AYRS was founded in 1955 and is dedicated to finding out how to make yachting better (faster, more fun, whatever you want it to be). From our members have come the modern sailing multihulls, self-steering gear, sailboards, a flock of successful sailing hydrofoils and the World Speed Sailing Record system. Membership is open to anyone interested in the improvement of yachts and equipment through research and development.
Legally, AYRS is a UK company limited by guarantee – which means that in the event of it being bankrupted the members have a limited liability of GBP 1.00. It has two governing documents (like most UK companies)
- A Memorandum of Association – which sets out the objectives of the organisation; and
- Articles of Association – which set out the rules by which the Society is run
These can be amended by a two-thirds majority vote at a General Meeting. They were last amended in 2020 to allow:
a) To shorten the period of notice required for AGM business to 31 days before the AGM date.
b) To permit the Committee to meet by video conferencing etc and to be quorate while so doing.
c) To permit the Society to give notice of general meetings by email and by posting business on the website instead of in the magazine or in letters.
The new Articles can be found by following this link here.
Charitable (Not-for-profit) Status
AYRS is also a UK registered Educational Charity, No 234081, with a formal objective of promoting the study of yacht science.
Who runs AYRS ?
Technically, AYRS is managed by a Board of Trustees, who we call the Officers and Committee. In addition to the President & Vice-Presidents, there are five Officers, and up to 12 ordinary Committee members. The Committee is empowered to co-opt extra advisers as it feels necessary.
The Officers serve for a two-year term, which is renewable, and are elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting (two one year, and the rest the next). The ordinary Committee Members are similarly elected at the AGM, and can serve for up to three years. The longest-serving third stand down each year and are eligible for re-election if they so wish.
AYRS President & Vice-Presidents
President – Until his untimely death, our president was HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG KT OM GBE QSO
Dave Culp, – California, USA
R Michael Ellison – Torpoint UK
with effect from January 2021
Chairman – John Perry
S Devon, UK. Email: email@example.com
Vice-Chairman – Jasper Graham-Jones
Honorary Treasurer & Membership Secretary – Mark Hillmann
Honorary Secretary, – Chris Ryan
London, UK; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Honorary Editor – Mike Howard
Merseyside, UK; E-mail: email@example.com
Committee with effect from January 2021
The Officers, ex officio,
The Vice-Presidents (co-opted and ex-officio),
Ordinary Committee Members, of whom there may be 12.
- Kim Fisher – Suffolk, UK
- Tim Glover – London, UK.
- Robert Downhill – E Sussex, UK.
- Robert Beigler – Trondheim, Norway
- Chris Gould – Ayrshire, Scotland, UK
- George Dimsdale – Yukon, Canada
- Marcus Lee – Surrey, UK
- Mark Salvage – Gloucestershire, UK.
- Graeme Ward – Surrey, UK.
- Simon Fishwick – Norfolk, UK. As website administrator; email: webadmin @ ayrs.org
Nominations for new Officers and Committee Members need to be in the hands of the Secretary one month before the AGM (which is usually held in January, in or close to London, UK).
AYRS also has a number of volunteers who organise meetings of the Society. Details of meetings will be found in the Events List
London & South-East UK – vacant – Any volunteers please email: secretary @ ayrs.org
South-West UK – John Perry – S. Devon, UK. Tel: 01752 863730; Email: j_perry @ btinternet.com
North-West UK – Vacant – Wirral, UK. Tel: 0151 531 6256; Email: ecotraction @ aol.com to find out who the new organiser is.
East Anglia – Kim Fisher – Ipswich, UK. Tel: 01473 625024; email: kim.fisher @ btinternet.com
New England Group – This group needs an organiser to revive it
West Coast – David Culp – Martinez, CA, E-mail: dave @ dcss.org
Switzerland – Theo Schmidt – Steffisburg, Switzerland, Email: sus2006 @ bluewin.ch
Other Areas – In the first instance, please contact the AYRS Secretary, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialist Topic Co-ordinators
These assist members by providing expert advice. If information is wanted on a specific subject the appropriate co-ordinator may be a good person to ask first.
Multihulls – Mike Ellison (pro tem) – Devonport, UK. Email: rmellison @ ayrs.org;
Human & Solar Power – Theo Schmidt – Steffisburg, Switzerland Email: sus2006 @ bluewin.ch
Sailing Canoes – Simon Fishwick – Norfolk, UK; E-mail: fishwick @ compuserve.com
Hydrofoils – Joddy Chapman – Email: c/o office @ ayrs.org;
Instrumentation – Joddy Chapman – as above;
Speed Records – Mike Ellison (WSSRC Commissioner) – Devonport, UK. Email: rmellison @ ayrs.org;
Kitesails & Inclined Rigs – Dave Culp – California, USA. Email: dave @ dcss.org
Otherwise try emailing the AYRS Editor – email@example.com