Derek Priestley - MYA President

Derek Priestley

Contact Derek if you need to know anything about the MYA.

I started model yachting in 1961 aged 9 years at Fleetwood  MYC, 100 yards from where I lived, and raced my first A week as mate in 1963.

I raced vane yachts as a mate, and then a skipper until 1973 when radio controlled equipment was small and light enough to fit inside a Marblehead.  Although there were a few specialised Radio controlled Marbleheads available, most people were using vane boats and several people were making their own winches from amongst other things, alarm clocks!  However, very soon along came David Andrews (founder of “Whirlwind” winches) which made a massive difference to our boats.

I raced in the first Radio Marblehead Nationals at Guildford (Elsted Moat) in 1973 where I first met my good friend John Cleave, with whom I have had many adventures, in all kinds of boats, ever since!

I continue to race very actively most weekends in A class (vane and radio), Marblehead, IOM, Laser, DF95, DF65  and even Vane 36”

I also did 20 years in Soling keel boats, but the class has died in the UK now.  I still do odd Keelboat racing – when invited, and will be at Itchenor Points Week in XOD in June 2019.


Terry Rensch - MYA Chairman

Terry Rensch

Contact Terry for anything relating to the MYA.

My Name is Terry Rensch and I am very enthusiastic about all matters “Radio Sailing”. Those that know me also call me “Sailterry” which is my twitter name. I am happily married to Susan and have a Daughter and a Son Louise, James, 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. I am very friendly and approachable always with a positive attitude and always approach a problem with a solution my glass is never half empty!!

I got into the sport of radio sailing from a business marketing enquiry as I run my own interior design and build company, and as such have business links with the London estate agency market. It was a proposal to have a marketing race, buying a one design boat that we could race up at Kensington Park, each agency having their boat branded as such and race in a series, all boats to be stored at the MYSA. I investigated and looked into the detail of the sport and found that it was made up of different classes. An association of clubs all over the UK (MYA). I liked the Marblehead class which had presence, size and decided to buy one which I did a Strad from a member of the Woodley club.

I was hooked and needed a club to start sailing and joined Guildford MYC sailing at Abbey Meads Lake. My first outing was the 2010 Mermaid, not having sailed trimmed or put the boat onto the water at all before the event and as a consequence I was last and I kept out of everyone’s way only to be told by the then chairman Peter Stollery to get involved and race. I have taken that advice from Peter Stollery to heart and have been involved at all levels since, sailing in rankings and nationals, world championships all from the advice received on that Sunday morning in October 2010. I am very proud and honoured to be the MYA Chairman a position I am enjoying helping to manage the sport of radio and free sailing in the UK with the rest of the MYA council members.

Vice Chairman

Phil Holliday - MYA Vice Chairman

Phil Holliday

Contact for International matters and Personal Sail Numbers.

Born 1950
Trained as a civil Engineer but spent many years in the motor trade and vintage car restoration before returning to civil engineering and construction. The last twenty years have been spent developing specialised construction techniques using light steel framing following natural disasters (earthquakes//hurricanes) to provide quick and permanent structures.

I have sailed since I was 6 years old in dinghies initially up to Olympic standard in the mid sixties and then moving into offshore racing in the late 60’s and early seventies competing in several Admirals Cup series before moving to blue water cruising including several Atlantic crossings.

I started radio sailing in 2012 and now race most radio classes but predominantly the RG65, Marblehead and Ten Rater. Following a couple of years as Marblehead Class Captain and having experienced competition at world level I joined Council in 2016 in the supportive role of Vice Chairman and have subsequently taken over the duties of International Officer and Personal Sail Number secretary as well.

Secretary to Council

Jen Hand - MYA Secretary to Council

Jen Hand

Contact for items relating to meetings, AGM’s and general enquiries.

I am Jen Hand and have recently joined the MYA Council, as Secretary to Council.

I have been racing IOMs for the past five years (PSN 69) and currently a member of Lincoln Radio Sailing Club and Rotherham Model Yacht Club.
Racing is a big part of my life, together with travelling to Open Events and meeting up with fellow skippers and old friends.

Digital Communications Officer

Austin Guerrier - MYA Digital Communications Officer

Austin Guerrier

Contact for Website, membership and club enquiries/updates. OR

I started Radio Sailing in 2014 after giving up flying Radio/Free flight Sailplanes for over 40 years. I never had any experience with sailing apart from a Mirror dinghy at school many years ago. The rules for me were somewhat difficult to understand and some of them still can be.

