Neil Gould (Committee member)

I first ventured onto the water on the West Coast in the mid-sixties on board a variety of motor vessels from a converted fishing boat, based in Troon and Crinan, to CalMac cargo boats tramping the Western Isles in the early 70’s. It was even suggested I go for my crew ticket when I was 14. I dabbled in dinghies as well on GP14’s in the Forth but was not impressed. In 1992, courtesy of my wife, I had a week's sailing in Pembrokeshire which turned out to be competent crew course. After that I was hooked. I was crew for hire in various races in South West of England including cross channel races, crewing on Hunters, J24, Sigma33 at various club events and regattas. After that my day job became more international working for a large well known shipping company. As result I had the opportunity to sail and race regularly in China, Italy and UAE including match racing, IRC and dinghies latterly on my own boat. I developed a taste for single handed and racing. 

I now enjoy sailing a She 31 from Largs and am working on improving the boat and more importantly my own skills to compete a bit more. I provide occasional entertainment for the club on windy days sailing in circles while put my fenders out and get ready to come back in to the marina. 

During the day my job still is water related as my company is engaged in shipping sea freight around the world and even providing ship’s agency on the Clyde. 

I hope the combination of my enthusiasm for sailing combined with developing businesses will help support the club grow as a leading base for water sports in Scotland and an attractive venue for visitors to the area