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WANTED - experienced DTP team to help with Catalyst

Two roles to be filled (could be one or two (or more) people):
1. Someone with sufficient nautical science knowledge to be able to sort the good from the rubbish
 and discard the perpetual motion schemes, endless patience and tact.
2. Someone with experience with professional-quality DTP software (Pagemaker, In-Design or Quark, and preferably Acrobat),
and a flair for producing attractive publications.
Both need to be self-driven and able to commit to producing a magazine on a quarterly schedule.
Please contact Graeme Ward, chairman@ayrs.org in the first instance.

 


FORTHCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST

All AYRS members and friends welcome at AYRS meetings.

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January 2014

26th              All-Day AYRS Meeting

9.30am-4pm, Thorpe Village Hall, Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe, Surrey (off A320 between Staines and Chertsey – follow signs to Thorpe Park, then to the village).
Tea and coffee available but bring your own lunch. Donations invited to pay for hall. Further details from Fred Ball,
 tel: +44 1344 843690; email: fredcball@btinternet.com.

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26th      AYRS Annual General Meeting

4pm, Thorpe Village Hall, Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe, Surrey (as above).
Details from the AYRS Hon. Secretary tel: +44 (1727) 862 268; email: secretary@ayrs.org
Note: Items to be considered by the AGM, including nominations for the Committee MUST be received by the AYRS Secretary before 12th January 2012 (post to AYRS, BCM AYRS, London WC1N 3XX, UK, or email: secretary@ayrs.org)

The Agenda is online at http://www.ayrs.org/AGM_2014_Agenda.pdf

Minutes of the last AGM are now online at http://www.ayrs.org/AGM_2013_Draft_Minutes.pdf

The Draft Annual Report for 2012-3 is now online at http://www.ayrs.org/AGM_2014_Draft_Annual_Report_2012-13.pdf
It lacks the Chairman’s Report

Copies of all these will be available at the meeting.

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February 2014

19th February ---AYRS South West Area Meeting
 Visit to the new Marine Building at Plymouth University followed by evening meeting

There are two parts to this event - a tour of the new Marine Building at Plymouth University and an evening meeting for presentations and discussion. Come for either part of the event or both parts. The meeting is open to all those who have an interest in the technology of sailing, but it would be good to have an idea of numbers so please contact j_perry@btinternet.com if you wish to attend.

The plan for the event is as follows:

Visit to Marine Building
Meet at the main reception area to the Marine Building on the Plymouth University campus at 14:00 for the start of a guided tour. I suggest that those who would like some refreshment prior to the start of the tour meet at Drakes Cafe in the central area of the campus from 13:00. This link provides a map of the campus, the Marine Building is within square C5 and Drakes cafe within square E3.

The tour of the Marine building is expected to take in the wave tank, the ship simulator and the composites laboratory. The wave tank is a state of the art facility that precisely generates specified wave patterns in a swimming pool sized tank. This is used for studying the motion of ships and boats at sea and in the design of sea defences and offshore structures. The ship simulator is used for training ship staff in the same way that aircraft simulators are used to train aircraft pilots. You can stand on a virtual bridge and pilot a tanker into port. The composites laboratory is of obvious relevance to yacht construction and AYRS projects.

Note that you are unlikely to be able to park within the university campus but there are car parks nearby at approximately 5-00 for an afternoon and there are also park and ride bus services into central Plymouth.

Evening meeting
The evening meeting will be held at the club house of Cargreen Yacht Club (CYC). The club bar is open from about 18:30 and we propose to start the talks at 19:30 (I have put this back half an hour from my first announcement here to give a bit more time for people to get something to eat beforehand). CYC is located on the west bank of the Tamar a few miles north of Saltash and about half an hour from central Plymouth by car - post code PL12 6PB, Grid Ref SX433628. I suggest that those not living locally who would like something to eat before the evening meeting head for the Cardinal's Hat pub which is quite close to CYC, being on the road from Saltash to Launceston - the A388. The Cardinal's Hat is open all afternoon and serves evening meals from 17:30. The post code for the pub is PL12 6PJ, Grid reference SX399616.

