Guys thanks for your comments. I have also exchanged a few emails with Graeme on the subject who has made some further helpful suggestions. I will take them back to the committee and endeavour to come up with a solution to the problem & a clarification of the insurance issue. Mark makes a good point with reference to the RIBEX (the RIB club as opposed to the show) cruise. This is advertised in RIBLINES but is not a specific BIBOA event although BIBOA members attend. Perhaps this is the way forward - make the cruises "rib.net" cruises open to all to tag along and also publiicise in RIBLINES.
The strength of this medium is that it is instant and interactive so changes of plan for whatever reason, short notice cruises etc can be communicated swiftly and easily. (Witness how Thames Cruise & SoC weekend grew so rapidly.) It is a distinct advantage over setting a cruise programme months in advance and only communicating it via a mailed magazine or a seldom updated website. In fact I've had a sneaking suspicion for sometime that informal cruising organised through mediums such as rib.net are the way forward
If I occasionally sound intemperate on BIBOA related subjects its probably because I'm the only committee member I know of that posts regularly on here and feel to an extent that critiscm of the club is also critiscm of me personally. But I know that that is not the case so I must learn to count to 10 before posting! (Anyway its all JK's fault it was through a discussion initiated through here that I decided to volunteer in the first place!)
Anyway, Now that the airs cleared slightly can we just all go ribbing