Welcoming in 2017 for another year of cruising. Most members will be aware of the Association of Waterways Cruising Clubs (AWCC), but for new members of our club here is a brief introduction:
David Hobson, for many years (ably assisted by Christine), was the Club’s representative who retired last year. Mike Tucknott took over the role and now attends the AWCC regional meetings as the SYBC’s representative.
The AWCC is not for actual individuals, but is an association for boat clubs and their members. It was formed in 1964 by four boating clubs in the London/Midlands area.
To date there are more than 100 clubs which represent some 20,000 club members.
As with CRT being divided into regions so has the AWCC, which comprises of six regions; London, Midland, North-East, North-West, South-East, and South-West Regions.
The AWCC has become an influential boater’s lobby consulted by CRT, EA, IWAAC (Inland Waterways Amenity Advisory Council), also with district and local councils, and the DETR (Dept: Environment & Transport Regions)
The Association also works closely with IWA (Inland Waterways Association),
RYA (Royal Yachting Association), NABO (National Association of Boat Owners),
and the BMF (British Marine Federation).
Further information can be found on the AWCC web site (http//awcc.org.uk).
All club members can automatically make use of the AWCC’s benefits, which are mainly temporary moorings, help in urgent cases when stranded away from home moorings, and assistance where-ever possible. In other words, boating clubs help stranded boating clubs as much as possible. club members.
A credit card size ID card is available for each boat if required
All boating clubs pay a small fee so there is no charge to individuals so that proof of the club is an active paid up member to the AWCC, and proof if this may be asked for by a club being visited.
If requiring a mooring, including overnights, most clubs have a no charge (except for Hook-ups), but the club must be notified of your intentions beforehand and each club may not have the same rules as SYBC. At the present time our club allows visiting boats up to 4 nights without charge plus the cost of any electric used.
There is a Handbook which will be available to view within our club premises soon but at present time it is being updated. It will list all member clubs, contacts, amenities and more.
The Handbook must not be taken from the club.
Handbooks can be obtained, if required, for a price to be announced as is also the AWCC’s Burgee which goes well next to our own SYBC Burgee.
A list will soon be on the notice board for any one requiring the ID card for 2017. One card for each boat, which will be left in the appropriate pigeon hole.
Mike Tucknott AWCC Rep, Slipway Officer.