New helms­men for sail­ing club

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THE Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club has a new com­modore and pres­i­dent fol­low­ing Sun­day’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

Bill Mairs has taken over as pres­i­dent from Bob Fen­ney and Jim Hayes has taken the com­modore’s role from Rob Davis.

Bill Mairs started sail­ing when he was 10 years old. He now sails a Tasar and is an ac­tive mem­ber of the sail­ing club where he has been heav­ily in­volved with sail train­ing. He has also served as a mem­ber of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee for the past year and acted as hon­orary trea­surer since Fe­bru­ary 2013.

Jim Hayes joined the club in 1983 as a sail­ing mem­ber. Since then he has rep­re­sented the club in state, re­gional, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional events, in ju­nior off­shore group, dinghy and keel­boat rac­ing and ma­jor na­tional off­shore and coastal races and re­gat­tas.

Since 1987, Hayes has in­structed and coached in dinghies, power­boats and yachts as well as vo- lun­teer­ing as a race of­fi­cer for the club.

He was elected Whit­sun­day re­gional coach­ing di­rec­tor of the Queens­land Yacht­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (QYA) in 1989, a role which ex­panded to North Queens­land coach­ing di­rec­tor from 1992-7.

On the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee he was elected rear com­modore off­shore from 1986-7, 87-88 and 9395 and com­modore from 1988-91.

He has also served as rear com­modore of train­ing from 1995-7, ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber from 1997-8 and rear com­modore off beach from 19982000.

He was elected as an hon­orary life mem­ber of the club at the AGM in 1999.

Other ap­point­ments for 2013-14 de­cided at Sun­day’s AGM were Clay Bau­man (rear com­modore off­shore), Luke Mairs (rear com­modore offbeach) and com­mit­tee mem­bers David Dias, Rob Davis, Robert Holm, Daniel Scott and Dun­can Smith.

COM­MODORE: Jim Hayes has been elected com­modore of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

NEW JOB: Bill Mairs is the new pres­i­dent of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

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