Board of Directors

Commodore – Noel Cornish AM

Vice Commodore Noel Cornish
Commodore Noel Cornish AM

Noel Cornish retired from executive duties in 2011. His former roles include National President Ai Group, President Northstar BHP LLC Ohio USA, Deputy Chancellor University of Wollongong and Chairman Snowy Hydro Ltd. Noel is currently Chairman IMB Bank and Director Forest Corp NSW. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Noel has been a Member of the CYCA since 2002 and has been a director since 2013.  He is the owner of the Farr 40 Indi and regularly competes in Club races, including the Blue Water Pointscore Series. He has competed in 13 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races.

Vice Commodore – Arthur Lane

Treasurer Arthur Lane
Vice Commodore Arthur Lane

Arthur is a qualified Quantity Surveyor and Town Planner with over 35 years experience in the international property industry, including a Director of the Macquarie Bank Group’s Real Estate Division.  He was involved with the negotiation of joint ventures and other complex structures as well as the development of new business opportunities for Macquarie.  Prior to joining Macquarie, Arthur was an Executive at Westfield assisting in the development of major shopping centres.  Arthur is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the Property Industry Foundation and its Beneficiary Review Board and is the chairman of the Property Industry Foundation Regatta which raises funds for youth at risk.  He has served on the boards of the Australian National Sabot Council and the International 420 Association.

He is a passionate sailor competing in both inshore and offshore events and is the owner of Inkonkoni, a Beneteau Oceanis 46. He became a Director of the CYCA in July 2010 and has been part of the Redevelopment Committee since 2010, the Audit, Planning and Risk Committee since 2012 and the Treasurer 2014-2016.

Rear Commodore – David Jacobs

Director David Jacobs
Rear Commodore David Jacobs

David is a senior corporate and commercial lawyer, whose practice focused on the tourism and leisure industry. He was a partner of the international law firm Baker McKenzie before retiring to pursue other interests. At Baker McKenzie he had many roles in management, including Australian Managing Partner, Chairman Asia Pacific and member of the firm’s global Executive Committee. As such he has been deeply involved in strategy, finance and risk management.

Since retiring from Baker McKenzie, one of David’s interests has been the CYCA. For several years he has assisted the club in the negotiation and documentation of numerous contracts and has been a member of the Marina & Site Committee and the Audit, Planning & Risk Committee. David is a co-owner of First Light, a Dehler 41 DS.1

Rear Commodore – Bradshaw Kellett

Director Bradshaw Kellett
Rear Commodore Bradshaw Kellett

Bradshaw joined the CYCA in 1993. Over the past 27 years as a member he has competed in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, being the youngest person to race in 25 consecutive races and has represented the CYCA in various sailing regattas.

Bradshaw was a student of the first Youth Sailing Academy intake, a team member of the first international regatta the Youth Sailing Academy competed in, represented the CYCA at the Youth Match Racing World Championships in New Zealand and was one of the first Youth Sailing Academy alumni to race in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. He is also a Member of the CYCA’s Young Australia 2000 America’s Cup team and a member of SOCOG’s Sydney 2000 Olympic Regatta Race Officers.

He and wife Tori operate B-Sure Boating Services, a business they started in 2002. Whilst regularly sailing in the major CYCA events, he is also around the CYCA on an almost daily basis. This is when their business, which has expanded overseas, isn’t taking them to many yachting regattas around the world. This travel creates a fantastic insight into how the world of sailing is run successfully, with new ideas arising from different events.

Treasurer – Dr Sam Haynes

Treasurer Dr Sam Haynes
Treasurer Dr Sam Haynes

Sam began sailing as a teenager on the Swan River, on various watercraft including a plywood scow moth, a traditional gaff rigger, a Hobie 14 and also a 24 footer. He moved to Sydney about 30 years ago.

He is the owner and Director of Sydney Animal Hospitals, a six veterinary hospital group.  Sam is also a Director of Cenversa Pty Ltd, a National Veterinary and Pet Wholesale and Drug supply company, and he is a Director of Assistance Dogs Australia, a national charity organisation providing assistance dogs to disabled, autistic and post-traumatic stress clients.

Sam’s current sailing program includes the Bluewater Point Score and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, of which he has competed seven times. His offshore career started in  2004 with a Cavalier 35;  a Rogers 46;  later a Sydney 39CR (all called Celestial) and currently a TP52 Celestial.  Sam has been a keen CYCA member since 2004.


Jackie Sapir

Director Jackie Sapir
Jackie Sapir

Jackie’s professional career started at Accenture in the technology division, working as a programmer and then manager on major government and banking projects.  She moved to the United States for 11 years, working at various start-ups in San Francisco and Boston in project management and customer relationship roles.  Now at a boutique software company, Jackie is a product owner for bespoke data modelling and transactional data systems.  She holds a B. Sc. (Hons) in Information Systems from UNSW.

