17 October 2017
Minutes of the 67th Annual General Meeting of the Junior Offshore Group held at the University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR on Saturday 11th November 2017.
Present: David McGough (President),Peter Cover (Captain), Jo Farquhar (Vice Captain) Dougie Leacy (Vice Captain), Jo Chugg (Hon Treasurer), Nick Barlow (Secretary), Mary McGough, Peter Chartres, Sandie Chartres, Fiona Cloke, Jonathan Rolls, Rob Hillman, George Beevor, Deb Fish, Kathy Claydon, Simon Hunt, David Cooper, Dianne Cooper, Ruth Coll, Emma Vale, Colin Woodruff, Tim Octon, Tim Hare, Keith Richards, Mark Wynter, James Collingwood, Bill Wyatt, Stuart Lawrence, Martin Banfield, Richard Palmer, Peter Chugg, Andy Hill, Martin Perry, Don Jones Apologies for absence were received from, Brian & Maggie Yeomans, Tom Flint, Tim & Frances Lester, Oliver Barlow, Chris Burliegh, Mike Thompson & Leslie Brooman The meeting was opened at 1800 and the President welcomed everyone to the 67th Annual General Meeting. Minutes of the 66th Annual General Meeting: It was noted that not all members present had seen a copy of the 66th AGM minutes and that they would be posted on the JOG website for approval at the 68th AGM. This was accepted by the members as a pragmatic solution. Honorary Members. The Honorary Members as presented by the Secretary were re-elected. It was proposed that Jo Chugg is made an Honorary Membership of JOG to recognise her contribution to the Group over many years. This was proposed by Peter Cover and seconded by Dougie Leacy. This received a unanimous vote. The Captain presented Jo with a box of Chocolates to mark the occasion. Treasurer’s Report. The Honorary Treasurer, Jo Chugg, presented the accounts for the year ending 31st October 2017. Copies of the accounts were circulated to those present. We currently have £40,000 on deposit which allows us to have free banking. Membership remains steady and the Treasurer wished to thank our Sponsors. Where possible we have managed costs by reducing travel and using technology for communications. This year we have spent additional funds on the new website development and hand over from the outgoing Secretary to the incoming secretary has had a small impact. The Captain thanked the Treasurer for her continued hard work. Captains Report. A very warm welcome to the AGM and Prize-Giving Ball from all of us on the JOG Committee. In an environment where there is real ‘event congestion’ and where other clubs in the Solent and elsewhere are becoming more adept at marketing often with commercial partners and bigger budgets than us, I think we can say we have had a pretty good year. Some headline entry stats: Total entries 658, made up of 218 in Cat 3 and 440 in Cat 4. Once again racing has been close but as always the JOG joie de vivre has ensured great competition, interesting courses and a sociable atmosphere ashore. None of this happens without a lot of commitment from your committee and indeed our sponsors, both commercial organisations and private members who go a long way towards funding our finish parties. If you know an organisation that would like to get on board with JOG and can make a modest contribution let us know. Many thanks to the race start and finish teams - at Cowes a big thank you to Peter and Sandie for their coordination and work on trophy administration and set-up. Prize winners please note, we need your signatures after presentation and we have arranged for cloakroom checking so they remain secure. As with last year the weather hasn’t always co-operated and difficult decisions have been made by our Secretary in consultation with others of us as a result – we didn’t get to Poole but did get two good Solent races in before Sunday’s blast arrived in full and berthing/shoreside arrangements were put in place by Nick. Regrettably the St Quay Portrieux race was cancelled as entries did not make it viable but we did at least attract more entries for the Vectis alternative which turned out