Since joining the RYA East Region Committee in 2000, he played a key role in its development serving as both East Region RYA Chairman (from 2006-2010) and Secretary (2013-2017).

Chris also created the RYA East Region Environment Coordinator position and sat as RYA representative on the Port Authorities Crouch Harbour Association, Brightlingsea Harbour Association, the Port of London Authority and the Sunk (PLA) User Group.

He was a respected member of the RYA Council and was not afraid to stand up and give his views honestly, or to put in extra work behind the scenes when necessary.

In his later years he was recipient of an RYA National Volunteer Award, and will be fondly remembered for his contribution to the Region. 

Doug MacEwen, current RYA East Region Committee Chair, who was recruited to the Regional Committee by Chris, said: “Chris was a modest, enthusiastic protector of our sport of sailing. He was quietly efficient, led and moulded the RYA Eastern Region into what it is today." 

The East Region’s thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.