New helmsmen for sailing club
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.