New trustees for sailing restoration project

New trustees for sailing restoration project

The Scaramouche Sailing Trust, set up to restore a 1980s classic American Admiral’s Cup yacht, and close to the heart of the Yachting Journalists’ Association has appointed a new board of Trustees: Alex Jacobs, Allie Smith, Andrew Pindar and Damilola Ajaboona to help bring bring a wealth of knowledge and support to take the charity to the next level and transform more lives through sailing.

The yacht first came to the attention of the YJA in 2017 when when 17-year-old Tottenham schoolboy Montel Fagan-Jordan won the YJA’s Young Sailor of the Year title in recognition of his leadership in first raising the money to restore the 1980s classic yacht, then leading a crew of fellow students from the Greig Academy in Tottenham to compete in the 605 mile Fastnet Race.

Since 2014 Jon Holt, Head of Sixth Form and Outdoor Education at Greig City Academy, has led an extraordinary group of people to develop and lay the foundations of this unique school sailing project. It soon became very clear that the work they were doing was transforming the lives of the students that took part and securing its future was paramount. The Scaramouche Sailing Trust was established and, in 2019, became recognised as a UK charity.

“I’m thrilled to welcome the new Trustees to our board,” comments Jon Holt. “They bring the range of skills and experience we need to build the Scaramouche Sailing Trust into a sustainable charity. It is the obvious next step and consolidates everything we have achieved so far. We very much hope to be able to us inspire many more state schools to benefit from the incredible opportunities of sailing.”

Allie Smith and Andrew Pindar, known to many in the sailing world bring a wealth of knowledge and shared experiences to the charity.

Allie has been part of the Scaramouche journey from the start. Skilled in events and logistics having worked alongside many eminent UK sailors, Allie prepared Scaramouche for her original Fastnet Race campaign. As a qualified Skipper and having raced around the world, Allie is ideally positioned to guide the sailing programme, while also inspiring the girls’ side of the project.

Andrew is an avid and hugely respected supporter of sailing campaigns. His name has been linked to Emma Sanderson (Richards) MBE, the late quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister, Olympic Gold Medallist Hannah Mills and many others including the whole US Sailing Team. His unrivalled experience and network are huge assets to the charity.
Damilola is perhaps closest to the project as a former pupil of Grieg City Academy. He has worked alongside Jon Holt, and knows first-hand what sailing and outdoor education as a whole can offer students from inner-city London schools. He is able to link the practical elements of the charity’s activities with educational aspects that are not available in the classroom.

Allie, Andrew and Damilola are led by Alex Jacobs, who chairs the board. He has over 25 years’ experience of working in charities, including supporting many start-ups. He shares a passion for sailing, as a keen Laser sailor, and is located near to Greig City Academy. Alex guides the Trust helping to strategically position it for the challenging seas that lie ahead.
The Scaramouche Sailing Trust is the official charity of Cowes Week 2020 and has recently announced DUAL Group as a new partner. The charity continues to look for major founding donors, as well as those who feel they can financially contribute a small monthly amount. The work of the Trust depends wholly on the generosity of donors. Those interested in contributing to this important education sailing project can make donations directly at

Scaramouche and the team from theAcademy after the Rolex Fastnet Race

Notice of Annual General Meeting


It is now imperative that we continue to increase our membership as the current and increasingly ageing listings are failing to raise sufficient funds to support the costs of managing the Association. In support of this your Committee have agreed to modify the Constitution in order to make membership more relevant and attractive to those who are developing new methods of communication for those involved in our sport & hobby. The proposed variations to the existing Constitution are shown marked in red and are attached to this Notice of AGM.

In view of the current Coronavirus Pandemic this year’s AGM will be held via a FREE Video Link (Log On details below) which will take place at 1200 Noon BST on Thursday, May 21, 2020. If however you are unable to attend, but wish to Vote or Nominate another member for a position on the Committee, you should make your intentions known, in advance, to the Secretary at least 14 days prior to the date and time of the meeting. Any such submissions MUST be made in writing, either by Email to, or by post to YJA Secretary, 45 The Ridgway, Brighton BN2 6PD and with regard to Committee Nominations, include the written agreement of the Nominee.

Please ALSO find attached the AGM Agenda, the proposed revised Constitution and the list of those Officers and Members of the Committee who have agreed to seek re-election.

I look forward to either seeing you “in vision” on May 21 or hearing from you with any Committee Nomination and your votes for both the Association’s Officers and Committee and the Constitutional Amendments.


