So who are the members and what do they look like?

    We ask 7 short questions and ask members to reply with information about their sailing experiences.  If you would like to nominate someone, then please let Liz know.

    Liz Lotz (Commodore 2011 - )                                                               

    Luke Savage (Vice Commodore 2011 - ? and Honorary Treasurer) 

    Tom Bailey (Rear Commodore Sailing 2011 - )

    Mark Johnson (Rear Commodore Club 2012 - )

    Gavin Stanley (Committee 2007 - )

    Brian Stewart (Club President)

    Andrew Jameson (Committee 2009 - )

    Peter Young (Commodore 2006 - 2008, Club Admiral 2011 -

    Chris Burbidge

    Vernon Ashford

    Ray Blaber

    George Beevor

    Eddie Davison

    Ed Fane

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    Liz Lotz is the current LLYC Commodore.  Liz has been heavily involved with the club Liz Lotzfor 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!

     

     

     

     

     

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    This ‘feature’ is about Vernon Ashford.  Vernon spent many years sailing the old Lutine and has many very interesting stories.  We hope that he continues to tell them so that we can get them in writing and on the site! 

     

     When and where did you start sailing? Vernon Ashford
    At school with the CCF (combined Cadet Force)


    Who is your sailing hero?
    The Bosun who ran up the slippery iron rungs in the sea lock at Ouisterham carrying our mooring line and saving us from the crash at the other end of the lock where the rest of the fleet had been carried by a northerly force 8.

     

    What is your favourite sailing memory or experience? 
    Coming on watch at midnight in the middle of the North Sea with strip lightening and a phosphorescenct sea covering Lutine and the crew with a ghoulish glow. 

     

    What are your current sailing plans?

    If only!

     

    If money, time and energy were no object, what sailing event or cruising ground would you like to sail in the most?

    Any of the RORC races

     

    When did you join LLYC?

    1979    
     

    What is your dream boat and what would you do with it?

    The old Lutine – the Nic 55:  and hold reunions! 

     

     

     

    Last Updated (Wednesday, 11 April 2012 11:42)

     

     

     

    This ‘feature’ is about Chris Burbidge, who has been a member of the club for years.  Chris has retired from the City now, but is still known to pop up - and it's always a pleasure to see him:  if you don't see him in the City, then he's undoubtedly on the South coast with his beloved yacht, Domaine.  Chris has been an active member of LLYC for many years - if you catch him, you must hear one of his stories!

    Chris Burbidge at the helm of Domaine

     

     When and where did you start sailing? 
    1963 on the Laurent Giles yawl "Lutine" - no previous sailing history: I was a failed cricketer !


    Who is your sailing hero?
    Eric Tabarly - when I skippered Lutine on the Plymouth - La Rochelle race in '67, Eric Tabarly came to our post race party aboard Lutine. He was always taciturn and didn't speak English but he was more interested in my beautiful wife than talking to me !

     

    What is your favourite sailing memory or experience? 
    Best memory - spinnakering round the back of the Wight in teeshirt and shorts at four in the morning ! Most memorable experience - skippering Lutine on the '79 Fastnet: enough said! 

     

    What are your current sailing plans?

    Usual stuff for 2012 bit of RORC and JOG plus Solent racing.

     

    If money, time and energy were no object, what sailing event or cruising ground would you like to sail in the most?

    I'm happy in the Solent, otherwise the South Seas!

     

    When did you join LLYC?

    1963   
     

    What is your dream boat and what would you do with it?

    I'm happy with my J32 (Domaine) but,if you push me, I'll settle for a Wally based in St.Tropez! 

     

     

     

    Last Updated (Wednesday, 11 April 2012 11:42)

     

     

    Meet Mark Johnson, our new rear Commodore Club - responsible for ensuring members influence what the Club focuses on.  Mark is known to stare at clouds and predict oncoming squalls from many directions as he has been a Gliding Instructor with the RAF since he was 16.  He now also flied open cockpit bi-planes! 

    When and where did you start sailing? 
    Apart from having various days on Lutine as the recipient of being corporately entertained, I went on a Flotilla holiday in 2010, where our family had a wonderful time for 2 weeks in Greece, (with absolutely no qualifications. And I might add no incidents either.) Having returned from this with boundless enthusiasm, I went to a British Legion Dinner where armed with an abundance of alcoholic beverages I bought in an auction a place on the Army Racing Yacht “British Soldier” doing the Fastnet. How different could it really be to Greece I thought!

    Who is your sailing hero?
    I guess that due to my limited experience in this sport, my heroes are really the members of the LLYC who have put up with me during RORC qualifiers and the RORC 600. I thoroughly enjoyed all these trips, and really appreciated the fabulous team work that the Club generates on these adventures. It reminded me very much of my Gliding days with the Air Force, running a course with the Air Cadets with some 55 instructors and 12 aircraft sending some 24 16 year old students solo each week during the summer. (The students having never seen an aeroplane before arriving.)
    If I had to pick a hero in the real sailing world it would be the LYC bowmen AJ and Gav, boy do they like getting wet, and in the most unsociable conditions.

    What is your favourite sailing memory or experience? 
    I think that the Fastnet 2011 was a very life changing experience, the Army folks on board were very different from anyone in Insurance, and were driven in every moment of their commitment. I guess with a close second as being the RORC 600 where 23 of us had to get on and work together.  However I will never forget the RORC qualifier to Cherbourg, a force 9 in Lutine, where out of 100 entrants only 30 of us finished, and we had Lutine up at 17 knots SOG at one point.

    What are your current sailing plans?
    RORC 600 in 2013 will be a must in my view, and where ever I can fit in some of the really exciting Lutine days out over the summer months. I may even do another flotilla holiday.

    If money, time and energy were no object, what sailing event or cruising ground would you like to sail in the most?
    I think my next challenge would be a transatlantic, but only after a little more experience.

    When did you join LLYC?
    2000 

    What is your dream boat and what would you do with it? 
    A racing Yacht, but with all the comforts of a cruiser, so I guess one with thin veneer wood and comfortable beds, with showers and loos that work, and a decent set of winches, sails and with high performance. Probably around 50ft. So I guess that’s a slightly lighter version of Lutine!

    Last Updated (Wednesday, 11 April 2012 11:45)

     
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