I didn’t step onto 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 whose stories, yarns and jokes have added to my happiness.
I’ve been a member for 30 years, initially with the Otters, becoming Secretary of the Otter Management Committee and Chairman of the UK Cadet Class. The Club became a focal point for our weekends and inevitably I became involved! I have been on House Committee for more years than I care to recall. My sailing centres around the organisational side of racing, happy days as part of the Committee Boat, Team Phoebe, and as a family we enjoy our more relaxed holiday adventures. I can be found, shoreside, most weeks and always look forward to meeting as many members as possible during these times.
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’ve worked in hospitality for going on 10 years now, starting out as a waiter and progressing onto bar work and up the ladder to General Manager of various venues.
Although I started at RCYC in July 2023, the club isn’t new to me as I got married here in 2019! I will often be seen behind the bar and am part of the management team planning and running the weddings, functions and events and dealing with all things ‘club’ from an operational perspective.
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 18 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. 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.
I previously worked as House Manager at the Club for over 20 years, and have re-joined as assistant, prior to the RCYC I worked in a similar role in various 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.