Meeting notes from 6th October 2013

Notes of the owners and helms meeting on 6th October 2013

The meeting was informed that it is hoped a RYA Race Officer course will be held in January. These are free. Anyone interested should contact David Cairncross.

An email list is being established to keep cruiser racers informed of the latest news. Details of how to subscribe are available on the website. This may become the prime means of communication with the fleet as the website undergoes renovation work in the future.

You can subscibe at Dont forget to add to your contact list or approved senders list or whatever you do to make sure the mails don't end up in your junk box.

On Tuesday 15th October there will be a talk at the Club on marine insurance sponsored by Susanne Newbold of Bay Marine Insurance. It starts at 7:30pm and is followed by a Free buffet

The fleet was reminded of the need for scrutineering this year. Although there has been some there needs to be a lot more. In 2014 boats not scrutinised before the end of their first series will be disqualified.

It was agreed that the now familiar race programme will be run again. That is to say;

Earlybird from the first Sunday in February to Easter.

Spring Series from Easter to the end of June

Tuesday nights from May to June and from July to August – 8 races each series

Frostbite series from the beginning of October to December

There will be weekends off in the Sunday series to allow the collection of brownie points, grass cutting or SWOGs.

It must be recognised that the Club has some responsibility for the safe outcome of events it organises.

There will therefore be two changes for 2014. Firstly there will be a change to the entry eligability in that all boats must be in the charge of someone aged 18 or over who has some experience of the boat and the race area. Exceptions to this may be made by the race committee as they see fit. Secondly, no race will be started when the current or forecast windspeed is 30kts or greater or in conditions as the race officer sees fit.

The start time for Sunday Bay races was discussed and there was no agreement to a change from the customary 1400.

A discussion took place on crewing. It was noted that the website allows potential crew and owners to post opportunities and availability. Two members agreed to contact the various local university sailing clubs to highlight the opportunities that are available. It was also noted that the club is unlikely to offer free membership to cruiser racer crew members, but that a review of membership types may be undertaken in the light of the local housing development.