AGM and 20th Anniversary Celebration – Report

There was standing room only in the Centenary room at Howth Yacht Club. About forty members attended the Annual General Meeting, and the hour passed quickly with formal reports and lighter presentations.

Vincent Lundy reviewed the association’s activities during the previous years. Bryan Downey presented financial and membership reports, both of which showed significant growth.

Cliff Brown announced that the recipient of the Fitzpatrick Salver is Terry Rowlands, a popular member who rarely misses an event.
Winners of the Photography competition were announced next, and the winning entries were displayed at the meeting and in the dining room later. Overall winner was Derek Coffey with a dynamic shot of a yacht passing the Baily.
The last item was the election of the committee for 2022. All the committee’s candidates were elected unopposed. Flag officers’ burgees were presented to the incoming Commodore Simon Parker and Vice Commodore John Murphy.

In the dining room later, 61 people sat down to a fine three-course meal while a big screen showed photographs from the competition. After the main course Simon Parker ran through the first twenty years of the association including the websites, finance, membership and cruises.

As the narrative reached the end of each Commodore’s term Vincent Lundy presented a gift to the Commodore or a representative: an individually engraved crystal decanter. We are grateful to them all for helping the Association on its way.

The final act of the evening acknowledged the creative genius of Mike Medcalf. In gratitude for the hilarious short videos which lifted our spirits during the first Covid lockdown, we presented him with an Oscar.