Cruising Association of Ireland Annual General Meeting 2017 Howth Yacht Club 13 May 2017- 18:00
Present Top Table Clifford Brown, John Leahy, John Mc Inerney Simon Parker recorded minutes Minutes 2016 read Minutes: approved by Charlie Kavanagh and Mike Medcalf Commodore’s report proposed: Bryan Downey, Pearce Purcell Founder member Eamon Markey died this morning. Moment’s silence. Financial report 117 members; Online registration again available through STRIPE Membership fees from 118 members = 3540 euro Stock items: Wrote down ties 800 > 500 euro Weebly Web cost: 973 euro with 500 of that setup cost with 35 euro per month fee. A small part of what it could cost, hosting fee, design, mail…under the old system 2387 spent on promotion nationally. Our policy is to spend a proportion of income on promotion and activities leaving a good reserve. Rallies cost 880 hospitality for guests, including Liffey Rally at Dublin Port 3rd party Insurance: essential – 500 per annum Bank charges: increased with online banking. ASA affiliation fee 800 3 years ago, now 200. We will continue to support ISA cruising and vice versa Balance at start of year 8861 euro. We approved a spend in 2016/7 of some of our reserves to promote the Association and events. This left a balance at year end of 7280 euro. This was 1590 euro greater than income, but fully approved and costed by the committee.
It would help if fees paid in January and certainly before end March instead of through the year. Hon Sec to write to members. Members can pay three ways: Online, paypal, standing order. Prefer standing order in January. No need for paper – can do it online with most banks. Paper standing orders becoming harder to process. Not all members have online banking so their needs have to be accommodated. Future Plans Cliff Commodore: next year, want to solicit discounts from providers. Want an electronic membership card that still works with marinas and other suppliers. Thinks our finances are healthy, happy to continue spending on hospitality as past. Proposed: Pat Murphy, Brenda Kearns EVENTS 2016 Kish Rally NYC. This event well attended. 44 for dinner. Menai Cruise was excellent. Pat Murphy: meal in Conwy was great, certificates for children excellent idea. Cliff: Thanks to Bryan and Ann Downey for organising that. 2017 There is a non CAI Maritime festival, Liffey, June holiday. Greystones 10 June. Hoping for interest from West (Galway) via Pierce Purcell) Belfast Lough, June to July. 3 marinas looking forward to fleet. Leaving 12 July, might coordinate extended cruises. August North or South, Carlingford or Arklow September Three Bridges again.
Floor Are numbers limited for Belfast? Cliff: waiting list after 15 boats. Pat Murphy: Shame Greystones clashes with Drogheda maritime festival.
Election of officers One nomination for each post, so each deemed elected. Clifford Brown – Commodore (Charlie Kavanagh and Pierce Purcell) Vice: John McInerney (Clifford Brown and Aidan Coughlan) Treasurer: John Connolly (apologies- not present; Mike Medcalf, Charlie Kavanagh) Honorary Secretary: John Leahy (Pat Murphy, Bryan Downey) Committee: Bryan Downey, Liam Schweppe, Dennis Woods, Fred Mc Collum , Charlie Kavanagh
Proposal: Eventbrite for all registrations Alternative means of registration cause administrative confusion, so only EventBrite registration will be accepted. Convenient for administration. Can accept email in extremis, but you need a good reason. Pat Murphy: Notify missing people by email – ie no shows. Unacceptable not to turn up without notice. Discussion: Registration of Yachts Cliff: Same convoluted nonsense from Marine Survey Office about the cost for oil tankers versus the needs of leisure sailors. Cliff currently going through it for a new boat. Can’t fly an Irish ensign without being on the Irish Register. Get boat official number wooden plaque, name instructions. Registration papers are the important thing. Need scantlings, planned, may require survey in water and out of water. No type approval – each boat considered individually. Easy enough to do in Ireland (floor) if the boat is new or newish and has paper trail to original owner. Otherwise can be difficult or even impossible. Pat Doherty did it 10 years ago, 1200 euro. Complex. Has this stopped? Answer- No, still that difficult procedure. Pierce Purcell (ISA) Working on a streamlined replacement for leisure, but very slow. Keep up the pressure on Marine Survey Office through ISA. Strong views expressed, no dissent. We can’t be legal without registration. Register in UK online for £500, but you are then a visiting boat in Ireland. 90% harbours in France fine, but 10% cause all the problems.
Lobster Pots Why don’t the Department of the Marine devote the same attention to lobster pots? Radio license: Most probably have short range certificates, and should upgrade to part 2 DSC certificate. Need six to do a course. Cost around 200 euro.
Floor: Had a British license, bought boat here, tried to change station license, wouldn’t accept British license. Good experience with practical Irish exam, much higher standard. ISO or IMO standard. Simon: Good radio procedure is important. Committee: Will organise some VHF training in the winter. Charlie Kavanagh: John Leahy and I could run navigation refreshers. AOB Simon Parker: What about the CAI in South West of Ireland? John O’Keefe suggested by Pearse. Nothing happening at the moment. John Leahy: North contact (David Meeke) only just heard of our plans for this year’s cruise. Must maintain contact with NI. Pat O’Donohue: Catering in Royal Ulster is spectacular. Agreed. Pat Murphy: Belfast - Nordic, tender to Titanic, does good food Awarded Fitzpatrick Salver to Mike Medcalf for circumnavigation. Derek spoke in memory of Eamon Markey Charlie: on behalf of visiting boats, thanks to John McInerney for arranging favourable rates. There being no other business the meeting concluded at 1845 John Leahy Hon Sec