Agenda NECRA meeting
Wednesday September 17 2008
Jimmy Carter - SYC
3) Minutes of last meeting
4) Matters arising
5) Photographic Competition
6) Organization of Trophies
7) Review of 2008 Season
8)Future of NECRA
9) Suggestions for the 2009 Programme
Nigel Robinson - WYC
Harold Usherwood - Treasurer
Jeremy Watson- RNYC
Larry Wilkinson - Chairman
There was nothing that was not covered by the current agenda.
It was noted that there were some excellent photos submitted. The winner was Peter Bolton for the photo of Akori at the ATF regatta.
The NECRA yacht of the year was agreed.
Harold again kindly volunteered to have them engraved.
Larry agreed to arrange collection from existing trophy holders.
Probably the most noteworthy thing was the poor weather. A number of events were cancelled and others were adversely affected.
Registrations were sightly down this season, with only 3 registrations from RNYC. Overall, participation on the water was in line with previous seasons, although there were significant shifts. The committee felt that the sports boat class for inshore racing had not proved to be successful and should be withdrawn.
Inshore, both Class 1 and Class 3 racing was poorly supported whilst Class 4 showed significant growth. There were even large boats opting to race inshore in this class. It was felt that, despite the weather, the ATF regatta was a success and that for next season this should be the only inshore NECRA event.
Offshore, despite the cancellation of 3 events, the number of boats participating was up on previous seasons. It would seem that offshore events (with asociated social activities) are more popular with the current membership
The committee had wide ranging discussions about how NECRA might develop in the future. Larry agreed to put together a list of suggestions for the next committee to consider. However, it was acknowledged that the first priority was to find a new Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. Without these posts being filled it was difficult to see a future for NECRA.
It was decided to leave this for the new committee.
The meeting closed at 9.20pm.