Royal BVI Yacht Club elects new board at 44th AGM. James Gibson Joins Instructor Team


Photo: Royal BVI Yacht Club

Photo: Royal BVI Yacht Club

The 44th Royal BVI Yacht Club AGM took place on Tuesday 21 February 2017.

Attendees heard reports on the activities of the Club over the past year and thanks were given to all of the corporate partners, sponsors, members and volunteers who have supported the Club and the Youth Sailing Programme.

Commodore Todd Patterson, retiring after two years in the role, handed over the reins to Chris Haycraft. Giles Wood was elected as Vice-Commodore, with Clair Burke, Eddie Brockbank, Ron Gurney and Lisa Penn-Lettsome re-elected for another term.

Elected to the board for the first time was Tamara Allen who will take on the role of Social Captain. Tamara brings a wealth of experience and will be tasked with rejuvenating the Club’s social scene and reinvigorating the membership, old and new.

Commodore: Chris Haycraft
Vice-Commodore: Giles Wood
Treasurer: Clair Burke
Captain of Sailing: Edward Brockbank
Captain of Infrastructure: Ron Gurney
Social Captain: Tamara Allen
Member at Large: Lisa Penn-Lettsome
Secretary: Tamsin Rand

James Gibson joins instructor team
Originally from Queensland, Australia, James has a real passion for teaching. He has been working professionally as an instructor for over five years in roles that varied from beginner classes to advanced catamaran techniques.

Growing up on a farm, he was introduced to sailing at the age of 11 and was instantly hooked. He learned to sail on a Hobie 16 and raced competitively in Hobie 16, Taipan 4.9s and Hobie Tigers so brings a new multihull skill set to the team.

In recent years, he has worked in Greece, for the Royal Brunei Yacht Club in Borneo and in Melbourne, Australia.

James brings a really fun and positive approach to the program and is already teaching the kids some new sailing lingo… Not only is he excited to be teaching sailing, his goal is also to enable the kids to gain confidence and essential experience in, on and around the water.

He loves kitesurfing, AFL, roast pork and Vegemite but wouldn’t be seen out with coriander!

James will be the lead instructor for all beginner and intermediate classes, FunSail sessions, holiday camps and KATS.

To find out more about our current schedule or discuss opportunities please send an email to the RBVIYC or call the office on 494-3286.