Former RYA Northern Ireland Chair passes away

22 Oct 19

Doug served as Chair of RYANI from 2002- 2004 and under his leadership the organisation became a Company Ltd by Guarantee and developed into the governing body it is today.  For his work to the sport of sailing he received a lifetime achievement award and was proud and honoured to receive a gold medal.

Sailability and Belfast Lough Sailability in particular would not have existed without the efforts of Doug Smith and his desire to help others. He wrote the constitution for the Carrickfergus Bertholders Association, which was adopted as the standard across the UK. He and his wife, Lillian regularly cruised in the Western Isles.

Doug had a varied career, including Chief Executive of Dr. Barnados Charity and Chief Executive of Northern Health and Social Services Board.  On his retirement Doug was the Chair of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. He was also an accomplished musician.

A keen sailor, Doug was a member of various clubs and organisations and was well respected in the sailing community.   He continued to keep an interest in RYA Northern Ireland and developments in the sailing world, continuing to offer advice and support to help develop sailing and boating opportunities in the region.

Our thoughts go out to Lillian, his wife of 59 years and their family.