ISMA Spring Meeting

From the Executive Secretary

After our very useful meeting in Munich last March Robert Owen, the Chairman of BISMA, has offered to host a meeting at the Royal Yacht Squadron next year. This meeting is not just for the committee – it is open to all members of ISMA.

The dates will be 9 - 11 March, and the suggested programme is that we should gather at the RYS Castle around lunchtime on Wednesday 9 March, which allows us that afternoon and the whole of the following day (10 March) for discussions if required. We would plan on those who wish staying for dinner on the Thursday evening, and leaving after breakfast on Friday, 11 March. We need to leave the Castle clear for members on the Friday evening.

We plan on accommodating as many people as we can in the Castle. The Castle has 9 double rooms, 5 twin rooms and one single, so exactly how many people we can fit in will depend on the mix of requirements. If we have more than the Castle can accommodate we will arrange rooms in neighbouring clubs or elsewhere.

It would be helpful to know if you plan to come, and if you will be bringing a partner or spouse with you. If you are coming unaccompanied, to make the most of the Castle's accommodation, it would help me to know if you would be prepared to share a twin room, either with someone you nominate or with someone selected at random.

To help you plan and make a decision, it might help you to know that rooms in the Castle are £70 per night per room for single occupancy or £100 per room for a double or twin. Full breakfast is £13.50. Dinner on Thursday will be £44 plus a share of the wine bill. Cost of the other meals will depend on the programme, but at the moment I am thinking of a light lunch or a sandwich lunch during the day and a lighter supper on Wednesday evening.

It may also help you to know that Cowes can be reached from London on a train from London Waterloo station to Southampton Central, from where there is a transit bus to the Red Jet fast ferry terminal. Advertised journey times are just over two hours, and once at Cowes the Castle is about 10 minutes walk from the ferry terminal.

I will of course be happy to answer any questions, or provide more detailed advice about travel options.
It would be really helpful to have an early response from those who want to come.
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