A new Commodore takes the reigns!

The Annual General Meeting of Lloyd’s Yacht Club and Lutine Yachts Limited took place on Tuesday 12th March at the offices of Liberty Speciality Markets – without doubt the most spectacular view we’ve had for an AGM!

The meeting was chaired by Guy Williams, Club Secretary, and was well attended by 16 members, with proxy votes sent in advance by a further 15 members. Following a successful meeting, everyone adjourned to The Crutched Friar for drinks.

The outgoing Commodore, Tim Blackstone, provided an overview of the successes and challenges for the Club over the last year and his belief in the foundations of the Club and the future thereof. His full report can be found on the website at  http://lloydsyachtclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Commodore-Report-AGM-24.pdf or on Club/Club Documents but highlights are that the Club is in a very robust state of health, specifically:

  • A record year for Corporate Charter and Club Weekend bookings
  • We provided a mix of social weekends, longer cruises and a race programme which we believe fulfils the interests of our members – the highlight last year being a most memorable Fastnet race
  • We have a growing membership, especially in the vital under 35 age category
  • Regular, monthly, member socials are firmly established once again
  • We have better communication through a combination of newsletters, social media and the Blog on our website
  • We managed the reinstatement of our bi-annual end of season dinner, attracting a capacity 100 seats
  • We now have our longest serving professional skipper, James Close, who has committed to the next 2 years at least which, crucially, sees us through the 2025 Fastnet campaign
  • And above all else, we have had a fantastically committed Committee who aim to get the balance right between effective operational delivery and having fun working together – recognising that what any of us do is purely for that, fun – a first-world problem for sure

Comprehensive reports then followed from Treasurer-elect Russell Streeter and Neil Armstrong, Rear Commodore, Sailing. The finances of the Club are in excellent shape with significant cash in hand whilst bookings for both Corporate Charters and Club Weekends are already at record levels for this time of year. The anticipated income from Corporate Charters already exceeds an outstanding 2023 season.

The election of Flag Officers, Officers, Ex-officio Officers and other Committee members then took place – the main changes being that Guy Williams was voted in as Commodore, Tim Blackstone as Vice Commodore, and Russell Streeter as Treasurer. Three Committee members stood down in line with the self-imposed wish of the Committee to become a smaller operational group with more being done by members outside the Committee. Huge thanks were given to Jonathan Spry, Max Walker and Annabel Savage.

Otherwise, the Committee for 2024 was elected on a show of hands and now comprises:

Vice Commodore
Rear Commodore – Sailing
Rear Commodore – Club
Membership Secretary
Legal Advisor
Admiral of the Club
Guy Williams
Tim Blackstone
Neil Armstrong
Vivienne Russell
Russell Streeter
Helen von Trotsenburg
James Brady
Liz Lotz
Trudy Avery Payne
Enrico Nanni

Please welcome our new Commodore, Guy Williams, who would like to express the following message to all Members:

It is a huge privilege to have been elected as Commodore of one of the largest, most visible and welcoming of the Lloyd’s clubs. I am extremely grateful to all those Club and Committee members, our professional skipper James, Club skippers past and present and others who have worked so hard to get the Club to the fantastic position we are now in and who continue to volunteer their time, assistance and even physical labour behind the scenes.

The Committee exists to administer the Club in accordance with the wishes of its members. That representative role will be central to me and the committee as we head into 2024. Any member who wants to express an opinion to the committee should feel free to do so; contact details are on the website.

There are some areas on which we need to maintain or expand our focus, including  the over-60s members, training, maximising charter income and our long-term strategy for the club’s yacht. However, as we have heard from former Commodore Tim, finances are in good shape, the membership is large and active and there is a huge range of sailing and social events for members to enjoy. I am confident we are in great shape as a club, and I will do all I can to maintain or improve on that enviable situation.