AGM 2024 - St Malo

Over 70 members – plus a few offspring and partners - assembled at Portsmouth continental ferry terminal on Friday evening, 23rd February, for the night crossing to St Malo.  One of the attractions of Brittany Ferries is the French cuisine, and a fine dinner was enjoyed by all.  On arrival at St Malo, committee members descended on the AGM venue to decorate the room with banners and set up the powerpoint presentation.

Most members spent the morning walking round the old walls of the city, enjoying magnificent views over the seascape, dotted with offshore islands and ancient castles.  Other attractions were the tall ships in the harbour and the splendid 12th century cathedral with a very resonant acoustic.

Vice-Commodore Sue Surplice had done a brilliant job in organising the whole weekend – including asking PSSA member and Brittany resident Paul Rapp to find a suitable venue.  Paul had chosen the elegant Hotel Chateaubriand – birthplace of the French author, traveller, politician, diplomat and philosopher François-René de Chateaubriand – and a better venue can scarcely be imagined.  After a fine lunch in the high-ceilinged dining room, members withdrew to a conference room, with built-in audio-visual facilities.

The standard agenda items proceeded smoothly, with the members approving the minutes and the Treasurer’s report and receiving reports from the Commodore and other officers on the events of the preceding year.  Details will be found in the minutes of the AGM, which will in due course be posted on the PSSA website.   Substantial amendments to the constitution proposed by the National Committee were passed unanimously; while an amendment proposed by Philip Linsell was rejected.

The new committee was duly elected, with Sue Surplice as the new Commodore, Donna Gray as Secretary and Malcolm Bainbridge as Treasurer, with Jonathan Houston as a member without portfolio.  Members were asked to consider standing for office in a year’s time, when the Association will be looking for a new Membership Secretary and a new Sailing Secretary.  After the conclusion of formal business, Sue Surplice thanked outgoing officers Peter Lowry, Steve and Di Drew and Richard Sills, and welcomed her new committee.  Finally, trophy winners were announced and trophies presented to those present.  After which members repaired to local cafes for an aperitif, before embarking on the ferry for the return journey.


IMG_8163 the ferry docked at st malo
IMG_8168 st malo street
IMG_8179 agm lunch at chateau briand hotel
IMG_8182 agm lunch at chateau briand hotel
SUE04940 AGM audience
SUE04950 Treasurer
SUE04967 Sue incoming commodore
SUE04976 Peter commodore
SUE04983 committee table
SUE04984 Sue presents Peter wtih an association shirt
SUE04986 past commodores hold up new commodore
SUE04989 award presentation to Ann
SUE04990 award to jGeoff the web
SUE04991 award to Nikki abd Terry