The proposal for the formation of a Merchant Navy Association Boat Club (MNABC) was initiated by Clive Marsh in 2008. Clive was based at the Rye Yacht Club and sailed a 17-foot GRP sloop. The MNABC is a group of like minded MNA members who are interested in sailing and boating, contributing to maritime safety, sharing information through multi-media linkages and meeting at least once a year at the MNA AGM.
Benefits of the Merchant Navy Association Boat Club
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IntroductionThe National Council of the Merchant Navy Association agreed to the formation of a boat club in 2007. The Association Boat Club supports the objectives detailed in the MNA Constitution and this document gives additional considerations relevant to the management and administration of the Boat Club. Club Constitution1.NameThe Club shall be called “The Merchant Navy Association Boat Club” (MNABC). 2.EnsignThe Club shall fly the Red Ensign and the MNA Burgee. 3.ObjectivesThe objectives of the Club are to facilitate and promote the safe participation and enjoyment in yachting and boating activities on oceans, seas, lakes and inland waterways. We also seek to facilitate the training of prospective younger members and promote opportunities for careers in the leisure sector. 4.MembershipMembership is open to all national members of the MNA in UK and Overseas. All members should have some connection to those whose occupation is or was in the maritime sector. Any member, who has not paid their National membership subscription, after one reminder before the end of March each year, will be deemed to have resigned. Honorary Membership is available for distinguished service to the Club. All members must be at least 18 years of age although prospective younger members will be encouraged to participate in training and development programmes. 5.CommitteeThe Club’s affairs shall be managed by an elected Committee who shall remain in position for a period of three years. This Committee shall consist of the following officers: Commodore, Vice Commodore, up to three Rear Commodores, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Webmaster and the support of three co-opted members for their specific knowledge, experience and ability to advance the Club’s aims and initiatives. The Commodore and Vice Commodore are also the Club’s Flag Officers. One member of the MNABC Committee shall also be a member of the MNA National Executive and a Board member of the MNA Charity. MNABC Committee members are indemnified as detailed in the MNA Guideline’s and are covered by the National MNA Public Liability Insurance Policy. 6.FundingThe Club will not hold any permanent funds but will have access to the MNA General Fund and the MNA Welfare Fund should the need arise. The Treasurer shall keep a record of monies received and dispersed on behalf of the Club. This account will be included in the MNA’s end of year accounts presented to all MNA National members and the Charity Commission. Any fundraising activities shall be for the benefit of the wider seafaring community. 7.Club SecretariesThe Secretary shall maintain a record of all general meetings. The Membership Secretary shall keep a register of the Club members’ names, addresses and any boats they own. Members are responsible for notifying any changes to their details and boat ownership by contacting the Membership Secretary.8.SailingAny regattas or Dragon Boat races organised by the Club will be under RYA, IYRU or RORC rules. The sailing and/or safety instructions will state clearly which rules apply and any local modifications. 9.The Legal StructureThe Club is a non-profit, unincorporated volunteer organisation that also seeks to bring together others with the endeavor and energy to make a difference in their community of interest. 10.RYAThe Club shall, at all times, be affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association.
