Liz Lotz is the current LLYC Commodore. Liz has been heavily involved with the club for the last 7 years and
likes nothing more than getting out on a boat. Having bought her new yacht, 'Shaytana', in January 2011 to
add to the LLYC 'fleet', Liz is keen to get back out on the water in the new year.
When and where did you start sailing?
At home in Essex in the 1970's...growing up by the sea meant that we always had boats to play with. However, I only really immersed myself in the racing side when I joined University in Liverpool, being lucky enough to make the dinghy team in Larks and Laser II's and then being invited up to the marina where we were asked to race with the teams on the bigger yachts there.
Who is your sailing hero?
Oooh - tricky one: Since my first degree, where my thesis was the 'evolution of design of the America's Cup yacht', I've respected the racers. For some reason, i'm always drawn towards Dennis Connor.
What is your favourite sailing memory or experience?
My initial thought on this is probably when we were motoring into the lock after a race on the Mersey, Liverpool, on a gorgeous day in May 1993 on the First Class Europe that I raced with: I steered the boat into the lock with all the boys (10 of them) dancing the 'Wigfield' Saturday Night dance that I'd taught them on either side of the deck. It was hilarious.
However, I should probably say rounding the Fastnet rock in 2009 and being proposed to!
What are your current sailing plans?
To play on Shaytana as much as possible! I spent about a year negotiating to purchase her and now I have her, I want to get out as much as I'm able. We had a few adventures in 2011: so far, all loads of fun, including the Swan European Regatta in Cowes, which saw us with our kite up for the first time - that was interesting - especially when Kurt Arigo, the world famous photographer picked up his camera to take a picture and then slowly put the camera down again, as he realised that the kite we had with us was covered in rust and holes!
If money, time and energy were no object, what sailing event or cruising ground would you like to sail in the most?
Ok - so what we're saying here is I have no job, because I won the lottery and have my ideal boat......easy! I'd love to sail the Caribbean and BVI's, sailing from Island to Island. Having raced the Caribbean 600 twice (and really looking forward to racing it again on the 78ft Maxi Idea in February 2012!), I'd try and fit that into my (hectic) schedule: problem with that race though is that you merely sail past the islands rather than stopping and enjoying them!
When did you join LLYC?
Very late on....when I first joined the market in 1994, one of my colleagues passed me a membership form and I duly trotted along to a social: only to be most dissapointed - I think I was probably the youngest by a long way and certainly a different gender to everyone else! At that point, I continued to travel up to my YC in Liverpool for a few years! It wasn't until 2004 when I chanced upon sailing with Willis that I met another female club member who had recently joined. She persuaded me to attend the Annual dinner with her and I believe I signed up to the Fastnet that evening....the rest, as they say, is history!
What is your dream boat and what would you do with it?
Shaytana (Swan 36) is pretty much my dream boat - all I dream about now is having as much cash as possible to throw at her!