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AYRS announces

Catalyst No 48 …

… is now available, and can be downloaded from here.
Online members will shortly be getting an email with the password;
“paper” members will receive a copy in the post.
Non-members may download and obtain the password here.

Contents: AeroJunk (Paul McKay); AutoFlight (Dave Culp); Human-powered Craft (Mike Bedwell); How to judge racing results (Nico Boon); Frank Bailey RIP.

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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 are welcome at AYRS meetings.

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January 2015

9th – 18th  London International Boat Show

EXCEL Exhibition Centre, London Docklands. AYRS will be there, probably for the last time! Helpers are wanted to staff the stand, sell publications and recruit new members. If you would like to help (reward: free ticket!) please contact the Hon Secretary email: office@ayrs.org

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24th               Possible date for AYRS Committee meeting

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25th      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: fredball@ayrs.org.

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25th      AYRS Annual General Meeting

4pm, Thorpe Village Hall, Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe, Surrey (as above). Details from the AYRS Hon. Secretary email: secretary@ayrs.org
Note: Items to be formally considered by the AGM, including nominations for the Committee MUST be received by the AYRS Secretary ASAP (email: secretary@ayrs.org)

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February 2015

Late February (to be confirmed)       AYRS North West UK Area Forum visit

Ellesmere Port Boat Museum. Contact: Mike Howard, email: ecotraction@aol.com

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28th –1st March         RYADinghy 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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March 2015

Date to be confirmed     AYRS North West UK Area Forum meeting

Contact: Mike Howard, email:ecotraction@aol.com

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April 2015

11th       AYRS South West Area Meeting near Plymouth, UK

Last year we made more ambitious plans than usual and although we had a good attendance from Cargreen Yacht Club I think there was only one local AYRS member present. So for this year at least, we will return to a simple format, just a gathering to spend an hour or two (or more!) chatting about boats and sailing. This will probably take place at our house, but if we do manage to attract more people we could of course hire a suitable room. We will probably hold the meeting in the afternoon/early evening on Saturday 11th, with a break for refreshments, details to be worked out in due course. As before, we can offer overnight sleeping space for a handful of people travelling from afar and we can perhaps think of something we can do together on the Sunday morning.It would be good to get an advance idea of the number of people interested in this, please contact me at j_perry@btinternet.com

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26th       Beaulieu Boat Jumble

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

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May 2015

11th-15th      AYRS Boat trials, Portland, UK

Probably at the Portland and Weymouth Sailing Academy. We will have a Safety Boat there on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to assist with boat launching and recovery. We will be able to do some timing on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday so anyone wishing to come down for a day will be welcome to join in. This includes Windsurfers and Kiters as well as BOAT Builders. This is a Social Event and we will eat at different venues in the evening. We invite all AYRS members and Speedweek enthusiasts to come along or just pop in for the day. Contact: Norman Phillips email: wnorman.phillips@ntlworld.com; tel: 01737 212912.

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22nd– 25th    Broad Horizons 2015      AYRS Sailing Meeting, Norfolk, UK

Barton Turf Adventure Centre, Norfolk UK, NR12 8AZ. Note: All boats limited to 1.2 metre max draft! Everyone welcome, overnight accommodation can be arranged. Possibility of a wingsail-building workshop if enough interest. See  www.ayrs.org/Broad_Horizons.htm, or contact AYRS Secretary, BCM AYRS, London WC1N 3XX, UK; email:  office@ayrs.org.

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June 2015

5th -7th       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, email office@ayrs.org

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Date to be confirmed     AYRS North West UK Area Forum meeting

Contact: Mike Howard, email: ecotraction@aol.com

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September 2015

Date to be confirmed     AYRS North West UK Area Forum meeting

Contact: Mike Howard, email: ecotraction@aol.com

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Date to be confirmed     AYRS London Area meeting

9.30am to 5pm, Thorpe Village Hall, Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe, near Staines & Chertsey
Bring your lunch - tea and coffee available. Donations invited to pay for the hall. Details from Fred Ball, tel: +44 1344 843690; email fredball@ayrs.org.

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October 2015

3rd-9th   Weymouth Speedweek

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

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7th  Speedsailing      AYRS Weymouth meeting

19.30 for 20.00hrs, Weymouth Sailing Club, Nothe Parade (near Brewers Quay), Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8TX. Contact: AYRS Secretary, BCM AYRS, London WC1N 3XX. Check the AYRS website before going just in case the location changes (unlikely)!
Note: the approach road is single track for about 100 yards, and much of the local parking reserved for residents; the parking at the Council Offices is free after 6.00pm and about 300 yards walk away.

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