OUR CLUB OFFICERS

Commodore

martin Smout

Pam and I started sailing in the Midlands and raced against each other in Enterprises. Working in major construction companies we have moved around the country but always sailed on the South Coast. Starting with Pam’s father in Dufour 35 out of Dartmouth and moving onto our own First 24 in 1987. We now sail Marela an Oyster 46’ which is moored at the entrance to the Bag. Despite retiring from mainstream work in 2015 I still chair various education charities. In recent years Pam has greatly added to the festivities of SYC with her hugely enjoyable interactive floral workshops. We have three sons and seven grandchildren all living in Hampshire but wishing they could be with us in Salcombe!

Vice Commodore

Suzie Clark

I spent my summers in Salcombe as a child, as my father was a keen dinghy sailor. It was a foregone conclusion that my husband and I would spend much of our time here...we met through windsurfing and he was a yachtsman, so our 4 sons were brought up on a series of yachts in the Bag during their holidays from boarding school, the yachts inevitably getting longer as the boys grew! We also had a boat on Windermere, where we enjoyed our other great love, water skiing and we chartered in warmer climes out of season. Following my husband's death in 2003, I relocated the family from Gloucestershire to Salcombe and we continued to sail, the boys being regular visitors to Egremont. More recently I have been lucky enough to own a Contessa 32, although that has given way to a Dufour 36 to accommodate my sons and their families. Hence to my participation in SYC and my role as Rear Commodore Cruising and now Vice Commodore. The future looks bright and I look forward to helping organise a range of activities, both on and off the water.

Rear Commodore Sailing

Graham Cranford-Smith

Keen bean journeyman racing dinghy sailor for over fifty years. Absolutely no notable achievements in the racing arena but he reports his enthusiasm for careening a dinghy around the water, remains undimmed. These days found at the helm of a Merlin Rocket sailing with Fiona, and a Solo, the ultimate combination for an adequate racing programme. Regards cadets at the outset of their sailing lives as incredibly fortunate.

Rear Commodore Cruising

Johnny Hearth

Treasurer

Martyn Fray

OUR CLUB STAFF

Club Manager

Jules McColl

I joined SYC on 5th September 2017 having been a sports teacher at 3 local primary schools. Having served in the Royal Corps of Signals for 13 years, I understand the importance of team work, commitment, quality of service and attention to detail. Since moving to the area, I have loved the water and my two children are very keen sailors and race most weekends. Although I don’t sail I would often be Flag Officer or Timekeeper in the Watch House and just enjoyed being involved. I hope, as Club Manager, that I can increase the enthusiasm of members to use the club and really utilise this most amazing building and location. Above all I want people to enjoy being part of such an incredible sailing community.

Sailing Coordinator

Jayne Morris

I felt the sail catch the wind and was hooked on a lifelong passion of Sailing. Team racing at School, fleet racing at University, racing in the Solent, working on a Tall Ship in NZ, and cruising down the West Country Coast, has all led me to the comradery of sailing in Salcombe! Richard and I and our three sons joined SYC when the boys started Cadets and I have been working here since 2010. I feel the special history of SYC makes it the all-inclusive club it is today. So many sailors over the years have risen to the challenge of changeable winds and tides – a glance at the names on our historic trophies remind us of great racing here. So many have volunteered on the Committees that govern our Club, they leave a continuing legacy of fine sailing. It is a particular joy enabling people to sail. The Cadets flourish and Ladies that Launch, a favourite of mine, now in its seventh year grows with laughter!

Membership Secretary

Fiona Rew

I am married to Reg and have four teenagers! I first got involved with Salcombe Yacht Club when our eldest two started attending Saturday morning cadets 10 years ago. All four children are now competent sailors. I can’t say the same for their parents! Having spent many Saturday afternoons watching our children race, my husband thought it would be a good idea if we had a go. We bought our first National 12 six years ago and ever since then have been trying to catch up with the back of the National 12 fleet! Although we have a lot to learn, we love being part of the sailing family here at SYC. Having taken accounts courses when my youngest child started school, in January 2012 I started working part-time at SYC in accounts. A few months later, I was also appointed as Membership Secretary.

Events Coordinator

Clare Dowding

Head Steward

Sue O'Brian-Brown

Head Chef

Joe Izzard