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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

RNSA

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 - http://www.rnsa.net/Central/Eligibility.aspx

Flag Officers

Flag Officers

Position Name
Admiral HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh KG KT OM GBE AC QSO
Commodore Vice Admiral S R Lister CB OBE
Vice Commodore Commodore Philip Warwick RN
Chairman Position gapped
Rear Commodore Windsurfing Captain Nic Dodd RN
Rear Commodore (Dinghies) Commander Gavin Marshall RN
Rear Commodore (Offshore) WO1 Mark Durkan 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 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

Central Committee - Elected

Elected

Position Name Tel Mobile Email
Acting Chairman Commodore Phil Warwick RN vcdre@rnsa.org.uk
Rear Commodore Cruising Lt Cdr Terry Corner RD* RNR corner.pt@tiscali.co .uk
Rear Commodore Dinghies Cdr Gavin Marshall RN 02392 625421 rcdinghies@rnsa.org.uk
Rear Commodore Offshore WO1 Mark Durkan RN rcoffshore@rnsa.org.uk
Rear Commodore Windsurfing Captain Nic Dodd RN Nicholas.Dodd289@mod.uk
Air Branch Captain Cdr Ian Fitter 01935 456224 fleet-capav-rnfsc-cfso@mod.uk
Air Branch Chairman Cdr Ian Fitter thefitterfamily@btopenworld.com
Clyde Branch Captain Captain Chris Smith NRCSNI-NRC@mod.uk
East Coast Branch Captain Commodore Gale Bryan RN Rtd 01223 314619 07746 290362 bryans.cambridge@lineone.net
Forth Branch Captain Cdr Ian MacFarlane ian.macfarlane@hotmail.co.uk
Medway Branch Captain Lt Cdr David Cokayne dacokayne@aol.com
Plymouth Branch Captain Surgeon Captain Rory Rickard SG-DMed-MedD-DefProfSurg@mod.uk
Plymouth Branch Chairman Cdr Shane Doran sedoran@hotmail.com
Portland Branch Chairman Cdr Peter Goss peter.goss.pg@gmail.com
Portsmouth Branch Captain Commander David Wright RN wrightdi@theiet.org
RM Branch Captain Brigadier Stuart Birrell DSO RM stuart.birrell315@mod.uk
Thames Branch Captain Chris Thompson christhompson007@hotmail.co.uk

Central Committee - Ex Officio

Ex Officio

Position Name Tel Mobile Email
CAPTAIN PEOPLE SUPPORT Captain Ian Cull RN NAVYNPS-PEOPLESPTDACOS@mod.uk
SO1 Naval Sport and Recreation Mr Rowan Taylor 02392 573034 NAVYNPS-PEOPLESPTSPORTSO1@mod.uk
Officer in Charge JSASTC Cdr N Trundle RN 02392 765887 NAVYNPS-PEOPLESPTJSASTCOIC@mod.uk
Commodore Hornet Sailing Club Cdre P Wykeham-Martin hornetsailing@btconnect.com
Royal Naval Sailing Manager Cdr W Shirley RN 07786 702143 rnsailingmanager@gmail.com

Honorary Officers

Hon Officers

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

Secretariat

Secretariat

Position Name Tel Mobile Email
Editor/General Secretary Cdr Mike Shrives RN 02392521100 gensec@rnsa.org.uk
Deputy Editor/Deputy General Secretary Heather Tarr 02392521100 depgensec@rnsa.org.uk
Moorings Secretary and Events Manager Jon Glass 02392 504743 moorings@rnsa.org.uk