Royal Ocean Racing Club Ltd.
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RORC AGM/EGM report from Monday, 7th December

RORC AGM/EGM Monday 7th December 2020 - Webinar Screenshot


A RORC AGM at the Royal Ocean Racing Club, Cowes, chaired by Commodore Steven Anderson, started at 18.00. The meeting was held on Zoom webinar and attracted over 200 participants. The Commodore presented the final report of his term, followed by the Honorary Treasurer Derek Shakespeare who gave a report on the club finances, then the Vice Commodore James Neville gave a report on the 2021 Sailing Programme.

  • AGM Item 1 – Amendment to the Rules

Proposed by Steven Anderson. Seconded by Mike Greville

92 votes For / 3 votes Against

  • AGM Item 2 – Approval of the 2019 AGM Minutes

Proposed by Steven Anderson. Seconded by Stacey Clarke

90 votes For / 1 vote Against

  • AGM Item 4 – Approval of the Annual Accounts

Proposed by Derek Shakespeare. Seconded by Bob Clitherow

140 votes For / 5 votes Against

  • AGM Item 5 – Appointment of the Auditors

Proposed by Derek Shakespeare. Seconded by Graham Latham

133 votes For / 4 votes Against

  • AGM Item 6 – Annual Subscriptions

Proposed by Derek Shakespeare. Seconded by Richard Burns

130 votes For / 6 votes Against

  • AGM Item 7 – Election of Flag Officers

Proposed by Steven Anderson. Seconded by Keith Thompson

142 votes For / 13 votes Against

  • AGM Item 8 – Election of Committee

Proposed by Steven Anderson. Seconded Stuart Greenfield

126 votes For / 2 votes Against

The RORC Committee for 2021 is as follows:


Michael Greville


James Neville

Vice Commodore

Eric De Turckheim

Rear Commodores

Richard Palmer,
Drew Taylor (Overseas),
Deborah Fish,
Laura Dillon (Overseas),
Justin Slawson (Cowes)

Honorary Treasurer

Derek Shakespeare

Elected Members 2022

Henry Foster,
Trevor Middleton,
Shirley Robertson,
Andrew Tseng

Elected Members 2021

Oksana Dovorecka,
Simon Grier-Jones,
Joe Lacey,
Gavin Stanley

Elected Members 2020

Christopher Daniel,
Andrew Pearce,
Richard Powell,
Victoria Tomlinson


An Extraordinary General Meeting was called in accordance with rule 16.1 to discuss matters relating to the finish of the Rolex Fastnet Race from Plymouth to Cherbourg. The meeting was held by Zoom Webinar immediately following the Annual General Meeting with Steven Anderson as Chairman. 378 members registered to attend and 254 participated in the meeting.

There was lively debate for and against the motions and the voting went in favour of the committee and all resolutions were rejected.

  • Resolution a)

That an issue of this importance and significance to the Club should not be decided by the Committee without involving the membership

  • Resolution b)

That the manner in which this matter was conducted was inappropriate for a members club

  • Resolution c)

That the change of course is potentially hazardous and may damage the standing of the Fastnet Race

Voting Results


Proxy Votes For

Votes in Meeting For

Total For

Proxy Votes Against

Votes in Meeting Against

Total Against

Resolution a







Resolution b







Resolution c







Cowes Clubhouse Re-opens for End of Year Festivities

The Cowes Clubhouse is set to re-open on Thursday 3rd December, and we look forward to welcoming members and diners back to the Clubhouse to revel in our festive delights. 

The Winter Open Hours will resume from the 3rd, and the Clubhouse will follow these opening hours through until Sunday 20th December, and these can be found below. The Clubhouse will then be open for New Year's Day Lunch for members and guests. At this time, plans for the traditional Nearly New Year's Eve Party are on hold. 

Current Clubhouse Opening Hours

DateClubhouse Opening TimeLunch Food Service
Monday Closed Closed
Tuesday Closed Closed
Wednesday Closed Closed

11.00 - 15.00

12.00 - 14.30


11.00 - 15.00
18.00 - 22.00

12.00 - 14.30
18.30 - 20.30

10.30 - 22.00

12.00 - 14.30
18.30 - 20.30

Sunday 12.00 - 16.00 12.00 - 15.00
Bank Holiday 12.00 - 19.00 12.00 - 15.00

We would like to remind members and guests that the 'Rule of Six' will be in force, and the Government has added emphasis around these guidelines. Please find further guidance on the Government website: National Restrictions in place from Wednesday 2nd December

The Festive Clubhouse Menu will make the most of Isle of Wight produce where possible, and a revised wine list will also be available.

Pan-fried Sea Bass

Reserve your table NOW by phoning the Clubhouse on 01983 293581 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Your safety and that of staff are paramount so please be patient with social distancing rules and guidelines in place.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the RORC Cowes Clubhouse. 

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RORC Office Locations Map
Royal Ocean Racing Club
(General Enquiries, Membership, House)

20 St James's Place

 +44 (0) 20 7493 2248
 +44 (0) 20 7493 5252
Royal Ocean Racing Club
(Racing Enquiries)

82 High Street
Isle of Wight
PO31 7AJ

 +44 (0) 1983 295 144
 +44 (0) 20 7493 5252
RORC Cowes Clubhouse

The Parade
Isle of Wight
PO31 7QU

 +44 (0) 1983 293581
 +44 (0) 20 7493 5252
RORC Rating Office
(Seahorse Rating Ltd)

Seahorse Building, Bath Road
Lymington, Hampshire
SO41 3SE

 +44 (0) 1590 677030
 +44 (0) 1590 679478

Royal Ocean Racing Club - since 1925

The RORC was founded in 1925 to encourage long distance yacht racing and the design, building and navigation of sailing vessels in which speed and seaworthiness are combined. Today the club encourages ocean, long distance and other forms of yacht racing and yachting activity.