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AGM & Megabash 2013 - Hayling Island Seacourt

Host Host: johng
Date Date: 02/02/13
Venue Venue: Hayling Island
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From all over the South of England, the faithful journeyed to the Island. Old, young, able-bodied or Juan, members came to decide the club's direction for the next year and celebrate the start of another year's windsurfing!

The AGM minutes will be available soon enough, certainly in time for the next AGM to vote on their accuracy, so suffice it to say that not much has changed, except we have a new Treasurer, Nick Bending. Nick replaces Nuala, who has done a great job for the past, well, it must be at least 5 years - we must have been having fun eh? Thanks for stepping up Nick, it's greatly appreciated. And the AGM competed reasonably well for members' attention with the Six Nations rugby, although it was a d**m Close Run Thing (c) Duke of Wellington.

And so to the Megabash - Seacourts, a cosy venue, lends itself well to the second favourite activity of windsurfers, hanging out and talking about windsurfing times past, present and future. And of course, all the usual gossip - who's done what and where, babies, accidents, and so on. The Seacourt staff are a pretty friendly bunch, very relaxed about the whole scene. The band obliged with a lengthy warm-up - it takes quite a while to get into the groove, for them as well as the audience. Good to see lots of familiar faces - Beth, Roger the dodger, Chris M, Gary, Caroline and the boys, even Bernie and Helen dragged themselves up from Dorset to attend, not to speak of Mikey P, one the few remaining Londoners! Too many to list them all... New member Andrew B tried and failed - van failure - too bad Andrew, see you on the beach any time soon.

But all was, in fact, not as "normal" - change!! The buffet, rather than a sitdown formal dinner, worked pretty well, with plenty to go round and an amusing collection of tasty titbits. Folk were pleased to be able to continue socialising, with no interruption to the flow of banter, booze and bhajis. So maybe we'll try that next time again.

The JG band (they really should sort out a name...) played the usual mix of cacophonous 60s rawk n roll with a few more recent numbers - sounding better than ever guys, lots of good comments on the sound quality and performance! Andrew got to hear Radar Love, so that was ok. Good to see the guys looking relaxed and enjoying the gig. People danced!! The zenith of dancing activity was of course Steve's accomplished performance - we can see you, you know, Steve! Too bad Yannis had to leave early, really appreciate you coming all that way sir!

Of course, we've kept the best to last - the Skegg of the Year went to.... Bill Tonge!! A truly long-standing stalwart of the club, who better to receive the coveted award, not least because of his appreciation and surprised look. Thanks Bill, a day at the beach is always better when you're around, so see you soon!

And so onto a new season - let's hope there's sun and wind this summer, some good events coming up, starting with Cornwall over Easter. Try to make it, it's always good fun, in one of the most beautifully lit places on earth, right up there with Delphi and Yosemite. See you soon!

Last updated: 17/02/13 11:54 By: johng
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