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General Committee and Staff

Neil Hart, Commodore.

Neil has been Commodore of Itchenor since 2017. Neil has been a member since 1992 and his wife Ros has been a member since 2003. Neil is also a member of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, joining at the age of 6. Ros and Neil can often be found sailing the XOD they share. Neil is a retired solicitor, formerly a partner of Thomas Eggar Solicitors (now part of Irwin Mitchell) where he was Chairman for 12 years. Following his retirement in 2016 Neil has held a number of trusteeships of voluntary and benevolent organisations in the County, as well as one or two non executive directorships.

Andy Fitzgerald, Vice 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.

Mike Wigmore, Rear Commodore Sailing.

Mike comes from a sailing family so first went on the water as a toddler. Over the many years since, he has raced and occasionally cruised dinghies, windsurfers, offshore multihulls and day racing keelboats.

Sue Smith, Rear Commodore House.

Sue started sailing in the 70's with cousins and uncle based in Newton Ferrers on a classic yacht. She crewed on racing 'big boats' before joining Itchenor in 2009. Sue fell in love with Solent Sunbeams and is now a proud owner.

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.

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.

Bruce Grant, General Committee Member.

David Maclean, General Committee Member.

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.

Andy Oddie, General Committee Member.

Andy has spent his life in the sailing community for both leisure and competition as a member of the British Sailing team, additionally winning the XOD boat captains cup, SB20 and British Universities championships. Andy sits on the board of five active UK companies and is the EMEA Managing Director of a US public company and a US private company.

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.

Pippa Sloper, General Committee Member

General Manager, Amanda Ribbins.


Sailing Manager, Ryan Breach.

Accounts Manager, Kay Penegar

Office Administrator, Beth Baker

Sailing Administrator, Sue Mitchell

Bosun, George McSweeney


House Manager, Nick Griffiths

Head Chef, Daniel Foster

Assistant House Manager, Clare Randall

Last updated 12:03 on 14 May 2020

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