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Executive Committee

The Executive Committee generally meets six times a year and is responsible for:

  1. Managing the affairs of the Club according to the Rules.
  2. Ensuring that the funds of the Club are used to promote & facilitate watersports, to encourage the enjoyment & preservation of Axmouth Harbour, and to provide social & other facilities for members.
  3. Ensuring that all surplus income and profits are reinvested in the Club.

The Club benefits enormously from the expertise of many members and cannot function without the support of the volunteers who form our Executive Committee.

Officers & Members Elected at AGM 3rd December 2023


President - Steve Biddle

Commodore (Chairman) - Tom Preston

Vice Commodore - Carl Northcott

Rear Commodore Harbour Services - David Haywood

Rear Commodore Activities Afloat - Michael Crees

Rear Commodore Social - Steve Robertson

Secretary - Samantha Priestley

Treasurer - Kevin Mercer

Membership Secretary - Carol Evans


Harbour Secretary - Sam Dove

Communications Co-ordinator - Amanda Parker

Member - Richard Mayo

Bar Chairman - Matt Tubbs

 Member - Daryl Kirton

SW Regional Ports Association Representative - Nigel Daniel

Trustee Representative - Nigel Daniel

Axmouth Harbour Management Co. Representative - Steve Biddle

Ex-officio Members

RYA Training Principal - Tim Dyer

Retiring Commodore - Nigel Daniel

Taking on a role does not mean you have to do all the work yourself! The majority of roles are supported by a sub-committee:

RC Activities Afloat is supported by the Activities afloat sub-committee - includes a secretary and the Chairs of the 4 working groups (bay sailing, cruising, motor-boats & fishing, cadet & family sailing). Liaises closely with RYA Training Principal.

RC Harbour Services is supported by the Harbour services sub-committee - includes representatives who are involved in maintenance of the harbour/yard and Club buildings, and liaise with other agencies & manage licensing (dredging etc). The harbour secretary deals with moorings in conjunction with the the membership/mooring waiting list secretary and representatives from mooring holders (cruisers & motor boats). Works closely with James Widger who provides Bosun services.

RC Social is supported by the Social sub-committee. RC Social is supported by a number of members who help with catering, advise re entertainment for specific events, and help with the organisation of events (laying tables, decorating the clubhouse etc). Liaises closely with the Bar sub-committeee.

RYA Training Principal is supported by the Training sub-committee - consists of a Training secretary (manages course bookings etc) and the leads for shore based, powerboat and dinghy RYA training courses.

The Bar sub-committee - consists of three members of the Executive Committee, including the Commodore and the Secretary, and one other member.

The Membership secretary chairs the Membership sub-committee consists of the president, commodore & secretary who consider any membership issues and refers to the EC as needed.

The Communications co-ordinator is supported by the Communications sub-committee manages website, production of newsletters, printed programme & yearbooks etc.

These sub-committees meet as and when necessary. Each area has a budget, which is agreed by the Executive Committee at the beginning of the financial year (1st October). Decisions made by the sub-committees are reported to the Executive Committee with requests for any additional funding and changes to Club policy as needed. This structure enables as many members as possible to be involved in the day-to-day running of the Club from the grass roots up.

Minutes of the Executive Committee meetings and the associated sub-committee reports are available to all members on the Club website - click HERE (only available if you are logged in).

Honorary Life Vice Presidents

Eric Gordon

Brian Lavender

Noel Coplestone

David Mettam

Henry Pountney

Pete Poulson

David Crees

Nick Jolly

Honorary Members

John Church

Mike Little

David White

Sheila Crees

Richard Stokes (Honorary Solicitor)

Roger Gillard (Honorary Auditor)

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