Lossiemouth Cruising Club

Held on Saturday 28th October at 2pm,

at the Moray Firth Water Sports Association, Lossiemouth.

AGENDA 1. Welcome. Members were welcomed and thanked for attending the AGM by the Commodore. 1. Apologies and register of attendance: Attendees: Tony Wright (Vice Commodore), George Flett (Committee Member), Tom Slavin, Graeme Gordon, Jim Smith (Commodore), Stuart Brooks (Secretary/Treasurer), George Cull, James McPherson, Calan Stewart, Charlotte Hovgaard and Declan O’Byrne. Apologies: Graham Stannard and Wille Finnie 3. Adoption of the minutes for the previous AGM. No formal minutes or notes were issued following the 2016 AGM.  Members who had attended the AGM stated that there had been discussion on whether there was enough interest in the club for it to continue.  It had been agreed that the club should continue and a committee was set up comprising the members who attended – Jim Smith, George Flett, Tony Wright, Barry Ollason and Craig Hardy. This was accepted as a true statement of the business of the meeting. 4. Commodore’s Report The Commodore stated that the club looked as though it would fold last year.  However, the new office bearers had managed to keep the club going. The club membership had grown since last year, which is encouraging. The Gael Force regatta fleet went from 5 boats last year to 13 boats this year.  Hence we were delighted and thanks go to Willie Finnie for doing an excellent job of OOD and John Walker for being the committee boat.  The meal and prize giving at the Clifton Hotel was enjoyed by everyone.   Thanks go to Vice Commodore who did most of the organising for the regatta. Other than the Gael Force Regatta there was very little club activity. 5. Treasurer’s Report The Treasurer tabled a statement of the accounts and these were approved by the meeting.  Proposed by Tony Wright and seconded by Calum Stewart. 6. Election of Office bearers: Commodore: Declan O’Byrne Vice Commodore: Tony Wright Honorary Secretary: Stuart Brooks Treasurer: Stuart Brooks Committee member: George Flett Committee member: Graeme Gordon Committee member: Calan Stewart 7. Way Forward MFWA At the first committee meeting following the last AGM it was decided that the Lossiemouth Cruising Club should become affiliated to the MFWA on a trial basis until the end of the year.  It was to be raised at the next AGM (this meeting) for discussion and a decision on the way forward.  A fee of £250 was paid at time to MFWA.  The AGM agreed that affiliation to the MFWA should continue.  However, should the cost of affiliation rise above £250 it would be reviewed by the committee. RYA Membership In conjunction with affiliation to the MFWA a proposal was put forward whereby the cruising and sailing clubs would combine their affiliation to the RYA.  This would give a benefit of the saving of one of the £125 RYA affiliation fees.  The clubs would still operate independently and have separate finance accounts.  An action was put on the committee to investigate this proposal, which would involve discussions with the Sailing Club committee. Action: Committee Insurance There was discussion on the requirement for club insurance and Liability.  The Commodore accepted an action to investigate this with the RYA. Action: Commodore Club Constitution There was a discussion on the club consititution, which would need to reflect the current club changes, any agreed changes introduced by the above proposals and also be in line with the sailing club constitution, if the two clubs combined.  The meeting agreed that the committee should review the constitution, but it could not be finalised until all the changes had been agreed. Action: Committee Next Year’s Programme There was discussion on next year’s programme.  A program of about two events per month during the sailing season was discussed.  A mix of cruising and racing and also connecting into various other events in the Firth, so we all support each other.  The benefits of the affiliation with the MFWA club in terms of sharing resources for crew and race management was also acknowledged.  The Vice Commodore accepted an action to produce a draft programme for the next committee meeting. Action: Vice Commodore 10 AOCB Club Communication The Commodore stated that club communication needed to be improved, if we are to increase the number of members taking part in club events.  The Secretary accepted an action to investigate the use of Facebook, group messenger, group text or other method of communication. Action: Secretary Vote of thanks There was a vote of thanks for the outgoing Commodore.  Date of next Committee Meeting 18 th  November 2017 – 1400 at MFWA

Notes of Lossiemouth Cruising Club

AGM 2017

Lossiemouth Cruising Club

Notes of Lossiemouth Cruising Club

AGM 2017

Held on Saturday 28th October at 2pm,

at the Moray Firth Water Sports Association, Lossiemouth.