The MNA Boat Club Committee members are:Commodore:Clive EdwardsVice Commodore: Paul BattagliolaRear Commodore: Chris WoodsRear Commodore Elect: Vivien Foster OBERear Commodore: Prof. Richard CardSecretary/Treasurer:Tim BrantMembership Secretary:David CornesEast Anglia Regional Chair:Steve WalkerWebmaster:David Hearn
•A way of keeping the Merchant Navy Association alive and active in local sailing communities, boatyards, and marinas both on the coast and on inland waterways in the UK and abroad•Affiliation to the RYA and other organisations and clubs, exchanging ideas for members.•Exchange forum through members regional meetings via Zoom•Lobby authorities on matters affecting safety on the water, river and canal sides and along the coast.•Member’s MNABC pennant flag and lapel badge and access to a range of MNA corporate branded clothing for broader recognition.•Increased awareness and credibility for the MNA and our lobbying activities.•Liaison with the RNLI, RYA, RIN, MCA, NCI, MVS and training establishments•Partnership with the RNLI for members to become MNA-RNLI Volunteer Ambassadors to promote the National Respect the Water Campaign on inland waterways.•Partnership with the National Independent Lifeboat Association (NILA) to support and promote independent lifeboat stations around the UK and offer to get their Incident Press Reports featured on our Boat Club website whereby MNABoat Club members look to become "friends of their nearest independent lifeboat station".•The formation of special interest groups; In particular the MNA WaterWatch scheme where members can join the WaterWatch crew to act as watchkeepers afloat or ashore and Spot, Plot, Report incidents, potential incidents or hazards on the UK’s inland waters to the relevant waterway safety authority or to the HM Coastguard National Maritime Operations Centre in the case of incidents on the coast or at sea..•Publication of the MNA Boat Club’s “Boating Basics” guide for newcomers to boating•Regular articles in publications such as Full Ahead, The Pulse, Canals on Line etc.
For those of you for whom this is your first visit to the mnaboatclub.org.uk website I guess I ought to say a few words by way of introducing myself. My family have been involved in shipping for several generations, but my own merchant shipping sea-going experience was limited to a short time as a cruise director in the 1960’s before joining His Majesty’s Coastguard in 1973 where I spent twenty-three years including a spell as reserve skipper of the Portland Coastguard patrol boat. More recently I completed three years as Station Manager of the NCI Lyme Bay Coastwatch Station before taking up my recent RNLI Water Safety role with Weymouth Lifeboat Station.I was born at Leigh-on-Sea and brought up in Norfolk where I first learned to sail on The Broads, subsequently qualifying as an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, and went to Highgate School in North London. However my experience with HMCG led me to becoming a rescue boat operator, and eventually Chief Rescue Officer for Yacht Clubs of Weymouth and the British Sailing Team.My boating in recent years has been mainly in the Med where my partner Lois and I shared an interest in a Yarding 27 Motor Cruiser which we kept on a permanent mooring at Port Ambonne in the south of France and used as a second home.Until quite recently we had a Hardy Pilot 20 “Felice” which we kept on a mooring in Weymouth and used for pottering around in the Weymouth Bay – Lulworth area.However we’ve become “fair weather sailors” during the last few years and decided to relocate our boating activities to the Norfolk Broads so we acquired a 30 year old Hardy 25, mv “Lady Helen” which we completely renovated and fitted a new engine over the winter of 2020-2021 before moving her to the Norfolk Broads at Barton Turf where we stayed aboard her and made several short cruises during 2021-2022. However what we hadn’t bargained for was my wife Lois suffering a quite serious knee problem aggravated by the steep step up and down between the cockpit and the cabin, so sadly we’ve sold Lady Helen and bought a traditional Broads cruiser with the accommodation all on one level in the form of a Hampton Safari 25 named “Elsa II” She has already been used with our MNA Boat Club “WaterWatch” Scheme (see WaterWatch pages) in partnership with the Norfolk & Suffolk Boating Association (NSBA) to keep an eye out for potential hazards or incidents; indeed the day after we put her on our mooring at Cox’s Boatyard we played a part in an incident involving the theft of a £50,000 English Harbour electric motor launch (see incident report in our WaterWatch section).As regards the MNA Boat Club along with our small MNABC committee we’ve initiated several ideas which thanks to our webmaster David Hearn have included launching this website. My aim is to try to involve many more of the membership than previously, but I’m also very aware that the MNABC is unusual in having its membership scattered around virtually throughout the whole of the UK (and even abroad) so that trying to get people together is extremely difficult, and very expensive.To address that problem we’ve needed to adopt a somewhat different approach to that used by most yacht/boat clubs. That initiative has now evolved into our WaterWatch scheme which we are operating in East Anglia in partnership with the NSBA. - full details of the scheme and details of how our members are encouraged to participate are featured on our WaterWatch pages.