SHYC Who's Who
Rear Commodore Power
Phone: 07860 317455
Steve has been motor boating for over 25 years, and with his family joined SHYC over 9 years ago and is always an active member of the club.
This is his 3rd year as rear Commodore of Power, working closely with the rear commodore of Sail, and does the usual jobs that this position requires. Steve also looks after the maintenance of the Club, and runs karaoke on the last Friday of each month.
His current boat is a Princess 415 "Chardonnay", and he can be found on most weekends with his family and 2 pet dogs, around the harbour and Club.
Membership Secretary & Communications
Previously: Membership Secretary & Communications 2006-08
Phone: 07764 677363
Alison is membership secretary and looks after some of our communications including the monthly newsletter, Ahoy!, and sending press releases and race reports to the press.
Alison is an enthusiastic member of the yacht club, involved in various social activities and helping behind the bar. She is a keen crew member and has made a number of trips across the Channel and down to the Solent, compensating for any lack of sailing talent by cooking great bacon sarnies!
Previously membership secretary, Alison was responsible for launching Ahoy!, the monthly newsletter that goes to all members.
Previously: Rear Commodore Sail 2007-08 & 2008-09
Race Committee Secretary
Phone: 07765 892440
Boat: Red Machine
Taryn started sailing in June 2006 having never stepped onto a yacht before in her life (and not realising that white trousers weren’t really sensible in the wet!). Not knowing one person from the yacht club Taryn presented herself as ‘spare crew’ and filled a gap on Red Machine that Sunday morning , she has sailed on Red Machine since her first outing and this year became a co-owner joining the current skippers Pete Fletcher and Brian Donald.
Over the past two years she has obtained her day skipper theory, practical and yachtmaster theory of which unfortunately none have passed on the remedy for sea sickness. Taryn proudly holds the trophy for ‘first to vomit’ on a lumpy trip home from Fecamp.
Taryn’s sailing repertoire includes one and quarter ‘Round the Island’ races, several ‘Royal Escapes’ lots of Sunday and Wednesday races, and the best bit for her without doubt is the team she races with and the club she sails home to.
Taryn is an active member of the club and is currently the racing committee secretary and the ‘Princess’ in the pantomime. You can generally find Taryn in a Red Machine shirt somewhere in the bar on a Sunday.
Previously: Secretary 2006-09
Boat: Two Dizzy
Previously: Treasurer 2006-10
Phone: 07816 673602
Previously: Commodore 2002/03, 2007/08, 2008/09
Previously: Commodore 1997/98
John has been interested in the water for a ling time, diving and building (two) boats – the latter being Pipedream – with many hours spent on the water with his family.
He has been across the Bay of Biscay on the Portuguese Rally;
and has taken Pipedream for three months down the French Canals.
After this, John instigated the Yacht Club – finding the building and raising the money from other boat owners, and spent many hours putting it together with other volunteers; painting and decorating, and running the Galley before handing it over to a franchise. John was the first commodore, for 18 months, and then President, supported by his wife Maureen. It was a club to be proud of. Our first event was a wedding for a couple in the marina, who sailed their yacht Even Stevens (a 36ft Sigma) up to the club house. During his term, he raised money for Children in Need and other charities, and has formed a close relationship with Rye, Newhaven, and Shoreham.
The first visit to Le Treport was the beginning of a strong friendship between our two harbours with Entante Cordial. Unfortunately there was a fatality on one of the trips, which is marked by a memorial bench outside the Yacht Club.
John moved from London to Eastbourne 41 years ago, and is
a church organ builder by profession. He is now life member
and supporter of the Club.
Phone: 07721 397295
Boat: White Rose
After a narrow escape with a Welsh pony and a green slimy canal which did nothing to help learn the 'Eskimo roll' in the school canoe, Bob found solace on the mirror dinghy during a weeks school holiday in the Brecon Beacons at the age of 13. Rapidly enthused, the teachers persuaded Sheffield Council to buy two GP14's followed by a Scorpion to form a Sheffield Schools Sailing Association.