Chris English
YJA Secretary

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When requested, pleased enter the following:-
Meeting ID: 879 2848 0595
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PLEASE NOTE Your microphone will be automatically muted on joining the meeting. If you wish to speak, please unmute your microphone, speak and then re-mute again, otherwise the background noise will build up.
In order that we may start on time please join the meeting a few minutes before the 1200 Noon start time.
As Zoom meetings are time limited, please be concise and keep your Questions/Comments as brief as possible. If you encounter any problems connecting to the meeting, please ‘phone Cliff on 07900 696724.


CLICK HERE for Constitution Change proposals

CLICK HERE for present Committee and Officers

Present Committee and Officers

The Officers and committee proposed for election at the AGM are:

The Lord Ambrose Greenway – President
Cliff Webb — Chairman
Mark Jardine — Vice Chairman
Chris English — Hon Secretary
Mike Ford — Hon Treasurer and Webmaster
Jimmy Cornell
John Roberson
Peta Stuart-Hunt
Amanda Fisher

YJA AGM Agenda

Annual General Meeting


In recognition of the Coronavirus Pandemic the Annual General Meeting of the Yachting Journalists’ Association will be held remotely by Zoom Video Conferencing on Thursday, May 21, 2020
commencing at 12 Noon BST.

To conduct the following business:

1. Minutes of last AGM, held on May 16, 2019

2. Matter Arising

3. Chairman’s Report

4. Finance Report

5. Re-Election of President – Lord Ambrose Greenway has agreed to serve for a further year (tbc)

6. Re-Election of Chairman – Cliff Webb has agreed to serve a further year

7. Re-Election of Vice Chairman – Mark Jardine has agreed to serve a further year

8. Election of Officers – Secretary – Chris English (Appointed by the Committee)

9. Election of Officers – Treasurer & Webmaster – Mike Ford (Appointed by the Committee)

10. Election of Committee – As list previously circulated and available here

11. To consider amendments to the Constitution as previously circulatedand available here

12. AOB — At the sole discretion of the Chairman

In memory of motor racing legend, Sir Stirling Moss

There are many memories of motor racing legend Sir Stirling Moss who died at the weekend at the age of 90, but none perhaps more poignant than thos of our secretary, Chris English.

He recalls ” I had the pleasure of meeting (and interviewing) at Goodwood Festival of Speed — a true gentleman in every respect and I am proud to have this, signed, this pencil sketch hanging in my hall. RIP”

Treasurer Mike Ford recalls he was present at the fateful crash on the Goodwood circuit in 1962, which effectively ended Stirling’s motor racing career.


YJA MS Amlin Gala Awards Dinner Returns in 2020 – You Could Be There!

The coveted YJA Yachtsman of the Year trophy. Photo: Sam Kurtul

MS Amlin Boat Insurance is delighted to continue as title sponsor of the Yachting Journalists’ Association’s Yachtsman of the Year, Young Sailor of the Year and Young Blogger of the Year awards for 2020.

Following the huge success of the inaugural, star-studded gala dinner hosted at the Grand Cafe in Southampton, the 2020 event will again return on the first night of the Southampton International Boat Show.

The 2019 event saw key members of the yachting press, marine industry figureheads and an array of sailing talent join together to unveil and celebrate the award winners.

“The YJA Awards are the greatest recognition of yachting talent in the UK, with any member of the public able to nominate their favourite sailor, followed by the expert YJA members vote to decide the final winner,” said Paul Knox-Johnston. Business Development Manager, MS Amlin Boat Insurance..  “Supporting the industry through sponsorship of the awards is a privilege and we look forward to building upon the event in 2019 to make 2020 even more memorable.”

The prestigious 2019 Sailor of the Year is currently held by Lucy MacGregor, four-time winner of the Women’s Match Racing World Championship after her victory at the Lysekil Women’s Match in August 2019,

‘Team Mac’ took the final 3-0 against French skipper Claire Leroy. With so many key yachting events due to take place during 2020, including the Olympics, SailGP and America’s Cup warm up events, competition will be intense for the main prize.

Chairman of the YJA, Cliff Webb said, ‘’We are delighted that MS Amlin have renewed their support of the awards and the gala dinner after the success of last year. These awards are recognised worldwide and the list of winners, dating back to 1955, includes many of the greatest names in boating. Together with MS Amlin, we aim to ensure this is a glittering night to remember, and which sets the standard for the rest of the industry to follow’’.

The YJA MS Amlin Gala Awards Dinner is an exclusive invitation only event, but new for 2020 MS Amlin Boat Insurance will be providing chances to win tickets to this prestigious awards ceremony.  Watch out for your opportunity to get hold of a golden ticket over the coming months.  

