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Patrons & President

Patron
Patron

Lieutenant General Sir John Lorimer joined the British Army in 1981 and was commissioned into the Parachute Regiment a year later; he commanded 3 PARA from 2000 to 2003. He saw multiple operational deployments in Northern Ireland, the broader Middle East and Afghanistan. At higher command, he commanded 12th Mechanized Brigade and 3rd (UK) Division, completed a year long tour of Kabul as Deputy Commander of the NATO force in Afghanistan and was Chief of Joint Operations 2014 – 2017, commanding all of the UK Armed Forces global operations. His interests include shooting, deer stalking, most sports, skiing, walking and reading.

HE Lt Gen Sir John Lorimer KCB DSO MBE
Patron
Patron

As an army daughter, Lady Lorimer grew up in Africa, Germany and Norway. She went to school in Dorset and then read Natural Sciences at Durham University. She was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals, deploying on operations in Namibia with the UN and in the Middle East during Gulf War 1. She left the Army to persue a career in the defence industry. She has been the Commanding Officer of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry since July 2017. Lady Lorimer and her husband have 3 sons and her interests include keeping fit, fly fishing, skiing, hill walking and water sports. She is never happier than when exploring beaches and searching for interesting creatures in rock pools.

Lady Philippa Lorimer MBE
Hon. President
President

Michael has been a sailing member for six decades, holding various club posts since 1974; class captain for dinghies and National 18s, Membership Secretary, Bosun, Director, Sailing Secretary, Measurer, Mainsheet editor, boat-park administrator, as well as Rear and Vice Commodore and Commodore (twice). He has sailed in National and International events, in particular the National 18’s from 1976 – 2011. He and his crew won the 18 Class Championship four times and he was class Secretary 2000 to 2012 – re-building a dozen or so 18s over his 37 year involvement. He served on the MYA committee 1991 – 2019 and received the RYA Community Award for Lifetime Commitment in 2011.

Mick Kneale

Flag Officers

Commodore
Commodore

Our Commodore, Phil has been an active member of the Manx sailing community for more than two decades now. Sailing is his passion in life and can usually be found racing with our head of training, Chris in their National 18, King Penguin. a past representative at the Island Games, Phil has competed on Island and around the UK and Europe with his wife Ciara, making the journey to the sailing ‘mecca’ that is Lake Garda, whenever anything that remotely looks like an opportunity arises. If you see him in the boat park or the club, be sure to tap his shoulder, he’d be delighted to make you feel welcome!

Phil Hardisty
Vice Commodore
Commodore

Mike was a late starter to sailing and bought his first keelboat shortly after relocating to the Island in 2001. He is now the proud owner of Cool Comfort, a Beneteau First 40, which he races regularly at IoMYC and neighbouring clubs. However, his greatest pleasure comes from cruising around the Irish Sea and Scotland with his family or crew. His official IoMYC roles are Vice Commodore and Sailing Secretary. Unofficially, he delights in being the nursery slope for the keelboat fleet and welcomes to his crew newcomers or sailors who prefer a more relaxed approach to boating.

Mike Stanton
Rear Commodore
Rear Commodore

Robert took up sailing after moving to the Isle of Man in late 1996, joined the IOMYC soon after and has been an active member of the Club ever since. Passionate about all things water, these days you will find him sailing dinghies and keelboats, and in addition to local racing has competed in a number of RORC / Rolex offshore races both fully crewed and two handed. He bought his first boat in 2011 and currently owns TaniT a Sydney 36. Has held RYA Powerboat and Keelboat Instructor qualifications and was Commodore of the IOM Yacht Club between 2017- 2021. Do say hello, if he doesnt do so first, in the boat park or the club.

Rob Floate

Officers

hon. Secretary
Commodore

Iain has been a keen sailor since school when reluctant, non-sailing parents relented and bought him his first sailing dinghy. Experiences with the Ocean Youth Club and skippering opportunities at University were followed by a few carefree years as an RYA cruising instructor and race skipper at a UK sailing school. Offshore racing followed, sailing as either Skipper or Mate on competitive boats in Fastnet and Sydney Hobart races amongst others. Iain’s wife is also a sailor (just as well!) and they recently bought a Melges 24 which they are finding very rewarding, especially when sailing with their children. Iain still gets a buzz from helping people to develop their sailing skills, so if in doubt please ask and he will try to help!

Iain Fenna
hon. Treasurer
Treasurer

David has served on the Board of Directors continuously since 1994 and held the position of Honorary Treasurer for the last 23 years. He has served a 2-year term of office as Commodore. He is also Centre Principal for the Training section of the Club ensuring that RYA Standards are maintained.
Although never competing in sailing events, he has spent hundreds of hours on the water in the capacity of Patrol boat for both racing and training events. Both of his children learnt to sail here and Christopher is now Chief Instructor.

David Hill
Sailing Sec.
Commodore

Mike was a late starter to sailing and bought his first keelboat shortly after relocating to the Island in 2001. He is now the proud owner of Cool Comfort, a Beneteau First 40, which he races regularly at IoMYC and neighbouring clubs. However, his greatest pleasure comes from cruising around the Irish Sea and Scotland with his family or crew. His official IoMYC roles are Vice Commodore and Sailing Secretary. Unofficially, he delights in being the nursery slope for the keelboat fleet and welcomes to his crew newcomers or sailors who prefer a more relaxed approach to boating.

Mike Stanton

Board of Directors

Membership Sec.
Member

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James Howitt
Training
Training

The person to speak to about improving skills on the water! Chris, our chief instructor for both dinghies and powerboats, has been a passionate sailor from a young age. Currently competitively sailing a National 18 on the IOM, but also away in the UK and Ireland. He has had extensive experience in keelboats, both large and small, having competed both inshore and offshore. Chris has instructed at several UK centres before returning to the IOMYC to head up our training section. As a teacher, during the summer months he can been seen commuting to work by powerboat to the West of the island. Practise what you preach, Chris!

