EGM – Thursday 9th April 2015 – Update

A good turn out for the EGM last night and thank you for your views on the matter be they for or against the resolution.

We crammed 85 members onto HY Tyne and following a presentation by our Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) application consultants Carol & Frank Robinson, members were given the opportunity to state their views or ask questions.

At the conclusion of the session, members were asked to vote on the resolution:


Royal Northumberland Yacht Club should continue with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) application to preserve the HY Tyne, and the method to Dry Dock the vessel will be by a crane lift onto the Quay within Port of Blyth.


Of the 85 members in the room, 1 had already submitted a proxy vote which they wished to remain as such, leaving 84 ballot papers for counting.


Votes for the resolution – 71

Votes against the resolution – 12

Abstentions – 1


Proxy votes for the resolution – 12

Proxy votes against the resolution – 2


Total votes for the resolution – 83

Total votes against the resolution – 14

Total abstentions – 1

Total number of votes cast – 98 (97 if the abstention is disregarded)


85% of the voting members were therefore in favour of the resolution, which being in excess of the 75% required, was carried.


My sincere thanks to the HLF Steering group, Chris Turnbull (Chair), Dave Morgan, David Hesselberth, Peter Tayler and Tony Freeth without whose tireless efforts we would have not reached this stage, and of course to Carol and Frank of ConsultRobinson who have undertaken the vast majority of the administration work in getting our application through Stage 1 (development) and preparing for Stage 2 (delivery).


Carol and Frank will now continue in the completion of the Stage 2 application, along with the collation of the supporting documents required by HLF.


We are looking to submit the Stage 2 application by early June 2015 for a September 2015 decision.


Should we be successful in our bid, it is anticipated the work on the Club Ship will commence in the spring of 2016.


At the meeting I informed those present that there will be a number of opportunities to become involved in the preservation of HY Tyne when she is ashore, by volunteering to work with the shipwrights carrying out the repairs. Many of you signed up last night, but for those who didn’t or weren’t at the meeting the offer still remains open. Please contact me by email ( should you wish to have your name added to the list, and I will forward it to the steering group.


There are unlikely to be any major developments to report on this situation until we get a decision from HLF in September, so it’s probably now a case of wait and see!


Maybe we can now relax a little and get some sailing done.


Paul Common