I work as an IT Consultant and it was not long before I was involved with sorting out my Club website. That progressed into joining MYA Council as the Digital Communications Officer and looking after the MYA websites. It has been a challenging process to make improvements but we are well on the way now.

Radio sailing for me is one of the best things I ever got into. I have enjoyed meeting new people and racing against them. I currently sail three classes, IOM, Marblehead and Ten Rater. I doubt I will add any more.


David Rose - MYA Treasurer

David Rose

Contact for Financial information relating to the MYA and MYA Insurance.

I started model yachting as a youngster in 1957 after being introduced to the sport by my father. Interest at that stage was in vane model yachts but nowadays as one gets older and the Fleetwood lake appears to get longer, I am restricted to radio sailing. The emergence of the Dragon classes has rekindled interest in my club – Fleetwood and I have both a 65 & 95. Particularly interested in promoting the sport at grass roots level. My other main interests are football – season ticket holder at Fleetwood Town FC and walking in the lake district.

Took over as Treasurer of the Association in 1985, and have been on Council ever since. Throughout my time in office, I have been active in helping to stage international as well as national events for all classes.

Racing Officer

Darin Ballington - MYA Racing Officer

Darin Ballington

Contact for calendar, racing and event management questions.

MYA Role: Racing Officer

MYA Club: Manor Park RSC

PSN: 98

Classes sailed: IOM, Marblehead, A Class, Ten Rater

Favourite Class: Marblehead

Favourite Venue: Lincoln RSC

I’ve been radio sailing since 2008 and very much a “racer” rather than a builder or designer I enjoy travelling to different clubs to meet and compete against fellow radio sailors and spreading the word of our great sport.

Please introduce yourself if you see me and feel free to ask me any questions.

Technical Officer

Henry Thorpe - MYA Technical Officer

Henry Thorpe

Contact for enquiries and information for the MYA Technical officer.

The diversity of the sport of sailing is why sailing truly is a lifetime sport. My current sailing activities include everything form radio sailing, dinghy sailing, inshore keelboat and offshore yacht racing I feel this give me the ability to contribute to a number of areas with a full appreciation of the sport of sailing as a whole.

In terms of radio sailing which I always come back to I have competed at the One Metre and A-Class Nationals and a significant number of ranking events in the past and also have a Dragonflite 95. A young family means national events are on hold but will no doubt be back. My greatest love in radio sailing in the very graceful A Class and I was working on a few ideas to reinvigorate international interest in the class in the background. From a measurement prospective I have an engineering degree in yacht design and then for 10 years of my professional life I worked at the World Sailing in the technical department with specific responsibility for the standard class rules, class rules sub-committee and offshore safety rules.

I have been a member of Gosport and the MYA for about 10 years am also a member of Bembridge Sailing Club (where I own and race a Bembridge Redwing) and the Junior Offshore Group who yacht racing series.

I presently work for Selden Mast which is the largest spar and deck hardware supplier to yachts and dinghies in the world.

Should you have any technical queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Scottish District Councillor

John Owens - MYA Scottish District Councillor

John Owens

Contact for enquiries and information for the Scottish District of the MYA.

I have been involved in radio sailing since 2006. My introduction to radio sailing was stumbling across the website of Aberdeen Model Yacht Club when searching the internet for a toy radio-controlled yacht as a last minute Christmas present for my youngest son. I had a very warm welcome from their members and the rest is history. (NB Subsequently, in a classic role reversal, he went on to sail dinghies and I moved to radio-controlled sailing!)

I have always sailed IOM’s. My first boat was a second hand Stealth followed by a Widget and now a BritPop!. I also sail a beautiful wooden Corbie which was hand-built by a fellow club member. Having just retired, I am now able to spend much more time bimbling with my boats and taking part in even more Scottish and UK events.

Since 2008, I have been Secretary and Treasure of Aberdeen MYC. In 2011, I became Secretary of the MYA Scottish District Committee and MYA Scottish District Councillor and Chairman in October 2017. The MYA “Scottish District” covers a large geographical area including Northern Ireland.

Eastern District Councillor

Vinnie Zammit - MYA Eastern District Councillor

Vinnie Zammit

Contact for enquiries and information for the Eastern District of the MYA.

I moved back from Malta 6 years ago. Whilst there, I had my own Yacht Charter and delivery Business, and was the Secretary of the Malta Model Boat Association.