Chris Hill
Communications
Communications

Tracy lives in Port St Mary with her partner Dean and their rescue dog, Bertie. Since joining the Yacht Club in 2020 as a novice sailor she has done the dinghy course, joined the Social Committee, learnt how to (safely) serve toasties on a Sunday, crewed on Lilee last season and has recently become proud co-owner of Foillan. Now working to obtain her Day Skipper and being new to sailing, she is keen to warmly welcome others who may be thinking about giving it a go. Tracy enjoys the social aspect of club life and as a Director, she leads on communications.

Tracy Broom
Facilities & Bar
Gary

Gary found the love of sailing quite late after undertaking an RYA powerboat and day-skipper course in 2014, after joining the IOMYC his interests broadened to include sailing in addition to playing around on his small powerboat. Initially crewing on friends yachts and keen to compete in club racing, he bought his first keelboat, a first-class 8; after a few years and keen to broaden his horizons and experience UK and European events, Gary upgraded to the Melges 24 sports boat and continues to enjoy club-racing in the company and with the support of experienced competitive sailors. Gary first joined the board in 2017, he looks after all-things building related and with his architect partner Elke, manages the various refurbishment projects.

Gary Proctor
Board Member
Board Member

Rach was literally dragged into sailing in 2008 by her husband who thought it would be good to “be part of the Team” despite never having been sailing a day in her life! It didn’t take long to get the bug and fall in love with the amazing people that make up the Yacht Club. She still wouldn’t confess to being a particularly great sailor, but the fun and atmosphere keep her coming back all these years later. Rach part owns and races one of the First-Class 8 keel boats and is an avid attender of the various social events the club has to offer. She joined the Board at the end of 2021 as part of the clubs-revamp and re-launch to support the club in its’ strive to be all it can be for the local community and anyone who loves to be on the water.

Rachel Bradley
Board Member
Commodore

Mike lives in Fistard, PSM with his wife, Jan. He has been a keen sailor since the age of 10, starting with dinghies whilst at school, progressing to keel boats with his father. His first keel boat was a Catch 22 which he raced on Windermere and then at Beaumaris. Moving to the Island he sold the Catch and acquired a 27ft, single handed rigged, sailing cruiser which he sailed for several years until ill health dictated otherwise. He is still very active within the Club and always keen to help and talk all things
sailing.

Mike Sidebotham
Board Member
Dave Waves

Dave is a RYA Windsurf & Windfoil Instructor and a Paddleboard Instructor and can often be seen on his windsurf and windfoil board on courses set for the dinghies. He is also a volunteer with the Isle of Man Sea Cadets. Dave is keen to encourage the use of the club which offers access to lovely warm showers, safety boat cover, meeting and teaching rooms and a cosy welcome in the bar. If there is anyone who used to windsurf on the Island back in the 80s & 90s, Dave would like to encourage these pioneers to dust down their retro kit and get back out for the ultimate in Vitamin Sea (or give the more modern kit a go). He wants to help you increase your safe & fun enjoyment of the Irish Sea no matter whether its on, in or under the sea.

Dave Wilson
Board Member
Board Member

James was pictured strapped to the deck of his dad’s little yacht at the age of two. Since then he has sailed dinghies, yachts and even dabbled in a motorboat or two. He is a commercial offshore yacht master and always happy to take a novice for a sail on his red Corby called Lilee.

James Walker





Committees

Sailing Committee

Keel Boat Captain
KeelBoat

Jason, our Keel Boat Captain has been on the water sailing from a young child and can always be found sailing somewhere, whether it be a Flying Fifteen, First Class 8 or a First 31.7. Jason and his wife Debbie, in addition to cruising their First 31.7 Eauvation to Scotland, Wales, England, Ireland and France, have campaigned their yacht successfully at numerous overseas regattas over the last 15 years, with the help of fellow IOMYC sailors. If you need any help or advice on cruising or racing, or help getting a place onboard for our weekly racing I’m here to help.

Jason Corlett
Dinghy Captain
dinghy captain

Vacant

Vacant
Boatswain
Commodore

Ben took up sailing when he moved to the island in 1990. Initially crewing on various yachts at DBYC. Most notably Jason Corletts Eauvation, taking part in numerous round Mann races, major regattas, and Beneteau 31.7 National championships. He joined IOMYC when he bought into a partnership with the Bradleys and Corletts in one of the original First Class 8s G8crasher. He also crews on Barlows N18, helping with achieving a total crewing age of close to 200. Recently he has been seconded / volunteered to the role of club Boatswain where he maintains the clubs increasing number of dinghies, ribs and the Yellow Peril.

Ben Witchell

Other Members of the committee are

  • David Hill
  • Vacant
  • Vacant

Social Committee

  • Cathie Ashurst
  • Jan Sidebotham
  • Tracy Broom
  • David Hill
  • Phil Hardisty
  • Kerry Fenna
  • Rebecca Blamey
  • Elke Zinnecker

Other Officials

Training Principle
Principle

David has served on the Board of Directors continuously since 1994 and held the position of Honorary Treasurer for the last 23 years. He has served a 2-year term of office as Commodore. He is also Centre Principal for the Training section of the Club ensuring that RYA Standards are maintained.
Although never competing in sailing events, he has spent hundreds of hours on the water in the capacity of Patrol boat for both racing and training events. Both of his children learnt to sail here and Christopher is now Chief Instructor.

David Hill
Safe Guarding
Commodore

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Last updated 18:53 on 15 August 2022

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