I didn’t step on to a boat until I was 28, so becoming Commodore 30 years later probably reflects how much I love the watersport lifestyle. I’ve shared my passion through teaching over 150 beginners to sail and almost as many how to drive motor boats. I’ve competed to a reasonable standard locally, nationally and offshore. I’ve yet to cross an ocean but it’s on the bucket list. Best of all, I have met loads of friendly, like-minded people home and abroad who’s stories, yarns and jokes have added to my happiness.
I was an Otter and went straight into crewing in dinghies and many of the various one designs in the Club making many friends along the way. After a spell as Class Captain of the RCODs I bought a small cruiser, met my husband in the bar of the RCYC and we have cruised to the Med, Atlantic Islands and the Caribbean.
Currently overseeing the Premises And Moorings Committee ensuring the buildings, grounds, moorings and launches remain in top order for our members. I have sailed several different classes over the years both inshore and offshore and currently race a Squib. Previously involved with the running of the Corinthian Otters encouraging our younger members onto the water to enjoy the sport we all love.
The brilliant team which run RCYC.
I am responsible for effective management of club facilities together with associated operations teams (bars, catering and functions) ensuring a high standard of service is provided throughout all areas of activity to both members and guests. (Basically making sure things run smoothly!)
I previously worked in a similar role in golf clubs before moving to Essex in November 1997 and starting at the RCYC straight away.
Although many members and others have encouraged me to get into sailing I haven’t quite managed it with the golf course preferred!
There’s still time.
I’ve been cooking for 30 year but still have a passion for food. I started at the club in 2013 and strive with the different challenges the club has brought every week. My experience beforehand was in four star hotels, AA rosette restaurants, cruise ships & my own business. I look forward to the changes at the club with open arms.
I’ve worked at the Club for over 16 years, starting as a waitress then moving to the bar, and then on to the office- where I have been since 2008! I’ve seen a lot and can probably answer most questions. If I can’t, Tony (House Manager) and longest serving current staff member can! We’re a sociable and fun Club with lots of activity off and on the water and I’ll always be here to help you along the way.