Weston Bay Yacht Club
NB Words, phrases and expressions in these Bye-laws shall, unless the context otherwise requires, have the same meaning as the Articles of Association of Weston Bay Yacht Club Limited
1.1 - In addition to the classes of memberships referred to in the Articles of Association there shall also
be the following classes of Membership:-
1.1.1 - Affiliated block Membership of a boating, sailing or yachting club ("an Affiliated Body") 1.1.2. Social Membership (man, wife or partner children and grandchildren under 12 years of age)
1.1.2 - Social Membership (man, wife or partner children and grandchildren under 12 years of age)
1.1.3 - Temporary Membership
1.1.4 - Family Membership comprising children or grandchildren of a Full member, a Retired member, an Intermediate member, an Honorary member and a Social member
1.1.5 - Cadet Membership (aged 12 to 17 years inclusive or under 12 if not otherwise covered under Family membership)
1.1.6 - Associate Membership comprising licence holders ofthe River Axe Moorings Committee who on 9th April 2001 were not also members ofWeston Bay Yacht Club
Provided that these persons shall not be members ofWeston Bav Yacht Club Limited ("the Company") but shaft nevertheless be entitled to the rights and obligations of members set out in Article 10.1 ofthe Articles of Association of the Company and provided further that for the avoidance of doubt such members do not have the right to nominate or to be elected as officers or directors ofthe Club or to vote at general meetings of the Club.
1.2 - Applications for any class of membership shall be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Articles of Association of the Company provided that applications for Affiliated block membership will be considered by the General Committee at an annual subscription based on the maximum number of members acceptable from the applicant club. The Affiliated block membership will be subject to annual review for renewal at the discretion ofthe Annual General Meeting. Details of application for Affiliated block membership shall be published in accordance with Article 9.1 of the Articles of Association of the Company
1.3 - There shall be an entrance fee payable on election for memberships, except in the case of children transferring to Cadet membership from the cover of Family membership. There will be no fee payable for Associate Membership.
1. 4 - A Full Member ofthe Club shall be eligible for a reduction of up to 40 per cent (to be proposed by the Mooring Sub-Committee and approved by the General Committee) in the annual subscription for such time as that Full Member holds a valid annual moorings licence,
1.5 - The provisions of the Articles of Association of the Company relating to expulsion and resignation from membership shall apply mutatis mutandis to the classes of members referred to by Byelaw 1.1 save that if a Member who is expelled or suspended is a moorings licence holder that Member may retain his mooring until the expiration ofthe then current licence and may use the slip and pier for the duration ofthe suspension (as the case mav be). The Club may in the discretion ofthe General Committee allow retention of a mooring if a member who was a licence holder on the 9th April 2001 voluntarily ceases to be a member ofthe Club in exceptional circumstances.
1.6 - Members ofthe Club, their guests or visitors may use the Club facilities entirely at their own risk and in doing so accept that:-
1.6.1 - the Club will not accept liability for anv damage to, or lost property (including boats) belonging to members, their guests or visitors to the Club.
1.6.2 - the Club will not accept liability for personal injury or loss of life arising out ofthe use ofthe Club facilities, either sustained by members, their guests or visitors, or caused by the said member or guest or visitor, whether or not such damage or injury could have been attributed to or was occasioned by the neglect, default or negligence of any member, guest of visitor the officers Committee or servants ofthe Club.
1.7 - In the event of an emergency which could affect the continued efficient running ofthe Club business, the General Committee shall take such action as is necessary and will notify the general membership ofthe action taken by means of a notice displayed on the Club notice board.
The Social and Entertainment activities ofthe Club shall be controlled (subject to the General Committee) by a Social Committee. The Social Committee shall consist of the Social Committee Chairman and six members, all of whom shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and up to three representatives of any Affiliated Body.
Dogs and other pets may not be brought into any part of the clubhouse, other than guide dogs.
4. Accounts and Expenses
4.1 - Audited financial accounts shall be sent with the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting.
