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The Royal BVI Yacht Club


The home of sailing, in the sailing capital of the world

Meet The Team

 

The full time staff at the Royal BVI Yacht Club are supported by volunteers in organizing regattas, social events, fundraising, maintenance and supporting our young sailors at international competitions.

Tamsin Rand - Club Manager

Tamsin joined the Royal BVI YC in November 2015. From the south coast of the UK, she was introduced to sailing at a young age by her family and has never looked back, choosing to make a career from her hobby.

Tamsin first found her way to the BVI in 1996 and was taken on by the club as the KATS instructor in 1997 so the opportunity to come back was just too much to resist. 

As well as being a qualified Instructor, she brings a wealth of experience across the sailing spectrum having worked for 13 years at the International Sailing Federation from 2002-2015. 


As well as hoping to make a difference to the sport of sailing in the BVI and increasing international recognition she is also relishing the chance to spend more time out on the water.

Rob Lind - Race Coach

Rob is from a small town in Ireland called Nenagh in Co. Tipperary.  He started to sail at 8 years of age on a lake called Lough Derg which is where he later began his coaching career.

Rob has sailed and coached in many countries around the world including the US, China and many European countries.  He has also represented Ireland on a number of occasions, as well as the Australian national team who he competed at the World Team Racing Championships in Lake Garda, Italy in 2018. More recently he has raced at national events in Ireland in a classic boat called a Shannon One Design.

Rob is no stranger to the BVI, having previously worked at the Royal BVI Yacht Club as the Race Coach in 2014 and 2015.  He thoroughly enjoyed coaching in the BVI so it was an easy decision to come back!

Outside of sailing Rob has many interests including rugby and football and playing the guitar.

Rob's role is focussed on developing the BVI national race team and encouraging sailors to try their hand at racing.

Meagan Woodman - Instructor

Meagan was born and raised near Toronto, Canada. She started sailing at the age of ten on her family's Catalina 27, and quickly jumped into dinghies, earning full Sail Canada accreditation and advancing to the Race Team for her local Yacht Club. She spent three years racing Bytes and Laser Radials on the summer regatta circuit. 

Her keelboat racing in Ontario started on a C&C 29, where she was part of a successful crew, winning club races, regattas and distance races which led to her earning an award for Crew of the Year. A few years later, Meagan was crew on a J24 where she was part of the first ever all female crew on that race circuit.

Meagan spent five seasons as a Sailing Instructor, Race Coach and Head Instructor for youth sailing programs around Lake Ontario.

Always in pursuit of a new adventure, Meagan moved to the Cayman Islands in 2018 where she spent 18 months as an Advanced Instructor for the Cayman Islands National Optimist Team, as well as running programs for adults and school children. 

In July 2019, Meagan moved to the BVI to teach sailing to adults on keelboats.  While the adult programs were rewarding, the satisfaction of helping youth develop their sailing skills lured Meagan back.