AGENDA 1. Welcome. Members were welcomed and thanked for attending the AGM by the Commodore. 1. Apologies and register of attendance: Attendees: Tony Wright (Vice Commodore), George Flett (Committee Member), Tom Slavin, Graeme Gordon, Jim Smith (Commodore), Stuart Brooks (Secretary/Treasurer), George Cull, James McPherson, Calan Stewart, Charlotte Hovgaard and Declan O’Byrne. Apologies: Graham Stannard and Wille Finnie 3. Adoption of the minutes for the previous AGM. No formal minutes or notes were issued following the 2016 AGM.  Members who had attended the AGM stated that there had been discussion on whether there was enough interest in the club for it to continue.  It had been agreed that the club should continue and a committee was set up comprising the members who attended – Jim Smith, George Flett, Tony Wright, Barry Ollason and Craig Hardy. This was accepted as a true statement of the business of the meeting. 4. Commodore’s Report The Commodore stated that the club looked as though it would fold last year.  However, the new office bearers had managed to keep the club going. The club membership had grown since last year, which is encouraging. The Gael Force regatta fleet went from 5 boats last year to 13 boats this year.  Hence we were delighted and thanks go to Willie Finnie for doing an excellent job of OOD and John Walker for being the committee boat.  The meal and prize giving at the Clifton Hotel was enjoyed by everyone.   Thanks go to Vice Commodore who did most of the organising for the regatta. Other than the Gael Force Regatta there was very little club activity. 5. Treasurer’s Report The Treasurer tabled a statement of the accounts and these were approved by the meeting.  Proposed by Tony Wright and seconded by Calum Stewart. 6. Election of Office bearers: Commodore: Declan O’Byrne Vice Commodore: Tony Wright Honorary Secretary: Stuart Brooks Treasurer: Stuart Brooks Committee member: George Flett Committee member: Graeme Gordon Committee member: Calan Stewart 7. Way Forward MFWA At the first committee meeting following the last AGM it was decided that the Lossiemouth Cruising Club should become affiliated to the MFWA on a trial basis until the end of the year.  It was to be raised at the next AGM (this meeting) for discussion and a decision on the way forward.  A fee of £250 was paid at time to MFWA.  The AGM agreed that affiliation to the MFWA should continue.  However, should the cost of affiliation rise above £250 it would be reviewed by the committee. RYA Membership In conjunction with affiliation to the MFWA a proposal was put forward whereby the cruising and sailing clubs would combine their affiliation to the RYA.  This would give a benefit of the saving of one of the £125 RYA affiliation fees.  The clubs would still operate independently and have separate finance accounts.  An action was put on the committee to investigate this proposal, which would involve discussions with the Sailing Club committee. Action: Committee Insurance There was discussion on the requirement for club insurance and Liability.  The Commodore accepted an action to investigate this with the RYA. Action: Commodore Club Constitution There was a discussion on the club consititution, which would need to reflect the current club changes, any agreed changes introduced by the above proposals and also be in line with the sailing club constitution, if the two clubs combined.  The meeting agreed that the committee should review the constitution, but it could not be finalised until all the changes had been agreed. Action: Committee Next Year’s Programme There was discussion on next year’s programme.  A program of about two events per month during the sailing season was discussed.  A mix of cruising and racing and also connecting into various other events in the Firth, so we all support each other.  The benefits of the affiliation with the MFWA club in terms of sharing resources for crew and race management was also acknowledged.  The Vice Commodore accepted an action to produce a draft programme for the next committee meeting. Action: Vice Commodore 10 AOCB Club Communication The Commodore stated that club communication needed to be improved, if we are to increase the number of members taking part in club events.  The Secretary accepted an action to investigate the use of Facebook, group messenger, group text or other method of communication. Action: Secretary Vote of thanks There was a vote of thanks for the outgoing Commodore.  Date of next Committee Meeting 18 th  November 2017 – 1400 at MFWA