Datchet Water Sailing Club is a members club.  The club officers are the Commodore, a Vice Commodore, two Rear Commodores and a Treasurer.  The Council consists of the Officers and not more than nine members elected at the Annual General Meeting.  The club employs 3 permanent members of staff.  The Club Secretary and 2 members of Council form the day-to-day management team.  The Sailing Committee, led by the Vice Commodore, is a key conduit between the club membership and the administration.

Running the day-to-day administration and finance of the club is Gabrielle Boase, who is the General Manager and can be found at the club from Wednesday to Sunday.

Sailing at DWSC is managed by Hunter Warden, our interim Sailing Manager. Hunter has been a long-time instructor at DWSC during his time at Brunel University and has stepped in to help keep Datchet running smoothly.

Gabrielle is assisted with daily administrative tasks by Sobia Shakil-Masood.

The club also employees a wide range of watersports instructors on a freelance basis who are responsible for delivering RYA courses to club members. If anyone has any questions, they are more than welcome to either contact the office on 01753 683872 or email sailing@dwsc.co.uk.

Andrew Jack

Rear Commodore

I've been sailing at Datchet since 2009, initially as a member of Brunel University Sailing Club. I currently sail a Hurricane 5.9, but I've also sailed Lasers, RS 800's and Fireflys. Feel free to contact me about crewing or team racing at me@andrewjack.uk.

When I'm not sailing, I'm a mobile developer, working on the DriveTribe app.

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Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack

Rear Commodore

Malcom Butler

Council Member

A family member since 2008, Malcom enjoys social sailing and assisting with events with his wife Alison.

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Malcom Butler

Malcom Butler

Council Member

Paul Elliott

Council Member

Paul is a very long-standing member of the club, going almost all the way back to its inception. He's a cat sailor and regular Wednesday night attendee.

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Paul Elliott

Paul Elliott

Council Member

Robert McLeod

Treasurer

Robert is a chartered accountant working locally in Datchet and both he and his family have been members for many years.

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Robert McLeod

Robert McLeod

Treasurer

Mike Firth

Club Management Team

Mike is a long-standing member of the club and a driving force behind the Flying Fifteen fleet. He is also a member of the club management team.

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Mike Firth

Mike Firth

Club Management Team

Nick Harris

Commodore

Sails: Wayfarers

Civil Engineer with more than 20 years experience of running water companies around the world, currently CEO of UKDN Waterflow and keen weekend sailor.

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Nick Harris

Nick Harris

Commodore

David Tugwell

Rear Commodore
davidtugwell@hotmail.com

Sails - F16 Catamaran

Favourite Sailing Memory- RTI in a gale on a Hobie 20

I am part of the management team, assisting Gabrielle. Happy to get on anything that floats and hopefully goes fast.

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David Tugwell

David Tugwell

Rear Commodore

Tom Hayhoe

Council Member

Tom Hayhoe races an SB20 at DWSC with his wife Natalie Jobling.

They were members in the in the early 1990s when they raced a Laser 5000 and rejoined in 2006 when they bought the SB20. Tom and Natalie also race a J105, Mostly Harmless, based on the Hamble.

Tom was previously vice commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and commodore of Ranelagh Sailing Club, where he still occasionally races a National 12.

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Tom Hayhoe

Tom Hayhoe

Council Member

Jeremy Bennett

Vice Commodore

Professionally, Jeremy is a trained software engineer having studied for 6 years at college and holds a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and is a Member of the British Computer Society and Institute of Directors.

In the past years, Jeremy has been active on the DWSC Sailing Committee and represented the Youth Fleet. For 3 years Jeremy was DWSC 20Kt Squad Captain for attendance at the NSSA Inlands, NSSA Single Handed Team Racing and the NSSA Regatta Weeks. He is an active Safety Cox for DWSC during Sunday racing or regattas.

Jeremy is married to Nina, has 3 sons and lives in Windsor. His youngest son Harry is a keen sailor having completed many courses at DWSC from a young age. Used to race a Hobie FX-One at DWSC during the Summer Wednesday evening series Jeremy looks forward to contributing in a positive fashion, supporting the management and Commodore's team in moving the DWSC into the future.

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Jeremy Bennett

Jeremy Bennett

Vice Commodore

Adrian Jones

Council Member

A globetrotting adventurer, when Dr. Jones isn't scampering up Volcanos or tracking down diamonds from outer space he can be seen planning the waters of Datchet on his Windsurf board or trying to break the speed record on his FX 1. Adrian has been a long-standing member of the club and is looking forward to contributing to council and supporting the Commodore.

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Adrian Jones

Adrian Jones

Council Member

Gabrielle Boase

Company Secretary
manager@dwsc.co.uk

I am a qualified Chartered Management Accountant, with a Business Degree from Limerick University. I sit on the Board of Directors for the London Branch of Club Managers of Europe.

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Gabrielle Boase

Gabrielle Boase

Company Secretary

Sue Holdship

Club Accountant
accounts@dwsc.co.uk

Responsibilities - Looking after clubs finances

Favourite Sailing Memory- Coming 8th in the Fireball French Nationals - a while ago!

I joined DWSC around 1982 as a junior member sailing a Mirror Dinghy. Over the years I have competitively sailed a 420, Laser, Fireball, Osprey, Int 14, Flying Fifteen, Laser 5000 and a brief spell in a 470 training with the Olympic Squad.  With two young children and my interest in golf, sailing has taken a bit of a back seat recently. During my time at Datchet, I spent 15 years on Council for the majority of which I was the Honorary Treasurer.

I now work for Rouse Partners and spend one day a week at DWSC doing all the accounts work.

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Sue Holdship

Sue Holdship

Club Accountant