The Organising Team
Some of the key members of the 2021 organising team that participants are likely to meet during an event. To ensure the event is a success there are of course many others including assistant race officers, and rescue boat crews who give their time willingly.
Jan has sailed and raced in the local waters of the Fal for many years. St Mawes One Designs have been her classic dinghy of choice. Today teaching her grandchildren and other youngsters to enjoy sailing is very close to her heart. She is likely to be aboard her family boat “Bullseye” during the event, one of the mark boats for the Parade of Sail and Power.
2021 will be Walter’s tenth Classics, over a seventeen year period, as Race Officer for the Falmouth Classics. He is an RYA Regional Race Officer and has been a Race Officer for Falmouth Week for fifteen consecutive years, with the last ten or more years as Principal Race Officer for the Carrick Fleet.
In addition, he has written the courses for the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club’s evening races and has run many of them. From 1980 to 1999 he raced a GK24 locally and then, a J24. With some regret he has now retired from active racing.
Vice Chairman, Media, PR and Sponsorship, Berthing Master and South West Gaffers’ Representative
Parade Team Member
Gilly joined the RCYC and became an active member of the social committee, she also helped organise the social calendar for the AZAB 2019. As a boat buddy for this event she became great friends with her participants and was invited to join them in their home country to celebrate their achievement of completing the AZAB race.
Regular involvement with the RCYC Meanderers has enabled Gilly to enjoy sailing in some beautiful and varied yachts. She has recently acquired part ownership of a Devon Yawl and hopes to enjoy the fantastic sailing of the Fal and Helford estuaries.
Deputy Safety Officer
Small Boat Parade Director
Assistant Race Officer / Parade of Sail and Power Commander
Kaye is an RYA Regional Race Officer. As well as assisting with the Falmouth Classics, Kaye is also involved in organizing club racing and acting as a Falmouth Week Race officer. She currently owns a Westerly Longbow, which is used for local sailing when she is not on a race committee boat!
Merchandise and a Past Chairman
Henry’s boating background includes 32 years service with the Royal Naval Reserve as well as serving as a flag officer of Royal Cornwall Yacht Club and holding an RYA Regional Race Officer qualification. He is proud to have chaired the team that moved a single day sailing event with mostly local entrants, into a top class rally and regatta, covering three days and holding its own with the best of the French classic rallies.
With the support of the team he is committed to the improvement of the event as a whole, whilst doing his utmost to see that costs to participants are kept to a minimum by providing sponsors with the maximum benefit for their companies. Having retired as Chairman, he cannot leave Classics alone and has once again taken on merchandise.
Many years as Sailing Secretary of Mylor Yacht Club, working within Port of Falmouth Sailing Association, and over 30 years racing in a working boat, led to her involvement with the first Classics in 1987. She has enjoyed participating in running the event and is very pleased to still be involved.
Keith and his wife Lynne now keep their 1974 13 ton Hillyard “Vivona” in Brest and attend many of the Breton classic boat festivals from Binic, around the coast and down to the Golfe of Morbihan. At future Falmouth Classics Keith may be found crewing on his son’s 1964 18 ton Hillyard, if “Vivona” is still in Brittany. They also have a 12 foot clinker lugger, presently under repair.
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