The Commanding Officer opened the meeting with a bang of the gavel at 1910 hrs.
Ann Keates, John Keates, Ian Roman, John Lyons, Gary Wakefield, Trevor Annels, Nigel Pearce, Ken Brown, Brian Drake, Mark Scott, Roger Hakes, Rosie Connell, Iain Reid, Bob Cudmore, Donald Macdonald, John Sparrow, David Hartgill, Colston Nichols, Mary Reddyhoff, Becky Walters, Matt Southam, David Pratt, Peter Norman and Steve Tyler (Flag Officer).
Stuart Bromidge, The Hartley family, Hayley Hughes and Peter Taylor
2. Minutes of last meeting
Donald proposed that these were a true reflection of the last meeting. This was seconded by Colston.
3. General Committe
The following is a summary of Steve Tyler’s report
· Richard Edwards is the dinghy rep. on the sailing committee
· Lasers had the highest turn-out of the dinghies (average 15) but races not sailed were counted in this average!
· Two race days had our more competent race officers running them
· Trophy races were sailed with the option of using a start from Ron Cox in the bay to alleviate the problems sometimes caused by racing through the harbour entrance. Race times were adjusted when using Ron Cox bay start so that the normal arrival time could be used by sailors. This notion received the support of this meeting.
· The new building works should not affect the actual sailing but a slightly longer walk to the changing rooms will be required
· All sailing events will now be placed on one spreadsheet. The intention is that this spreadsheet will be placed on the club website
· Inflatable race marks will be all kept together. When marks are need for events they can be booked by e-mail to Emma ,the Bosun
· Fixed race marks are going to be painted with day-glo pink as a top mark
· The Platform will have day-glo pink marks on the sides
· Club ribs will have covers for the electronics but must be washed down before the covers are placed in position
· 6 VHF radios have been lost this year. 3 were dropped in the water during use and 3 have just gone missing
· The club now owns 33 boats of varying description which can be rented out by contacting Tom or Emma
· Poole Week 2016 dates – Aug 21st to 26th inc.
· Health and safety issues raised by the Harbour Master were very few this year
· The volunteering system will be altered to reduce our reliance on one individual. Therefore 50% of duties will fall to the responsibility of class captains who will use the Dutyman System
· More PROs are needed if racing is to continue in its present format. These duties count towards mandatory totals
· Colston asked why the Class Grant this year had been reduced by a 3rd, and the reason it was not paid until the end of July. Steve said he did not know but would investigate.
The Fleet’s Dog Robber thanked Steve for this report on behalf of the fleet and commented don the positive nature of communications between the fleet and the Hon. Sailing Secretary
4. General Report
The Class Captains produced an analysis of the fleet turn out for each series. These were read followed by a general discussion. No issues for action arose
Donald presented the club accounts to the meeting.
Opening Balance 782.77
My Balance 553.79
Bob proposed that these accounts were accepted and Colston seconded.
5. Election of Officers
The committee were happy to carry on in office and this proposal was unsurprisingly accepted
Results: Monday – John Keates
Saturday- John Lyons
Wednesday- Roger Hakes
Training Officer: Bob Cudmore
6. Monday Racing
The proposal to split this series generated a good deal of discussion. It was eventually decided to run a pilot scheme for one year which divided the series into two. The exact date of splitting the series will be decided by the Fleet Captains taking into account the dates of no racing through low water days.
7. Wednesday/Saturday Racing
Gold & Silver Fleets
Roger suggested that we had gold and silver fleets for the Saturday Series. This led to a lengthy debate which resulted in the meeting deciding not to go ahead with the proposal. However, since one aim of this suggestion was to increase the number of trophy winners, there followed a general discussion around this topic. It was agreed that an improvers trophy, along the lines of the Mars Bar trophy would be awarded (if applicable) for each series.
Race winner Jersey
The idea of race winners wearing a yellow jersey was mooted and received general approval. The Fleet captains agreed to investigate this notion.
The Commanding Officer proposed a mini –series for each of the Saturday Series. The class would need to independently manage the racing on these days. The overall result will count towards the respective Saturday series
8. The Perisher Series
The start date is: February 7th
The final race is scheduled for April 10th
The Easter Series (26th – 28th March) interrupts the Perisher series
9. Poole Week
21st to 26th August inclusive. The Dog Robber advised early booking since this results in a significant financial saving. Information is on the Poole Week section of the club website. A healthy list of competitors appearing there may also encourage a greater number of visitors.
10. Class Entertainment
The following ideas were suggested:
· Cycle ride
· Visit to the Dog Track
· Sunday beach activities; paddleboards, kayaks, canoes etc.
· Ten Pin Bowling
· Only regular Perisher will be allowed to keep their boats in the yard. They must contact the Commanding for a storage sticker
· All Lasers without a Perisher storage sticker must be removed from the yard by Christmas
· The Commanding Officer, requested, cajoled, instructed and then demanded that all over 35s should enter the Laser Masters event at PYC on September 10th and 11th 2016. Under 35s were cordially invited to help with race management on those days
· It is proposed that the annual dinner/prize giving will be held at a local venue on Saturday 27th February 2016
· Colston suggested sailing on a Saturday afternoon during the winter series (instead of Sunday not as well as). This received a mixed response although it is fair to say that no one option from SAT pm or Sun am or Sun pm received unanimous approval- the matter needs further consideration
· Roger Hakes suggested that the Lasers teamed up for race duties on the box when he was PRO – this received warm and positive support provided this did not severely detract from numbers of sailing Lasers.
The meeting closed at 2050 hrs.