Held on 24th November 2013 at the R.A.O.B. Club, Coventry
Non Members Present:
Apologies for absence were received from: Bernard Holder
Minutes of the AGM held on 25th November 2012
Due to the Bereavement of Stewart Rae, we don’t have a full copy of the minutes from
the 2012 AGM, on file we have a recording of the meeting for future reference should
reference ever be needed. For this fact Mark Wild asked all members present to accept
the highlights as being sufficient as a statement of the afore mentioned meeting.
The members present accepted.
Matters arising from the minutes:
Chairman’s Report: (Mark Wild – Acting Chairman)
Well this year has certainly seen its ups and downs in more ways than I would care
to mention at times.
At the start of the season we were faced with bad weather as at the end but in between
I hope we all managed to enjoy the race meetings in between.
Unfortunately we’ve seen a few changes through the year that I don’t think anybody
this time last year would have envisaged: The resignation of our Chairman, Danny,
and the sudden passing of one of our Founders, Scoop. This has, to a degree, put
a stress on the Society that I hope I have eased by taking on the roles of both to
get us to this meeting.
So, where do we go from here?! Onwards and upwards I hope.
We have a firm base set out by these people. I for one know the hard work, late nights
and lengthy emails that have happened to get us to where we are now. The membership
is currently around 100 strong, we are also known worldwide and being recognised
as a Society in our own rights thanks to magazine articles and forum posts by Scoop.
So, who would have thought in 2009 two guys met in a lay-by at Stafford for an exchange
of a few boat parts and a coffee would grow to what we have here!
I know for a fact that Scoop was grateful for everyone who stood by us from day one
! So am I.
So let’s carry on with what we do best, attending venues having fun and most of all
getting our boats wet ! Racing comes second !! Enjoyment of the hobby is the main
Health & Safety Report (Mark Wild)
This year has highlighted a few things that I am working to resolve. Unfortunately
my time has been taken up more by keeping the Society running.
In the coming months, once the new Committee are firmly seated, I plan to look at
the health and safety documentation and implement accident forms if seen fit etc.
I will keep the Committee informed and in turn the membership will be informed of
Treasurer’s Report: (Andy Rennie)
BMPRS Financial Account – 24th November 2013
Having provided the financial statement Andy recommended that membership fees should
increase for 2014 to £12 for new members and £9 for renewals (if done by 31st January).
Race entry fees would remain the same at one boat £5, two boats £9, three boats £12,
four boats £15 and £3 per boat thereafter.
Signatories for the BMPRS bank account should be updated and be :-
Membership Secretary –
All other signatories should be removed completely from the bank account. These people
will be decided at the election of officers
The members present agreed unanimously.
Proposals Regarding Election of Officers:
Rules 5.1 – The Committee shall be elected at the AGM, from fully paid up members
who have been members of the Society for at least two consecutive years.
It is suggested
by the Committee that the members present decide if this rule is to carry the two
year period or be reduced to one year.
Membership agreed to keep at two years.
Election of Officers:
1) Proposal of Chairman
Propose Ian Searle. Proposer: Bill Warder seconded: Bob Cheshire.
No proposals were received however Madelyn Reid expressed an interest for the position
and the members present agreed. Madelyn Reid was co-opted as Secretary by the present
Committee ref rule 5.3 to have the same rights and full committee status as requested
by Dave Clay.
3) Membership Secretary
Propose Mike Barnes. Proposer: Andy Rennie seconded: Danny Bell.
Propose Garry Dickson. Proposer: Danny Bell seconded: Mark Wild
5) Junior Representative
Propose Luke Bramwell. Proposer Craig Dickson seconded: Garry Dickson.
The role of junior rep went to vote and the members present agreed by majority vote.
No proposals received. Mark Wild is willing to carry this role. Members present agreed.
No other proposals or changes for committee posts were received and according to
the society rule 6.2.4 all other officers being happy to stand again for their respective
posts are deemed elected, the committee is therefore:
Chairman Ian Searle
Secretary Madelyn Reid
Treasurer Andy Rennie
Membership Secretary Mike Barnes
Health & Safety Co-Ordinator Mark Wild
C & VP Protection Officer Andy Rennie
Junior Member Representative Luke Bramwell
Webmaster Garry Dickson
Public Relations Officer Mark Wild
BMPRS – Club Representatives: 2014
Branston Pete Dimberline
Kingsbury Malcolm Pratt
Leicester Marie Burdett
Nottingham Ian Rowbotham
Stevenage Bill Warder
Telford Giles Pontin
In D class the cc limit of twin in line configuration engines only be allowed up
to the limit of 65cc. Proposer: Kurt Cave seconded: Sha Simon. A discussion took
place and it was agreed to leave the limit as it is. Proposal not carried.
