Minutes of the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Association Tuesday 26th September

Severn Sailing Association (SSA) and Eastport Yacht Club (EYC), Annapolis, MD,


The Meeting commenced at 17:50 with a total of 91 Members present.


  • President – Michael Quirk
  • Vice President – Michael Holt

Malcolm ‘Pip’ Pearson
International Secretary- Stuart Turnbull 91 Members who signed attendance.

1. Apologies

Apologies received from David Smithwhite, Treasurer and Andreas Jungclaus, Chairman IRC

2. Approval of Minutes of 2016 AGM

The minutes of the 2016 AGM held at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, had been posted on the Association website and sufficient copies were made available at the meeting.
Moved by Angela Stenger and seconded by Richard Mundell, they were accepted as a true and accurate record of the meeting.

3. President’sReport

Welcome to Annapolis and the 2017 AGM. Firstly I want to take the opportunity to thank and recognise outgoing President Pip Pearson.
After 16 years as President, Pip is still today contributing his boundless enthusiasm, support and experience to the class. I’m very glad that despite stepping down as President he has accepted the role of class liaison and technical adviser at this championship and hopefully many to come. The class owes him a great deal.

This year I have had the privilege of attending many of the national and regional regattas around the world so I have been able to hear from many 5o5 sailors from nearly every country. This has been really insightful and given me a fairly rounded perspective of what we are all after.

To me the Class seems fairly healthy overall. A few areas are experiencing some decline but others are seeing healthy activity and interest. There is good attendance at regional, European and world championships. We have a reasonable mix of aging stalwarts and new young talent. There also seems to be a growing number of sailors travelling internationally to events other than world championships. There isn’t room for complacency but I don’t feel we need to rush any major changes. What we can improve is our overall professionalism and brand ownership. I am confident this in itself will yield dividends to the class in the form of new sailors and better experiences for existing members. There is almost unanimous agreement our web sites are not good, it is difficult to find good information, particularly about events and we lack common standards for sailing instructions, rules for running regattas etc. Our effective use of social media for communication, forums and marketing is improving (thanks to a number of member initiatives). A decent web site should help as the hub and r