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General Committee and Staff

Andy Fitzgerald, Commodore.

Andy has sailed Int 14s from ISC since 1979, previously he has been a member of Langstone, Mengham and Hayling Island SC. He has brought up his 3 children at ISC to achieve World, European and National Champions in various classes through the RYA system, and are now much sought after trainers. Andy was also a professional sailing instructor in his youth. Sarah, Andy's wife is a champion winning dinghy crew and is now enjoying the rowing at ISC. Andy has raced all the club keelboats and RS200s, as well as being a cruiser member with his motorboat. He recently returned to offshore racing with some windy English channel races and an aborted Fastnet 2019. Andy has had a lifetime of being in the Marine industry covering all aspects of boatbuilding, repair, marina management, and boat sales, before moving into equipment manufacturing and founding his own successful company 30 years ago which he has now sold.

David Maclean, Vice Commodore.

David served in the RN as a marine engineer for 30 years and has subsequently worked in the marine industry. He has sailed Int 14s from ISC since 1980 and has now migrated to sailing an XOD and a single hander.

Roger Yeoman, Rear Commodore Sailing.

Roger started sailing with his family in a lugsail-rigged, clinker-built boat typically launched from the Itchenor Hard or from Bosham when he was too young to remember. He grew up sailing at Chichester Yacht Club in Mirrors, GP14s and Fireballs, in which he won the National Youth Championship with Mike Moss (another Club member with whom he still sails!) as long ago as 1976. He captained the British Universities Sailing Team. After graduating he joined Itchenor Sailing Club to sail International 14s, winning the Prince of Wales Cup. He represented GBR at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, where he finished 6th in the Flying Dutchman Class, crewed by Neal McDonald, a fellow Itchenor Int 14 sailor. Roger has competed extensively offshore and completed the ARC, the Round Britain and Ireland, the Fastnet and the Sydney Hobart on a division winning Sydney 60. However, he loses most races he enters! Roger retired from the City in 2015 and lives in Itchenor, where he sails an XOD.

Ann Martin, Rear Commodore House.

Ann moved to Itchenor in February 2018, although she had never sailed she fell in love with the sailing club as soon as she and her husband arrived. Ann is now an active rower and enjoys the tranquillity of being on the water combined with the physical exercise. Ann is a BWY yoga teacher and has taught yoga for 18 years.

Chris Blevins, Rear Commodore Cruising and Boating.

Chris learnt to sail and row at school in Enniskillen on the Erne in the 60s and has participated in both sports ever since. Competing in Offshore races including the 79 Fastnet and many Tideway Heads in rowing. He first ran aground in Chichester Harbour in 1983 when cruising with an ISC Member and joined the club in 1997 when the family moved to Itchenor. Since then he has been a keen and enthusiastic member of the XOD class participating in the Itchenor racing programme and many Cowes Weeks. He was Itchenor XOD Class Captain for their Centenary in 2011 after which he went on to become Rear Commodore Sailing in 2014. Whilst he was RCS there was an opportunity to introduce rowing to Itchenor and this initiative has resulted in the formation of an energetic rowing section at the club which now operates regular outings on 3 coxed fours.

William Plant, Hon. Treasurer.

William has been a member since 2009 and sails an XOD and is also a rower. He has been Treasurer since 2017.

Jonathan Clark, General Committee Member.

Jonathan took up sailing at University and has been an active sailor in many dinghy and yacht classes with championship wins at National and European level.  He has been Chairman of the UK Fireball class, Commodore of Castaways and Captain of Racing and a General Committee member at Royal Thames YC.  He currently sails in whatever XOD is looking for a crew that day and plans on retirement from the Insurance profession to get out rowing as much as possible.

Beverly Coghlan, General Committee Member.

Beverley has always enjoyed being on or in the water (rowing, diving) despite being brought up in Ashby de-la Zouch, a town that claims to be the furthest from the sea in England. She came late to the joys of sailing, passing her day skipper course in 2006. Beverley competed in many ocean races including The Fastnet. Shortly after, she had the opportunity to share an XOD and has sailed in that fleet ever since. Beverley's sailing ambition is to complete a transatlantic crossing.

Chris Griffiths, General Committee Member.

Chris started sailing in dinghies. He crewed on big boats, including the Fastnet and Sydney-Hobart, campaigned a Lightwave 395, then raced Etchells for ten years. At ISC, Chris has sailed on Sunbeams, Swallows, XODs, and RS2000s; he rows, and has also cruised with the club. He was on the General Committee of Royal Thames Yacht Club, and as Rear Commodore Sailing, he delivered the financing and purchase of six new J70s and six used J80 keelboats for the use of club members. In the charity sector, Chris is Marine Projects Advisor to the Ocean Family Foundation, helping them to take action to reduce plastic pollution in the oceans.

Andy Penman, General Committee Member.

Andy was born in Itchenor and has raced a 14 here for over 30 years. He also owns an Aero, is an active race officer, and last summer turned his hands to offshore navigation in RORC races. His winters are mainly spent in the mountains.

Alan Perry, General Committee Member.

Alan has been an ISC member for 17 years after fully renovating his 1936 X boat Falconet, which is now regularly raced with his three boat partners. Alan was the class captain 10 years ago, following his retirement as a BA pilot. Alan has about 12,000 miles in his sailing log book, passing his RYA Yachtmaster Ocean after astro navigating across the Atlantic in 1992, taking 26 days in a 45 footer.

Sophie Pudney, General Committee Member.

Sophie has been a member since 1979 when she started sailing a Mirror in Junior Fortnight. She sailed across the Atlantic with Angus Bridge in her early 20s on a lovely 65 footer.  Sophie and her husband Jonny spent a year living on a Catamaran in the med and Caribbean with their three girls when they were small. They are all now active members of the club participating in junior sailing, racing 420s, RS200s and coaching mirrors. Jonathon and Sophie race the RS200 and have recently joined a Swallow syndicate. She also enjoys rowing at the club and was part of the girls team that rowed in the Great River Race last year in Iccanore.  

General Manager, Amanda Ribbins
Sailing Manager, Ryan Breach
Head Chef, Daniel Foster 
Accounts Manager, Kay Penegar
Assistant House Manager, Georgia Punter

Sailing Administrator, Sue Mitchell

Last updated 08:34 on 26 August 2021

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