2019 AGM Minutes
Date: 9th January, 2019
Location: Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron
Chairman: Josh McKnight
Attendees: Stacey jackson, John Genders, Josh McKnight, James Hallam, Ben Newling,
Warren Sarre, Andrew McDougall, Les Thorpe, Andrew Sim, Reece Tailby, Ian Sim, Luka
Damic, Nick Deussen, Grant Rollerson, Brent Pearson and Dad, Kirsten Norris, Charlie, Rob
Greenhalgh, Matthew Chew, Keagan York, john rae, chris eddes, paul lovejoy, grahame
prosset, evan gauci, ryan Kelly hayden virtue
Meeting Opened @ 10:05am
Introduction: President’s Report
Interclubs sailing and club racing with new introduction of Bieker moths
Facebook has increased new following and social media channel awareness has seen growth Numbers of registrations are similar to Wangi National even
Not many Australian boats attended worlds in Bermuda, lowest attendance rate in a few years
VIC- AMAC- similar to last year, Max from perth has joined for 2019, not much racing but
plenty if development to the gear
TAS- John G- about 3 sailors- prepping for Perth Worlds
SA- No fleet- some boats mucking around- people cant find the time or spot to race
QLD- James H- some boats in Mackay- not a lot of racing, locals off doing other club events
NSW- steady with interclub racing and numbers, losing some numbers a bit says Luka,
Balmoral is increasing
WA- Nick D, Good year with acceleration due to perth worlds approaching, 15-20 boats, old
people coming out of retirement so considerably healthy fleet Perth Worlds
Major sponsor on board contributing money
Date change was a major issue
Locked in 18th Dec
NOR will be released in approaching weeks
Pick of the weather and river so promising event
Drained most of the account by applying the subsidy
Looking to remove the subsidy to keep the account healthy
Replace with promoting the class, e.g beers after racing
Not performing the way it was initially intended for
Rob – who does subsidy go to? A- state qualification and minimum 2 years membership
Intention was to attract people to events, but it is not enough at the moment
Container helps to attract a momentum of numbers
Travel subsidy discussion - going to the worlds in Perth would probably drain most of
the accounts if we kept that. Open to suggestions about what else we could do, eg,
putting on more local events to try to grow the class at the local level, eg a bbq or try
a moth day etc.
Luka said: What about a subsidy for a container to ship stuff across?
Nick’s boat only cost $300 on air road express.
AMAC - sending a container of wasps was about $7k - only worth it if you’re sending
like 40 boats at once. Might be worth the association getting in touch with a shipping
company and getting a fixed price organised. Might be $800 return from Sydney so
might be worth looking at a container then.
Agreed that travel subsidy to be removed John proposed and Les seconded
AMAC proposed and Warren Sarre seconded
Last year had drop off in numbers
Loss for the year, $5000 to Perth for funding to the worlds
$1300 paid out in travel subsidy for the year
Payment of memberships? People only tend to pay if they come to an event as
opposed to being a part of the association
Les: Do we want to look at venues increasing drops in the racing?
Unfair at the moment for racing due to marine life
Rob: 2 races a day instead of 3?
Matt: How many drops?
Les: 2 drops
Les: Perhaps it can be included in future sailing instructions
Kegan: 3 a day results in 3 drops?
Les: Proposal to revise # of drops per race
Keagan: change in insurance policy
Kirstin: insurance doesn’t cover a great deal and has questioned the policy
Keagan: issue that majorly affects the moth class
Keagan: unsanctioned event- or club is not a club of YA- then you are not covered
Kirstin: you can be ‘training’ but not covered under not affiliated clubs
Grant: maybe due to 16’s insurance?
Colin sent email- he is happy to stay as Australian measurement rep
2018 saw positive development in regards to measurement
building a team of measurers across Australia
helping to reduce burden on regatta organisers with Perth 2019 on horizon
Colin will assist everyone and make rego an easier process
IMCA measurement committee are revising the measurement manual
Providing further background to measurement of the boats
Asks everyone with a measurement query to contact Colin or state measurers
IMCA are in the process of developing an online measurement database (approaching in
next 12 months)
Q: Keep the same?
Ben: is this not enough?
Nick: push back from WA about the fees as an event entry cost is $$ as well- starts to
become too much money
Luka: worth considering higher fees for those that do fewer events? Temporary
membership vs permanent?
James: it would be a financial burden to do Luka’s way
Luka: what is the value in joining?
Keagan: everyone who has a moth should be paying every year
Josh: hard for us to provide a service when we don’t even know when they’re crossing start
Keagan: membership fee cycle goes up and down around events
Reece: out of site, out of mind thing as there is no email reminder
Keagan: discount for paying on time?
Luka: wants to see more people join the association- making it compulsory at club level?
Grant: plug the insurance gap in return for the member fee?
James: trying to grow the class and paying for local events- this may support it
Kirstin: it is too hard for the association to enforce, too hard to manage to a club level
Luka: motion to the club organisers to enforce that? Compulsory as of now that?
Rob: nice idea, but not realistic
James: if there is an insurance gap- this should be compelling enough for the clubs to
enforce the member fee
Luka: raise a motion?
Josh: keep the same and look for next year
Motion by Luka: class organisers at club level need to ensure that each sailing moth is an
active member of IMCA Australia
James: anything resolved here?
James: Motion unresolved
Josh: keep the fees the same
One lap dash at lake Macquarie
Treasurer: John Genders:
Measurer: Colin Spence
Secretary: Emma Spiers
President: Josh McKnight
Meeting closed @ 10:41am