Pete Vincent steps down from RS Association
Pete has decided to concentrate on his boat repair business and hopes to be able to sail more often without the pressures of event organisation on his shoulders.
The recently-introduced full-time position was being phased in slowly to ease the financial burden on the Association and allow Pete to move from his chandlery business. The transition was nearly complete but Pete was still running his boat repair business, West Country Boat Repairs together with an ever increasing workload for the RS association. A heavier than expected commitment to the RS Association and plenty of work for the boatyard meant that something had to give. As a result, Pete has decided to step down from the RS class.
In the short term the RS Class Association work is being re-organized and Membership Secretary, Jill Line will have an expanded role including the recruitment of new members, renewals and mailings and maintenance of the membership database. This will allow the new Class Administrator to focus on the planning and running of the racing and training programmes and motivating the various widely different parts of the ever-growing stable of classes.
Chairman Tony Freer understood Pete's wish to step down after his heavy involvement in the RS since the earliest days and recognised the massive contribution he had made to the RS organization.
The RS Association have no let up in the developing number of classes they handle; both the new RS700 asymmetric single-hander and the K6 mini keel boat will be on the water this season and events and championships are planned.
This presents a tricky juggling act for anyone taking on the administration position. Within the RS classes are many different types of dinghy and now keelboat and they attract different personalities. The new RS Administrator will have the task of getting classes as disparate as the National 12s, Inter14s, Contenders, Inter Moths, 49ers and Flying Fifteens together and getting them to agree to a unified program!
Best of luck Pete with your chosen path - a hard act to follow.
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