Many IBRSC members have been with the club for a number of years; we think that the record is held by Alf and Rob Pettit who have been members since the club was based on the gravel pit, before 1972. We also have families with two generations sailing - and sometimes three!
Long-standing members tend only to leave due to a change of circumstances, e.g. having children or moving away. I thought it would be interesting to find out what has happened to some of these people; a sort of IBRSC 'Friends Reunited'. The notes below have been written by the people concerned or their friends; if you'd like to be put in touch, send an e-mail to the club address and we'll forward it if we can.
If you are an ex-IBRSC member (you might know us as 'Walton-on-Thames Sailing Club' which was the name until 1997), we'd love to hear from you. Send your contribution to the club e-mail address and we'll put it up.
People are listed alphabetically by surname.
Mike Barnard: After running the Tuesday evening training for 17 years, Mike and his wife Elsie retired to the Isle of Wight in 2000. Mike said that he would never get on another committee - he then ended up on the sailing committee of Brading Haven Yacht Club, racing his Solo and teaching lots of children to sail! Mike and Elsie moved back to the mainland in 2007 and now live in happy and busy retirement in Paignton. Mike has just celebrated his 79th birthday and continues to teach sailing. He and Elsie are happy to be in excellent health and send their very best wishes to all at Island Barn. (August 2011)
Nick Bloom: Ex-treasurer and long-standing member Nick moved to Australia in the late 1990s, and continues to take an interest in the goings-on at Island Barn. He is now the father of two daughters.
Estelle Rayment: Estelle was a flag officer at Brading Haven Yacht Club for 5 years and spent 2 years on their drive for a Sports England bid – which failed!! She races in her East Wight scow at BHYC and is normally middle of the fleet; she doesn't get a chance to race the scow every week as she also crews in a Squib from time to time. In fact she and her helm raced in the Round the Island Keel Boat Race in July and came 3rd in their class and 7th overall (it took 8 hours 25 minutes, faster than some cruisers take!) She has also crewed for several seasons in an RS400 with some success, in fact they also sailed it around the Wight to raise nearly £600 for autism. Estelle is a friend of Paul King and was thrilled to be asked to join him, and his crew, out in the Caribbean for the whole of January this year on Serendip (Prima 38) when they cruised through the Grenadines. She will hopefully be crewing on Serendip for Cowes Week. Estelle enjoys gardening and has spent this spring building a new terrace so she now has her level 2 in concrete mixing!! She loves having friends over from the mainland either for the day or to stay. She works at Ryde Junior School working with children on a one to one basis. During the school holidays she teaches sailing in her purple and gold Scow in and around Bembridge harbour. She is a member of Bembridge Little Theatre Club and although she has now hung up her performing pumps, she still enjoys helping with the production of revues and plays. Over the last few years a few extra pounds have gone on around the waist so she is not able to race a Topper any more, however Estelle has very fond memories of WOTSC (as it was then) and sends her best wishes to all who remember her.
Mike Walsh: Mike has also moved to the south coast and forsaken his Laser in favour of a big boat. He is working on his potted biography for this page.