Introducing New Members 2021/2022

Guidelines for the proposal of new members



The rules for election to membership are set out in Rule 6 (i-xiv) of the Club Rules, which are published in full in the Club Yearbook.

Election is a five stage competitive process with the final decision being taken by the Membership Committee.


An application can be made for one person only. Separate applications must be made for husband and/or wife or partner.

Candidates must satisfy all of the following Club criteria for membership:

  1. Have substantial cruising experience and demonstrable skill in the general management, command and maintenance of a vessel.
  2. A record of genuine and credible enthusiasm for cruising.
  3. A continuing commitment to the life and work of the Club.
  4. Sociability both afloat and ashore. It is one of the objects of The Club to foster the association of yachtsmen with an interest in cruising under sail.


Proposers and seconders must have at least four years standing as members of the ICC, and except in special circumstances must know the candidate.

Flag Officers and Members of Committee are not eligible to make nominations.

A candidate should know or have met at least one member of the Committee.

A candidate’s proposer is responsible for processing the candidate’s application, collating and quality assurance of the required information and ensuring its submission by the date specified by the Club.


Stage 1 – Identification

Having identified a potential member the proposer (and seconder) should assess his/her compliance with the Club’s criteria for membership and only when satisfied with the strength of the candidate proceed to Stage 2.

Stage 2 – Regional involvement

  1. The proposer should discuss the potential member with the Regional Flag Officer (R.F.O)* and, if required should arrange for them to meet.  The R.F.O may at his discretion involve other regional committee members or Flag Officers.
  2. If the candidate is deemed suitable, the R.F.O will issue the appropriate forms to the proposer, by email.

Stage 3 – Documentation

  1. The quality of documentation is critical both in assisting the Club in its decision making and ensuring the best chance of success for the candidate.
  2. It is preferable that the form should be completed electronically. The spaces in the form expand as necessary to accept the required text, but in other respects the wording of the form should not be altered. When fully completed and ready for submission, the form should be printed and signed personally by the candidate, the proposer and the seconder.
  3. Whilst responsibility for the completion of the proposal form and collation of all the required documentation lies with the proposer, the information required should be prepared as follows and passed to the proposer within an agreed timetable.

(i)   By the Candidate

  • Personal Details
  • Reasons for Joining
  • Possible contribution to the Club
  • Details of Sailing C.V. including:
    (1) Cruises undertaken, location, duration, boat and crew details, role played by the applicant.
    (2)  Qualification and training courses taken.
    (3)  Maintenance skills.
  • A short biographical note of sailing history
  • Photographs: A head and shoulders photograph of the Candidate in a sailing setting and a photograph of the Candidate’s boat (if applicable) should be supplied. If the Candidate is elected, these will be required for publication in the Newsletter and on the Club website. Electronic versions may be requested.

(ii)   By the Seconder

Information necessary to complete the Seconder’s portion of the form.

(iii)   Additional support – At the discretion of the proposer up to three additional letters of support from members of the Club may be included in support of the application.  Such letter should be brief and focus primarily on the candidate’s suitability for membership.

  1. If the form is completed electronically, the only additional documents should be:
  2. i) The sailing biography
  3. ii) A maximum of three letters of support

iii) Photographs.

Stage 4. Document submission

The completed application must be reviewed by the R.F.O by 31st October and having been reviewed, arrive with the Honorary Admissions Officer by the 30th November.

Stage 5. – Decision

The Election Committee Meeting is held between the 1st January and the 1st March next. The proposer of an unsuccessful candidate will be notified and the proposer should then, as a matter of courtesy, inform the candidate. Successful candidates will be contacted by the Hon Secretary.


It is the expectation of the Club that the proposer’s responsibility for a successful candidate will extend beyond the point of election.  Accordingly, it falls to the proposer to welcome the new member into the Club, introduce them to as many members as possible, supporting them and honouring the traditions and standard of the Club and encouraging attendance at Club functions both afloat and ashore.

