was transferrable to other Westerly boats.

Alex West:-

Alex is in the process of changing the water tank on his Ocean Quest. Apparently, the tank can be lifted out whole so there is no excuse for the rest of us ‘when the time comes’.

He also showed us how he protected the wires going into his binnacle GPS display. Unprotected wires do not last long.

Marilyn Lord:-

Marilyn took us through the benefits of AIS ownership – especially ‘Transmit & Receive’ devices.

AIS is an invaluable tool for the small boat owner in busy waters. There are many features that can be turned off or on depending upon the area one is sailing – very informative.


17th November 2018
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