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2014 AGM

Although not quite as well attended as in the past, the important business was carried out.  Catherine, standing down after a highly successful commodoring, was thanked on behalf of the club by Seamus Lalor who takes over, bringing his acute management and planning skills.  Stewart Toy gamely volunteered to audit the accounts which remain safely in the black. Marcus Stone was elected to the committee as steward and Charles Sutherland takes over as Race Officer from Paul Harris. He will be organising a meeting to review race fixtures, courses and procedures in the near future and all those interested in racing will be invited.

Following the business part of the meeting, Helen Dunbar pictured above gave an illustrated presentation on the work of Mercy Ships - although at present there is just one Mercy Ship albeit a very large one.  We learned that in the last few years the ship has docked for long periods at ports in the most desperate failed states of West Africa where large numbers of equally desperate patients and relatives queue in the hope of getting an appointment, days before the ship actually arrives.  Manned entirely by volunteers the ship is a fully equipped hospital but in addition to providing a wide range of medical services also carries builders and water engineers who can build clinics and organise clean water supplies.  It was a genuinely inspiring talk and the Club was pleased to donate the proceeds of the annual dinner raffle to Mercy Ships.  

Also on the right of the picture is Peter Jennett who with Marion will be setting off on their circumnavigation on the 1st July.  Peter and Marion will be greatly missed while away but we'll have more about their plans here when they actually depart.



Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 12 February 2014
Our next event is the AGM on Wednesday 12th February 2014.  The AGM will be held in City of Glasgow College, Glasgow (formerly the College of Building and Printing).  We really need some new Committee members. If you are interested in becoming involved in running the club's please speak to Catherine Toy or Roisin Harris before the AGM. 

Tea and biscuits will be served from 7pm with the AGM starting at 7.30pm and finishing before 9pm. Mercy Ships shipborne medical charity (see below) will talk about their work after formal business.   
We hope to see you there - if you are unable to attend please submit apologies to Roisin Harris - mrsrharris1ATgmail.com - 07732018204. 

City of Glasgow College

City Campus North Hanover Street (formerly College of Building &Printing)

60 North Hanover Street
Glasgow, G1 2BP

The Tower building is just across the road from the east side entrance to Queen Street station.  Nearest public parking - Buchanan Galleries.

 Mercy Ships

Imagine a ship crewed by doctors, nurses, water engineers and agriculturalists visiting some of the world’s poorest countries. Now imagine their life-changing services offered free of charge…

Right now dedicated volunteers from around the world are bringing hope and healing to thousands of people who could never have believed it possible. Welcome to Mercy Ships, a compassionate response to a world where many have lost hope.

The programme for 2014/15 is as follows:
   Annual General Meeting       Wednesday 12 February 2014
·    Review racing instructions    Charles Sutherland to organise meeting  
·    Spring Muster           17/18th May 2014 - Race Kip to Tarbert
·    Pursuit Race             14/15th June 2014 – Race / Cruise to Portavadie
·    Summer Muster       19/20th July 2014 - Craobh BBQ & Round Shuna Race
·    Autumn Muster        6/7th September 2014 – Race / Cruise to Rothesay
·    Bart's Bash            21st Sept. SYC registered & exploring options for participation
·    Frostbite Race        18th 2014 October  - Race Round Cumbrae
·    Annual Dinner          options to be considered and date confirmed
·    Curling                    seeking ice for 2015   

Membership review - Martin Yuill will be carrying out a review of our membership list.  Please respond to his requests for information promptly. 
Members should note there is a temporary hazard in the form of two large barges moored as a raft in the proximity of Kames Bay, Port Bannatyne towards the North West shores of Kames Bay.  These vessels may not be lit.  Please also beware of the outmost trot of permanent moorings if arriving at night and steering for the breakwater flashing red light. 
2013 Annual Dinner

Once more in the chic surroundings of the Blythswood Hotel, the dinner was the expected success. The speaker, club member Dr Simon Crawford now living and working as a gynaecological oncologist in Southampton, gave an illustrated talk describing his progress from sailing on the Clyde and on to his attempt at the Fastnet Race.

The trophy table, laden as is customary with silverware (which once again was buffed up by Mhairi Lalor)  bore a newly reactivated prize namely the Wooden Spoon which was conferred upon Stewart Toy for his recurrent failure to get his crew on Out Of the Blue up to the Serpent start lines in time.  The star prizewinners, Tom Hutchison and his Aquaholic crew regrettably were unable to be present to collect their substantial haul but those of lesser success were duly rewarded.

This photo shows Commodore Catherine Toy with Roisin and Paul Harris - who we were pleased to see looking well - and on her left, Dr Simon Crawford and his wife Pamela, also a doctor.

The next event is the Annual General Meeting at which point Catherine relinquishes command. She will be a hard act to follow.