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Board

The Board is responsible for the management of RYANI's business. As a volunteer- led organisation, the RYANI Board sets strategic direction and oversees work being undertaken by staff and volunteers in order to achieve the RYANI's purpose and goals.

Jackie Patton – Chairman

Jackie is a retired teacher and outdoor education specialist.  Jackie also volunteered with Ocean Youth Trust as sea staff, later going on to become a Trustee of the Charity.  Jackie got involved in sailing through her school and going out with her father.  She went on to have an Olympic campaign from 1986-1988 for Team GB in the 470 class, achieving a gold medal in the Pre-Olympics.  In 2015, Jackie took part in the Rolex Fastnet race and followed this with competing in legs 7 and 8 of the Clipper Round the World Race.  She achieved one of her lifetime ambitions by competing in the 2017 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race on NASDAQ finishing third in the class.

David Williams – Treasurer, Environment and Cruising

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 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.

Paul Bunting – Designated Safeguarding Officer

Paul is a 'retired' family man having careers in both the business sector and local government spanning over 35 years. He became involved in sailing through a chance visit to Belfast Lough Sailability - based in Carrickfergus which provides sailing & training opportunities for people with disabilities and from disadvantaged backgrounds. Paul is a regular volunteer with them and sits on their Executive Committee. His main interest is in 'powered craft' rather than sail boats and he holds RYA Powerboat & Safety Boat qualifications. In 2016, Paul received the national RYA Sailability Award for Exceptional Service in Volunteering.

Roy Totten – Environment and Cruising

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.

James Ogg – Chair of Training and Development Committee

James is a retired Chemical Engineer and has sailed since childhood.  During his teenage years he raced and crewed in various classes of dinghies before progressing to larger boats and then returning back to dinghies.  James has been racing GP14s for 16 years, competing in the GP14 Worlds since 2003.  James has also been an active member of Donaghadee Sailing Club and in 2015 was awarded RYANI Volunteer of the Year and later went on to be recognised in the RYA Family Award in 2016.    

Peter Kennedy - Chair of Performance Committee

Peter Kennedy is Chair of RYA Northern Ireland’s Performance Committee. He has sailed from the age of 6, when he was often taken to the club for racing nights with his parents.  It wasn’t long until he was racing a Mirror dinghy at the club and messing around with the other Mirror sailors most days every summer holiday.   Peter campaigned in the Flying Dutchman, crewing for Keith Wilkins in both 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games; his high performance career had a pinnacle of winning race 5 in the  class in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.   Peter joined the Performance Committee not long after finishing his Olympic sailing career. A passionate sailor and racer, he wants to increase the wellbeing of sailing in Northern Ireland in all its shapes and forms.  

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