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Happy New Year Everyone

From John Owens (District Councillor)

Happy New Year everyone!

Planning is progressing with the organisation by Richard Ennos (PRO) and his team of the UK IOM Ranking 1 & 2 at Castle Semple on 6th and 7th April. This is a premier event in the UK sailing calendar with many top skippers attending. It would be great to see a strong Scottish contingent of skippers. As such, you are encouraged to enter as soon as possible.

If you are not going to sail, then could you lend your support with the event race team? If so, please contact Richard Ennos as soon as possible. Whatever your circumstances, it would be great to see as many Scottish skippers at the event (competing, race team or spectating).

All the very best
John

AGM 2018 Proposal

At the AGM, it was proposed by the Chairman that all members of the District should carry a Personal Medical Information form in their tool box or other convenient location at all times while sailing or taking part in District and/or Club activities. The form holds essential contact information and relevant personal medical information. Personal_medical_info_form

Change of date for 2018 AGM

Following consultation with the SD Committee and MYA-SD Club Secretaries, it has been agreed that the MYA Scottish District AGM will be held at the Royal Tay Yacht Club, Dundee on Saturday 10th November 2018 (not 27th October as shown in the 2018 calendar).

Doors will open at 09:30am and the AGM will start at 10:00am. Further details and request for motions will be forthcoming from Cathy Reid.

Richard Rowan receives the 2014 MYA Syan Award

At the 2014 MYA AGM, Richard Rowan received the Syan Award from the MYA President Derek Priestley. This prestigious award, in memory of Peter Maskell, was created to
recognise an individual (or group) who has made an outstanding contribution to model yachting.

For many years, Richard tirelessly worked behind the scenes on MYA Council as the MYA IT Officer. Most, if not all of the IT databases that underlie the administration of the MYA and support the website, Members Area and Knowledge Base were designed, developed and maintained by Richard.

An excellent example of innovative facilities introduced by Richard for MYA members is the convenience of the on-line registration for competitors to enter race events. The stability of these systems lies testament to Richard’s attention to detail, diligence and the hours of his own time that this required. In addition, Richard has provided sterling service to members of the MYA Scottish District by designing and maintaining the Scottish District website. Initially he ran the website himself but latterly he provides a service to the Scottish District Committee and Clubs by promptly loading the material with which he is provided. A rough estimate would be ~150 updates a year (reports, pictures, scoresheets, etc.)

In 2014 Richard stood down from his role of IT Officer on MYA Council but continues to be involved through his recent nomination as Scottish District Councillor. Richard is a regular competitor on the Scottish Radio Sailing scene. It should not be forgotten that he has a high level radio sailing career having represented Ireland at World Championship level. Thus, it is not surprising that he has a reputation as a tough skipper to beat on the water. However, he has never lost sight of his roots and recently ran a fleet of Micro-Magic boats to demonstrate the allure of the sport and encourage others into our sport with a hands-on experience.

In conclusion, Richard Rowan is a fitting recipient of the 2014 MYA Syan Award.

The Scottish District welcomes 4 new clubs

The Scottish District welcomes 4 new clubs to the District. These comprise a new Scottish club – Kinghorn Radio Sailing Club located in Fife and the 3 Northern Ireland clubs who were previously affiliated through the Northern District – Belfast Waterworks MBC, Carrickfergus MBC and East Down Yacht Club. These clubs have been added to our website. They can also be found on the MYA Clubs list.

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