Next SYC talk: Friday 24th November 2017. Martin Payne:"There be Dragons"

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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!


Picture of Suzie Clark


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.


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REAR COMMODORE SAILING - GRAHAM CRANFORD-SMITH

A keen journeyman racing dinghy sailor since the age of seven; this being now fully five decades and counting. He reports absolutely no notable achievements in the racing arena (Other than being RCS of one of the nicest clubs in the land: SYC) but his enthusiasm for careening a dinghy around the water, is undimmed. Found at the helm of a Merlin Rocket sailing with Fiona, and often otherwise in a Solo. After research he concludes that Merlin and Solo ownership provides an "adequate" racing programme. He regards cadets at the outset of their sailing lives as incredibly fortunate.

Favourite quote: "Racing is life. Everything else is just waiting". Steve McQueen.

Mobile: 07803 290201

Email: gcranfords@gmail.com

REAR COMMODORE CRUISING - JOHNNY HEARTH


TREASURER - MARTYN FRAY

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