2017 AGM Summary or
HAT-TRICK OF HONOURS AT THE AGM - in the immortal words of our 'resident hack', Simon Worthington
There was a triple bill of honours at the Channel Sailing Club's AGM in January.
Commodore Alick Fraser presented honorary life membership to sailing stalwart Keith Gibbs for his contribution to the club and members over many years.
And in a surprise move, Alick re-instated rear commodore roles at the club by making Jeremy John rear commodore (cruising) and Oleg Lebedev rear commodore (racing) in recognition of their hard work organising CSC events.
There was a lively discussion on the committee's proposal to increase annual membership subs by £5 to £30 after Alick showed that club finances were on a downward slide. The increase was voted through unanimously by the 60-plus members present.
Other concerns raised from the floor included a question over the need for a permanent clubhouse and whether meetings might be fortnightly instead of weekly.
Alick said 2016 had been an exciting year of sailing with members visiting ports from Brest to Brighton. Highlights included regaining the Wooden Spoon trophy, running a navigation course with our own RYA instructor, Ken Fifield and booking Tom Cunliffe as a speaker.
However, the year was tinged with sadness by notice to leave the Old Freemen's Association. Alick said he was looking forward to the move in March to the fine facilities at Ashtead Cricket Club.
In his cruise report, Jeremy John said 2017 would see more rally/race combinations as well as new destinations. He appealed for organisers to come forward early.
Oleg Lebedev said there had been 12 races during 2016 with 17 boats taking part in competitive events. Twelve boats had taken part in four or more races, with the highlight regaining the Wooden Spoon after six years.
He said another 12 races were planned for 2017.
Training organiser David Surman said all those who took the Day Skipper course in October/November had passed with the club breaking even on costs. David said he hoped to recruit from outside the club and plan further ahead for future courses, including first aid, radar and diesel engine.
Membership secretary Frank Gibson said he still hoped to strengthen links with local Sea Scouts and Kingston University in a bid to boost club membership and that despite a "maturing membership", CSC numbers were relatively static.
Alick presented a cheque for £356.72 to the RNLI, the commodore's charity. This was in addition to the £157.72 collected at their talk and the £183.45 worth of sales from Christmas cards, etc.
In the trophy presentation, Myst clinched a hat trick of awards getting the Regatta, Navigator's and Le Harlequin prizes.
The Commodore's Trophy was awarded to Debbie Wiffen for leading the social events team which yet again hosted a number of memorable nights with wonderful food and presentation. The social events also raise much appreciated funds both for the club and its chosen charity.
And following an hilarious run down by Frank Gibson, the not-so-coveted Cambrian Ball trophy was awarded to Bill Rawle.
Full list of 2016 trophy winners
Two-handed and Round the Island - Matambu
Wooden Spoon - White Knight
Regatta, Navigator's and Le Harlequin (most improved handicap) - Myst
Pursuit - Caressa
Racing championship - Eagle
Mizzen (most events attended) - Orcella
Jacqui Sillance (best organised event) - Bill Chalker
Seamogs (most miles sailed) - Keith Gibbs
Sally Jennings (significant contribution) - Ken Fifield
Commodore's Trophy (contribution to running the club) - Debbie Wiffen
Cambrian Ball - Bill Rawle
Midships - Matambu
Topsides - Zhivili