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Scotland: Opening Lunch
10th March 2018 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Our new Commodore, Mary Buchanan, made her ‘first visit to Scotland’!
As you may know, our Commodore travels across the whole UK whilst holding this role and has already been to Cornwall – further visits are already beckoning.
Twenty-two members braved a stiff NE wind, challenging temperatures and heavy precipitation (and melting snow) to gather for this event at The Chartroom, Kip Marina, Inverkip. We had our ‘usual’ meeting room with a wonderful view across the marina and bags of space in which to both have our meeting and enjoy a good lunch.
Ian Buchanan had created a stimulating photographic display covering our past year’s activities. By looking at this we were able to reassure ourselves that there had been some good weather last year and that maybe this year will provide wonderful sailing conditions. The display stimulated much talk about possible cruises this year and helped to provide an added stimulus to get our boats back in the water.
There followed an extended discussion about the programme for the UK WOA AGM next year. This will be held in Glasgow and complete Mary’s first year in the role of Commodore. The date for this AGM, coincidentally, coincides with Burn’s Night, which, with the addition of a Ceilidh the following evening should enable the hosting Scotland Group to show just what Scotland has to offer fellow members.
We also discussed the continuing use of WhatsApp to enable members to locate each other for more impromptu gatherings and meets. It has already shown itself to be amazingly helpful in getting members together in areas that have poor WiFi coverage – all it needs to work is a phone signal (providing people keep their messaging simple and resist sending pictures!).
Stewart Gibb gave a wonderfully engaging talk about ‘The Scottish Island Peaks Race’ and how he won his Class in a Fulmar. So colourful were his descriptions, of getting runners on and off windward beaches, that we all felt we were there – it was exhausting listening to him. As for tiredness during his 55hour marathon – apparently you ‘just catch up when you can – usually at the end’.
Congratulations to him and his crew for winning his class though – impressive. Stewart actively encourages other members to have a go – but, be very selective about your crew and runners!
After his talk Mary presented Stewart with the award for Best Log.
After a great lunch and much, much, more talking everyone donned coats, bowed heads and exited the door to depart to all corners of Scotland. A very successful meeting – thank you everyone.