The new Honorary Secretary of the Nicholson 31 Association Michael Wright will take up the post next month.

The appointment follows the death of David Barnwell in the autumn of 2015.

The search for a new Hon. Sec. proved to be a difficult task for until progress came out of a chance comment by the association’s President Raymond Wall.

Raymond said: ‘Having read in detail two of Michael’s logs submitted in past Log Competitions it occurred to me that here was a candidate for the position of our next Hon. Sec.

‘My thoughts were confirmed when I had a conversation with Michael after he had agreed to take the post.

‘He described his plans for this years cruise to the Brittany coast and that he was scheduling 19 friends to crew during the cruise  That translates into organising skills with a dash of humour to smooth out the wrinkles, just what the Hon. Sec. needs!’

It was agreed that the association could work around the cruise that Michael had planned, with him formally taking up the post in July.

Michael’s diverse sailing experience embraces various boats and includes the Times 2000 Clipper race, the 2007 Fastnet and the AZAB 2015. He has an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate.

On retirement, Michael and his wife Mary purchased Liberty Jane a Nicholson 31 in which they sailed around the UK in 2012, and around Ireland in 2014.

Association spokesman Allan Trelford said: ‘We are delighted to have Michael coming aboard as Honorary Secretary and we trust everyone will be patient and allow him time to take up his post and give him a great welcome and every assistance as he beavers away on our behalf.’

Westerly Fulmar. Credit: www.sailingscenes.co.uk

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