MS Amlin is one of the UK’s leading boat insurance specialists and offers competitive boat insurance policies alongside a unique loyalty scheme.

Lucy MacGregor received the Yachtsman of the Year trophy at last year’s ceremony from MS Amlin’s Keith Lovett


Flashback. The gala ceremony at Southampton’s Grand Cafe.


Video highlights from the 2019 ceremony

Ray Bulman has died

Ray Bulman has died

A distinguished journalist and authority on power boat racing, Ray Bulman, a long time supporter of the YJA, has died at his home in Cowes.  He was 89.

Ray Bulman

He had been a member of the YJA for more than 40 years.

Ray wrote principally for the magazine Motor Boats and Yachting but also for the Daily Telegraph and other publications and it was through his expertise in the powerboat world he became an acknowledged authority on powerboat racing. His early career however saw him writing about boats in London.

His death on New Year’s Day was marked by a tribute published in Motor Boats and Yachting which said : “It was a mark of Ray’s brilliance as a writer and raconteur that he was just as happy making fun of himself as he was recounting tales of the many colourful characters and celebrities he rubbed shoulders during power boat racing’s heydays in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

His original MBY column ran for 21 years until 1990 and just five years later he was invited back again to write a retrospective column about the joys of traditional motor boats which ran until 2010.Ray joined the YJA in 1975 and was a regular supporter of its events.”


YJA photographers to the fore

Photographer members of the Yachting Journalists’ Association figured highly in an international racing image competition at the Yacht Racing Forum in Bilbao, Spain

In total, 133 photographers spanning 29 countries participated in the tenth edition of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image photo competition, and  Swiss photographer Loris von Siebenthal has become the winner of the competition 2019. Photos submitted illustrate this year’s sailing season and highlight the extraordinary diversity of the sport, which combines crewed round the world regattas, junior sailing, Olympic events or in-port regattas, with events spread all over the world.

The international jury included Cliff Webb, Chairman of the Yachting Journalists’ Association.

Featuring strongly among the top 20 images were those taken by YJA members Ian Roman, whose entry was ranked third, and Sam Kurtul, whose entry was ranked fifth. Also in the top 20 was junior member James Tomlinson, 2018 holder of the YJA’s Young Blogger award.

Also featuring in this year’ competition, photographs from members Ingrid Abery, Rick Tomlinson and Robert Deaves.


Ian Roman’s entry

The SailGP Cowes event was disrupted by bad weather and had been reduced to one day of racing. I had been hired by Team USA. The boats had screamed off the start line and bore off around the first mark I watched with horror as the guys slowly capsized just seconds after the start of the race.


Sam Kurtul’s entry

In extreme conditions at the European debut of SailGP, The Australian SailGP Team dominated the field in Cowes, winning all three races on the first and only day of racing. This image was taken in mid-Solent where the Australians consistently outperformed the competition and became the first team to brake the fifty knot speed barrier during racing. I selected this image as it demonstrates the power of the foiling F50 and the superb handling skills of the Australian SailGP Team. (The boat house that can be seen in the background is the entrance to Beaulieu River in Hampshire).

YJA Media Accreditation for Yacht Racing Forum 2019 open

The Yacht Racing Forum 2019 will take place on November 25 – 26 in Bilbao, Spain, and YJA members of the press are able to register for free entry to the show through our arrangement with the organisers.

This is a must attend event for sailing and yacht racing media representatives from all over the world, where the present and future of yacht racing will be debated by the sports’ key personalities. The best yacht racing photographers and TV / video producers will also be celebrated during the Forum, in front of the sports’ leading brands, events and venues. The two-day conference will be held alongside the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium, dedicated to professional designers, builders and suppliers of racing yachts.

Please click here and scroll all the way down to register and obtain your complimentary media accreditation.

Our official hotel is the Hotel Melia Bilbao, located right next to the Euskalduna Conference Centre where the Forum will take place and also five minutes walk away from the Guggenheim Museum. We recommend that you book your room rapidly in order to benefit from the best offers available.

Getting to Bilbao is easy. The international airport is located 10 minutes away from the city centre.

The Yacht Racing Forum will take place on Monday and Tuesday (November 25 -26), and there will be a post-event drinks reception on Tuesday evening, provided by GAC Pindar.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bilbao. Our aim is to organise a great event and make your participation as simple and beneficial as possible.

Monday, November 25
Tuesday, November 26

Euskalduna Conference Centre

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