Her interest in sailing commenced at Woollahra Sailing Club on Manly Juniors and she progressed through 420s to keeled boats, crewing for her father on the family’s Sonata 8 on Sydney Harbour until the end of high school.  Whilst in the United States, Jackie spent most weekends cruising on the bays and harbour.  On returning to Sydney, Jackie joined the 5.5 racing fleet as a crew member and secretary of the association, competing in several Australian National Championships.

Venturing down to the CYCA for a Wednesday Twilight race in 2007, she found herself crewing on Elusive, and has competed in both the inshore and offshore programmes at the CYCA ever since, including skippering Defiant to a win in the 2016 Women’s Winter Series.  In 2019, Jackie crewed on About Time for the full Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore, culminating in the 75th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

In 2015, Jackie became a CYCA Member and in 2018 joined the Member Engagement Committee with a current focus on the Club’s volunteering programme. Jackie has volunteered as an international boat liaison and pre-race helper for the Rolex Sydney Hobart, currently enjoys volunteering on the start boat and assists with the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore websites and online race management when not out sailing herself.

Tom Barker

Tom Barker

Tom comes from a sailing family and grew up racing and cruising the Queensland coast aboard his parents’ yachts.  He progressed through various junior dinghy classes before joining the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy in 2004, competing at state, national and international levels. With his eyes set firmly on offshore yacht racing, Tom subsequently competed in a number of the leading yacht races around the world including: 14 Rolex Sydney Hobarts, the Newport to Bermuda Race, Caribbean 600, Auckland to Fiji, Lord Howe Island as well as multiple Sydney Gold Coast races and other CYCA blue water events. In addition, Tom has raced in several one-design classes, including multiple Etchells and Farr 40 world championships.

Over the past 10 years, Tom has been a member of the CYCA’s Training & Development Committee overseeing the strategy and future of the YSA. In 2018 he joined the Audit, Planning & Risk Committee.

In his professional life, Tom is a Senior Manager with Accenture – a global consulting and technology firm. He is part of the cross-industry Technology Strategy team and is focused on helping clients identify how technology, data and analytics can be better aligned with overall business objectives and can be used to grow new business value. He has worked across multiple industries including telecommunications, government, aerospace & defence and financial services.

Tom races aboard a number of CYCA members’ yachts with his main focus being the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore aboard the TP52 Zen.

Peter Gothard

Peter Gothard

Peter is a partner at KPMG and currently leads the Restructuring Services practice for NSW. Peter has worked as an insolvency practitioner and restructuring expert for more than 30 years. He is a Chartered Accountant, a Registered Liquidator and a Fellow of INSOL International.

Peter spent most of his career with Ferrier Hodgson working in Australia, the United States, South East Asia and Japan. In that role he has overseen a number of major international and domestic restructuring cases. In 2019, Peter worked to effect the merger of the Ferrier Hodgson business into KPMG.

In his youth, Peter was an avid skiff sailor, working his way up from Flying Ants, Cherubs and 16ft Skiffs and competed in a number of State, National and World Titles. Upon returning to Australia from overseas in 2007, Peter began sailing at the CYCA and has been active in both the inshore and offshore programs including the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore Series. He has competed in the past two Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races.

Peter joined the CYCA in 2017 and has been an active member of the Audit Planning and Risk Committee since that time. Peter is keen to continue to contribute to the advancement of the Club and the sport of sailing.

David Griffith AM

David Griffith

David started sailing at Lane Cove 12 ft Skiff Club in sabots in 1958 and has since been a long-term, active competitor in numerous blue water races. He became a CYCA Member in 1991 and he presently owns the JV62 Chinese Whisper.

David holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) (Honours) from UNSW, is a retired Patent Attorney and has held numerous senior roles in business and industry throughout his career. David has high-level experience in international business, audit and risk, HR, ethics and financial management.

David has sailed with many of the great and successful owners and crews at the CYCA over the past 45 years. Having sailed in skiffs, Etchells, classic yachts and Grand Prix racing yachts David has broad experience of the various areas of yachting that the CYCA offers. David has also been involved in various official roles in professional and sailing administration over many years. Being an owner of a racing yacht with a large crew brings many challenges. Understanding the needs of owners and crews is critical to the success of the club and our sport. Communication and engagement with all stakeholders are fundamental to the success of any organisation. David feels he can offer some new initiatives in this area.

With David’s active business career mainly behind him, he now has time to be able to contribute his experience and knowledge to the ongoing development of this great Club.

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