The cc limit in D class is raised to 65cc. Cancelled as no proposer/seconder present.
Proposal not carried.
Marker buoys are not to be serviced during any heat unless the race is stopped. Proposer:
Malcolm Pratt seconded: Mike Durant. No discussion held.
Vote: majority, 1 abstained. Proposal carried
Change the first sentence of Rule 12.15 to “The rescue boat has right of way at all
times and all racing boats must ‘substantially’ slow down when in the vicinity of
the rescue boat”. Proposer: Mark Wild seconded: Bob Cheshire.
A discussion took place and it was agreed that a warning or a penalty would also
be issued if this rule is broken.
Vote: Proposal carried by majority.
Kevin Alcock & Malcolm Pratt proposal that wasn’t submitted in time and Kevin still
hasn’t emailed the details.
A discussion was held and it was agreed to add Rule 16.5 A driver may cut the course
upon the instruction of the OOD or on their own volition if they feel it is safer
to do so, when the rescue boat is in the vicinity of the turn buoy. No pentaly will
be incurred from this action but no advantage must be gained. The boat must resume
the course in its previous race order.
Vote: Proposal carried by majority.
6. During the discussions for proposal 4 it was also agreed to add Rule 12.19 If
a member of the rescue boat should fall into the water the race or practice session
must stop immediately. All boats shall return to the launching area at slow speed
Vote: Proposal carried by majority.
Proposed 2014 Racing Calendar
There were no firm proposed dates however a discussion was held around 2nd March
being too early and 26th October being too late, both due to the BST changes would
make it dark quite early for both dates. Firm dates will be notified on the website
in due course.
1. Madelyn Reid and Sue Butler raised the issue with the difficulty in seeing some
of the numbers on boats when racing. Members were asked to ensure their numbers are
visible for lap scorers and reminded that they could lose laps without question where
boat numbers cannot be clearly seen. Sally Butler suggested placing a reminder on
2. Mark Wild – Scoop Challenge. Want to introduce something to the Society in remembrance
of Scoop (Stewart Rae). To be a bit different to the endurance trophy, suggest that
the Scoop Challenge is for any single class rather than the drivers total from every
class they run. This would then also make it open to those who only run one class
of boat (unlike the endurance trophy). Also suggest that it is spread over races
for the length of the season that way it won’t be decided by July. There was some
discussion of how this would work. Garry Dickson and Graham Stanley would check how
the weightings would work.
3. The Stevenage race was poorly attended after difficulty in securing a date. A
discussion was held about the pro’s and con’s of the large lake and the small lake.
For 2014 it was agreed to use the small lake as it is safer. C’s & D’s will be limited
numbers on a first come first entered basis due to safety.
4. There was a discussion about D class fail safes. It was confirmed there had been
no mishaps this year. Garry Dickson had teething problems but all good now. There
was talk of a Sparkout costing £25. Graham Stanley asked for the information to be
included in the next newsletter.
5. Other race day options where bought to the table. Sunderland would be a possible
location, could mean a 2 day event with camping possible due to distance for many
members. Other ideas are welcome but to consider restrictions with having fuel on
6. Mike Durant spoke about attending trade shows and suggested membership packs be
made up. This is to be considered moving forward.
7. Malcolm Pratt raised concerns over the length of some race meetings and asked
the question if longer days were preferred or shorter races. A discussion was held
around the weather and how long would a long day be. Members agreed if the weather
and conditions were suitable then there would be no issue with a longer day but try
to keep the meeting contained and running smoothly.
8. For awareness – Nitro boats – EU not allowing Nitro to be purchased by individuals.
A max content 23%. Will be made law in September 2014 with a 2 year grace period.
AA class 1. Mike Barnes (90 points) 2. Robin Butler (78) 3. Sha Simon (54)
A class 1. Craig Dickson (84) 2. Kian Searle (75) 3. Luke Bramwell (67)
B class 1. Malcolm Pratt (87) 2. Garry Dickson (78) 3. Andy Rennie (65)
C class 1. Ian Searle (78) 2. Andy Uttley (75) 3. Mark Beesley (57)
D class 1. Mike Barnes (85) 2. Garry Dickson (78) 3. Kevin Alcock (57)
Cat Class T1 1. Kurt Cave (90) 2. Tony Jarvis (30) 3. Bob Cheshire (0)
Cat Class T2 1. Garry Dickson (78) 2. Mark Wild (77) 3. Kurt Cave (68)
Endurance Trophy- Garry Dickson
Scoop’s best junior and best newcomer awards
Best Junior – Kian Searle (75 points)
Best Newcomer – Craig Dickson (84 points)
Member of the year – Bernard Holder
Wine and chocolates were presented to Sue and Linda for their help lapscoring.
A presentation was also made to Danny Bell upon his retirement from the Society.