This fantastic initiative by the GC, gives you the opportunity to see how others have found themselves apart of the sailing community.
As always, ebreeze welcomes suggestions and contributions.
Marcus Coppens - Commodore
I started sailing off the beach in my late 30s on of-the-beach catamarans. A client friend of mine suggested I take up the sport to wean me off my work addiction. He introduced me to a 4.9 Mari Cat which has no jib and no boom. In time, I managed to navigate a course and win a pendant or two before someone had a good look at my handicap.
My move from suburban real estate to corporate business development manager forced my exit from off the beach sailing. I joined my sister on a lovely S&S 36 called Bloodhound at Hobson’s Bay YC.
Over the last 15 years I have been actively involved with RMYS, including working on the Westbeach pavilion project (which sadly died when City of Port Phillip decided to take over the pavilion), potential redevelopment of the clubhouse roof, and assisting in the negotiation of the contract to appoint a new caterer to replace Spotless catering. I then joined GC and worked on several committees to learn the ropes before taking up Flag positions.
I consider it a privilege to be your Commodore to help govern the squadron’s responsibilities and functions and I thank you for the opportunity.
Charles Meredith – Vice Commodore
I joined RMYS in 2011, mainly to get a berth for my catamaran Peccadillo in the new marina. However, I soon found the Squadron a welcoming group of people, and when invited to join GC in 2013, I was happy to contribute. I have been on GC since then and am now Vice Commodore, having sat on Membership Committee and Facilities Committee (which I currently chair). I am particularly enjoying working on the Master Plan for the Squadron’s future.
I came to sailing at a young age, sailing dinghies and off-the-beach until my twenties. Then family life and business significantly restricted my sailing until, in 2002, I bought a 10m cruising catamaran.
While I enjoy cruising, I love offshore multihull racing and have participated in 14 offshore races, with a number of wins and several race records. I am the outgoing Commodore of the Multihull Yacht Club of Victoria.
I think the Squadron is a great club in a brilliant location and my hope for the future is that we can bring the land facilities up to the same standard as the marina to provide for the needs of our existing members and to attract new members to sailing.