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The RNVR Yacht Club: Flag Officers & Committee

The Officers of The RNVR Yacht Club comprise an Admiral and four Flag Officers.  The management of the Club is deputed to a Committee consisting of the Flag Officers and up to fifteen other members.  Roles on the Committee include Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Warrants Officer and Membership Secretary.  * denotes member of the VYL Sub-Committee


HRH Prince Michael of Kent

Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO is a grandson of King George V and Mary of Teck and is a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.  Educated at Sunningdale School and Eton College, Prince Michael entered the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in January 1961, where he was commissioned into the 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own), in 1963. 

He saw service in Germany, Hong Kong and Cyprus where his squadron formed part of the UN peacekeeping force in 1971. Subsequent tours of duty, during a military career that spanned twenty years, included a number of appointments on the Defence Intelligence Staff. 

In 1994, Prince Michael was made Honorary Commodore of the re- structured Royal Naval Reserve and in 2004 he was promoted to Honorary Rear Admiral of the Royal Naval Reserve. In March, 2015, he was promoted to Honorary Vice Admiral.

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He was appointed Commodore in Chief Maritime Reserves in 2006.

In 2011, the Club commissioned the well-known portrait painter and war artist, Arabella Dorman, to undertake a portrait of its Admiral, HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, the cost of which was fully funded by members' individual contributions, details here.  The portrait was unveiled by Prince Michael in December 2011 and now hangs in the Reception area of The Naval Club at 38 Hill Street, Mayfair, London W1, with which the Club is affiliated.  

© Arabella Dorman. Reproduced with her kind permission.

Flag Officers

Peter Costalas

After sea school in London and Greenhithe, Peter joined the Merchant Navy in 1967 as a deck cadet and joined the RNR in the same year after being “volunteered” by his sea school principal. After sea service with Shaw Savill and P&O he came ashore in 1982 with P&O’s gas ship management group and shortly afterwards transferred into its commercial department.

After periods with other ship owning companies in Belgium, Singapore and finally London, Peter stepped down from the “front end” in 2009 to better concentrate on sailing his yacht Susan Ayu, from which he has continued a lifetime’s passion of getting his feet wet. This started at an early age, regularly falling into the Grand Union Canal near his home and learning to sail on Rickmansworth Aquadrome. His wife Susan often has her dress budget impaired by his need to visit sail repair facilities on a regular basis.

David Monks *
Vice Commodore


David’s first connection with the Navy came as a result of the then 1st Lt of T.S. Pelican, the Sea Cadet unit in West Ruislip, walking past his house every week to attend the unit. Intrigued, David asked to join and then spent a superb 6 years as a Sea Cadet in the days when training meant ships and shore bases! The highlight of this being selected as part of the Cadet crew to sail aboard HMS Belfast on her de-commisioning cruise from Plymouth to Gibraltar and back!

However education and then work intervened and there was a gap of 20+ years before David reconnected with the Sea Cadets, this time as an adult and eventually wound up as Commanding Officer of T.S. Guardian, the Sea Cadet unit at Henley-on-Thames. During this time he expanded his interests in boats from sailing in Bosun dinghies to powerboat handling with the Cheverton Champ through to gaining his RYA Day Skipper power in Pompey harbour and in hindsight he’s sure that all of the days spent on the water then were sunlit!

A keen dinghy sailer, David has a 17’ Wayfarer and a classic 12’ Tideway clinker dinghy which since moving to the South Coast (to get more time on the water!) he now has based at Keyhaven Yacht Club. A qualified Sports Rescue RIB driver, he finds himself in demand both at Keyhaven and at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club which he joined recently.

An active Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Yacht Club member for a number of years and a Committee member with the roles of the Club’s Warrants Secretary and the Club’s Data Protection Officer, David was actively engaged in the ‘work up’ of Volunteer and has enjoyed skippering her on a number of occasions – so if you’d like to sail on a Club Sailing event make contact!

Recently widowed and living at home in Milford on Sea with his younger son, David now divides his daytime hours between working as the Chief Operating Officer of a US/UK software startup and his role as Community Safety Officer for Central Solent for the RNLI. 

Tim Clark *
Rear Commodore List 1  

Joined the Royal Navy at BRITANNIA Royal Naval College Dartmouth as a Cadet Seaman Officer in September 1969. Following a year at Dartmouth and a year at sea as a Midshipman, went up to St Catharine’s College, Cambridge to read Geography. After university, Co followed a standard career path, qualifying in seamanship and navigation, then warfare, and finally, for command at sea. Various sea and staff posts followed, including as Executive Officer and second-in-command of HMS BRAVE, during which time he was appointed in command for extended periods during operations on 3 occasions. After BRAVE served on the staff of General Sir Peter de la Billiere in Riyadh during the first Gulf War. This was followed by a series of staff jobs on the staff of Commander-in-Chief Fleet and in the Ministry of Defence in London. During this period he also served as Defence Attache to Tunisia and Algeria. This String of MoD posts was interrupted by appointment as The Commander of HMS RALEIGH, then the Navy’s largest shore establishment.

Retired from the Service in February 2004, and became a consultant to BAE Systems, working on the project to sell two former Royal Navy Type 22 Frigates to the Romanians. When that Project was complete, appointed as Business Development Director, and latterly Sales and Marketing Director for Global Defence Procurement Ltd, a small company serving the logistics needs of the Ministry of Defence, the Royal Dockyard Operating Companies and the major defence companies. Global Defence Procurement was taken over by a larger, non-military company, Certex UK, in 2006 and, as the defence downturn began to bite in late 2008, Commander Clark was made redundant by Certex. He had virtually decided to retire early when he was offered his current position as UK Manager in London for the Japanese Shipowners’ Association, a post which he commenced in February 2011.

