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About the Royal Naval Sailing Association

The RNSA is an Association of members at home and overseas whose activities cover the whole spectrum of sailing including many members who just like to mess around in boats. The four disciplines of Cruising, Dinghies, Offshore and Windsurfing are headed by an elected RNSA Rear Commodore. We are honoured to have HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh as our Admiral and proud that the reputation of our burgee stands high throughout the sailing world

The Royal Naval Sailing Association


History of the RNSA

The birth of the Royal Naval Sailing Association took place in August 1935 with the principal objective to “encourage sailing throughout the Service” which endures to this day. HM King George V sanctioned the use of the title “Royal”, the Association was granted the privilege of wearing the Blue Ensign and the burgee was designed.

RNSA are appointed by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to advise on recreational sailing throughout the Navy who agreed that it should remain an autonomous body controlled by its elected officers because of the many members who are no longer serving.

In its advisory capacity the Committee have recommended Sailing Dinghies suitable to be carried onboard HM Ships which included the Bosun dinghy in 1961. Large numbers of Bosuns remain at the Sailing Centres which are gradually being replaced by the Laser 2000. These boats are unashamedly for training so a number of High Performance Dinghies are procured for use by the more experienced sailors.

RNSA Activities

RNSA members have competed at all levels throughout the World including the Olympics. The RYA National certificate scheme was developed from the Royal Navy tickets of competence system.

In the late 1970’s boardsailing (renamed windsurfing) became increasingly popular and as they take up a relatively little space can be carried at sea.

Most major Naval Establishments operate an offshore yacht which is used for a mixture of recreational sailing, racing and training. RNSA also encourages members with competitive yachts to enter events under the RNSA burgee. With the support of Whitbread RNSA organised and ran the first ever Round the World Yacht Race for fully crewed yachts.

While necessarily brief this shows the remarkable depth of the RNSA and with continued membership numbers of over 5,000 full members (and many more Branch Members) you are encouraged to join.

Aims of the RNSA

- Encourage competitive and non-competitive sailing and power boating throughout the Naval Service, in its capacity as a Service Sports Association, answerable to the Second Sea Lord (2SL).

- Advise the Navy Board on sailing matters and to act as a focus for sailing within the Naval Service including providing advice on suitable craft for use by the Services for adventurous sail training, competition and recreation.

- Organise opportunities for members to take part in all forms of competitive and non-competitive sailing and power boating and furnish members with advice and information.

- Provide central or local services and facilities for members, including moorings, making appropriate charges for optional services and facilities.

- Encourage and promote liaison between members of the Association and members of yacht clubs and sailing associations at home and abroad.

- Co-ordinate racing throughout the Service aiming for the highest possible standard of Service sailing in competitive events at all levels from local club to international.

Eligibility to Join the Royal Naval Sailing Association

See here for further details on eligibility and how to join the RNSA -

Flag Officers

Flag Officers

Position Name
Admiral HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh KG KT OM GBE AC QSO
Commodore Rear Admiral Chris Gardner CBE
Chairman Commodore Robert Bellfield
Vice Commodore Commodore Robert Bellfield
Rear Commodore Windsurfing Commander Tom Joyce RN
Rear Commodore (Dinghies) Commander Andy Wood RN
Rear Commodore (Offshore) Lt Paddy Flanagan RN
Rear Commodore (Cruising) Lieutenant Commander Terry Corner RD* RNR

Honorary Flag Officers

Hon Flag Officers

Position Name
Life Vice Commodore Admiral Sir John Kerr GCB
Life Vice Commodore Captain Frank Craig
Life Vice Commodore Commodore Peter Wykeham-Martin
Life Vice Commodore Rear Admiral Peter Davies CB CBE
Life Vice Commodore The Reverend Canon Lionel Webber
Life Vice Commodore Captain Richard Yeomans
Life Rear Commodore Honorary Captain Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE RD* RNR
Life Rear Commodore Commander William Fenley VRD* MA RNR
Life Rear Commodore Lieutenant Commander Vic Prodger MBE
Life Rear Commodore Captain Nick Fletcher
Life Rear Commodore Jim Saltonstall MBE
Life Rear Commodore Peter Goss Esq MBE
Life Vice Commodore Vice Admiral Paul Boissier CB
Life Rear Commodore Dave Strudwick
Life Rear Commodore Captain Richard Spalding
Life Vice Commodore Vice Admiral Sir Simon Lister KCB OBE

Central Committee - Elected


Position Name Tel Mobile Email
Chairman Commodore Robert Bellfield RN
Vice Chairman Commodore Robert Bellfield RN
Rear Commodore Cruising Lt Cdr Terry Corner RD* RNR .uk
Rear Commodore Dinghies Cdr Andy Wood RN
Rear Commodore Offshore Mark Flanagan RN
Rear Commodore Windsurfing Cdr Tom Joyce RN
Clyde Branch Captain Captain Chris Smith
East Coast Branch Captain Commodore Gale Bryan RN Rtd 01223 314619 07746 290362
Medway Branch Captain Lt Cdr David Cokayne
Plymouth Branch Captain Surgeon Captain Rory Rickard
Portland Branch Chairman Cdr Peter Goss
Portsmouth Branch Captain Cdr Gavin Marshall RN
RM Branch Captain Brigadier Stuart Birrell DSO RM
Thames Branch Captain Chris Thompson

Central Committee - Ex Officio

Ex Officio

Position Name Tel Mobile Email
SO1 Naval Sport and Recreation Mr Rowan Taylor 02392 573034
Commodore Hornet Sailing Club Cdre P Wykeham-Martin
Royal Naval Sailing Manager Cdr W Shirley RN 07786 702143

Honorary Officers

Hon Officers

Position Name Tel Mobile Email
Honorary Chaplain The Reverend Bernard Clarke
Accountants & Auditors Rothmans



Position Name Tel Mobile Email
Chief Executive Cdre (Rtd) Philip Warwick 02392521100
Deputy Editor/Deputy General Secretary Heather Tarr 02392521100
RNSA and Moorings Accounts Assistant Gemma Shields 02392 504743