Committee Directory – November 2022
Commodore - Chris Brown
My name is Chris Brown and I have been Commodore of Ashlett Sailing Club since 2019, I have sailed from Ashlett Creek since the mid 90s with my family and friends on a variety of Sailing Yachts. In my time I have been a Delivery Skipper, Cruising Instructor. Yacht Master and once upon a time a Windsurfing Instructor.
I have tried to keep the momentum going within the Club to keep its charm but bring it along into this ever changing world that we find ourselves in. We are now a very different Club than the one I first joined in that we are very independent and hopefully masters of our own destiny.
My main objective this season is to get the Moorings sorted and that everyone has an equal opportunity to sail, whilst in the background we will endeavour to look at sorting our Toilets and Clubhouse out and upgrade these areas.
This should be my final year as Commodore and I think it is time for another from amongst you to step forward and take on the Commodores role, so let's see what pans out for us all in this next Sailing season.
Company Secretary - Jim Hopwood
I have been sailing small boats for longer than I can remember, for the last 48 years based at Ashlett. For me sailing and exploring have always gone together. Making full use of the trailer I have sailed round Britain in easy stages, explored Ireland and sailed from La Rochelle to Oslo and Poland, with a few small gaps.
As Secretary I am responsible for summoning Committee meetings, Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General Meetings, publishing the agenda and keeping the minutes of all Club meetings and ensuring that the Club Constitution and Rules are kept up to date. I publish a monthly Newsletter to keep members informed of our activities and produce the Annual Report. I deal with external correspondence, insurance matters and relations with the RYA, Companies House and other authorities.
Treasurer - Ade Lumb
I have just taken over the treasurer’s role, ably assisted by my wife Pam. We have been members of the club for 18 years and sail yacht “Ariana” a Beneteau 323
Currently we are getting to know the accounts package and catching up on things, so please bear with us. Once up to speed we will move on to making financial management proposals to the committee for the future of the club.
I also run the “Ashlett members” WhatsApp group
which is set up for member-to-member communication; not for trivia but to ask for help, impromptu sailing, crewing opportunities etc. If you would like to join, contact me.
Membership Secretary - Adrain Barnes
As Membership Secretary, I am your first port of call with any membership queries, I am also responsible for the membership renewal process. I liaise closely with the Compound Master, Mooring Masters and the Treasurer to make sure that your invoices are sent out timely and accurately. I am currently looking at ways to make the membership process totally paperless. I hope to achieve this by setting up an online membership database, where each member will have access to their own details and will be able to see the state of their membership and any fees due, with a quick look on their phone or computer. Hopefully we will be able to roll this out for the March renewal cycle. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about your membership and I'll do my best to help.
Maintenance, Boat Lifter and Social - Alan Morrison
I have spent much of my working life working for the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary, based at Portsmouth. After retiring in 2011, I joined Ashlett Sailing Club and have enjoyed being part of the operational team ever since.
I am the general maintenance manager in charge of the upkeep of the buildings and day to day running of domestic amenities. I organise the boat lifting crew and Calendar for the winter lift out and short-term boat lift outs. I am at present, refurbishing the Portacabin for its use as an office and sewing machine room.
I also organise social events, such as Curry nights, Christmas dinners and Cheese and wine evenings.
Mooring Master - Keith Guy Gibbens
I allocate moorings to members based on boat size etc.and keep records of who is where.
I will continue to push on the work of lifting, refurbishing and relaying every club mooring. The clearing of the creek detritus i.e. old moorings, marker buoys, rope and blocks will be progressed. The aim is to try and ensure all members have the best moorings possible within the constraints of the creek.
All this is only possible with the help of the block lifting and refurbishing gang!
Creek Master - Carl Sharman
I have been sailing from a young age, my father taught me and my brother and I too have followed in this tradition by teaching my daughters dinghy sailing.
I have been a boat builder for 30 years + and have been very lucky to have been asked to crew for a number of prestigious classic yachts from 65ft to 120ft.
Me and my wife have a 31ft moody which we have lovingly restored and have become active members of this great sailing club.
As Creek Master I am responsible for the upkeep of the creek as in marker buoys, obstructions, and checking on members boats when out on mooring, also to help and liaise with the Mooring Master, Pontoon Master and the Bosun of the club and slowly to help look after the club launches. Also general help with running the club.
Bosun - Simon Lovelock
I have just taken over the role of bosun. I am responsible for the maintenance of club equipment such as the dinghies, work boats, tractors, boat hoist and block lifter etc.
