AYRS Zoom Meeting Sat 11 Dec - building a 16 foot cruising dinghy

  • 07 Dec 2021 13:49
    Message # 12174304
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    A reminder that this coming Saturday, December 11th, at 19:30pm LONDON TIME, Steve Goodchild is giving a Zoom presentation about his building of a 'Stornaway' 16 foot cruising dinghy.

    Steve is an experienced woodworker, at one time he owned and ran a furniture making factory in Malawi, but this was his first boat building project. I hope that this meeting will show that the AYRS is not just about experimental boats but is also relevant to the building of practical boats for everday use. Even if a boat building project produces a fairly conventional end result there is plenty of scope for innovation, both in the details and fittings and in the construction methods. I think this will be well demonstrated by Steve’s project.

    If you would like a preview to Steve’s presentation, the Stornoway 16 is a design by Selway Fisher and the example built by Steve is featured at this webpage:


    Picture below is of Steve's boat under construction.

    The link to join this meeting is


    If you open Zoom through the link above I don't think you will need the ID or passcode.

    Attachment: Steve's sailing dinghy under construction


    January Zoom meeting:

    Our January Zoom meeting will be on Saturday 8th January 2022 at 19:30 London Time.  This meeting will be an opportunity to discuss the future development of the Society in advance of our AGM to be held later in the month.  So this will be an opportunity to make sugestions or propose new AYRS events but should you have a proposal that you feel should be discussed at our AGM please don't wait untill January - our Honary Secretary, Chris Ryan, needs to be notified of any such proposal  by 23th December 2021.  I am hoping that members will have some ideas for this Zoom meeting, particularly for new activities.  For example, it would be good to have more local gatherings of AYRS members, both indoors (depending on the virus situation next year) and outdoors at waterside locations.  In the unlikely event that no one has any new ideas and everyone is entirely happy with the way the Society is running then we will have to find something else we can talk about - I am sure we can.


    January 'All day' Meeting and AGM

    This will be on Sunday 23 January 2022 at the Basingstoke Canal Centre, which is at Mytchet near Farnbourough in Surrey - (not at Basingstoke!).  The post code is GU16 6DD - it's a few minutes off the M3 motorway.  We will gather from 10:00am and the meeting will continue to around 4pm with the AGM of the Society starting at 2:00pm. You are welcome to attend for the whole or for just part of the day.  The AGM will be broadcast by Zoom so that members who are not able to be present in person will be able to participate and vote.  We tried out Zoom with the wifi system provided at the BCC during our  November meeting and that worked well, so I am fairly confident that we will be able to extend our AGM to distant members but please bear with us if we do have technical problems. The BCC has an on-site cafe which serves hot and cold food, or bring your packed lunch.  We invite donations to offset at least some of the cost of hiring the room.

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