Sailing Section Officers & Committee
The sailing section officers are elected individually each year by the membership to run each of the four main offices within the section: Commodore, Vice Commodore, Honorary Secretary & Treasurer.
Karl has been the Sailing Section Racing Coordinator since 2006 responsible for the organisation of all the club’s racing series, championships and Open meetings. He coordinates the Sailing Section Diary each year and has been the Solo Class Captain until his new Phantom arrived in October 2007.
Having been an Assistant Dinghy Instructor for 25 years, Karl was finally persuaded to become a fully-fledged Dinghy Instructor in 2009 and join the Sailing School Staff. In 2011 Karl became a Powerboat Instructor.
Gerry is part of the 2008 intake onto the section committee. In a relatively short period of time Gerry has turned the dinghy park around from being a graveyard for abandoned boats into a well managed, tidy resource to the benefit of both new and exisiting members.
Along with his wife, Sue, Gerry is a keen racer and, in their Xenon, they won the inaugural Silver Fleet Championship beating fellow committee member Karl Pountney by a very close margin. In 2009 Gerry and Sue moved to the Tasar class.
Steve was formerly the Section Bosun (2006 – 2007). He now takes over from Jim Leydon as the Sailing Section Secretary.
Steve also holds a Commercial Yacht Master qualification and is frequently sailing ‘big-boats’ all over Europe.
In August 2009 Steve took over the role of Sailing School Principle from Fred Morris. Steve has been working hard all summer getting a number of schemes with schools and adults returning to sailing off the ground as well as qualifying as Senior Dinghy Instructor.
Pat is the wife of founding member and Streaker Class stalwart Bill Strange. Pat took charge of the Sailing Section's finances in 2011 from Fiona Denchfield. Along with her husband Pat can be seen out in their home-built Ketch "Touch Wood".
The Sailing Section Members Committee are elected en-bloc at each AGM. As a group they assist in the decision making process on behalf of the membership. Individually, they take on ‘portfolios’ and have important roles in the smooth running of the club.
Kevin returns to the committee in 2012 having previously been Membership Secretary in 2008/2009. Kevin is a Kestrel sailor and a member of the Kestrel Owner's Association Committee. Kevin has taken over the role of Duty Administrator, with help from Teresa Hughes, and he'll be in touch with each and every member at some point over the next 10 months.
Robert's love of power tools and chainsaws made him an ideal choice as 'clerk-of-works' at the club to plan and oversee the general maintenance of the site. He sails the Sprint 15 and is a regular on the Summer and Winter TT circuits along with his Brother Jon.
Robert joins the committee for 2012.
Tim joined the club in 2008 and sails a Tasar with his family. Tim was co-opted onto the committee in 2009.
Tim, a graphic designer by profession, was responsible for the design of the new publicity leaflets and club promotional banners used at the 2009 open day.
Ian Howard joined the committee as Bosun in 2011. A former club champion, Ian is frequently out in his Phantom on Sundays and supporting his daughter Charlotte who is a very successful Topper Sailor.
Ian is a Senior Dinghy Instructor with the Sailing School and qualified as a Powerboat Instructor in February 2011.
Ruth is a former Vice Commodore of the sailing section from 2005 – 2007 and took over from Graham Shrimpton in February 2008. In addition to her Commodore duties, Ruth is responsible for the organization of the section’s Social Events.