Judy Wyatt, one of Cowes Sailability Club’s long-serving and dedicated volunteers, has stepped up into the role of Commodore and is looking forward to resuming sailing activities.

The trustees of Cowes Sailability Club have named Judy Wyatt as the club’s new Commodore. Judy has been a dedicated volunteer for Cowes Sailability Club for more than nine years and has helped the club to run countless sailing and motor boating activities for adults and children with disabilities.

“I am delighted to be stepping up into the role of Commodore for Cowes Sailability Club,” Judy says. “Having volunteered with the club for over nine years, I know first-hand what great opportunities the club provides for people with a wide range of disabilities. There is nothing better than watching people – who have perhaps never had the opportunity to go on boats before due to their disabilities – come back to shore with huge smiles on their faces.”

Cowes Sailability Club has been unable to run any sailing and boating activities during 2020 due to the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Judy is optimistic for the future. “I’m really looking forward to resuming the club’s sailing and boating activities, as soon as it is safe for us to do so. In the meantime, I’m keen to encourage more people to volunteer to help the club, so that when we can start sailing and boating again, we are ready!”

Judy takes on the role of Commodore following the death of the club’s previous Commodore, Patrick de Peyer, earlier this year. She will hold the position on an interim basis until Cowes Sailability Club’s Annual General Meeting in early 2021, when she can be formally voted in by members.

Cowes Sailability Club’s Chair of Trustees, Janet Newton, says: “We are thrilled that Judy has taken on the Commodore role. As a long-serving volunteer with the club, she is well known and well loved by other volunteers and especially our members. With her cheerful disposition and sense of fun, we are sure she will help us to carry on the club’s ethos of ‘Putting Smiles on Faces’.”