Beer Luggers Club was formed in 1985.
The first meeting was held on 1st March at the Anchor Hotel, Beer, attended by Archie Lockyer, Greg Lockyer, Alan Abbott, Paul Vine, Carol Green, Mike Green and Alistair Green.
The first race was held on Monday 20th May 1985 and six boats took part. In those days fewer races were held - in 1986 there were six - and the boats were all used elsewhere for self-drive hire or potting.
Our Constitution, Racing rules and Measurement rules have developed over the intervening years, and the current versions (2014) now follow.
Name and Object
1/ The name of the club is Beer Luggers Club and the burgee of the club shall be a dark blue pennant bearing the motif of a dipping lug foresail and standing lug mizzen in tan and the letters BLC.
2/ The object for which the club is formed is to promote interest in, and encourage on an amateur status, the sport and art of lugger racing
3/ The club shall not be liable for any accident during sailing events and members taking part in any event organised by the club do so at their own risk
4/ Any person of either sex, whether the owner of a lugger or not, who is keen and interested in sailing, is eligible as a candidate for membership.
5/ The club, on the recommendation of the committee, may in General Meeting elect Honorary Members
6/ Every candidate for membership shall be nominated by one member and seconded by another member and his name and address and any other particulars the committee may require shall be sent to the Honorary Secretary
7/ Members other than Honorary Members may be elected at any meeting of the committee duly convened for that purpose. Candidates may, and on the request of any one member of the committee, shall, be elected by ballot.
8/ Any member desirous of retiring from the club shall notify his intention to the Honorary Secretary on or before 31st January, otherwise he shall be liable for the next year's subscription
9/ Every member on joining the club undertakes to comply with these rules and any refusal or neglect to do so, or any conduct which in the opinion of the committee is either unworthy of a member or is otherwise injurious to the interest of the club shall render a member liable to expulsion by the committee, provided that before expelling a member the committee shall call upon him for an explanation of his conduct and shall give him an opportunity to defend himself or resign his membership
10/ There shall be an annual subscription payable on election and by 1st March in each year, which may be varied from time to time by the club in General Meeting and which is at present as follows:
Single membership £10
Family membership (or Husband & Wife,
to include all children under 16 years) £15
For boat owners:
Race fee £45
Beach space fee £55
Temporary beach space fee £10
For full explanation see beach concession rules
10a A full member shall be entitled to the full amenities of the club, subject to compling with the club rules and regulations and in addition all sailing members must pay at minimum a social membership of Beer Sailing Club
10b a temporary member shall be a member who is on holiday or on a short visit to the area and shall be entitled to the full amenities of the club, subject to complying with the club rules
10c A junior member shall be any person under the age of 16 years and shall be entitled to the full amenities of the club, subject to complying with the club rules. No junior member shall be eligible to take part in any sailing event organised by the club unless he or she is able to swim proficiently
10d Any member who has not paid his subscription by 1st April shall be requested in the name of the committee to pay the same within 14 days and if his subscription is not paid by 31st May his name may be removed from the list of members by the committee. A members name may be restored at the discretion of the committee
10e No member shall be entitled to exercise any rights or privileges of membership in any year until his subscription in that year shall have been paid
10f A member elected after 1st October in any year who shall have paid his subscription for that year shall not be required to pay any subscription for the following year
10g The Commodore shall have power to grant temporary membership for one race in any one season to any visitor/s he considers fit without need to go to committee
11/ The Officers of the club shall consist of a President, Vice President, Commodore, Vice Commodore, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and Sailing Secretary/Race Officer who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. The retiring Oficers shall be eligible for re-election. No candidate for election to any office shall be proposed unless the name of such candidate and his Proposer and Seconder shall have been sent in writing to the Honorary Secretary 24 hours before the date of the AGM
12a The committee shall consist of the Officers and not more than 5 members of the club elected by the club in General Meeting, to hold office until the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting
12b Any candidate for election to the committee shall have been a fully paid up member of the club for at least 12 months. Further, every member standing for the committee, whether new or retiring shall be nominated or re-nominated, proposed and seconded by members of the club in writing and such nomination shall be in the hands of the Honorary Secretary at least 24 hours before the date of the AGM. Each candidate so nominated shall then be individually elected at the AGM
12c If a casual vacancy occurs by death or by resignation the committee may co-opt a member to fill the vacancy
12d If the number of candidates duly proposed and seconded exceeds the number of vacancies to be filled, the election shall be by secret ballot
12e In case of an equality of votes the Commodore shall have a second or casting vote
13a The committee shall manage the affairs of the club according to the rules and shall apply the funds of the club to the objects of the club
13b The committee shall make such bye-laws, rules and regulations as they think fit as to the management of any club premises
13c It shall be the responsibility of the Honorary Treasurer to keep a complete and accurate account of the club's finances to be finalised by 31st October each year
13d Sub committees of not less than 3 nor more than 5 members may be appointed by a members' meeting to consider a report on any matter of importance in connection with club affairs or to delegate the authority to carry out any specific acts or duties. The Commodore and Secretary shall be ex officio members of all such committees
13e The custody of club property shall be vested in not less than 2 nor more than 4 trustees, who shall all be members of the club, duly elected at the AGM
13f All members of the club agree to indemnify the trustees and committee in respect of acts done by them in the proper conduct of club business
13g Liability of the club shall fall on all members and not just apply to trustees or committee members or officials
13h In case of an equality of votes the Commodore shall have a second or casting vote
13i At the Annual General Meeting in each year a person shall be appointed as Honorary Auditor whose duty it shall be to audit the accounts of the club for the then current year
14a An Annual General Meeting shall be held at some place in Beer to be named and on some day in the month of November to be fixed by the Commodore. The Honorary Secretary shall at least 14 days before the date of such meeting, post or deliver to each member notice thereof
14b No business except the passing of the accounts and the election of the officers, committee and Honorary Auditor and any business that the committee may order to be inserted in the notice convening the meeting shall be discussed at such meeting unless notice thereof be given to the Honorary Secretary at least 24 hours before the date of the Annual General Meeting
14c The committee may, on giving 14 days notice, call a General Meeting of the members of the club for any specific business, the nature of which shall be stated in the summons convening the meeting and the discussion at such meeting shall be confined to that business only
14d The committee shall call a General Meeting on the written request of 12 members
14e At a General Meeting of the club each fully paid up member (other than an honorary member or junior member) shall have one vote. Honorary members and junior members shall be entitled to attend a General Meeting but shall have no vote. In case of equality of votes the Commodore shall have a second or casting vote
New rules, amendments and alterations
15a Notices of any alteration or addition to the rules intended to be proposed by a member of the club shall be given to the Honorary Secretary in writing 24 hours before the date of the AGM, if the same is to be proposed at the AGM or at any special General Meeting at which the same is to be brought forward
15b All such proposed alterations and additions and any amendments to them, which may be proposed and seconded, shall be put to the vote of the meeting, and provided that, on the show of hands, or if demanded on a poll, a majority of two thirds of the votes of those members present and voting, shall be cast in favour of any alterations, additions or amendments, then the same shall be deemed to be carried
15c Decisions on rules not provided for in the constitution, or minuted rules or amendments to the constitution, shall be in accordance with RYA rules
15d In the case of conflict between this constitution and previous rules, this constitution shall override all previous rules.