Married to Liz for 38 years, with three grown-up children, Rebecca, Katharine and Michael, who remain close both to each other and to their parents! Tim and Liz greatly enjoy travel, theatre, music and walking the dog together, but skiing, golf, and sailing (stand fast the social side!)are his preserve alone.

Richard Snell *
Rear Commodore List 2


After many years sailing dinghies and windsurfers Richard bought his first of a succession of small cruising yachts in 1986. A consistent underachiever in yachting terms with a modest but very happy sailing career mostly spent pottering around the Essex coast. Owns a Westerly Merlin 29 based at West Mersea on the River Blackwater and an extremely pretty 12 foot clinker built wooden lugsail dinghy based at Bourne End on the Thames within walking distance of home.

Honorary Secretary

Tim Ware *
Honorary Secretary


Tim Ware joined the Club in 1986 whilst serving as a Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve, from which he subsequently retired after 22 years service and with the Reserve Decoration.

Like our present Commodore, Tim also got wet boating in his youth (as a Sea Scout) on the Grand Union Canal at Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, and he too learned to sail on the Aquadrome, where he developed into a keen racer of GP14 dinghies, but the two of them did not meet until they had both joined the Club. He is a qualified RYA Yachtmaster Coastal.

Tim’s “champagne” sailing memories to date include those of a day’s sailing in Cape Town harbour in a 70 ft ocean racer and of racing in Cowes Week in a Farr 65. But he also enjoyed participating in the Club’s 2010 Summer Rally in a 23 ft Cornish Crabber! Whilst he and his family joined the first Club rally to the Baltic, their preference is for warmer water and they have participated in Club Caribbean Cruises in the British Virgin Islands, Antigua, Grenada, and the Grenadines.

Tim retired from working as an international M&A lawyer for Shell in September, 2016 and is looking forward to spending more time on (but not in) the water.

He served as Commodore during 2011 and 2012.

Committee Members with Designated Roles

Data Protection Officer: David Monks

eBulletins: Jonathan Otter  ebulletin@rnvryc.org

Honorary Treasurer: David Whitby  treasurer@rnvryc.org

Membership Secretary: June Berridge  membership@rnvryc.org

Sailing Secretary: tba   sailingsecretary@rnvryc.org

Slops Bosun: Robert Aitken-Sykes   slops@rnvryc.org

Training Officer: Nigel Collingwood   training@rnvryc.org

Warrants Officer: David Monks   warrants@rnvryc.org

Website: Tom Burroughes   website@rnvryc.org

Younger Members Liaison Officer: Peter Culver

Committee Members without Designated Roles

Mike CritchleyMelvyn Newell
Cedric Loughran
Charles Perrett
Joseph MacDonald *
David Smillie
Mike Morgan
Peter Stonestreet

Non Committee Members 
with Designated Roles


Newsletter Editor:  Kate Dace  newsletter@rnvryc.org  


Slops Bosun:  Robert Aitken-Sykes  slops@rnvryc.org  

Past Commodores

Nigel Collingwood has spent most of his life either in the water or on it. Starting his sailing at the age of six, by eight he could row, sail dinghies and crew on cruising yachts, all done in the Mediterranean weather.

He spent 22 years in the merchant Service with the last 10 years with P&O Ferries and Hovercraft. Nigel holds a Master certificate, gained at the age of 27, and has been an RYA Instructor for 40 years.

Nigel served thirty years in the RNR with active serve in Northern Ireland and involvement during the Falklands War in setting up the first branch of amphibious warfare.

Nigel has owned many boats, starting with an Enterprise (sail number 88 !), his first keel boat, a 25ft gaffer, at age 22, and then at 26, his second yacht, a 40ft gaff cutter built in 1884. At present he is the proud owner of an Atlantic 55 yacht, Ocean Sovereign, which he has sailed to the Mediterranean and is based near Gibraltar.

Nigel joined the RNVR Yacht Club in the 1990’s after coming ashore and had the privilege to use Volunteer for many years.

Nigel commented, "I have always found the RNVRYC members a wonderful bunch of people and have enjoyed their company and comradeship over the years and made many new friends."

Mike Morgan

Commodore 2009-2010

I was drawn to the club by the friendship and camaraderie of the members I met when I was a guest at a Northern Dinner. They were a very interesting bunch all of whom had done something in life and I was immediately drawn to them. The fact that we had a common interest was a big bonus.

Through the club I have had some wonderful experiences and made many friends which compensated for the fact that on retirement from the RN, I had to move to a new part of the country and had to start almost from scratch at building up a social network other than just family.  I have not been disappointed.

Commodore Tim WareTim Ware RD

Commodore 2011-2012

Tim Ware joined the Club in 1986 whilst serving as a Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve, from which he subsequently retired after 22 years service and with the Reserve Decoration.

He learned to sail in his youth on a lake in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, and he developed into a keen racer of GP14 dinghies. He is a qualified RYA Yachtmaster Coastal.

Tim’s “champagne” sailing memories to date include those of a day’s sailing in Cape Town harbour in a 70 ft ocean racer and of racing in Cowes Week in a Farr 65. But he also enjoyed participating in the Club’s 2010 Summer Rally in a 23 ft Cornish Crabber!

David Whitby