I’m also responsible for organising lifting equipment inspections, and the point of contact for reporting defects in the above equipment.
I’ve been an ASC member since 2011 and enjoy sailing, crewing, fishing and kayaking from the creek with family and friends when time and work commitments allow.
In recent years I’ve been trained by Alan for tractor duties as part of the work party and weekend boat hoist launch / recovery team.
Pontoon Master - Dave Waters
I’ve helped out with putting the pontoon back together, after an absence of a few months due to my sailing trip. My primary role is periodically keeping the slipway clean, looking after the movement of boats using the pontoon, and general maintenance of it. I’ve helped out with mooring blocks shore side and also have learnt how to use the tractor and trailer under Alan’s excellent tutorage.
Pound Master - Barry Andrew
I live locally and my wife and I have been members of the club for over 15 years. I've engaged in many activities over the years for the club and my focus now is on the Compound. I am currently in the process of re-organising the spaces within the compound to make it easier for all members and the boat lifter to move boats around whilst creating more spaces, potentially increasing possible income for the club.
I am trying to locate ownership of some of the trailers/boats/equipment etc and updating records. It would be very helpful if everyone can make sure your boats/trailers are clearly marked up.
I will be organising work parties during the year to include reorganising the tender rack, drainage and general clearing up etc. As we are a self-help club, please lend a hand and help, your efforts are what keeps the club up and running and our running costs down.
Whenever possible at events, you will probably see me with a camera in my hand and I have taken many photographs and produced videos of various events from time to time.
If you have any questions relating to the compound please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Boathouse Master - Neil Howarth
As a long-standing club member, I contribute to working parties as much as I can. This year I learned to operate the boat lifter and drive the tractor (I enjoyed doing this very much, thank you Alan). As a committee member, I will continue to administer the boathouse. I am going to re-commission the boathouse vice and keep the boathouse tidy.
For those with dinghy racks, please store items within the confines your rack and keep dinghies inflated. There are a couple of empty racks available, so email me if you are interested. I look forward to the next year with you all.
Clubhouse Manager and Regalia - Sue Doyle
I sail Que Sera, a Victoria 30. She is a lovely RED long keeled cutter which has suited me brilliantly. I n the past I have sailed her down the west coast of France and to Spain. I have been over to the Channel Isles and many times to the Isles of Scilly, a lot of the time single handed. Sadly now she is up for sale. Age and indifferent health has crept up on me. However I am still keen to do the occasional sail with friends and help the club in any way. I have been a club member for 22years and have served on the committee in many capacities.
I hope to keep the clubhouse as a welcoming place for members to use for social occasions, after work parties and for general relaxation. Sunday coffee is supported generally in the winter for the benefit of members working on their boats as well as a useful meeting place for everyone. A rota is encouraged but I fill in where necessary.
Club social events are held in the evening from time to time. We have held a curry night and sing song . Upcoming events are the Christmas meal and in January a talk about a sail around GB..
The club has a cleaner who keeps the clubhouse and toilets in good order and I order the supplies for this.
I hope to develop a small sailing programme in the summer with members help.
I hold a stock of regalia for members to purchase or order items from our supplier for them. I notify the treasurer for invoicing.
Non - Committee Volunteer Organisers
Club Web Site - Dick Pizey
I manage the website on behalf of the club, liaising with The Secretary and other members of the Committee to update documents and other information that is available via the website.
Social events and other club activities are also posted on the site so let me know if you are running one.
Cruiser Races and SWSA Rep - Debs Boles
Bob Gardner and I will be organising cruiser races at ASC when tides are suitable. These are fun events not taken too seriously. All welcome.
I also represent ASC on Southampton Water Sailing Association (S.W.S.A.) One of SWSA’s central activities is to organise racing, rallies and interclub events for the sailing clubs in Southampton Water. We are always happy for members to join us as crew on our boat, or If you would like to know more about events please ask.
SWSA also represent the clubs in a wider context including meeting with ABP on matters which could affect our use of Southampton Water and representing the clubs at SPMUG, SCRA and many other meetings. Bob Gardner is Hon Sec of SWSA, so Ashlett SC is well represented with the two of us.
Trailer Sailor Cruises Coordinator - Tony Woods
I have put together a monthly plan to form the basis of our Cruising/sailing in company. Primarily it is based on Drascombe Hulls and Drascombe principles, but all shallow drafted small boats are welcome. It is designed to be a dip in dip out affair. You may just do a part, one day or all as the mood takes you.
To see the draft progamme - click on the link to take you to the events page