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.
“I first learnt to sail with the Corinthian Otters when I was 10 years old after pestering my Dad to let me try it. I started off in Oppies on the pond before moving on to crew and eventually helm a Cadet. Being part of the family Cadet sailing took me around the country on the circuit for training and competitions and as part of the National Squad to Poland and as far away as Tasmania. Shortly after finishing Cadets I took my Dinghy Instructor course to enable me to help teach younger sailors
When I went off to University I got involved with Uni team racing and in the Summer I would come back to the club to sail my RS200 in the Super Saturdays series.
Currently I now enjoy sailing my RS200, crewing a Squib locally as well as being part of an all-women’s match racing team competing across the country and internationally.”
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.
I wouldn’t call myself a sailor but my love of being on the water began when I met my husband Simon. We sailed his wayfarer together for many years at the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club and in local and national regattas. Having made the move to Essex 34 years ago we continued to sail the Wayfarer at Stone Sailing Club before buying our Squib ‘What’s the Story?’ in 2000. In 2007 we joined the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club and were part of the Squib Fleet until we sold ‘What’s the Story’ in 2020. Having retired from crewing in the Squib some years ago, (Grannies don’t do toe straps) , I now enjoy sailing our cruiser ‘Voyager’ and being part of team Phoebe.
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’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.