At the end of 2019 Sailing for the Disabled received the rather surpricing message that the founder of a UK based charity similar to ours, had the intention to donate their yacht and assets. The reason behind it was quite sad as they were going through the process of winding down the charity. The donating charity Solway Adventure Sailing Club chose us because it was our charity that inspired them to initially set up the charity.
Unfortunately we are unable to run two boats and we had to decide to put "Solway Adventurer" up for sale.The yacht will be sold by sealed bid. The Terms of Sale for anybody interested can be found here.
After the all important AGM we had a lovely celebration, handing over last year’s introduced Sailing for the Disabled Endeavour Award. As previously mentioned, we have many committed members that deserve a big 'Thank you' for all they have done and this year’s winner is definitely one of them. Monica Clark has been, though a non sailing member, one of our most active members for decades. She has been Secretary for years but most people will know her as our dedicated Membership Secretary. Besides her official role she is always there to give advice or a helping hand. Her contribution has been and still is exceptional. Monica will have the award in her possession for a year. A smaller copy was handed over for Monica to keep. The award has been made by the Manx Workshop for the Disabled.
Congratulations Monica, very well deserved.
At the AGM held on Tuesday 29 September, which was attended by our Patron Sir Miles Walker and his wife Lady Mary, 30 members and 2 non members, the election of officers resulted in the following persons being elected to serve for 12 months.
- Chairman Paul Atkinson
- Vice chairman Carole Quayle
- Secretary Gerry Morley
- Treasurer Andrew Evans
- Committee members:
- Margaret Brierley
- Anthony Charnley
- Peter Crebbin
- Neil Johnson
- William Paterson
- Adrienne Sanderson
- Richard Wild
The new committee will have their first meeting Wednesday 21 October and further information on relevant matters will be released to the members via the website following this meeting.
Due to essential maintenance of the Douglas flapgate the inner harbour will be closed to all vessel traffic between Tuesday 05th October until 28th October 2020.
To be able to continue sailing we have decided to bring Pride of Mann III over to Peel. This gives you an opportunity to sail in a different area. So fingers crossed the Autumn weather will be kind and we will be able to show you the beautiful Western coastline of our island. Look for available dates on the sailing programme.
AGM to be held at 07.30 pm on Tuesday 29 September 2020 at tSt John Ambulance
Nomination forms for election of the new Committee were circulated last month. Details of the nominations can be downloaded 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, Woodvale Bradda Road, Port Erin, IM9 6QA before 12.00 noon on Monday 28th September 2020. Votes received after this time will not be accepted.
Also the Minutes of the 2019 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, 22th September 2020. If you are unable to attend the meeting, would you please let the Secretary know by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or by post.