Our Staff and Officers

The Ponsonby Cruising Club is run by a mixture of enthusiastic staff and even more enthusiastic volunteers. Any of them would be delighted to take your questions through the contact page or by turning up at the door.

Everyone is welcome and you’re bound to bump into one of these people, either in the office or upstairs at the bar!

Catherine Wenzel

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Antony Collett

Vice Commodore
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David Brabant

Rear Commodore
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Katie Dalton

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Stephanie Crawford

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Diane Billing & Lindsay Edmonds

Club Captains
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Tim Merkens                                   
Mullet Boat Committee
[email protected] 

Kevin Gunn

Watchman Committee
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Laura Lowther

Sailing School Head Coach
[email protected]

Paul Stroobant

Administration & Racing Manager
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Steve Laird

Hospitality Coordinator
[email protected]

Club Officers 2023 / 2024

President: Colin Sykes
Patron: Peter Montgomery MBE
Life Members: Kel Connelly, Dave Jackson, Michele Copeland, Ron Copeland, Clive Carter, Dave Nigh, Kevin Gunn, Janet Watkins
Commodore/Health and Safety Officer: Catherine Wenzel
Vice Commodore: Antony Collett
Rear Commodore: David Brabant
Secretary: Katie Dalton
Treasurer: Stephanie Crawford
Clubhouse Captain: Lindsay Edmonds & Diane Billing
Honorary Auditor: Brian McPhail
Honorary Solicitors: Harold Kidd & Hamish Ross
Management Committee: Catherine Wenzel, Antony Collett, Stephanie Crawford, Katie Dalton, Lindsay Edmonds/Diane Billing,
​​​​​​​Kevin Gunn, Tim Merkens, David Brabant
Sailing Committee: Paul Stroobant,  David Brabant, Rob Vallom, Graham Andrew, Janet Watkins, Lisl Baker​​​​​​​
House Committee: Lindsay Edmonds, Diane Billing, Penelope Carroll, Brett Davies, Laura Lowther
Watchman Committee: Kevin Gunn, Rob Collins, Taka Hewett, Diane Billing
Mullet Boat Committee: Tim Merkens, John Grinter, Garry Murie, Dave Nigh, Dean Herbison, Taka Hewett
AYBA Delegate: Graham Andrew
L Class Measurer: To be confirmed

Mission Statement

To be a progressive, financially sound, high profile boating club reflecting our nautical heritage in attractive, secured, fully utilised premises at Westhaven. To providing quality rewarding training, sailing and social activities within a friendly atmosphere, competently run by voluntary and paid personnel.