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Royal Southern Yacht Club AGM elections herald new beginnings as the first lady Commodore for ten years takes over the helm


L-R: Robert Vose, Karen Henderson-Williams, Graham Nixon & John Rutherford. Photo: Phil Riley

At Saturday's Royal Southern Yacht Club AGM (26th November), the following Flag Officers were elected:

Commodore - Karen Henderson-Williams
Vice Commodore - Graham Nixon
Rear Commodore Sailing - Robert Vose
Rear Commodore House - John Rutherford

Follows an excerpt from the speech given by the newly elected Commodore, Karen Henderson-Williams to members:

"I would like to thank you for electing me as your new Commodore. It is a great honour and privilege and I will do my very best to represent all the members in the year ahead. I was particularly delighted to be proposed for this role by our first Lady Commodore, Mrs Annette Newton, and seconded by the leader of Youth, Dr Mark Tomson. I am following Annette as the Club's second female Commodore, ten years on from Annette's tenure. It is a milestone for yacht clubs to have female Flag officers even in the present day and I am pleased to have been chosen to take on that role.

"Looking forward as your Commodore, I intend to be open and transparent and I am confident I will be fully supported by the team around me, as well as my husband David, who has continued to support me throughout my time as a member and a Flag.
Most importantly, members must enjoy our club, enjoy supporting our staff and enjoy volunteering. Sometimes it is hard work and volunteers will only do this if we bring back the fun side of the role.

"The sailing programme for next year is very full and exciting and I am sure will offer members and guests a full year of activities that will promote our Club on the water and ashore and give enjoyment for all of us.

"We must ensure the Club continues to thrive and build its reputation for the future generation. I will do my utmost to help that happen. I strongly believe in our Club and I wish it to be a happy Club that runs events for all sections and is inclusive for all members, whatever interests you have.

"I look forward to supporting all areas of the Club whether it be racing, race management, cruising, motor boating, Splash, Academy, the sub-committees and the good work of our Ladies Committee. Our special thanks go to the Ladies Committee for all their hard work raising money for their chosen charities and for the funds they have raised for the Club. I will do my best to support you all."


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Our Commodore Karen Henderson-Williams was recently interviewed by Sasha Twining on BBC Radio Solent's H20 slot.
Karen was asked about her childhood and how she got into sailing with her parents, how she progressed from dinghies into keel boats and about her role in helping to develop youth sailing at the Club. She explained her current role as well as her stewardship of the Royal Southern as only the second lady Commodore in the Club's 179 year history. Karen also discussed her aims and objectives for the Club going forward. It's a great listen, and we hope you enjoy it.

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