The AGM was held on line on the CVRDA forum and opened on 25 Oct 2020 at 07:30

The minutes of the 2019 meeting were accepted as a correct record. Proposed Peter Vinton, Seconded Gavin Gulliver Goodall

The committee was re-elected without change. Proposed Lois Barlow, Seconded Rupert Whelan

Commodore’s Report

As everyone has said it’s been an unusual year. We ended the 2019 on a high with an enjoyable 20th anniversary event at Roadford – again thanks to Ed, Alan and all who were involved in organising and also to those who just pitched in and helped where needed, moving furniture, manning the committee boat and generally making things happen.

Lockdown brought an increase in renovation activity as more people found time to work on old boats and more boats appeared on the scene as barns and buildings were sorted out and stored boats came to light. I think we will need more concourse prizes next year! As a result of this activity more people have looked on line for advice and found us and FaceBook traffic has increased considerably and helped members keep in contact without being able to meet at events.

We have also made contact with classic dinghy groups in both France and Australia and seeing some interesting old craft. Clubs are now starting to open up to events and have worked out how to operate in a Covid safe way so we hope that 2021 events will be able to take place and all the restorations and renovations can be sailed.

Treasurur’s Report and Membership Report

Treasurer’s Report – CVRDA 2019/20

A strange year indeed. At the end of last year (1st August 2019) the balance stood at £935.38

Following on from this was the 20th Anniversary celebration at Roadford which although very successful did make a slight loss. Figures can be seen on the accounts. Since then there has been very little income, with 8 on-line memberships up to 1st August 2020.

Other bills remain fairly static.
Web hosting was down a little and RYA membership increased by £5.

So the official balance as of 1st August 2020 when I closed the annual accounts was £703.69. There are a few outstanding invoices from very generous members relating to the 20th anniversary celebrations and these will roll over into 2021.
Since there have been no events, so no income except on-line memberships a reminder was posted and I am pleased to say that to date 22 members have joined for the 20/21 season, so the actual balance is looking more healthy at £911.69. Numbers don’t quite tally because I have also paid a separate bill to Vertical Plus (web domain name) since the accounts closed.

To keep us solvent and to allow for any expenditure on ‘Special Events’ or haberdashery I recommend a closing balance of around £900 be aimed for.

Pat Jones proposed acceptance of the accounts and Peter Vinton seconded.


Fixtures Report

There were no events in 2020 due to Covid but there were a few offers of events for 2021 which we hope will be a better year.

Web Report

Web use increased with lockdown and visitors to our website are mainly (90%) from the UK but the next two highest number of visitors are from the USA and Australia where there is a good classic dinghy scene. The most popular topic this year has been varnishing and how to do it and this has been reflected in the questions asked on the FaceBook group. Sadly the web forum has seen less use as FaceBook has become more popular but this is a trend seen everywhere, not just by us.

Another item that came out of the statistics was that nearly a quarter of searches are for CVDRA rather than for CVRDA so we have taken the step of registering the web domain cvdra.org and setting it up to redirect to our main website which ensures we perform better in searches.

This year I have been trying to add content and have tried to ensure we have all our old event reports and images available and to add to the dinghy database which is becoming a popular reference as unusual classes emerge from barns.

The FaceBook group is now well used so I’d like to particularly thank Neil and Ed for moderating this group and ensuring that discussion is polite and fair. It is the ease of FaceBook which attracts – it is open to all, pictures can be posted and topics pop into your news feed without having to go to the group page. But it lacks the searchability and permanence of the forum so any suggestions for change are welcome.

Future plans are to continue adding information to the dinghy database and to the hints and tips section but also to change the overall look of the site by updating the theme for a more modern, mobile friendly appearance since many visitors are on mobile devices and the current site does not work well on mobiles. I have several possibilities under test since anything new needs to work with the existing content.

Also for the future we are working with the MiniSail class to host and integrate their web content as we do with the Pegasus and Jollyboat websites as they do not have the resources to continue alone. This very much ties in with the part of our mission statement about helping and supporting classic class associations.

Contributions to the web site will be very welcome so if you have anything to contribute, whether details or pictures of a class for the dinghy database or advice to add to the hints and tips section, please send me an email or a Facebook message.

Any Other Business

Ed Bremner said that we need to discuss how the association uses the FaceBook group and think about whether it supports or hinders the association’s mission.

To understand that question, he has been considering our Association Mission. This was written over 20 years ago now and since then the constitution has been reviewed and changed regularly, in order to support our ongoing needs, but things have moved on and we need to go back and review the ‘Mission’ to make sure the foundations are still in place that reflect what we are trying to do.

The suggestion is that we take the time to think about this and then bring any changes to a future AGM.

The meeting closed on 30 Nov 2020 at 13:13 – was this the longest or shortest AGM?