Events

The British Isles and the rest of the world offer a wealth of occasions and social gatherings to celebrate yachting history. We arrange meetings at which speakers, on a wide range of topics, share their detailed knowledge with others. In addition, we organize regular trips to places of maritime interest, and our past excursions have included Glasgow, Liverpool (twice), Harwich, Dublin Bay, Falmouth, Swansea, Belfast Lough, Dartmouth, Windermere Steam Boat Museum, Greenwich, Chatham, Lowestoft and Amsterdam. More recently we have visited yacht clubs in Ireland and a number of maritime museums in Holland and Germany, with a visit to Italy in prospect.


2022 Annual General Meeting – Postponement
As notified to members in a recent circular, we had very much hoped to be able to hold the 2022 AGM in April at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes. Unfortunately, however, the increasing number of Covid cases has made it impractical to ask members to travel at this time, but as soon as we are able to provide a firm date we will post a notice on this website and notify everyone via our Newsletter circular.


AGM 2021 - a brief overview
The 2021 AGM was held via Zoom on Saturday, 27th March and was attended remotely by 23 members, including the Committee. Several votes were given by Proxy.
The main matters discussed were:
Chairman’s Report - The financial position of the Association remains healthy as we continue to retain a significant surplus from sales of the Lloyd’s Register and The Yachtsman memory sticks.
Membership Numbers - We have 30 new members, including 15 from outside the UK, increasing our international spread, and bringing the current total to a healthy 190. We will be contacting members soon with a reminder about outstanding subscriptions.
Changes to the Rules of the Association – Various Resolutions were proposed and adopted, including the proposed conversion of the Association into a Charitable Trust.
Changes to the Committee – Retirements and election of new Committee Members.
Scanning Projects - Various targets for the next scanning project are under consideration.
AYH Journal 2021 – This was in hand for publication in the Summer.
Programme for 2021 – Possible visits were discussed and once Covid restrictions are eased details will be posted on the website under the Events section.
Volunteers - The Chairman appealed for more members to become involved in the activities of our Association and noted we especially need a new Honorary Secretary. Two new members from Dublin, Stratos Boumpoukis and Thalia Giannaopoulou, were invited to introduce themselves to the membership.
AYH members may obtain a copy of the full Minutes of the above meeting by contacting Martin Black


Group Visit to Venice
We are still hoping to re-schedule this trip, postponed from 2019 and now, unfortunately, threatened by new turmoil in Europe. The provisional programme, outlined below, had already been put in place so it should not be too difficult to revive what would undoubtedly be a very popular group visit, so please keep an eye on this website for updates and more detailed information.
Our provisional programme: our initial fact-finding (and, of course, exhausting!) exploratory trip to Venice in 2019 revealed a host of opportunities for us to return to explore just some of the amazing history of this extraordinary maritime city. We were fortunate to meet members of the Compagnia della Vela, the Venice yacht club that has a clubhouse adjacent to Piazza San Marco. They offered to host a reception for us! We also, of course, have a local AYH member Enrico Zaccagni who has been extremely helpful with recommendations. So our provisional programme should include:
• Private tour of the Arsenale, a remarkable reminder of the power of maritime Venice
• Visit to a Gondola “factory”
• Private boat trip to the Lagoon and island of Torcello on a traditional ‘trabaccolo’ – a two mast fishing barge
• Reception at the local Venice yacht club, the Compagnia della Vela.


Group Visit to Cowes 2021
On Friday and Saturday, 24th and 25th September 2021, we organised a very successful joint visit with the Friends of the Maritime Heritage Trust to enjoy the extensive maritime heritage of Cowes and the Isle of Wight. Read more here


AYH Visit to Northern Germany 5 - 8 October 2018 Read the full report here




Honorary Members :
Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, KCB; Rear Admiral Roy Clare, CBE; Clare Francis, MBE; Rosemary Joy; Lt. Cdr. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, CBE, RD, RNR; John Rousmaniere; Mikkel Thommessen

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