The Centre’s Chairman, Roger Elliman, welcome Councillors Joop Duijf and Jon Street, Chairperson of East Preston Parish Council and Vice Chair of Rustington & respectively as well Members & their families to the 2017 AGM. Roger then gave the business report covering the seasons membership and financial progress while Rob (Elliott) reported on the season’s sailing. The 2017 Season saw the Centre’s Safety Boats and crews providing cover for a number of Off Site events including Raw Energy Pursuits Swim Events in the River Arun and these events along with running a Power Boat Level 2 and Safety Boat Course for Brighton Sailing Club and our own members raised circa £2.5k for the Centre. On Site Courses included a Race Training Week. 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 benefited from substantial Grant Aid from two West Sussex County Council Grants totalling £2.7k for which the Centre purchased a number of paddle boards which were used to great effect on both windless days on the sea and very windy days on the lake behind the Centre……Feva dagger boards were also replaced. The Centre passed its milestone 40th Birthday during the season which was celebrated with birthday cake cut by its longest serving volunteer John Ludwig, the Centre participated in the RYA’s Push the Boat out initiative and the Bart’s Bash Race in conjunction with the Arun Yacht Club. This season we attracted 16 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, the Centre being reliant on its own fund raising as its current membership income was not sufficient to cover fixed costs (Insurances/Rent/Rates/Power/Water), albeit the fuel costs have dramatically fallen with the new 4 stroke outboards purchase over the past two seasons.
The presentations followed the formal part of the meeting starting with Rob Elliott, the Centre’s new RYA Principle congratulating all the Members who had competed in the West Sussex Schools’ & Youth Sailing Association’s Travellers Series and Regatta and announcing the following RYA Scheme awards gained by Members:
Stage 1: Joe Boot, Oliver Lamb, Amelia Van Vliet as well 18 young Temporary “Oppies on the Lake” Members.
Stages 1 & 2: Phoebe Bowley, Abigail Brockhurst, Olivia Reardon, Lauren Stevens
Stages 1, 2 & 3: Cleo McQuillin
RYA Power Boat Level 2: Jamie Dadswell, Aerial Darling, Daniel Robinson
RYA Safety Boat: Max Clarke, Jack Gibbs, Nathan Shaw
RYA Small Craft 1st Aid: Edmund Kirkby-
RYA Assistant Instructor: Francesca Blondell, Jamie Dadswell, Megan Renson
RYA Instructor: Aerial Darling
Rob introduced Jon Street Vice Chairman of Rustington Parish Council to Present Sailing a Century Certificates to:
Double centuries: Megan Renson on 12th August 2017
2016 Season’s Overall Racing Awards to:
Bronze Medal: William Dadswell
Silver Medal: Megan Renson
Gold Medal & Trophy: Jamie Dadswell
Most Improved Girl Helm: Lauren Stevens
Most Improved Boy Helm: Riley Ford
Sailing Achievement Aerial Darling
Rob then introduced Councillor Joop Duif Chairman East Preston Parish Council to present the following trophies:
John’s Effort Trophy: Amelia Van Vliet & Abigail Brockhurst
Overall Achievement Trophy: Jamie Dadswell & Megan Renson
Russell Moore Memorial Trophy: Megan Renson
Littlehampton Town Mayor Willing Hands Trophy: Deni Harris
Blue Water Trophy: Roger Elliman
After the presentations the Councillors joined the members and families with a finger buffet and complimented the Centre on the fantastic opportunity it provides local youngsters in Sailing.