I joined RMYS in 2013. I sailed with a couple of regular racing skippers before deciding to enter the ranks of the PBOs (Poor Bloody Owners) and purchased Christine at the end of 2013. It has been a rewarding experience getting to know other members of the club, and I see my role on GC as furthering the development of both sailing and the facilities of RMYS in general. Hence I have also joined the Facilities committee where I trust my project management skills will be of benefit.
I started sailing in my teens, mostly catamarans, with a little dinghy sailing thrown in. Then moved to keel boats in my twenties. As often happens, life calls you in different directions and I left sailing behind for 25 years.
I see great opportunities here at RMYS, particularly the clubhouse, where we should carefully consider options that will benefit all our members. I believe we have enormous opportunities here at St Kilda. Our location is second to none around the Bay.
I acquired my first boat, a Hobie catamaran in the 1980s, with the thought that it could be an opportunity for a joint family activity. We sailed it from time, but I couldn’t get the rest of the family really interested. After moving to Elwood after the kids left home, we bought a small keelboat to learn to sail and joined RMYS, mainly because we needed somewhere to keep the boat and it was close to home. The boat was more a project than a sailing boat, but we gained some experience and had some fun. In 2015 we upgraded to a bigger boat, and have done much more sailing, met more people, had much more fun and started to build our racing skills. But I still haven’t managed to get the kids really interested!
During my years of membership of RMYS, when I wasn’t sailing so much, I wanted to give something back to the club, so I started volunteering… on water laying marks, in the Tower helping the Race officers, or just cooking sausages when the need arose. It is a really enjoyable way of finding out more about sailing, and meeting new people. Last year I put my hand up to join the General Committee. I am still on a steep learning curve about how I can use my skills to help the club.