On return to the UK, I almost immediately took over as Secretary of Norwich MYC. and have been instrumental in lifting the profile of the club, which now holds National Ranking and National Championship Events.

I was elected to position of Sailing Secretary for the Eastern District in 2017 then Eastern District Councillor in 2018.

I sail IOM’s, Marbleheads and 6M

Northern District Councillor

Peter Baldwin - MYA Northern District Councillor

Peter Baldwin

Contact for enquiries and information for the Northern District of the MYA.

I have sailed dinghies for over 40 years prior to becoming actively involved with the Radio Sailing scene in early 2014, when a group of 10 members at my home Sailing Club of Redesmere in Cheshire purchased the DF65.

At the time I was busy with helping to run dinghy events around the country as a Race Officer or assistant and was also a volunteer member of the Race Management Committee at the RYA. As part of that group, I was requested to assist the MYA with Race Team training.

I then joined the Birkenhead Club in 2015 and have subsequently purchased and raced IOM, RG65, DF65 and DF95 boats. I can be regularly seen competing at DF and RG TT events and have also participated at Open, Ranking and Nationals for the IOM.

I have been Race Officer for numerous events at Birkenhead and at other National and Ranking events around the country, where I am usually assisted by my wife Judith. I am a member of the MYA Race Regulations Team and assisted in the delivery of Race Team training in 2018. I am also the PRO for The 10R and M Nationals in 2019 and their World Championships in 2020 in West Kirby.

Midland District Councillor

Bill Green - MYA Midlands District Councillor

Bill Green

Contact for enquiries and information for the Midland District of the MYA.

I started model yachting in 1973 by joining Bournville, were I sailed vane from then to now.

I became a 6m Registrar in the late 1980’s and an A Class Registrar in the 1990’s.

Working with Martin Mickleburgh in 1995/96 we restructured the MYA Year Book into current format.

In the late 1980’s with others, formed the 6m Owner’s Association (OA) and started radio sailing of 6m’s in late 1980’s with Mike Ewart and Bill Akers.

Working alongside David Cooke in 1992, we updated the 1994 A Class Rules which were agreed worldwide.

In 2012 I became the Midland District Councillor and was MYA Racing Officer from 2013 – 2016. I returned as Midland District Councillor in 2018.

Met & Southern District Councillor


Position Vacant

Contact for enquiries and information for the M&S District of the MYA.

Information to follow

South Western District Councillor


Position Vacant

Contact for enquiries and information for the South Western District of the MYA.

Information to follow



Vic Bellerson

Contact for Non-executive officer and constitutional items, Assets and Trophy Information.

Information to follow


Mike Kemp - MYA Trustee

Mike Kemp

Contact for Non-executive officer and constitutional items, Assets and Trophy Information.

I am married, with three daughters. I am mechanical, electrical, and an electronic engineer who eventually became a training officer and trainer. I then found that I could make the personal computer work wonders and became a database specialist.

I started my ‘modelling’ life at school with static ‘solids’ of aircraft before moving on to build small boats including a series of tiny jet powered hydroplanes. During my apprenticeship at Vauxhall Motors I took up building and racing slot cars, including rewinding tiny electric motors. Later I moved to small powered boats specialising for a while on ‘fast electrics’. It was during that time, in the 1970s, that I got into radio sailing with a ‘575’, becoming a UK Champion for a while before taking on a ‘class’ yacht in the form of a ‘Sea Horse’ Marblehead. I built and raced several Marbleheads, ending with a swing rigged, carbon, ‘No Secret’ named Hemlock. I assembled, from Ian Cole mouldings, my Six Metre ‘Red Dwarf’ and was part of the radio revival of the class in the 1990s when we used to match race them – something I really loved. I was in at the beginning of the I0M class and still have yacht registered No 7 – it only needs the radio gear reinstalling to go on the water again. During my sailing time I maintained a regular column on ‘small yachts’ in the Model Boats magazine, offering help to beginners and reporting on events from club level up to World Championships – all from a competitor’s point of view.

Work and family commitments caused me to drop out of radio sailing for around fifteen years before being persuaded by my family to return with the acquisition of Terry Rench’s Fraktal. I have since relaunched ‘Red Dwarf’ as well as taking on a DF95 and now a RG65, another yacht that I find a real joy to sail. I have rejoined Two Islands RYC, of which I was a founder member in the last century, and hold the position of club Race Officer.

My election to Trustee of the MYA is the second time I have been on the ‘Council’, having been Midland District Representative, League Secretary, and – for a short time in the beginning – I0M Registrar.

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