2015 Committee

John Cooper

Commodore, RYA Training Centre Principle and Chief Instructor.

The Commodore leads the committee which runs the sailing club.  The objective is to do what is best for the membership of the club.  This is mainly a communications role, helping committee members and other volunteers to be successful in their roles.

The Principal of the RYA Training Centre has a personal commitment to the RYA to uphold the standards of training provided by the centre.  He is responsible for ensuring that   qualified trainers are running correct courses using suitable equipment.  He must have sufficient authority within the club to meet these commitments.

The Chief Instructor must be a qualified RYA Senior Instructor who is responsible for ensuring the RYA courses meet the RYA sylabus.

Chris Halfknight

Bosun, Training Manager.

I maintain our 3 rigid inflatable rescue boats and keep them ready for use. I also look after our 17 club training boats and our latest tractor.

Along with Andy Neale I train our sailing members how to operate our rescue boats as part of the membership

I am fully qualified as a RYA dinghy instructor and manage the Bug club which teaches our members 40 children how to sail and have a great time.

The Bug club is now in its 6th year and we welcome new members aged from 8 to 18 years oldYou will find me in the Boat store or having fun on the water with the kids.

Jerry Robinson

Membership Secretary

I have been a member of the club since 2007 when my wife bought me a boat and membership of the club as a 50th birthday present. I currently sail a Dart 16 catamaran and love being on (and often in!!) the water.

I have been a member of the committee since 2010. As Membership Secretary it is my responsibility to handle all aspects membership applications and renewals. I maintain the databases containing member contact details including the email addresses the club uses to issue weekly news letters and other communications.

Patrick Palmer


I’ve been sailing since 1971 but had a gap of about 44 years in between, or so my current form would indicate.

I currently have a Dart 18 and a laser. I am more of a “…taking part is the main thing…” rather than a “…win at all costs…” sort of person.  I find myself relying on this philosophy quite  a lot.

I am the club treasurer – a position of such complexity and responsibility that I nearly resigned in protest when I discovered the club wanted me to do it.

Guy Lean

Clubhouse Maintenance Manager

My role is primarily looking after the club house and it's assets. responsible for maintaining a high level of quality service at the property site in order to ensure club members and guests are satisfied with their experience while visiting the establishment. I am your "go to person" if there are any faults or ideas you have to improve the infrastructure and maintenance of the building.

Gail Young

Social Secretary - Clubhouse bookings

Hi I have been a member of Worthing sailing club since 2007. During this time I have helped with the running of the galley and organising the social events. I have enjoyed doing this and hope to get more members involved in the social events that we run at the club. If you would like to share any ideas or you would like to do a social event or take part in anything on the social side to the club send me an email or come find me at the club and we can see what we can do to help. During the sailing season last year I decided to join in the adult training and I now can rig and De-rig my boat and sail!! But I do it with fun in mind, I'm never going to win races but I just want to enjoy sailing on a non competitive scale.

Neil Young

Bar manager

Rob Garcka

Sailing Secretary - Open events

I started sailing when I was 7 back in the sixties. We were members of the Catamaran Yacht Club and an uncle had built us an Optimist on which my brother, sister and I taught ourselves how to sail. From there I started crewing on the catamarans at the Cat club to eventually, once I had started work at sixteen, buying my own Dart 15 to race. I then moved on to Dart 18 follwed by the F18 racing against the best cat sailors in the world.  I have raced offshore on a trimaran and competed in three Fastnet races. I also windsurf when its too windy for cat sailing.

I see my main role as Sailing Secretary is to organise club sailing programme and encourage people to improve their racing skills.

Nicky Dibben

Club Secretary

I have been a member of the club for 5 years now and feel proud to be a part of it. I will be the one working away in the background looking after the utilities and cleanliness along with assisting Gail with some of the social events.

Last year I did adventure out on the water for the first time and really now have the bug! I look forward to the season's sailing starting.

If you have any issues to be put to the committee or you need copies of rules or minutes of meetings, please contact me

Tracey Parker

Health and Safety, Risk Assessments

I began sailing in September 2012 when I attended an adult sailing class under the guidance of Richard John !!! one hour in a Pico with Richard and I was hooked !!! I was fortunate to be asked to crew with Mark Coad in 2013 and won the outstanding novice awarded at the 2013 award ceremony !!! I think Nigel Jupp had a lot to do with that !! I crewed for mark again last season and also took part in the Tall Ships from Falmouth as well as crewing at Cowes in the Arrow Trophy for Simon Palmers old school Radley. I was the first woman in their 150 year history to crew for Radley and we came 5th out of 25 yachts.

I can be found in the bar at every social event and often help out behind the bar when not sitting at it !!!!! as I conveniently only live over the road I am often last off the balcony on a sunny day !!!

Simon Palmer

Projects, Insurances

I learnt to sail in a mini-sail on holiday in Wales and since then have had the sailing bug and sailed whenever possible. Since I’ve joined Worthing Sailing Club I’ve found it a very friendly club with a fantastic membership, as a member of the committee with a young child I’m keen to help to run the club so that we can introduce more members to the joys of sailing and racing while also trying to improve my own standard of racing against some serious competition!

Darren Reeves

Deputy Bosun

I joined the club in 2013 as I used to sail Lasers as a schoolboy and thought it would be great to get back into the sport after 25 years and also to get my two sons involved. I mistakenly thought sailing was just like riding a bicycle, once learned, never forgotten.  Well after being rescued several times by the safety boat and other members of the club, it struck me how friendly this club is and how the more experienced sailors are happy to help you improve your skills. Now I have the chance to give something back by being on the committee.

As Deputy Bosun, I ensure the training boat fleet (Laser Picos, Bugs & Bahia) are properly maintained and assist Chris Halfknight, the club Bosun.


Results 2021


Easter Regatta