The Westerly Owners' Association - AGM
Report of the AGM at the Lifeboat College, Poole.
Saturday, 25th January 2014
Click photo for a selection of larger photos of the 2014 AGM
Members from many destinations made their way to Poole for the AGM weekend. They came from all over the UK, Ireland and Holland. We had booked all the accommodation at the Lifeboat College and many members arrived on the Friday and spent some time sorting out their parking problems. Harken had kindly offered to give a presentation titled "Don't fight the boat". This was very well supported and enjoyed by all who attended.
On Saturday morning other members arrived in time to register, have a cup of coffee and browse the exhibitors' stands. The jumble stall gets bigger every year and is always well supported!
The formal proceedings started promptly at 11am with an EGM. The Commodore welcomed everybody and outlined the programme and timings for the day. The purpose of the EGM was to update some clauses of the Constitution. These were proposed, seconded and agreed by the meeting. There was also a proposed rule change and this was also agreed.
The AGM then followed and the Commodore first took a role call of members from the various Area Groups. The meeting was attended by 195 members and 3 guests. Approval of the minutes of the 2013 AGM was proposed, seconded and adopted. Judith Symonds. Commodore, then gave a review of the year and this was followed by the Treasurer's report. Bob Shapland, Treasurer, explained the figures and then took questions.
There were nine nominees for the National Committee and nine vacancies. The Commodore asked if these could be voted in en bloc. All agreed. Committee positions and responsibilities were the ratified. These were Andy Truscott (Commodore), George Pickburn (Vice-Commodore and Boat Show organiser), Martyn Morris (Rear Commodore), Bob Shapland (Treasurer), Liz Truscott (Secretary), David Symonds (Commercial Manager), Jill Pickburn (Magazine Editor), Robert Jones (Technical Editor), John Ruskin (PR and Communications) Phil Loynes (Regalia), Claire Bainton, David Jibb, Anne Langford, Martyn Langford.
David Gill was elected as Honorary Auditor.
Full minutes of the EGM and the AGM can be found in the Members Only area of the website.
There then followed the presentation of prizes, starting with the Magazine prizes. The Editor, Jill Pickburn, thanked members for their contributions and made the presentation of �25 book tokens to the winners. She listed all contenders for each reward illustrated with photographs on the screen She told members that she had divided the articles into three categories, Passage tales, Boat experiences and Cautionary tales.
The winner of the award for the best article was Keith Bennett, "Drying out in Scotland".
Winner of the best Log was Barbara Box, "Someone took the plug out".
Robert Jones, Technical Editor then talked about the Technical articles. The winner of the best technical contribution was Barry Jump, "Konsort Holding tank". Robert read out an acceptance email from Barry as he was unable to accept the award in person.
Commodore, Judith, then resumed the Chair to present the Association trophies and glasses to retiring Committee members.
Navigators and General trophy for the photographic competition was awarded to Bob Shepton for his photograph of Dodo's Delight with a towering iceberg in the background.
The Commodore's Clock was awarded to Phil Stevens for his work with the Westerly Forum and the Email Discussion Group as moderator for many years.
The Rayner Challenge Plate was awarded to Kathy and Jeremy Spencer for their many contributions to the magazine as they sail around the world.
Judith then presented engraved glasses to retiring Committee members Gerry Beddoes, Mike Mason and Denis McCallum.
This year Navionics had donated two iPad Navigation apps. One will be used as a prize on the National Cruise and the other as a draw, using Membership numbers, at the AGM. The draw was made by David Pugh, Editor of Practical Boat Owner (a guest at the AGM) and was won by John Ruskin.
Members then adjourned for lunch.
The afternoon proceedings started with the presentation of burgees to the new Flag Officers by Judith. The new Commodore, Andy Truscott, then presented Judith with an engraved glass, a past Commodore's burgee and a bouquet of flowers. David Symonds was presented with a bottle of his favourite whiskey.
Judith and David Symonds and Gerry Beddoes were presented with Honorary Life Membership.
John Ruskin then introduced the afternoon speaker, Gus Lewis from the RYA Legal department. He had a list of topics but confessed at the end of his talk he had only managed to cover half of them! The talk was both interesting and informative and show how much the RYA do on behalf of yachtsmen.
Many members attending the AGM were also attending the Dinner in the evening so a tour of the College had been arranged in the time between the afternoon speaker and the evening event.
The Dinner was attended by 137 members, more than have ever attended a New Commodore's Dinner in previous years. Tom Cunliffe was the after dinner speaker who entertained us with amusing tales and anecdotes of both achievements and potential disasters.
Members then retired to the bar, their rooms or made their way home having had an enjoyable time in the company of fellow members.