    * RFOs (Regional Flag Officers)  2021/2022

1.  South       Ann Lyons        Rear Commodore
2.  East          Alan Markey    Rear Commodore

3.  North        Derek White     Vice Commodore
4.  West         David Beattie   Commodore   


North Region

To all Northern Members

At this time of the year we normally look forward to our Christmas meeting and lunch where we catch up with our friends but with the second lock down in process and the possibility of an extension the club have had no option but to cancel all our regional autumn and Christmas events.
I would thank Stanton for arranging our Christmas meeting booking with RUYC and the subsequent cancellation.

As would be traditional at our Christmas meeting we remember the passing of all ICC members and in particular the friends that we have lost from our region. Our thoughts are with their families at this time.
– Bridget Kennedy
– Maurice Flowers
– Ronnie Barr
– Alan Bell
– David Maxwell
– Brian Black

The club continues to function quite efficiently and club business is dealt with as it arises. Communication to members continues to be by e-mail, our website and, for some, Facebook
Maeve Bell continues to glean whatever information that she can for the Newsletter.

Committee Meetings : The flag officers continue to hold regular Zoom meetings and go back to our regional committee members for consensus on ongoing club business.
This year was the turn of our region to host the October out of town committee meeting but regrettably with restrictions it ended up as a Zoom affair. Not as satisfactory or social as a face to face meeting but it was fairly productive.

Membership ; As you are already aware the new 2020 member intake has not yet been introduced to other members and the committee decided to suspend new member applications until next year.

Those of you who have arranged payment of next year’s subs by direct debit do not need to take any action. If you have any queries in this respect or would like to claim Senior Member status please contact Peter Mullan.

Annuals and Awards : The annual will be published and distributed as usual .
The number of logs submitted has been surprisingly good and John Clementson, who has once again agreed to be adjudicator, expects to be able to make quite a few awards.

Once again our thanks to Stanton for arranging the distribution.

Arrangements for AGM ; If possible a normal AGM will be held though this is regarded as a remote possibility. In the event that it is not possible a virtual meeting to facilitate the furnishing of reports, the participation of members, the presentation of awards, the passing of resolutions and the elections will be arranged.

Committee Members ; It was agreed by all regions that as 2020 has been a total non-event the existing committee members and flag officers should stay in place subject to the approval at the AGM.
All of the northern members are agreeable to serve an additional year.
– Peter Mullan
– Maeve Bell
– Des Brown
– Julie Chambers
– Derek White

Annual Dinner Weekend 2021 ; There was clear consensus at the committee meeting that due to restrictions on numbers and gatherings the 2021 Annual dinner weekend in Sligo was not viable and should be cancelled, and if possible rescheduled for 2023 at the same venue.
The 2022 Annual Dinner w/end booking at the Roe Valley resort to be arranged by the Northern Region will hopefully be achievable.

Programme for 2021 ; We can only continue to do our best to plan events locally and where circumstances permit. The regional committee members will make all efforts in this respect. We will monitor the ongoing restrictions and if possible try to arrange the following .
• Fitting out lunch at RNIYC – April
• Portaferry Sailing Club Rally – May
• Circumnavigation of Ireland – July
• August rally somewhere
Circumnavigation of Ireland ; The major club cruise for 2021 continues to be planned with as much social activity as will be permitted within any health regulations/restrictions which are in place at the time. The detail is on the website and will continue to be updated.
We will ask for expressions of interest in the New Year.

Website ; Please continue to access the website for information on future events and submit any content or articles that may be of interest to other members. In future this will be the main source for all club information, event organization and payment.
The Mail Chimp e-mail platform will continue to be used to circulate all information to members.

John Clementson has arranged a series of Webinars over the coming months which we hope will be of interest to all. John may have a couple of slots for speakers. So if any of you feel like giving a talk please contact him.
Details of the talks will be coming out very soon.

Should you have any suggestions or issues that you would like put to our main committee please contact any of the Northern Region committee members and we will make sure that it is raised.

Wishing everyone a safe passage into 2021

Stay Safe


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