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Report of the 2017 AGM

The formal minutes of this AGM will shortly be available to logged-in members from the lower menu on the left.

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:-

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.

The Commodore's Clock

The Commodore's Clock

The Commodore's Clock was donated to the Association at the beginning of 1990 by the retiring Commodore Mike Williams, to be awarded each year "to the person who, in the opinion of the Flag Officers, has made the best contribution to the Association". In that first year it was presented to Brian Watson, and has since been awarded annually in recognition of a great variety of exceptional services to the Association.

Previous Winners

2016 - Tim and Jackie Pullen for 20 years membership services to the Association.

2015 - Nigel Birch for his contribution to helping JayT set up the new Westerly Owners' Association website.

2014 - Phil Stevens for his work with the Westerly Forum and the Email Discussion Group as moderator for many years.

2013 - Keith Thomas who loaned his beautiful Oceanlord, Dreamtime of Blackwater to the Association for display at the Southampton Boat Show.

2012 - John Ruskin who, in 2012 achieved: 42 pages of WOA/Westerly yachts in the boating media; 88 Westerly pictures in the three key yachting magazines; 4 issues with Westerly as their front cover and a number of press releases with the ‘worlds largest owners’ association’ quoted.

2011 - Gary McGuire for his work and encouragement to re-invigorate the Ireland Group

2010 - Ian Cochrane of Rotostay and XW Rigging for his consistent support of the Association over many years.

2009 - Bill Miller for his outstanding work in re-energising the East Coast Group in 2008, at a time when it was in danger of folding.

2008 - Martin Perry for his outstanding work in maintaining the website over a number of years and laying the foundation for the new site.

2007 - Brian Easteal for his hard work and dedication in producing 'The Westerly Story' for the anniversary year.

2006 - Ian Buchanan who formed the Scottish Area Group and also contributed to the National Committee, attending meetings despite the long distance involved.

The Rayner Challenge Plate

The Rayner Challenge Plate

The Rayner Challenge Plate, our oldest and most prestigious piece of silverware, is awarded annually for 'Best Cruise undertaken in a Westerly'.

The idea is to encourage all WOA members to extend their own cruising horizons; hence the criteria takes into account not simply what has been achieved, but the size of boat, the strength and experience of the crew, the time available and the sense of adventure. If you have stretched your cruising horizons, write it up for us and you will be in with a real chance, even if other members have done similar things before.

Previous Winners

2016 - Jean Marc and Marian Papon for 'Atlantic Crossing'.

2015 - Kathy and Jeremy Spencer for the second year running (much to their surprise).

2014 - Kathy and Jeremy Spencer for their many contributions to the magazine as they sail around the world.

2013 - Mary Buchanan for her account of 40 days and nights anticlockwise round Ireland, on Clar Innis.

2012 - Paul Shave who sailed, single handed, around Scotland on his boat Blue Spindrift and wrote an excellent log "Bo’ness to Bo’ness" with many interesting references, photographs and chart.

2011 - Sue and Bill Redgrove for their challenging adventures in Camomile. An account of their travels can be read in various WOA Magazines under the heading - 'Camomile's Log'.

2010 - Andrew Moncrieff for his largely singlehanded sail around the UK, in a Westerly Fulmar Snow Goose as described in the article 'Twin Keels around Britain' published in the Spring 2009 Magazine.

2009 - John Gozzard (Pippin) for his entry in the Jester Azores Challenge in a Westerly Griffon, published in the Winter 2008 Magazine as the log ‘A Competitors View’.

2008 - The Fenton–Jones family (Tamarisk of Rye) for their North Atlantic Circuit, published in the Spring 2007 Magazine as ‘And the Children came too’.

Entry conditions: All cruising logs submitted to the Magazine Editor by 1st October will be assessed and the Rayner Challenge Plate presented to the winner at the following WOA AGM. The cruise should normally be of at least 7 days duration in a Westerly yacht and have finished not more than 12 months prior to submission. Crew strength, wind and sea conditions should be noted. The log should be accompanied by a diagram of the route if this is not clear from the text. Photographs should accompany the log for publication, but will not be included in the judges' assessment.


Visitor mooring at Itchenor by Jeremy & Jenny Standen