In June this year, a visiting RYA training company offered their free time to the charity and assessed some members for a certificate of competence. Fast forward three months and after lots of planning, four anxious aspirant
yachtmasters set sail for North Wales, wondering what they'd let themselves in for!
As there was forecast poor weather, our enthusiasm and perseverance were sorely tested but once we were in Deganwy and met Ian Thomas our instructor, we regained composure and confidence. We worked hard as a team to rehearse all the processes and manouvres that were likely to be part of the exams.
Two days of navigating, pilotage and boathandling, one day of reading the theory, and we were into the exams with strong winds and tides in unfamiliar surroundings! Our examiner was thorough but pleasant, asking us lots of questions and directing us to undertake actions and manouvres we'd| (luckily) rehearsed! Morning, noon and night, we returned to Deganwy to receive the news that we'd all passed.
So, now SFTD has more skippers more highly qualified to continue the good work of providing more sails for our members!
Our sincere apologies for the earlier article published with last years information, due to technical problems. Please find below the updated information.
At the AGM held on Thursday 26 September, which was attended by 24 members, the following matters were voted on; the details on the proposals were included with the notification of the AGM which was issued to members by the Secretary.
- Change to the Constitution Accepted The new constitution can be downloaded by clicking here
The election of officers resulted in the following persons being elected to serve for 12 months.
- Chairman Arne Dahn
- Vice chairman Neil Johnson
- Secretary Gerry Morley
- Treasurer Paul Atkinson
- Committee members
- William Paterson
- Adrienne Sanderson
- Carole Quayle
- Peter Crebbin
The new committee will be meeting in the near future and further information on relevant matters will be released to the members via the website following this meeting.
On Saturday 23th September we have a Flag Day collection at Port Erin. We are looking for some enthousiastic volunteers to make this day as succesful as the last one.
If you are willing to help, please get in touch with Adrienne or Margaret via firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Part 2 of the Awareness training will be on Sunday the 24th September and will be held on the boat Pride of Mann III. Part 2 is the more practical part of the awareness course and will be run by our Awareness Officer David Killey with assistance of Simon Lumb. This course provides the opportunity to give helpers practical advice and understanding of what is involved in working alongside disabled sailors.
Please contact David on 409345 to book places and for further information.
Nomination forms for election of the new Committee were circulated last month. Details of the nominations can be downloaded here. The proposed changes to the Constitution can be found here. If you are unable to attend the meeting and wish to vote by post, please complete the attached Postal Voting forms. This should be returned to the Secretary, Sailing for the Disabled, 36 Laurel Avenue, Onchan, IM3 3JF before 12.00 noon on Monday 25th September 2017. Votes received after this time will not be accepted.
Also the Minutes of the 2016 Annual General Meeting and the Agenda can be downloaded. Any questions to be raised under “Matters Arising” or “Any other business” must be notified in writing or by email to the Secretary no later than 12 noon, Tuesday, 19th September 2017. If you are unable to attend the meeting, would you please let the Secretary know by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or by post.