Nigel has been a member of Worthing Sailing Club since June 2009 and became Commodore in January 2012. He hopes that the club will continue to attract new members and help encourage more people out on the water in Worthing. He sails a Dart 18 catamaran with his wife Mel and is at the club most weekends (normally near the bar!).
Rear Commodore - Club Bosun
I started sailing in 1979 when a work colleague said he was selling a boat called a Topper. Well I bought it and taught myself to sail at Chipstead, near to where I lived in Beckenham. We moved to Worthing soon after and I progressed to sail a Laser. I entered open meetings and National Championships and became Laser Class Captain. Over the years I have had an Iso, a Lark, a Spice and a full on twin trapeze mad monohull with wings called a Boss. After serving on the committee for 5 years I became Commodore in 1989 and bought a Dart 18. Having served my time as a Jaguar car mechanic it seemed only right that I should look after our 4 rescue boats/tractor and engines and I am now the Club Bosun.
I have been a member of Worthing Sailing Club on and off since 1985 with a 10 year gap in between spent freezing on the side of football and rugby pitches. As sailing secretary it is my role to promote sailing in general with the main focus on organising and ensuring the smooth running of the racing program. I sail a Dart 18 and am at the club (hopefully racing) most Sundays in the season. PS - I can always be bribed with a pint.
Sailing Development Manager
My role on the Committee is to coordinate the development of Worthing Sailing club. Gaining sponsorship, coordinating Open Days, encouraging training and aligning what we do with what members want. This involves Liaising with the RYA, tourist information, local press, and local authorities, for mutual benefit.
Hopefully, I will be able to work away in the background, maintain a low profile and enjoy the season's sailing. However, if you have any issues to be put to the committee or you need copies of rules or minutes of meetings, please contact me.
Clubhouse and Boat Park Maintenance Manager
I have been a member of Worthing Sailing Club since March 2008. As a family we have enjoyed many weekends sailing. Its a great family club and we have made some very good friends. I am responsible for the maintenance at the club, so if there is anything that needs addressing feel free to come and have a chat, you will probably find me propping up the bar with Nigel after a good days sailing.
Membership Secretary - Boat Space Manager
I became a member of Worthing Sailing Club when my wife bought me a boat and club membership when it was both the club's and my 50th birthday year in 2007. As Membership Secretary, people seem to want to disappear as I approach - I can't think why! If however you want to give me money and completed membership forms on club days, I would very much appreciate it if you would see me in the clubhouse AFTER racing, not in the boat park as I am trying to get onto the water - the forms can get quite illegible if I've kept them stuffed in my splash top!!!
Race Box - Duty Rota
You will find me in the race box on sailing days recording start and finishing times of all competing boats alongside the Race Officer of the day, who pretends to be in change, and Carol Neale. All results and boat handicaps are then entered on the Royal Yachting Associations Sailwave program which then calculates our sailing league tables.
In addition to Race Day duties I also compile the Duty Rotas for Race Officer, Rescue Helm and Rescue Crew.
I am a fair weather sailor and love to be on the water when the sun shines. My most outstanding achievement at the club was winning Meg’z Race in 2010 with Robby John Garcka.
I have been a member of the sailing club for only 2 years, but due to my reputation of being "always the last to leave" any social event, I was the logical choice to become social secretary. This year I will be attempting to sail my recently purchased Dart 18 with Jerry (my mentor!!!), my 11 year old twin daughters (who are soooo much better than me!!!!!) will continue sailing with the bug club in our Laser Pico.
Apart from that, you will find me propping up the bar with Nigel and Matthew.
Bar Manager - Web Master
Hi I will be looking after the bar and the club’s website for this current year of great sailing. So after a great day or evenings racing, you can kick back at the bar with a cool beer or whatever takes your fancy, and while you enjoy your drink you can chat with the other members about the sailing.
With the new website I am open to any comments and ideas but what would be great is any news articles, tips and tricks, etc..... Just come up for a chat or drop me a email on firstname.lastname@example.org