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Richard Ash

This is my 32nd season cruising on sailing yachts and I have cruised many of the coasts of the UK, Belgium, France, The Netherlands and the Baltic. I have also enjoyed warmer cruising in the Mediterranean, Canaries, and Caribbean. I am qualified to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore level and have done the theory for Ocean too, but so far have not made Ocean passages.

Having shared ownership of two yachts before moving to the South coast and joining PYC in 2008, I was quickly identified as a potential bosun, a role I have fulfilled since 2010 on Firebird, then Quartette and in the last year Relax. In this role I have also been a member of the sailing committee for nine years under three different chairs. I was one of the team who selected Relax and led the equipment specification and commissioning of her into the club alongside the RC-S, Trevor Nicholls. I am a PYC Offshore skipper and sailed 34 days on the clubs yachts in 2018. I have supported new people coming into the bosunry role and am confident that we can move on with new lead bosuns for each yacht working as part of a larger bosunry team in the club.

I joined the Management Committee in 2017 with the objective of contributing to refreshing the club’s operating model for the future, while retaining the club ethos. As well as getting an overview of the club from a management perspective, I have contributed to revision of the election processes, recently to the development of our strategy and articulation of our ethos and club charter. In my time on the committees I have gained a good appreciation of the breadth of activity of the club and feel I can confidently steer the sailing committee through the next phase of the club’s life.

The club has succeeded, through careful planning and good financial governance, to achieve a model which allows us to have a rolling programme of boat replacement, while maintaining our position of modest daily sailing rates and a low membership fee. Having navigated the difficulties of tightening our rules to avoid being considered a commercial operation, we still have a good number of new members coming through as a result of advertising our compelling offering and making people welcome when they join. I believe that the thrust for the coming few years should be to sustain the model we have built so that we can replace Quartette, maintain the cruising, racing and training programmes that make PYC unique, and above all have fun going sailing. In doing this we must all remember that we are a club and not a business with paid employees. we would like everyone to think how they can make a contribution beyond paying their fees and turning up to sail.

Role and Responsibilities

Chairman of the Sailing Committee, equivalent to the clubs Managing Director, responsible for achieving SC objectives and managing our sailing programme, our boats and sailing activities.