AGM Report

The Centre’s Chairman, Roger Elliman, welcome Councillors Ian Buckland, Littlehampton Town Mayor, Alison Cooper &

Joop Duijf, Chairpersons of Rustington & East Preston Parish Councils respectively as well Members & their families to the 2016 AGM. Roger gave a brief rundown, accompanied by a photographic display of the 2016 Season. With the co-operation of the David Chase who holds the concession for boating on the Lake, the introduction of sailing Oppie dinghies on Mewsbrook Lake to youngsters aged from six which had been very well received and will become a regular feature on the 2017 Programme. The Power Boat & First Aid courses run by the Centre for primarily older Members and Parents who wish to join in & support the Instruction & safety Teams. The 2016 Season saw the Centre’s Safety Boats and crews providing cover for a number of Off Site events such as the Arundel Festival Dragon Boat Race & Raw Energy Pursuits Swim Events in the Arun & these events along with running a Power Boat Level 2 Course for Brighton Sailing Club raised circa £2k for the Centre. On Site Courses included Race Training Week & an Instructors Course which saw a number of the older Members gaining a range of qualifications. None of this was possible without the band of willing Parents who’s help on the Beach with launching & recovery is invaluable and the number of Coaching & Safety Volunteers who give their time week on week to ensure the Centre can continue to offer the exciting sport of Dinghy sailing at an affordable price to many young people of the area. The Centre was again unable to attract a BCU Coach so sadly the Centre has had to cease offering kayaking, which had been on offer at the Centre since it’s foundation in 1977. Several kayaks were donated to local Scout groups & some were sold, a sad end to the tradition of kayaking at the Centre. Although our membership was in the low 40’s this season we did manage to attract 18 new youngsters to the Centre who will hopefully form the backbone in future years. We are going to be heavily reliant on the Oppie sessions to bring in new youngsters next season with the demise of both local authority initiatives of SPACE week and Oscar sessions. Membership income was not sufficient to cover fixed costs (Insurances/Rent/Rates/Power/Water).

The presentations followed the formal part of the meeting starting with Rob Elliott, the Centre’s Chief RYA Instructor congratulated all the Members who had competed in the West Sussex Schools’ & Youth Sailing Association’s Travellers Series and Regatta the announced the following RYA Young Sailors Scheme awards gained by Members:

Stage 1:  Olivia Beek, Jackson Chandler, Noah Downs, Nathan Golding, Mat’I Macioszek, Jack Marden, Hannah Mepstead, Joshua Trew.

Stages 2: Sebastian Wattam. Start Racing: Francesca Blondell, Jonny Brown, William Dadswell, Aerial Darling, Bradley & Daniel Robinson.

Sailing with Spinnakers: Francesca Blondell, Jonny Brown, Jamie & William Dadswell, Aerial Darling, Daniel Robinson, Thomas Shorten.

Seamanship Skills: Edmund Kirkby-Bott

RYA Power Boat Level 2: Aerial Darling, John Elliott, Laura Elliott, Megan Renson, Wayne Robinson.

RYA Small Craft 1st Aid: Max Clarke, Katrina Halsey, David Holmes, Gareth Hughes, Gaynor Kirby, Elle Hunter, Steve Pilkington

RYA Instructor and Race Instructor Max Clarke, Sam Hughes, Edmund Kirkby-Bott

Alison Cooper (Chairman Rustington Parish Council) Presented

Sailing a Century Certificates to: Francesca Blondell on 31/08/16 and George Myers on 26/06/16

Double centuries Max Clarke on 19/06/16, Jamie Dadswell on 04/09/16, and Lauren Hunter on 11/05/16

2016 Season’s Overall Racing Medals to: Bronze Francesca Blondell, Silver William Dadswell, Gold & Trophy Jamie Dadswell.

Councillor Joop Duijf (Chairman East Preston Parish Council) presented:

Most Improved Boy Helm Bradly Robinson,  Sailing Achievement Francesca Blondell,

Councillor Ian Buckland, Littlehampton Town Mayor to presented

John’s Effort Trophy Daniel Robinson  

Overall Achievement Trophy William Dadswell,

Russell Moore Memorial Trophy Elle Hunter,  

Littlehampton Town Mayor Willing Hands Trophy Richard Renson Blue Water Trophy Richard & Megan Renson

After the presentations had all been made Councillor Alison Copper thanked the Centre for inviting her, saying it would the last time she could attend in her official role as Chair of Rustington PC and congratulated everybody at the Centre for everything that was being done to provide such a great introduction to Sailing for young people.

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