4.2 - No person may claim expenses without the prior approval ofthe General Committee
The directors of me Company may from time to time make, alter and repeal any Bye laws they consider necessary or expedient or convenient for the proper conduct and management of the Club, and in particular, but not exclusively, they may by such Bye laws:
5.1 - Regulate the terms and conditions upon which guests, children of members ofthe Club and visitors may use the premises and property ofthe Club;
5.2 - Fix the times of opening and closing the sailing facilities. Clubhouse, and premises of the Club or any. part of them and the permitted hours for the supply of intoxicating liquor;
5.3 - Promulgate the rules to be observed and the prizes or stakes to be played for by members of the Club playing any games on the premises of the Club;
5.4 - Prohibit particular games on the premises of the Club entirely or at any particular time or times;
5.5 - Regulate the conduct of members of the Club in relation to one another and to the Club's staff;
5.6 - Set aside of the whole or any part or parts of the Club's premises for gentlemen members, women members or any other class or classes of members, at any particular time or times, or for any particular purpose or purposes;
5.7 - Impose fines for breach of any Bye law or any of these Articles and
5.8 - Regulate all matters that are commonly the subject of Club rules.
6.1 - The sailing activities of the Club shall be controlled, subject to the approval of the General Committee by a Sailing Committee. The Sailing Committee shall consist of the Honorary Race Officer (who shall have racing experience and shall act as Chairman of this Committee), the Honorary Sailing Secretary, the Cadet Leader, three other Full members all of whom shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting, one representative from Weston Water Ski Club and one representative from each of the two largest Affiliated Bodies.
6.2 - All races shall be conducted and sailed under the Rules of the Royal Yachting Association, and the ISAF and other rules as laid down by the Club. Visitors are welcome to race in the Club closed events, but Club trophies will only be awarded to Full members.
6.3. - Life jackets must be worn by sailing dinghy helmsmen and crew whilst taking part in Club activities.
6.4 - Safety regulations for Weston Bay Yacht Club shall be in accordance with Royal Yachting Association safety regulations as printed in the Weston Bay Yacht Club sailing programme for the , current year.
6.5 - A minimum of two sailing meetings shall be held each Club year, dates of which to be notified by Club circular, but a special meeting shall be called on requisition by a minimum of six members.
6.6 - The Club regatta shall be organised by a special Regatta Committees consisting of the combined General Committee and Sailing Committee.
6.7 - The Sailing Committee shall have power to co-opt additional members.
6.8 - Safety regulations of the Club shall be adhered to at all times. It is strongly recommended that life jackets be worn at all times whilst afloat.
6.9 - All boats belonging to members must be covered by third party insurance at all times and members must be prepared to give proof of this to a member of the General Committee if so requested.
6.10 - Racing within the Club shall be restricted to boats with Club handicap number excepting for open events and regattas.
6.11 - The Club Burgee shall be Royal Blue bearing a white cross and with a small white circle in the hoist
6.12 - Members boats must not remain moored to or alongside the mooring stage pontoon for a period exceeding twenty-four hours. This period may be increased, under exceptional circumstances by application to a Flag Officer or Director
7. Premises and Property
7.1 - A member of the General Committee shall be appointed as Club Boatswain and other members may be nominated to assist.
7.2 - The duties of the Club Boatswain shall be:-
7.2.1. - To keep a current property register (excepting bar stock) and
7.2.2 - To report to the General Committee on the condition of all the Club Property
7.3 - The General Committee shall appoint a wharf master to con troll the day to day running of the slipway in accordance with the conditions laid down by the General Committee.
8.1 - There shall be a Bar Sub-Committee to control the management of the bar. The Bar Sub-Committee shall consist of three appointed Full members of the General Committee one of whom shall be the Bar Officer together with the Club Steward.
8.2 - The Bar Sub-Committee shall be responsible for the day to day management of the bar, including the purchase and supply of intoxicating liquor.
8.3 - The Bar Sub-Committee and all members shall at all times abide by the Licensing Actl964 and any subsequent amendment thereto.
