Annual General Meeting 2023 – Report

Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club hosted this year’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday 4 March 2023. About 35 members attended and the formal proceedings got under way at 17:40.

Commodore Simon Parker welcomed everyone and recalled the big 20th anniversary celebration the previous year. He described some of the highlights of 2022’s summer season from the Kish Rally in April to the Three Bridges Rally in September.

The winter programme included the end of season dinner in November, six Zoom webinars and a tour of the Irish Lights Vessel Granuaile. We also ran a photography competition and started a new cooking competition. Informal club night chats are continuing every Wednesday in our Zoom room and members are welcome to drop in.

Simon thanked the committee that has been working for the Association all year, particularly Conor Lindsay and Pat McCormick who will not be staying on in 2023. He also acknowledged notable contributions by ordinary members including John Leahy, Charlie Kavanagh and Kevin Cardiff.

Secretary Pat Egan read the minutes of the previous meeting on 26 March 2022. Treasurer Mike Kelly presented the Association’s financial statements on behalf of the committee and thanked scrutineers Bryan Downey and Gerry Dunne for their thorough examination. Our income continues to exceed expenditure by a modest amount, and we maintain a healthy reserve.

Membership numbers are stable, with renewal income about the same as this time last year. Mike appealed to those members who pay during the summer to bring their standing orders back to January. Simon read a list of the names of the many new members who have joined us during the year and encouraged everyone to make them welcome.

This year the committee decided to award the Fitzpatrick Salver to Kevin Cardiff. After a late start in sailing he has learned to handle his eye-catching junk-rigged yacht Long Time very well, usually sailing single-handed and setting a fine example to us all. He is a regular and enthusiastic participant at sailing and social events. He has used his photography and web design skills to assemble movies and slide shows and curate the online resource page on the website.

Paul Fay presented the results of the Photography Competition 2023. 38 still photographs and four videos were submitted, and the judges chose to award prizes for five photographs and one video. The winners who were present took away mounted prints of their winning entry and a voucher for CH Marine. The rest of the prizes will be distributed as soon as possible, and all the entries will be available on the website. Before and after the AGM the projector was used to present a slideshow.

Eleven candidates were nominated for eleven posts on the incoming committee so all were deemed elected. Simon welcomed the two new members Aidan Coughlan and Ross Cahill-O’Brien and thanked all the volunteers. Finally, Simon described our plans for 2023, from the Irish Sailing Conference in March to the Three Bridges Rally in September including cruises to the Inner Hebrides and to south west Ireland.

The meeting ended at 18:50 and the decks were cleared for the buffet dinner. We enjoyed a hot and generous meal with plenty of choice. Members chatted on into the evening to round off an enjoyable and social event. Many thanks to the staff of DMYC and the caterer for their excellent hospitality.

The event page on the website has links to all the documents and reports.