Subsequent racing on a friend’s 30' yacht based in the coal dock (aptly named!) at Hartlepool lead to the delights of the Bass Rock and the fleshpots of Amsterdam during the annual North Sea Race, and hence was born a love of offshore racing.
20 years of racing from Burnham on a She 36 experienced races to Sweden, Norway, Holland, France, Spain, Fastnets and a transatlantic to St Lucia, before madness took over and the current Elan 40 was bought and berthed in Eastbourne. Two keen sons determined to race a Fastnet before Dad gets too decrepit provide motivation and endless fun.
When not racing, Bob does work in the Book Industry despite his wife's allegations that he spends all his non-racing time, repairing the boat, maintaining the boat, paying bills for the boat, buying more 'bits' for the boat, talking about the boat, organising crew for the boat.............now made worse by his appointment as Race Captain at SHYC.
A new grand daughter is already being trained to say 'ready about' although at 7 weeks old, progress to date is slow.
Rear Commodore Sail & Acting Treasurer
Phone: 07970 222 880
Sails on: Leopard
Previously: Membership Secretary & Communications February - September 2009
Gwen has always loved the sea and discovered the joys of sailing for charity in regattas on a Sunfast 37, over a five year period. Always taking place in the summer, these regattas were fun days out until 2007 when in September the race was abandoned through high winds. Whilst others were feeling poorly Gwen found it exhilarating and this encouraged her to volunteer to crew at SHYC and to subsequently become an active member, volunteering behind the bar, and generally increasing her experiences on yachts.
Currently Gwen is looking for club members to join the "Wall of Fame" where a quality framed photo of their boat's can be added to the foyer and stairway into the club. Exhibits will start to be hung in 2009.
WebMaster & Bosun's Locker
Phone: 077 1133 0108
He took over the SHYC website administration in 2008, and in addition to keeping it up-to-date, he is on a mission to make ours the best yacht club site in the country. His goal is to make the website truly interactive, so that members can find something new to read or contribute every time they visit. As well as real-time news and events on the front page, we now have a new photo gallery, members’ wall, and fully integrated racing section with podium. The Royal Sovereign Suite site has been revamped, complete with on-line enquiries and bookings manager. New this year are iPhone apps for SHYC and the RNLI Regatta, plus "realtime race results".
Also in late 2008, he undertook a revamp of the Bosun’s Locker, replacing ‘the box’ with made-to-order merchandise. There is a much wider range, including gifts; and can be personalised with boat names. On-line ordering is integrated into the club’s website.
On the water, Kevin and wife Janice like to do ‘a bit of everything’ – enjoying cruising, racing, and bobbing-around with a G&T in equal measure. This year’s objective was to venture further afield - a great personal success taking Reflections for two weeks holiday in the Solent.
Back on dry land, Kevin is a freelance I.T. Consultant, specialising in Retail.
Previously: Commodore 2000/01; Rear Commodore Sail 1998/99 & 2006/07
Charles has been involved with the yacht club since it began and has done most of the jobs at various times. Among his contributions to the club are:
Charles has been sailing yachts, along with wife Jan, for more than fifteen years. They have had their present boat "Pleiades" a Westerly Ocean 43 since new in 2000, during which time they have cruised very successfully and raced with very varied amounts of success but have always enjoyed themselves.
These days Charles is retired from work after a life long
career in the printing industry. Other interests are flying
his aircraft as a private pilot, beekeeping, vegetable gardening,
bird watching, socialising and enjoying as many of the finer
things of life as he can get around to.
Company Secretary & Acting Business Manager
Phone: 07917 098000
Previously: Commodore 2005/06 & 2006/07
Boat: Dragon Song
Saturday series racing & Scottish poetry
Phone: 01323 478124
Previously: Race Captain 2008
Boat: Aeolus IV
Previously: Race Captain
Jeff enjoys participating in identity parades, mostly at his local peach-colour police station.