ERITH YACHT CLUB
GENERAL COMMITTEE MEETING
Date of Meeting Wednesday 1st November 2004 8.00pm
Chair Dudley Davies DD
` Chris Westwood ChW
Adrian Reeves AR
Ann Finck AF
Patrick Shanahan PS
George Mees GM
Alan Cooper AC
Val Torreggiani VT
Paul Gladden PG
Bob Taylor RT
Sarah Taylor ST
Iain Buckland IB 8.30
Colin Twyford CT 8.20
2. Apologies Mike Kemp MK
Colin Watson CW
3. Minutes 15th September 2004
Accepted and signed
4. Matters Arising
5. Officer of the Day
Russell Stevens son of Denzil Stevens was welcomed to the Club as a full member.
Proposed Dudley Davies Seconded Denzil Stevens
David Newbery was welcomed as a full member and his son, Oliver was welcomed
as a Youth Member of the Club.
Proposed Denzil Stevens Seconded Dudley Davies
a. On behalf of the Star Association Sidney Gascoyne asked for an endorsement
the General Committee to support their application for a grant of £5000
from Awards for All for suits of sails for the Stars. This endorsement was unanimously
agreed. The Commodore will write a letter to support this application.
b. Richard Everett requested that his vessel Pandora come on station in December.
c. Alan Hunt requested that Pranzo (class Pandora) come on station on 8th November
d. Don Palmer requested that the Club could be used as a venue for his wedding
to Maggie Knipe on 30th April 2005, which was agreed should the date not clash
with sailing or painting needs of the Club. AR to check the requested date.
e. Mast Crane and winch are now tested. Further testing in April 2005. Adrian
Reeves to be thanked for organising this matter to the financial benefit of the
September figures were given and accepted. Key money to be investigated.
The Committee were informed that the PLA assessment for fees until 2009 would
be £18,700 + VAT which would necessitate a considerable increase in Members
DD requested that the sum held in the Contingency Fund should be shown separately
from the funds of the Club. The Treasurer agreed this. IB
PS suggested that the Fund should be used as part of an ongoing programme to replace
aging Club equipment.
The Treasurer was concerned that the Club would run at a loss during the next
financial year due to the increased PLA fees and large sums that were requested
without forward planning. Fees suggested reflected these concerns. (Appendix A)
After due discussion and voting the following fees were agreed for the forthcoming
Fees agreed for 2005
Full Membership £140
Family Membership £210
Up-River Member £30
Cruiser on Station £320
Moorings (Half-Tide) £290
(Members will be notified by the Moorings Committee before January fees are due
if they are to be allocated a half-tide mooring.
Dinghy on Station £85
Joining Fee £50
Moorings Application £175
Contingency Fund £25
Trailer Unused £150
9. Wine Committee
a. VM reported that the profit margin in the bar was 27%, 2% above the set mark
of 25%. Members are thanked for their support of the Club bar.
b. £2000 has been swept into Club funds from the Bar Account.
a. RT reported a very successful sailing season. All cups were raced for and won.
b. Many thanks to Baz Elmes who was instrumental in the success of the season.
c. Ovens Buoy produced 15 entrants.
d. Final Foot-Mitchell was held in winds of up to 40knots. Some entrants opened
their eyes, others did not!
e. Approximately 17 entrants turned out for the Graham Taylor single-handed race.
f. The Sailing Committee was congratulated on its professional approach to the
g. Further inter-Club events may include a Bosun event together with Greenwich
h. Gravesend, Greenwich and Erith are soon to meet to discuss the future of the
i. Events have been held at nil cost to the Club.
j. Robert Taylor has notified the Committee that he does not intend to continue
as temporary Sailing Secretary next year and a Secretary is urgently needed. Please
k. Steve Davies has requested the presence of the Sailing Secretary at the next
l. Paul Gladden proposed a vote of thanks for the Sailing Committee, which was
a. DD requested further funding of £5000 above the figure estimated for
moorings for 2004 to sand blast the interior of the moorings barge. This was agreed.
b. The pump is ordered and delivery is awaited.
c. Club moorings are currently over subscribed prospective members may need to
be made aware of this situation.
d. Members should be made aware of the need to use Club equipment economically
and considerately and replace consumable items after use.
a. Gantries, mast crane and winch will be re-tested in April 2005
b. Mullens will commence slipway within the next two or three weeks (cost approx.
c. Work Sunday equipment is in hand
d. Jobs for Work Sundays are to be listed and posted about the Club. House Committee
would welcome suggestions for activities.
Contact Adrian Reeves or the Secretary.
e. PS expressed the need for Members with specific skills to offer their services
to the Club.
f. Some jobs are carried out during the week and volunteers for these teams would
g. Jobs and Team Leaders could be listed about the Club and volunteers join these
h. List of jobs for the season 2004 -2005 are listed. (Appendix B)
a. Annual Dinner to be held at the Leather Bottle on 13th November. Please contact
b. Ladies evening 12th November at Al Dente in Bexleyheath. Contact Sheila Hamilton
c. Laying up Supper 20th November. Richard Andrews is organising the musical entertainment.
Please contact him if you would like to join in with a contribution.
d. Children's Christmas Party list is open. Date: 27th November.
e. Book for the Christmas Lunch with Ann Finck as numbers are limited. 12th December.
f. Social Secretary is required for 2005, volunteers please contact the Hon. Secretary.
a. EYC Youth Member, Shane Butcher did well at Bough Beech and became overall
winner of the regatta. Weather conditions were appalling.
a. All comments concerning the Rules to be sent in writing to the Secretary by
b. Rules Committee to meet to discuss comments on 15th/16th November.
c. General Committee Meeting to discuss Club Rules at on 22nd November at 8pm
on Club ship Folgefonn.
a. It was proposed that adults would be offered theory training on Thursday evenings
for approximately an hour (7.30 - 8.30?) following a loose programme to be devised
by Paul Gladden with further suggestions from participants. It was suggested that
the sessions would carry a small fee (approx. £2 - £3.00 per session)
and participants could attend all or some of these evenings, which might extend
over approx. 8 weeks.
b. The Committee welcomed and agreed to this suggestion.
a. A draft plan has been resubmitted to the Planning Department for their perusal
b. Costs incurred to date by the Project Committee are shown on Appendix C.
a. Further adjustments to security system to be carried out on Work Sunday 7th
b. ST requested that the Committee might consider the purchase of a second Base
Station (£3,000) should funds become available. AC, who agreed that Harbour
Guard would alert Members to the presence of undesirables, endorsed this.
c. Members with HG are reminded that silent alarms need attention in order that
they do not trigger the base station unnecessarily.
Vic Mitchell reminded the Committee that many factors rested upon the need for
audited accounts eg: Amateur Sports Club status to reduce the rates etc. He was
requested to contact an auditor for an estimate of cost.
Meeting Closed: 11.05pm
Next Meeting: Mon 29th November 2004.
Please Note: DD has pointed out that only one person is licensed to use weed killer
for the Japanese Knotweed, Steve Brown.