A word from our new UK president
Photo Courtesy of Emma Cooke
What a great National championship we have just enjoyed hosted by Royal Torbay, friendly welcome ( except the from the Harbour officials) and great help with launching etc. I reckon it took less than 40 mins to launch 43 boats and escort them out of the entrance.
A big thanks to James Phare for making this happen and getting reports out to the media.
Congratulations to Simon Payne who has a habit of making the most difficult conditions look easy. No pressure Si but a Euros win gives you the box set ! Also thanks to our non UK participants, Arnuad, Mikas and Giovanni.
Since the AGM we have several new committee members and several who have stepped down, a huge thanks to those who served the class so well. Katherine Knight, Tim Ollerenshaw and Alex Adams. Stepping up to take on the vacant roles are Ben Paton as Fixtures, and Graham Simmonds as Sec. We have created a new role for Simon Reynolds who is in charge of finding sponsors and publicity attached to that. Note that all three have been in the class less than a year and are willing to offer their time to the association, Moth sailing is like a drug, you just can’t get enough!!
So the committee members are as follows —
President: Mike Lennon
Secretary / Treasurer and Membership secretary: Graham Simmonds
Fixtures: Ben Paton
Sponsorship: Simon Reynolds
Publicity: Mike Cooke
UK Web: Helen Rollinson / Phillippe Oligario
General member: Ricky Tagg
We are in a very fortunate position thanks to the work of those who went before us, of having a growing class both numerically and in stature with the larger sailing community. Our aim must be to capitalise on this position, to push Moth sailing into new areas of the country and help in the establishment of new and bigger fleets. We are currently working out ideas to try and achieve this end. Currently the class finances are very limited and don’t allow much room for any creative moves to help thing move along or promote the class effectively. The move at the AGM to raise the subs will help a little in this respect, and we will be working in other areas to try to raise funds to enable us to promote the class, and offer some value to paid up class members.
We will be setting ourselves some ambitious targets and no doubt will be hoping to co-opt members who have particular skill to help with the work load. We may fail to deliver some of what we hope to achieve but that shouldn’t stop us trying.
I will attempt to keep the class informed of what is going on and I hope to publish a set of goals after our first committee meeting scheduled for next week.
Many UK boats are off to the Europeans next Month which judging by the entry list looks more like a worlds. Good luck to all who attend and I hope we have a UK based European champ !
Ricky Tagg has very kindly volunteered to look into shipping for the Belmont Worlds, anyone interested should contact him so he can go to the shipping companies in good time. There are some quite strict criteria regarding box sizes and timing. So best let Ricky know ASAP if you want in. It will make your life so much easier if you do !
Ben and Ricky are currently looking into likely venues for Nationals and open meetings for the next couple of years and suggestions for kick ass locations especially for Nationals would be welcome. We are a difficult class in many respects requiring easy launching and space to turn over, plus sheltered waters to ensure it doesn’t all get a bit epic.
I hate to say it but the best place for Moth sailing I can think of is Portland harbour — It ticks all the boxes. Can you think of better ? If so let us know. Ben is is working on some great ideas’ for a revamped race circuit and I really think we can hit the 50 plus club at next years Nationals.
The venue will be key but also encourage your club mates to come along, we will try and work on some ideas to encourage those who don’t normally travel to join in. Fifty plus puts us back on the map as a serious class numerically speaking and may prompt those who see us as a side show to look again.
More to follow soon.