Our provisional program for the evening meeting is:

We will take a hreak between the second and third presentations.

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28th February --- AYRS North West UK Area Forum
Visit to Character Boats in Rainford, Lancashire and Kew near Southport, Merseyside followed by lunch at The Morris Dancers

Time and Meeting Point – TBA
Contact: Mike Howard, email: ecotraction@aol.com

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March 2014

1st  –2nd       RYA Dinghy Show, Alexandra Palace, London

Many sailing dinghy classes and beach cats will be on display, dinghy skill lectures and demonstrations,
 new fittings and bargain sailing kit. For details see www.rya.org.uk

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15th 14.00hrs     AYRS North West UK Area Forum
Spring meeting

Time and Meeting Point – TBA
Contact: Mike Howard, email: ecotraction@aol.com

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April 2014

27th       Beaulieu Boat Jumble

The National Motor Museum, BEAULIEU, Hampshire, UK. AYRS will be there!

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May 2014

12th to 19th  Boat trials, Weymouth

At the Portland and Weymouth Sailing Academy.
Contact: Norman Phillips email: wnorman.phillips@ntlworld.com; tel: 01737 212912.

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24th to 26th (TBC)     Broad Horizons 2014
AYRS Sailing meeting on the Norfolk Broads

Barton Turf Adventure Centre, Staithe Road, Barton Turf, NR12 8AZ

IF there is enough interest, we will organise a sailing meeting on the Norfolk Broads in May again.
 If you would like this to happen and would come (with or without boat) email office@ayrs.org

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June 2014

6th -8th       Beale Park Boat Show 

As usual we will have a stand and would appreciate small exhibits and display material and, of course, offers of help to run the stand.
Contact: AYRS Secretary, 01727 862268, email office@ayrs.org

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14th 14.00hrs     AYRS North West UK Area Forum
Summer meeting

Time and Meeting Point – TBA
Contact: Mike Howard, email: ecotraction@aol.com

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July 2014

Date & Time - TBA                 AYRS North West UK Area Forum

A trip in our own watercraft up the Shropshire Union Canal to the Ellesmere Boat Museum,
followed by a guided tour, lunch and return to start!

Time and Meeting Point – TBA
Contact: Mike Howard, email: ecotraction@aol.com

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August 2014

27th                    AYRS North West UK Area Forum

A trip up the Welsh coast on the PS Waverley, the last surviving sea going steam driven paddle steamer in the World!
The tickets have been booked.

Time and Meeting Point – TBA
Contact: Mike Howard, email: ecotraction@aol.com

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September 2014

Date & Time - TBA                 AYRS North West UK Area Forum

Group Outing - Suggestions please to be sent to me on the back of a 10 note!
Contact: Mike Howard, email: ecotraction@aol.com

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October 2014

11th 2.00 pm            AYRS North West UK Area Forum
AUTUMN MEETING

Time and Meeting Point
Contact: Mike Howard, email: ecotraction@aol.com

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18th-24th   Weymouth Speedweek

Portland and Weymouth Sailing Academy, Portland Harbour, Dorset UK.  See www.speedsailing.com

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22nd     “Speedsailing” AYRS Weymouth meeting

19.30 for 20.00hrs, probably at the Portland Heights Hotel.
Map: www.rdyc.freeuk.com. Contact: AYRS Secretary, BCM AYRS, London WC1N 3XX;
check this website www.ayrs.org or email: office@ayrs.org before going just in case the location changes!

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December 2014

13th @ 12.30 pm     AYRS North West UK Area Forum
WINTER MEETING

Including Buffet Lunch Time and Meeting Point
Contact: Mike Howard, email: ecotraction@aol.com

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