Minutes - Sailing Committee Meeting
Date: September 9 2019
Attending: Gareth Griffith, Uta Griesenbach (chair), Mike Jones, Dave Simpson, Peter Halliday, Nigel Thompson, Jonathan Leake, Nick Marley
Apologies: Simon Bean, Dave Baldwin, Alexis Villier
Minutes prepared by Uta Griesenbach
Mixed fleet training initially suggested by Peter Halliday and delivered by Mike Storey was very well received. Look into possibilities to extend this on some Saturdays throughout the winter
Look into feasibility of running a mixed fleet training course over a week or maybe two weekends
Uta to discuss with Mike Storey or other potential trainers
Uta to discuss with Jonathan re getting coach in and potential costs
RS200: Winter series was a success and will be repeated in 2019/20
RS400 may enjoy a similar winter series on alternate weekends.
Solo/Streaker open – considering the forecast the turnout was good and all sailor enjoyed the racing. In general, we may need to improve on advertising in a timely fashion. Assignments of roles and responsibilities needs to be discussed and agreed. Peter H has resigned as fleet captain and successor needs to be found.
It was Aeros: growing fleet. Currently we don’t have a separate start, but will keep reviewing this
Topper winter and summer training was a great success in 2018/19. Having a large number of topper on the start line requires some more patience from adult sailors. Please raise any major concerns with Uta
Dates have been circulated by Nick M
Added as agenda item to next meeting
Dave B’s new design for T-pontoon is working a treat
Dave to consider designs for the other pontoons
Dave B constructed a training aid for trysail and sailing school.
Aid was a great success this summer, but mounted Oppie disappeared.
Sorry, but not sure re follow up. To be discussed at next meeting
Events in 2019
Push the Boat out
Aug 3 IB 60th bday event was a great success
Topper training courses in October halfterm are being booked
Training courses for kids beginners
Fevas: try to grow fleet.
Repeat in 2020. Date to be decided
Notice from organisers to confirm date came in too late for IBRSC to advertise widely. Happy to participate in 2020 if given enough notice
Advertise barts bash too late to advertise widely as happening Sept 14/15. To little notice from organisers
Thank you to Rob P, Mike J, Tessa G for help with organisation
Ben to organise a week during halfterm. The experience and income will then be used to discuss plans for 2020
Reminders to all race officers to contact team well before the duty
Remind all members about last launch times in summer and winter
Done in summer, but redo for winter by Uta
Done in summer, but redo for winter by Uta
Welfare Officer update
Incident dealt with – comment between students
Few instructors need DBS, safe and fun. Ray responsible for sorting this for junior sailing school
Course organisers need to plan ahead if bringing in externals
Ray L dealt with this and no further action required
To be reviewed ahead of training activities in 2020
RYA inspection was conducted in October. Nigel is working through comments and actions and will update asap
Nigel to update
We need a more coordinated approach for investments into the club fleet. All agreed that appointment of a grant officer would be important and Ben Kimbell has agreed to become grant officer
Key point: we need to prepare a 3-5 year development plan and determine strategic applications for grants and decide what boats we would like to focus on
In addition, we should inquire whether TW may fund electronic dates or new boiler (to prevent legionella infection)
Solos: What to do with club Solos. They are not used much and if used seem to have problems
Nigel T has agreed to lead on this and will feed back
PB2 Instructor training
VHF course in 2020
AI and DI courses in 2020
First aid course
Dave S and Alexis to advice on next steps
Ben K to lead discussion
Jonathan L is organising
It was generally agreed that costing structure for open meetings and all training events needs to be reviewed
Uta is organising a meeting in Oct/Nov 2019
Nothing to report.
Nick to update
2019 Feedback/planning meeting is scheduled
Mike J to report back
Did not attend in September, but IB keen to hear views
Byelaws have been amended to allow ≥16 year old to handle winch, but competence has to be assessed. Uta to send out an email and assess competency
Decision has now been reversed following an incident. Only adults will be allowed to handle winch.
Jonathan to put up signs
It has been agreed to appoint an “on land” safety officer for all large opens and all major IB events.
The committee also agreed to remind all sailors that the decision to sail is down to the individual sailor. For under-18s the decision rests with parents and carers who should consult with the race officer if uncertain and be ready to help with safety boats if requested.
Post meeting note: