New team to lead YJA

The Yachting Journalists’ Association has a new top team at the helm after its annual general meeting held at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club on May 28.

Paul Gelder, former editor of Yachting Monthly, has been elected  the new chairman, with photographer Patrick Roach as vice-chairman.

The move follows the completion of a three year term of office by broadcaster and author Bob Fisher, who has guided the Association on two separate occasions as chairman.  He was presented with a silver salver to mark his exceptional service to the YJA.

Paul Gelder is a former Editor of Yachting Monthly (2002-2012) and is author of various books — The Loneliest Race (Adlard Coles Nautical) and Gipsy Moth IV: A Legend Sails Again (Wiley Nautical). He was also Editor of two anthologies of true-life yachting disasters – Total Loss and Sunk Without Trace – plus The Crash Test Boat, about an award-winning and ground-breaking series which subjected a cruising yacht to extreme, controlled disasters to show sailors how to survive disaster at sea.

Top Team.  Patrick Roach, left, and Paul Gelder - Photo: Yachting Journalists' Association.
Top Team. Patrick Roach, left, and Paul Gelder – Photo: Yachting Journalists’ Association.

Patrick Roach is proprietor of the Patrick Roach Picture Agency which includes his photo library of yachting, travel, and aerial photograhic interests. He is a former staff photographer with Yachting World.

The full Committee is  Paul Gelder, Patrick Roach, Bob Fisher, Mike Ford (hon. treasurer and web-master), Kevin Goulding, June Hamilton (hon. secretary), Neil Mallard, Janet Murphy, Barry Pickthall, John Roberson, Patrick Roach, and Malcolm White.

For more information, contact:

June-Marie Hamilton, hon secretary

T: 01243 246173

M:07717 798497


May 31, 2015



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