At the Alderney Sailing Club’s AGM on Thursday 28 February, Vice Commodore Hugh Harrison was unanimously elected to be the Club’s new Commodore. The new Vice Commodore is Nigel Vooght.

Hugh Harrison takes over from Tess Woodnutt, the Club’s Commodore for the past three years. In his own words: “I would like to thank Tess Woodnutt for all her hard work over the last three years and for her tireless enthusiasm and I would also like to thank Boyd Kelly for proposing me. I very much look forward to being at the helm of the club and working with the new committee for the next three years”.

Hugh has been an active member of the Alderney Sailing Club for many years and, after moving to the UK in 2002, he returned to Alderney just over three years ago. Since then Hugh has again been very much involved with the Alderney Sailing Club’s sailing events and last year he joined the committee as Vice Commodore.

Hugh’s passion for sailing is shared across three generations of his family: his father, the late Michael Harrison, was Commodore of the Sailing Club from 1974 to 1978 and again from 1981 to 1984 and his son and daughters are equally keen sailors.

 “I’ve been crewing for my father and sister since the age of four – however  I’m really more of a dinghy sailor”, said Hugh. “ I have sailed Mirrors, 420’s, Flying Fifteens as well as Enterprises, but I also enjoy crewing big boats, especially around Alderney.”

As well as sailing in Alderney waters, Hugh has sailed at the Bewel Bridge Reservoir and at Morston Quay in North Norfolk and over the years has collected quite a few trophies.

The club’s 2020 diary of sailing and social events is already looking busy and this year’s  Alderney Regatta (29 & 30 August)  will no doubt be top of the agenda.

Social highlights will include the Fitting-Out Supper ( 25 April), the Summer Ball (15 August) and the popular Laying-Up Supper (21 November).

However, one of Hugh’s main objectives is for the club to continue encouraging the young generation to take up sailing courses and to participate at the regular Tuesday evening and Sunday afternoon sailing events and races.

The 2020 programme of training courses and fixtures will be finalised within the next few weeks will  be publicised  here