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David Williams – Honorary Treasurer

David is a retired accountant who trained with Pricewaterhouse, after which he moved from practice into industry and was Practice Manager for twenty four years with a large firm of architects and engineers. He has been Company Secretary of a number of Companies. He has been sailing all his adult life, racing keelboats at first and has been cruising since his mid twenties. He has sailed as first mate with the Ocean Youth Club (Trust) on Master Builder and Lord Rank. Based in Strangford Lough he cruises a jointly owned Mylne design steel yacht built entirely by himself and his brother. He has cruised extensively throughout the British Isles, visiting far flung places such as Orkney, St Kilda, Tory Island, Blasket Islands and the Isles of Scilly. Longer cruises have been to the Channel Islands, France and Northern Spain; He has been a Yachtmaster Offshore since 1984 and is a member of the Irish Cruising Club and Strangford Lough Yacht Club.

Now he combines his accounting knowledge with his main interest of sailing and navigation by being involved with RYANI. David is a past Treasurer of Strangford Lough Club and has been Treasurer of RYANI since 2014. He also sits on the RYA Coastal Navigation Panel.

Paul Bunting – Board Member

I'm a 'retired' family man having careers in both the business sector and local government spanning over 35 years. I became involved in sailing through a chance visit to Belfast Lough Sailability - an incredibly worthwhile charity based in Carrickfergus and providing sailing & training opportunities for people with disabilities and from disadvantaged backgrounds. I am a regular volunteer with them and currently their Hon. Treasurer and safeguarding officer. My main interest is in 'powered craft' rather than sail boats and I hold RYA Powerboat & Safety Boat qualifications. I graduated from UUJ with an honours degree in Business Management and currently hold 3 directorships, one being Sailability Ireland - the national body for disabled sailing in Ireland (Irish national equivalent of RYA Sailability), along with being Chair of a local educational body. In 2016 I was honoured to receive the national RYA Sailability Award for Exceptional Service in Volunteering. I value the opportunity to contribute to the board of RYANI and believe I bring skills from a business and sailing background.

Roy Totten – Board Member

Roy is a retired managing director of a mechanical engineering company. His sailing started on Lough Neagh, racing flying fifteens and progressed to cruiser racing on Strangford Lough and the Irish Sea. Preferring class racing, he joined Carrickfergus Sailing Club and raced a Ruffian 23 for many years. His main sailing activity now is cruising the west coast of Scotland with his wife on their Moody 42. Roy has joined the board of RYANI to help with cruising and marine environmental issues.

Mark Fekkes – Performance Committee Chairman

I started sailing at 17, mainly in dinghy's. After taking part in various championships I spent various years on keel boats. As they years started to get the better of me I got more involved in helping around our club, holding various positions from Fleet Captain to Commodore. During which time I got involved with the RYA, becoming and DI and SI and RTC Principle. I was also involved with the NI Honda RYA Rib Championship training as well as being involved as part of the Performance Committee. I still enjoy sailing on my small keep boat or various of my friends larger keel boats as well as going for a blast on my windsurfer.

Sheela Lewis – RYANI Chair

Sheela is an IT Professional with experience spanning 30+ years in the IT Outsourcing and Managed Service sector. She is married to John, they have two girls and the whole family partakes in sailing. Sheela grew up learning to sail and race in a Mirror dinghy. She went on to race and helm in a Flying 15, a Laser and more recently an RS400. She has owned a classic Flying 15 for 25 years and over this period has won the classic Flying 15 Northern Championship at least 3 times. The family are all involved in the continued development of their local Club, County Antrim Yacht Club. John is the Club Principal, a Senior Instructor and a PB Instructor and the girls are Senior and Dinghy Instructors. Sheela is a Regional Race Officer and a RYA L2 Race Coach and has developed her skills in Coaching and Race Management alongside Club Management having served as the first female Commodore in 1998 and 1999. She became a member of the RYA in 2007 having already played a less formal role on the RYA NI Council representing her Club. She still devotes a significant amount of her time to her Club in the voluntary role of Training Officer and supporting Race Events. Sheela has been the RO for several regional events and assisted at the RYA NI Youth Championships 2014. In 2015 the Club hosted the prestigious Irish Topper Championships. In 2016 the Club hosted Ulster Laser Championships and once again Sheela will be Principal Race Officer. Sheela became the Vice Chair in 2011 and then Chair in 2014 on the Board of RYA Northern Ireland the Sport’s Local Governing Body.

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