8.4 - Persons under the age of 18 years will not be supplied with, or consume intoxicating liquor on the premises.
8.5 - No person other than members of the Club and visitors from an affiliated Club shall be supplied with intoxicating liquor in the Club~.
8.6 - The General Committee shall control the opening hours of the bar within the provisions of the current licensing laws and within permitted hours granted by the Local Licensing Authority.
8.7 - The General Committee shall control the issue of kevs to the bar and shall only issue them when necessary. No other member of the Club shall hold the keys to the bar as a right.
8.8 - The permitted hours for the supply of intoxicating liquor shall be from 10am to 11 pm on weekdays and from 12 noon to 10.30pm on Sundays, Christmas day and Good Friday, or on weekdays until such time on the evenings as shall accord with the permitted hours fixed from time to time by the Local Licensing Authority. The actual opening hours for the bar shall be set by the General Committee within the permitted hours in accordance with rule 4.5. The General Committee may at its discretion apply to the Local Licensing Authority for permission to vary these hours.
9.1 - There shall be a Moorings Sub-Committee to issue licences, collect licence fees, administer the river, allocate moorings and maintain facilities. The decisions and actions of the Sub-Committee shall at all times be subject to the approval of the General Committee.
9.2 - The Moorings Sub-Committee shall consist of five Mooring licence holders, appointed annually by a general meeting of licence holders and the Sub-Committee shall be chaired by a Director of the Club.
9.3 - Maintenance of the landing stage and moorings and the general improvement of water sports will be funded from a separate fund within the Club Accounts into which all money collected for licence fees will be paid. This account to be called the Moorings Committee Account and will form part of the general funds of the club.
10.1 - Any member shall be entitled to introduce a guest to the Club, provided that no person whose application for membership has been declined or who has been expelled for the Club, shall be introduced as a guest. The member introducing a guest shall enter the name and address of the guest, together with his own name, in the book which shall be kept at the clubhouse, no one guest may be introduced to the Club on more than six occasions in any one Club year.
10.2 - Members of the Clubs affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association may use the Club and shall not be limited to six visits per year as in Clause 9.1. These visitors must enter their names and their affiliated club name in the visitors book on each visit.
11.1 - The directors must adopt whatever means they consider sufficient to bring all Bye-laws, alterations and repeals to the notice of the members of the Club.
11.2 - All Bye laws, so long as they are in force, are binding on all members of the Club.
11.3 - No Bye laws may be inconsistent with, or affect or repeal anything contained in, the Memorandum or Articles of association of the Club, or be in breach of any statutory provision.
11.4 - Any Bye law may be set aside by Resolution of the General Committee.
Amendments to Bye-laws
Amendment to Bye-law 6.12
Delete "a Flag Officer or Director" and insert "the Moorings Master"
The Bye-law now will read: -
6.12 - Members boats must not remain moored to or alongside the mooring stage pontoon for a period exceeding twenty-four hours. This period may be increased, under exceptional circumstances, by application to the moorings Master.
New Bye-law No. 6.13 -
6.13 - If at any time any mooring or other fees payable to the club by any member or former member shall be three months or more in arrears:
a - The committee shall be entitled to move the boat to any other part of the premises without being liable for any loss or damage to the boat howsoever caused.
b - The committee shall be entitled upon giving one month's notice in writing to the member or former member, at his last known address shown in the register of members, to sell the boat and to deduct any monies due to the club (whether by way of arrears of subscription or mooring fees or otherwise) from the net proceeds of sale before accounting for the balance (if any) to the member or former member.
c - Alternatively any boat which in the opinion of the committee cannot be sold may, upon such notice as aforesaid, be disposed of in any manner the committee may think fit and the expenses recovered from the member or former member. Any arrears as aforesaid shall be deemed to be a debt owing to the club from the member or former member.
d - Further the club shall, at all times, have a lien over members or former members boats parked or moored on the clubs premises or club moorings in respect of all monies due to the club, whether in respect of mooring fees or subscriptions or otherwise.