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Paul Ridgway returned to being Vice-Commodore for "just one year". He has now said he wishes to stand down at the next AGM - he will then have completed three years in addition to his previous term of office. Thank you,, Paul, for all you have done.
We are now looking for someone to take on the role - preferably working alongside Paul over the coming months to ensure a smooth handover.
So, what does it entail?
There are some distinct areas (and we'd be happy to split them if we had more than one volunteer).....
1. Monitor the "info@" mailbox, make initial responses and farm out enquiries to relevant Officers.
2. Organise the Skippered Cruises programme. This involves recruiting the skippers, sorting out dates, publishing the programme as it develops through the year, administering the individual applications (typically passing details to skipper, confirming berth to applicant, payment recording - there's no cash handling). There's a lot of support from the other Officers e.g. dates are worked out with the Rear-Commodore who also publishes the programme in the Seafarer on behalf of the Vice-Commodore.
3. Review the ships logs for the awards made at the AGM. Paul, being the person he is, tells us he does this on Christmas Day so he doesn't have to "do Christmas"! Who knows, he might even continue to offer to do this bit.
4. Very occasionally, the Vice-Commodore deputises for the Commodore.
Paul will be continuing as a Trustee and so will not be too far away should any advice be needed.
If you are willing to volunteer for any or all of this role (or just want to explore possibilities) please contact Alan Phillpot on or Paul on