Its time to start working out some detail for proposed events for this year so that they can be discussed further on this forum and at the AGM on 16th Feb . Quentin has raised this point elsewhere.
Last year we opted to promote a single event which was greatly enjoyed / attended by many boats and road visitors to the gala dinner . As a special event to mark the 25th anniversary of the first Macgregor Event ( or rally as we used to call such gatherings ) we would not necessarily plan to do the big dinner this year but question is whether we still do one big event or several regional ones .
I am keen to everyone gets a reasonable chance to join in an event and hence share experience and friendship with other Mac owners . Hence I would suggest this year , if possible we try to arrange several events based in different areas. This however depends on people being keen/ able to organise such events . Suggestions might be :-
It seems we have quite a few members based in Scotland / north of the country and I would strongly encourage an event such as the one done in 2015. I would really love to join such an event but the way this year is starting to pan out Im not sure I can spare the 3 to 4 weeks needed to travel there and get some decent sailing. ...next year might be better for me.
b) Chichester harbour/ eastern Solent....as per last years suggestion at AGM....good sheltered water for new sailors/ bad weather but Isle of Wight and Portsmouth in easy reach.
c) Medway.....this was mooted by John Pompeii and sounds a nice place to explore ..several members around there .
d)Cardiff Bay ....again suggested before ...possibility of good safe training plus trip to explore North Somerset Coast
e)Plymouth ....this has become quite a favourite as we have had several events here in past . Good sheltered Plymouth Sound/ rivers but chance oto sail either way along the coast .
f)Falmouth ...further to go but not explored by Macs for many years ....was the home of Macregor importation for many years .
g)Windermere .....sounds like a suprisingly lot to do for a limited area lake.
Please lets begin to thrash out these and other possibilities .
Unfortunately trips to Europe may not be good idea wrt Brexit uncertainties...I dont know...otherwise Morbihan or Holland ? .