OURCs Captains' Meeting Minutes

1st Week, Michaelmas Term 2003

Apologies:

Dave Roberts, BNC captains


1) Minutes of the last meeting

These were held over as they had not yet appeared on the website.


2) Matters arising

Sarah Waldron was ratified as President of OURCs.


3) Squad news

a) OUWBC
Had a good summers' rowing with highly placed boats in both Women's Henley (best British college crew and final in coxless fours) and Henley Royal Regattas. Entered lots of boats in the Pairs Head to promote different skills of sculling, though not so happy with the results. Entering five boats in the Fours Head and entering the Nat Erg Champs, and will then assess how the squad is doing.


b) OULRC
Lots of returning rowers from the summer squad and four returning blues/Nephthys from last year. Entering three boats in the Fours Head.


b) OUWLRC
Very successful summer squad with a number of S3 and novice wins. Did well in Taiwan with the single achieving bronze and the quad coming third in the B final. There is a small but experienced squad with three returning lightweights, one from Osiris and one experienced fresher. Only one crew entered in Fours Head due to lack of boats, but will also enter Kingston the following day.


4) River closures

a) Wednesday 26th November to Friday 28th November 9.00am - 6.00pm and Saturday 29th November 8.00am - 6.00pm (7th week) for Christ Church Regatta.

Proposed: Lenny Martin (Ch Ch); Seconded: Emily Baldock (OURCs).


Passed overwhelmingly


b) Friday 21st November 12.00pm - 6.00pm and Saturday 22nd November 10.00am - 4.00pm (6th week) for Nephthys Regatta.

Proposed: Jeni Tod (OULRC President); Seconded: Emily Baldock (OURCs).


Passed overwhelmingly.


5) Motions

To mandate OURCs to purchase a second hand single scull and set of blades to be stored at Iffley Road pool (or nearby) for the use of capsize drills only.

Proposed: Russell Ewings (Merton); Seconded: Stuart Jones (Univ)


RE explained that Pat Lockley wanted colleges to perform capsize drills so thinks we need to keep one at the pool.

Jen Thomson (OURCs treasurer) noted that OURCs made a profit of 2,000 last year, but that a profit could not be guaranteed for the Isis Winter League and therefore we needed financial security before investing in equipment. OURCs currently has around 5,500 in the bank account. Edd Edmondson (OURCs) proposed making a small charge for use of the scull to cover costs of wear and tear.

Emily Baldock (OURCs) considered this fairer as only some colleges would need to perform capsize drills.

Andy Hadcroft (University safety officer) stated that swim tests are recommended in the water safety code, but not capsize drills. However, he did recommend that scullers perform these.

JT and EB proposed an amended motion that the OURCs treasurer investigate costs with a view to the purchase of a second hand scull.


Motion passed overwhelmingly.


6) Transfers

a) Sarah Snelgrove from LMH to St Hilda's (was an undergrad at St Hilda's and has just become a postgrad at LMH). Typically allowed.

Proposed: Morven Porteous (SHCBC); Seconded: Naomi Owen (SHCBC)

Passed overwhelmingly.


b) Elizabeth Ledger from Green to St Hilda's (was an undergrad at St Hilda's and has just become a postgrad at Green). Typically allowed.

Proposed: Morven Porteous (SHCBC); Seconded: Naomi Owen (SHCBC)


Passed overwhelmingly.


c) Catherine Davidson from no college to New (was an undergrad at New and is now working as a research assistant in Zoolology Dept with no college affiliation. Has been in continuous possession of a bod card). Typically allowed.

Proposed: Emily Richards (New); Seconded Jen Thomson (OURCs)


Passed overwhelmingly.


d) Sian Alexander from Linacre to Merton (was an undergrad at Merton and has just become a postgrad at Linacre). Typically allowed.

Proposed: Sian Alexander (Merton); Seconded Russell Ewings (Merton)


Passed overwhelmingly.


e) Annaleise Grummitt from Somerville to Merton (was an undergrad at Merton and is now at Somerville). Typically allowed.

Proposed: Sian Alexander (Merton); Seconded Russell Ewings (Merton)


Passed overwhelmingly.


f) Julia Labeta from Linacre/Nuffield to St John's (was an undergrad at St John's, now at Nuffield). Typically allowed.

Proposed: Gabrielle Adams (SJC); Seconded: Penny Coombe (SJC)


Passed overwhelmingly.


g) Alessandro Mazza to St John's (Alessandro is at the European School of Management which is not a University department - he has no college affiliation). Not allowed.

Proposed: Gabrielle Adams (SJC); Seconded: Penny Coombe (SJC)


Stuart Jones (OURCs) and Andrew Weaver (Univ) made the point that Univ had a number of rowers from the ESM, some of whom were very experienced, but that they had never been able to be in the first eight. IF member of ESM could row in OURCs events then they should do so as a block, not as particular exemptions.

Emily Baldock (OURCs) pointed out that the constitution does not allow this transfer so the captains' meeting probable couldn't pass it in any case, and it set a bad precedent if passed.

Andy Hadcroft argued that it didn't support college rowing as AM was not a member of any college.


Defeated overwhelmingly.


7) OURCs Elections

a) Andrew Weaver (Univ) to ordinary member.

Proposed: Emily Baldock (OURCs); Seconded: Sarah Waldron (OUWBC)


Passed overwhelmingly.


b) Rose Goldman (St Anne's) to ordinary member.

Proposed: Mike Dowell (St Anne's); Seconded: Emily Baldock (OURCs)


Passed overwhelmingly.


c) Jen Thomson to OURCs Secretary

Proposed: Emily Baldock (OURCs); Seconded: Sarah Waldron (OUWBC).


Passed overwhelmingly


d) David Locke to OURCs Treasurer

Proposed: Jen Thomson (OURCs); Seconded: Emily Baldock (OURCs)


Passed overwhelmingly.


8) Any other business

a) Resignations from OURCs: Edd Edmonson and Dave Roberts as ordinary members; Jen Thomson as treasurer.


b) Alex MacDonald (OURCs) reminded captains to put lights on boats, and asked them to be quiet around Longbridges early in the mornings as one of the boatmen lives there.


c) Univ requested that the Univ rafts not be occupied by non-OUBC colleges for any period of time.


d) Alex MacDonald asked if anyone had found a Lincoln cox box and that it be returned.


e) It was noted that the Somerville eight which was occupying space on the Island had now been removed.


f) Edd Edmondson (OURCs) asked that captains not go out on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings even during the holidays.


g) Edd Edmondson (OURCs) asked for suggestions for a prize scheme for the Isis Winter League.


h) Andy Hadcroft informed captains that swim tests would probably become mandatory within the next twelve months therefore they should start getting together now to arrange them.


i) Christ Church asked that they be contacted if captains had any ideas for the council's rowing audit (eg improvements to the towpath).


Date and time of next meeting: 8.00pm, Wednesday 26th November 2003 (7th week), BSTL St Catz.