Andrew Dandridge -- Chairman, Web Master, Journal Editor
Owner of "Pheon", a 1984 vintage Vancouver 32, and one of the founder members of the Vancouver class being son of John Dandridge, the original builder of Vancouver Yachts in Europe. He has sailed since the age of ten having a succession of racing dinghies including a Fireball. Andrew has also competed in the Fastnet Race, The Cowes Dinard Race, many Channel races and the Round the Island Race. He was the technical director and designer in Pheon Yachts Ltd and was responsible for the class development and interior design of the Vancouver range and designer of the Vancouver Pilot.
Ian Chambers -- Hon. Secretary, Treasurer
My interest in sailing started in the 80's when I used to race an Enterprise around a gravel pit at Wraysbury, close to Heathrow. The Enterprise was a little old and tired and was, in due course, replaced by a brand new Comer Versa which we sailed and raced as a family. I am now the proud owner of, once again, an old and slightly tired boat, but now it's a Vancouver 27. I sail her, usually on my own, out of Marchwood, at the top of Southamption Water. To date I've never managed the miles that I plan but next year will definitely be different. Hope to see you on the water.
Wendy Hewitt-Sayer -- Social Secretary
I've always loved being near, on or even under water and was fortunate to live on the Isle of Wight as a child, though not as part of a sailing family. I attended a variety of RYA courses during my married life, I'd do the course then not get into a boat for another 5 years so my boat ownership and sailing 'career' started in earnest Dubai in 2004 with a Maxi Magic (26'), swapping her for a Moody 38 four years later. Upon retirement in 2011, I fulfilled my dream of sailing away and skippered the boat with sundry and motley crew to Croatia, over a period of some six months. In 2017, after six years of summer cruising in the Adriatic 'two-up', I lost my crew, and sold my Moody, buying Caretta, a Vancouver 27, in January 2018. I've since largely re-fitted her in terms of navigation and energy, and added single line reefing. I'm new to single handing and sailing in the strongly tidal waters of the Bristol Channel, but Caretta looks after me well, and I hope to extend my sailing range further in the coming years.
JoJo Jones -- Facebook Administrator
Richard and I both started sailing about 22 years ago, our first boat being a 1936 gaff rigged Broads cruiser called Shula. We learned to sail on a steep learning curve, racing other cruisers on handicap on Wroxham Broad with three young children on board. As the family literally grew out of Shula we progressed to a Southerly 115 and had four happy years sailing her on the East Coast from Shotley. There followed a few years’ gap as the children grew into teenagers and horses arrived – not very compatible with sailing! Gentoo, a Vancouver 34P, was purchased at the end of 2013 and is berthed at Shotley. We haven’t done much so far due to a busy work and family schedule but we have plans to start sailing more next year.
Peter Paternotte -- Netherlands Area Representative
Sailing has been a lifelong passion for me, starting with dinghies (including a homebuilt Mirror), moving on to cabin cruisers and proper seagoing yachts later on. In my V34c I've cruised the entire Baltic, most of the UK and Belgium/France next to - of course - my own beautiful home waters. In 2011 I did an Atlantic circuit with my brother in law as mate, sailing from the Canaries to Barbados, visiting the Windward and several Leeward Islands, returning via Bermuda and the Azores. In 2013 I returned to the Azores, partly singlehanded. I also did a little bit of offshore racing (under the ORC handicap system), including the Colin Archer Memorial Race. Now in a different phase of life I've sold my V34c and purchased a V27 which I'm bringing back in oceangoing condition, almost finished. Coming year we plan to revisit the Baltic.
Ben Biswell - Pacific NW Area Representative
Ben Biswell is a sea to sky man who loves to play in the ocean and mountains. He is a commercial RYA Yachtmaster Skipper and has been sailing all his life. He is passionate about teaching new sailors and helping them work towards their goals. Teaching is second nature to him after working as ski & snowboard instructor since 2002 and a sailing instructor since 2014. Originally from England, Ben sailed in northern Europe and the Mediterranean growing up. Since moving to BC in 2005 he has sailed extensively around the pacific north west. Cruising and racing around Vancouver island, racing from Oregon to Victoria and skippering his old boat to a 5th place finish in the 2017 R2AK race to Alaska.