Notice of Annual General Meeting 2011

The 2011 Annual General Meeting will be held at Rutland Sailing Club on Sunday 13th February.

The following Committee members have put themselves up for re-election:

  • Commodore: Ken Surplice
  • Vice Commodore: Tim Reeder
  • Rear Commodore: Peter Lowry
  • Sailing Secretary: David Bamber
  • Treasurer & Membership Secretary: Stephen Drew
  • Technical Librarian: Geoff Harwood
  • Press and Publicity Officer: Michael Mead
  • Newsletter Editor: Barbara Forster

The position of Secretary will be vacant.

Nominations for Officers and the National Committee should be submitted to Tim Reeder not less than 28 days prior to the AGM bearing the signatures of the Proposer, Seconder, the Nominee and the position nominated for.

Documents (Word format): Agenda, Proxy Form

Ken Surplice writes:

My role here is to persuade you to go, and explain where to go and why we are going there. If you are sold on the idea already, perhaps thanks to previous AGM experience, jump to the end and sign up. If you have not been before, there are a few things you should know:

  • Venue – we move the AGM around the country so different sections of our membership have a chance to attend. To our members in the Middle East, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Netherlands, Denmark and elsewhere, if we can recruit a few more people in your area it could be your place one day! Last year we met at the National Sailing centre at Weymouth and Portland. This year, thanks to great support from Graham, our Trailer Sailer representative, we will meet at Rutland Sailing Club. Don't worry, you don’t need to ask. Rutland Water is east of Leicester, west of Peterborough, south of Nottingham and for southerners all you need to know is that it is north of Watford. We especially hope to attract members from the east coast, the midlands, and from the south. All are welcome!
  • Formal content - the AGM has a formal element, where you can
    • Make proposals to change how things work (your member’s handbook contains our rules)
    • Learn how the association has been run in the last year
    • Vote for your preferred candidates to form next year’s committee (no risk of a coalition in the PSSA!)
    • Vote for/against the treasurer’s recommendation for subscription fees for 2012
    • Find who (maybe you?), won trophies during 2010, and witness the awards
    • Make your voice heard – all inputs are welcome
  • Social content – the AGM itself is usually quite enjoyable but members also come to meet their friends and, unlike other inferior AGMs, actually enjoy themselves.
    • Many members will arrive on Saturday, explore the area, and join a group dinner on Saturday night, to be followed by AGM on Sunday morning and then Sunday lunch. It’s a punishing schedule, but you can do it!
    • Graham Ebb has very kindly put together a fact sheet to help you explore the area. Do your research and make the most of your trip.
    • If you don’t know anybody, we will make you extra welcome and then you will soon feel in good company. Families are very welcome. We appreciate new and young blood. Whether you come for Sunday only or for the weekend, there’ll be plenty going on.
    • Don’t worry about winter cold. Di (regalia officer) will be fully armed with association regalia and taking orders for fleeces so you look your best at sea. The AGM is a great place to get birthday gifts.
    • Are you stressed about Valentine’s Day? Worry no more. Treat your partner to a weekend in Romantic Rutland then buy that new sail you dreamed of without fear of guilt.
    • Oh yes, did I mention that Barbara (newsletter editor) and Geoff (webmaster) may be revealing a surprise or two…?

What, where and when

Activity Location Date/Time
Saturday day Arrive and tour Rutland Water 12th February
Saturday evening PSSA dinner Normanton Park Best Western hotel 12th February 7.30pm
Sunday morning AGM Rutland Sailing Club 13th February 10.30 coffee, 11 AGM
Sunday lunchtime Sunday lunch Rutland Sailing Club 13th February 12.30pm

What you need to do

  1. Tell us you are coming! Fill in the registration form so we can feed you
  2. Choose and book hotel if required for Saturday night
  3. Whether you will attend or not, do write to our secretary with any motions you would like to put to the AGM


The recommended hotel is the Normanton Park Best Western, the largest in the area. Don’t be put off by the name; it is a hotel of character. Rooms are priced from £59 for a single room, to £79 for a double, including breakfast. Please make your own booking - the phone number is 08457 76 76 76.

If you prefer something different, check the accomodation listings at

Register now!

Please sign up early. This helps us get a good deal on catering. Thank you.
There's also a booking form in the Nov 2010 Newsletter.
Members can of course attend the AGM without booking.

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Your weekend at Rutland Water

Courtesy of Graham Ebb, Trailer Sailer representative

Rutland Water is a man-made reservoir constructed in the early 1970s. It covers approximately 3000 acres and is in the shape of a horse shoe. Rutland Sailing Club was opened in 1974 and has become probably the biggest inland sailing club in the country. We have around 800 members and many thousands of visiting boats through the year. It is not unusual for the club to host sailing events with over 200 visiting boats over one weekend.

Rutland is a beautiful picturesque county with many small villages and towns of interest. Below are a few of the local activities nearby:

  • At the Club: We have a wet bar area which serves food all day, a lounge bar area for something a bit stronger, both of which open onto the first floor balcony with views across the water. There is a Sail Training School and a Chandlery. The Chandlery is operated by Gill sailing clothing manufacturers and often has some really good discounted clothing.
  • Walking and Cycling: There is a public footpath and cycle route round the full extent of the water which is 26 miles if you are feeling fit. It has great views of the area. If that sounds a bit too far, you can hire a cycle from the Cycle Centre about ten minutes' walk from the club.
  • Fishing: Adjacent to the sailing club is a Fishing Centre where you can hire open day boats for fishing. Don’t know much about fishing except I like it with chips and peas.
  • Retail Therapy: Stamford is about ten minutes' drive away, which is an historic town with great character and a good selection of shops. Well worth a visit if you want to flex the credit cards, some great restaurants as well.
  • Garden Centres: Barnsdale Gardens on the North of the water was used for the BBC Gardeners World programmes. You can walk around all the different types of gardens and call for a coffee afterwards.
  • Butterfly World: Also on the North side is an interesting collection of butterflies. What more can I say!
  • Golf: For those who like to play, there is a golf course on the south shore near the sailing club.
  • Sailing Centre: Again on the North shore there is the public access sailing centre, with boat hire, trips on the Rutland Bell, climbing walls and play areas, as well as the shop and café.