Executive Profiles

Commodore – Leo Quigley: Leo joined the RNYC in 2009 and accepted a position on the Executive in 2011. In 2013 at the invitation of Peter Lawrie he became a Flag Officer. Leo resides in CBS with his wife Joan and they have a daughter Karen. Leo is a proud owner of a 32 ft. Cooper Prowler fly-bridge cruiser, Y-Knot. Leo is a mechanical engineer and is semi-retired allowing him time to assist the club with the planning and contracts for the wharf and slipway renovations. He greatly enjoys meeting new people and asks that you not be shy and that you come up and introduce yourself!





Vice Commodore – Treasurer – James Oxford: James retired as the Director of Infrastructure and Public Works with the City of Mount Pearl after serving the Municipality for 35 years. He spent 30 yrs in Senior Management roles developing operating systems, policies, regulations and by-laws for the delivery of a wide variety of services.  He was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities on August 6, 2009 and started in his official capacity as Commissioner on September 7, 2009 and is currently serving in that capacity. In addition to his regular occupation, he has held a number of financial positions on a volunteer basis with a number of organizations and currently is Treasurer of the CPS-ECP and as of January 1, 2015 has taken on the role as your Treasurer with the RNYC. Mr. Oxford is married and has two daughters, one son and seven grandchildren and one great grandchild and can be found aboard his boat Kira II throughout the boating season.


alasdair Immediate Past Commodore  – Alasdair Black: Alasdair is the proud owner of Serenite X a 1976 C&C38. He has been an active member for several years and has served on the executive in the role of Grounds, Haul-out, and most recently Wharf Allocations. He is a keen sailor and has cruised most years in coastal NL waters. He has also made several deliveries to Boston, and twice to the club from Quebec via the St Lawrence. Alasdair currently works offshore as an Ice and Weather, and Marine Mammal Observer mostly on the Grand Banks. He has also spent an extensive period of time in Arctic Greenland waters in 2012.



Secretary & Communications Coordinator – Tess Burke: Tess has been sailing for seven years with her husband Al Spurrell. They currently explore in their Tartan 3500, Ingomar. Tess joined RNYC in 2011 and was invited to join the Executive in 2013 with Commodore Peter Lawrie. Tess lives in St. John’s and currently works for Statoil in a communications role. She eventually hopes to live on a sailboat for an extended period of time and explore extensively.




Safety Officer – Ted Laurentius: Ted is the elder statesman on the Executive having served on it in a variety of capacities over the last 21 years. He has held the position of Safety Officer for the last 9 years. He served as Commodore in 1991. He has been an RNYC member since 1978. Ted has held a variety of positions with other sailing organizations including Sail Canada (was CYA), Royal Cruising Club and the Ocean Cruising Club. Since starting sailing in 1962, Ted has extensive sailing experience including two Atlantic crossings. Recent sailing has been aboard Ted’s C&C 38 “Panache”. Ted, who is a retired civil engineer, resides in St. John’s with his wife Karen who also has a significant sailing history. Ted was named an Honorary RNYC Lifetime Member at the Nov. 2013 SAGM.



michaelladhaRace Committee Chair – Michael Ladha





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Secretary & Communications – Jamie Ross: Born and raised in Chester, NS Jamie has been sailing since he was a kid. He moved to St. John’s in 2011 and has spent the last few years racing at the Club on Deja Vu with Robert Decker, often going head to head with his wife Nicole Ross who races on the Ladha’s Shalloway. Jamie officially joined the Club in 2015 and was voted on to the Executive that same year. Jamie lives in St. John’s and runs his own marketing and communications company, Four Winds Design.





Mark WarehamCruising Events – Mark Wareham: This is Mark’s first year as a member of the RNYC Executive having been invited to join by Commodore Alasdair Black. Mark’s connection with the club began back in 1970’s when his parents joined the RNYC. His wife’s family were also members of the club back then and it was through that connection that he first met his wife Kerri. Together with their dog Cheerio and their two children, Kayleigh and Jonah, they have been sailing their Morgan OI 41, Argonauta out of the club since sailing her back from Cape Cod in 2008.

Mark is an Ocean & Naval Architectural Engineer who’s been teaching at the Marine Institute for the last 13 years. In addition to his position on the RNYC Executive, Mark volunteers for a number of groups associated with boating. He is a Director with the Wooden Bboat Museum, the Atlantic Marine Trades Association, Sail NL and the Co-Chair of the Regional Recreational Boating Advisory Council. Mark has crewed on many boat deliveries over the years managing to see most of the east coast of North America from Florida to Eastern Canada, including the Great Lakes. Mark also holds an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate.



Facilities Coordinator – Dale Courage


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  1. Hello. I am a member of Sunshine Bay Yacht Club on Lake Wabamun in land-locked central Alberta. I will be on The Rock next week, and wonder if you could name your favorite marine supply stores in the St. John’s area – specifically for cruising sailboats. When I travel, I like to browse in such stores. Thank you.

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