How We Manage the Club

The Annual General Meeting

The AGM is held on an annual basis, during December.  Its main responsibility is to elect the President, the Flag Officers and members of the General Committee.  Any changes to the Rules and any changes to subscriptions must be approved by a vote at the AGM, which may also vote on other matters put to them by the General Committee.

General Committee

The overall management of the Club is carried out by the General Committee, which meets on a regular basis (normally monthly) to discuss and decide strategic and day-to-day issues.  The General Committee comprises the Flag Officers of the Club and a number of other members, who are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The General Committee for 2024 consists of the following (in addition to the Flag Officers):

Sub Committees

The General Committee can appoint Sub Committees to carry out day-to-day management of various aspects of the Club, such as the marina and the catering facilities.  Sub Committees and their Chairs for 2024 are as follows:

Child Welfare Officer

Tim Fenton – 07931 443807 

Flag Officers 

The Flag Officers, who constitute the executive arm of the Club, are elected by Club members at the AGM.  Flag officers consist of the President, Commodore, Vice Commodore, Honorary Treasurer and Rear Commodores (3).  The Flag officers for 2024 are as follows:

President: Chris Brown
Commodore: Laurie Vanner
Vice Commodores: Stephen Olle and Mark Dean 
Rear Commodore Sailing: Stephanie Hensley
Rear Commodore Social: Jemima Phillpot
Rear Commodore Marina: Bob Portway
Treasurer: Mike Clayton


Club Staff

The Club employs a number of staff who do an excellent job in running the Club and providing the services for our members and visitors, as follows:


Formerly, HRH The Prince Philip, Patron 1952 – 2021. Awaiting confirmation of a replacement.


The Trustees of the Club, in whom the property and securities of the Club are vested, are as follows:

Broadband Providers

For enquiries please contact the office on 01473 780319

Office Hours 9am to 4pm, Mon to Fri

or email 

Royal Harwich Yacht Club
Suffolk IP9 1AT