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 4 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.

Also available to assist club members with all things sailing are Stuart our Supervising Senior Instructor and Tristan Beckett.

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

The personal profiles below provide all the details you need to know about the key personnel that can be found in the club. Please click on the photo.

Mike Beckett

Commodore
mike@beckettfamily.me.uk

Sails - K1

No. - 07901 852732

Favourite Sailing Memory- First demo sail of the RS600

I have been racing sailing dinghies since the mid 70's, and now race a K1 as much as I can. I have a son who has been through the Topper and Laser circuits and is now working here at DWSC. I have been involved with safety around dinghy racing from the mid 80's and was heavily involved with the safety around the Topper and Laser circuit. I decided to join the DWSC council to help drive improvements to the club.

During the 3 year I have as Commodore I want to drive membership within DWSC.

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Mike Beckett

Mike Beckett

Commodore

Mervyn Wright

Vice Commodore

Sails: Flying Fifteen

I am developing a carbon capture and storage project for National Grid. My wife thinks Britannia is small and my kids like the Caribbean - I like a force 5-6!

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Mervyn Wright

Mervyn Wright

Vice Commodore

Nick Harris

Rear Commodore House

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

Rear Commodore House

Mark Bailey

Treasurer

Sails - Laser

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Mark Bailey

Mark Bailey

Treasurer

David Tugwell

Rear Commodore Harbour/
davidtugwell@hotmail.com

Sails - F16 Catamaran

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

A little about me - I am part of the management team, assisting Gabrielle.

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David Tugwell

David Tugwell

Rear Commodore Harbour/

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

Ray Mason

Council Member

Learned to sail at Queen Mother Reservoir in 2008 initially in Lasers, Cats and Asymmetrics. I joined Council in 2014 with a passion to develop our club, and I am currently responsible for internal communications

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Ray Mason

Ray Mason

Council Member

Jeremy Bennett

Council Member

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 few 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 in to the future.

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Jeremy Bennett

Jeremy Bennett

Council Member

George Ormond

Council Member

I’m a windsurfer and sailor and raced a Dart 18 before having kids. These days I seem to spend most Sundays ferrying them around so don’t get to spend much time on the water, but am hoping to get back out there more regularly. My daughter Emily is a keen member of the 20 knot squad. I work in London for a tv production company and live in Taplow just outside Maidenhead

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George Ormond

George Ormond

Council Member

Adrian Jones

Council Member

When not scampering up Volcanos or tracking down diamonds from outer space he can be seen planning the waters of Datchet on his Windsurfer 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

Mike Robinson

Council Member

Mike came to sailing after 25years as a Balloon pilot. His first helm was a Dart16 - so He bought a RScat16!
A party table for 4 that can be sailed single handed.
His First Race was at Nidri, Greece at the end of a Nielson Beach holiday. His female crew on the Jib taught him such new expletive terms to describe the Wind, the competition and the sea he has not raced since!
Recently introduced to a 22' sloop which he sailed across the channel on his 3rd trip.
I hope to bring a bit of breadth to the committee and am keen to see the Club expand it's Social activities.

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Mike Robinson

Mike Robinson

Council Member

Sue Holdship

Club Accountant
accounts@dwsc.co.uk

Responsabilities - 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

Tristan Beckett

Events Manager/Membership
sailing@dwsc.co.uk

I am currently at DWSC managing all external open and training events. I also am helping to drive and lift membership. I currently sail an RS600 at Datchet. I previously have raced Toppers and Lasers round the UK taking part in National Championships. I am a qualified Senior Dinghy Instructor and Stand Up Paddleboard Senior Instructor.

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Tristan Beckett

Tristan Beckett

Events Manager/Membership

Stuart Philbey

Senior Instructor & Training Co-Coordinator
training@dwsc.co.uk
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Stuart Philbey

Stuart Philbey

Senior Instructor & Training Co-Coordinator