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  1. Wow, a great email from Graham. My honest view is that the IOM Class has nothing to lose and much to gain. It may also help the MYA Council refocus on what it's priorities are and restructure accordingly. So we have another Gang of Four! Go for it Keith
  2. Hi Brad I did recognise that the DF classes do not have a baggage of history that other classes do have and it is therefore easier. In simple terms I was trying to demonstrate that where there is a will there is a way. If I came across as gleaming? or seeming to be a smart a**e then I apologise Keith
  3. Morning Graham To answer your question the DF Racing UK CA has been developed to support the two Dragon boats and is not focussed on the RG65. Our work however has been done with the full involvement of Mark Dicks as CC RG65 and his colleagues. The RG65 Class is organising its own Traveller Series (which DF65 boats can enter if they wish) The DF Racing registrar is also managing the RG65 registration but this gives the opportunity to maintain separate data for the boats. It is honestly not difficult, as always it just needs a few people ŵith enthusiasm. I hope this helps Cheers Keith
  4. I am a stong advocate of Class Associations. Only with that structure will classes that have enthusiasm from within prosper and grow.. it should be recognised that some of the 'old' national classes and maybe international classes may struggle to find support. As such the classes will find their own level of activity and support. It should also be recognised that the scene is changing with the arrival of the New Classes. Since leaving the MYA organisation I have volunteered to work with John Tushingham to look to create a strong Class Association for the 65 and 95. I do recognise that as restricted classes things are somewhat simple however ...We have in a couple of months put together a Class committee with John as President (World) great title! We have a Chairman/Secretary, Racing Officer, Membership Officer and Registrar and a Publicity Officer/Webmaster. This enthusiastic Gang of Four have created DF Racing UK CA representing both boats. We have a draft constitution, Class SSI's a Traveller series for 2017 for both boats (work almost complete) along with Nationals for both boats. All done in a couple of months. Our registration data shows the strength of both boats in terms of ownership and number of MYA Clubs sailing fleets regularly. We are so passionate we are taking a Class Association stand at the 2017 Dinghy Show. Maybe time to stop talking and get on and make things happen. BTW Brad''s comments show how well he understands hoŵ things should work Keith
  5. A low profile comment. When I saw the motions with no explanation it seemed to me it would be very difficult to vote on the information provided. Gosport have commented using their interpretation, in the past motions have had supporting comment as to why proposed. For Garry and others. The AGM is in Birmingham meaning long distance travel for far flung clubs. Hence the opportunity for 'postal votes' Hence the need for explanation on motions proposed. However for those that do attend the AGM as representatives of their clubs they have the opportunity to vote (on behalf of their clubs not personally) following any discussions on motions proposed. Not ideal but has worked in the past. Some explanation would help even at this late stage Hope this helps Keith
  6. I would like to thank Damian for the regular updates on the IOM Nats racing at West Kirby, at times I felt as if I were there Great stuff, thanks for making the effort which is not 'taken for granted'. Of course congratulations to Brad Cheers Keith
  7. Good evening Mike Is this what you are looking for?. Posted July 2015 Damian's main point was to ask for volunteers as an editor No response to date after several requests. I have promised you in a personal email that the issue of costs will be considered at the next Council meeting So please do not prejudge the issue I also asked for your positive responses on how to deal with this problem, nothing so far We genuinely are trying to do our best I have offered to speak to you face to face as members of the same club but again no response Regards Keith Chairman MYA Acquaint Editor – The Roles and Responsibilities The Editor is a member of the MYA Council and attends all meetings. The Editor is responsible for delivering three magazines each year The post has a close working relationship with the print and design support function A journalistic background is not essential but good communication skills at all levels is required The Editor should ideally have good experience of the sport with good contacts in most classes and around the Districts. However this will grow with time in the job. Ideally the person will have sufficient time to attend national championships at least and be willing to travel. Standard articles for most editions Editors Column Chairman’s Column News in Brief Development officer (when there is something new to say that cannot be covered in News in Brief) Race Officer who will always provide material if asked but again may be covered by short announcements in NIB Class reports. These are obtained from Class Captains. Usually will have to be written by the editor as the result of telephone ‘interviews’. They do not need to appear in every issue but should certainly be included in the autumn issue as a round-up of the year’s activities. International Officer. Updates from International and European events and any comment of IRSA or ISAF issues. Usually obtained via a telephone interview National results. Probably already detailed on the MYA Website. However worth recording for those who have not viewed the web. Should include competent photography. Only the nationals. There is no space for more. Classic column. Just a short piece so that we don’t forget our roots. Literally a column Other material much of which can be ‘stocked’ ahead of time. Include something practical – we still have a lot of builders in our community. Class profiles. One per issue. Can be prepared in advance and stocked ready for publication Do something that promotes the MYA Include updates on Vane Racing. Anthony Warren is CC Always include a piece for beginners. It may not always be about sailing – Remember that not everyone is a national class skipper and the language may be baffling at times. Provide links to the website whenever you can, extending articles and their related picture galleries by carrying them through to on-line supplements. (There is a logo for this purpose that appears in any article that has a supplement. Sometimes we include a piece about the wider world where there is an interest amongst members – the America’s Cup for example. Something unusual; if humorous even better. The key to all of this is to have good contacts, an ear to the ground and report on the new whenever possible. KC\CS July 2015
  8. Morning Stewart Two Islands is based in Milton Keynes, just Google Two Islands RYC. We do sail Wednesday mornings and Sunday mornings so regrettably we may not suit your needs. Abington Park Club tend to race on Saturdays so may be more suitable. Again Google Abington Park MYC for detail Keith
  9. Hello My club Two Islands has allocated 6 sailing days in 2016 where we don't race as usual but look for fun formats of sailing/racing The formats may help the less experienced or can just be different eg team racing Have any members got any ideas that you can pass on to help with our fun day concept please Many thanks Keith
  10. Hi Mark A couple of points. The 2016 Calendar is close to being finalised and as such is not yet officially published. However an interim copy can be found on the KB in the AGM 2016 documents. That was published as part of Bill's report to the AGM When the calendar, a very complicated document is finalised we will publish it in its proper place on the web. That should be soon Call me if you want help finding the interim version Cheers Keith
  11. Hi Dave I look forward to the views of members following your post. But..briefly I can confirm that MYA council have not at any time discussed the 95 boat or considered offering affiliation This is to put the record straight Keith MYA Chairman
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