Annual Review for the Annual General Meeting (AGM), Sunday 3 November 2013
by Max Hubbard, Chairman
Nearly two and half years since inception, the Association currently has 58 members and has organised many popular and well-attended events. Despite being created essentially for owners in the United Kingdom and Ireland, enquiries still continue from owners in other countries as to whether the Association has overseas representation.
The first event of the year, was the Fitting out Supper held on the 15 March at The Little Ship Club, London. Some 25 members and guests were entertained to a very interesting talk given by Mike Daly of his ARC 2012 experience in his X-46.
The X-Yachts Solent Cup was hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hamble and took place on Friday 3 to Sunday 5 May. In boisterous conditions, X-yacht owners enjoyed some excellent racing as well as good hospitality, including the X-Yachts Owners reception on the Saturday evening. The winners’ trophies will be presented at the XYOA AGM
A rally to Gins Farm, Beaulieu River, was held on the Saturday 29 to Sunday September. A welcome reception in glorious sunshine was held on the club pontoon, before 27 members and guests enjoyed a very convivial evening in the Club House.
The last XYOA event of 2013 will be the Laying-Up Luncheon on Sunday 3 November 2013 at The Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Ocean Village, Southampton. This will be proceeded by the AGM, and followed by the presentation of X-Yachts Owners Solent Cup trophies .
Early in the year, the distinctive XYOA burgee was launched. Printed on both sides, roped and toggled, it has been admired by other sailors both in home and foreign waters. Further details are on the XYOA website.
We have teamed up with SLAM to develop an exciting range of XYOA branded sailing jackets and gilets. Both designs are available in men’s and women’s sizes. The clothing can also be branded with a yacht’s name. Further details are on the XYOA website.
Partnering arrangements continue with several leading manufacturers and suppliers, where XYOA members are able to obtain a discount on items such as sails, electronic equipment, winches and insurance.
The XYOA members’ only web site continues to expand, and all are encouraged to submit articles and photographs.