New Committee and New Life Member

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New Committee and New Life Member

Life Member Ian “Mac” McRobie with Commodore Matthew Woodley

The RAYC AGM was held on Thursday 30th August 2012 in the Hyundai M-Class Lounge.  The members who attended voted on the new committee members and awarded a Life Membership.

2012/2013 Committee Members


  • Commodore John Martin “Maritime Component Commander”

General Committee

  • Commodore: Matthew Woodley
  • Vice Commodore: Mike Wilson
  • Rear Commodore: Nathan Bonney
  • Club Captain: Fendall Halliburton
  • Treasurer: Craig Wilson
  • Anatole Masfen
  • Mark Taylor
  • Warren Trethewey
  • Stephen Jones
  • Sally Garrett
  • Time Grammer
  • Tim Dempsey

Sailing Committee

  • Mike Wilson (Chairperson)
  • Simon Manning
  • Russ Evans
  • Rob Heath
  • James Grant
  • Brian Houston
  • Craig Coulam
  • Stephen Delahunty
  • Brendan Tourelle

House Committee

  • Nathan Bonney (Chairperson)
  • Leigh Miller
  • Brian Houston
  • Warren Trethewey

Life Membership

Ian McRobie

“Mac (as he’s known to his mates), started sailing with RAYC in 1958 in Gleam which he co-owner with Brian Woods – a 34′ Jack Brooke design built by the Gibson brothers during 1935-40.

In 1962 he owned Vim in partnership with Peter Nelson, a yacht designer who subsequently designed several yachts for him including Rob Roy which he launched in 1967 and in which he did the ocean race to Lautoka and Scot.

He was Commodore in 1973 and contributed to the ongoing development of the club.  A master carpenter, he designed and built the bar in the members lounge.

Now in his 80’s and retired he is a trustee of the New Zealand School of Traditional Boat Building at Hobsonville and has been recently in charge of the much publicised restoration of Corona the best 26′ mullet boat ever built. (See Boating NZ magazine May 2011).

To quote from that article; ‘Ian McRobie, a main of great leadership and outrageous humour, gathered a team of no nonsense volunteers around him.  Even at the young age of 80-ish, Ian put in a minimum of four days a week on the job with a core group – but the team of volunteers was the key, working hard because Ian McRobie made it fun’.

Ian has paid a membership subscription for many years and we think it’s time to reward him for over 50 years of support”

September 5th, 2012|Categories: All News, Club News|

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