Meet the Team
Winsford Flash Sailing Club instructors give their time freely as volunteers to enable young people and those new to sailing to experience boating and encourage greater participation in the sport they love.
To enable our sessions to run successfully we encourage all parents of juniors to support us with rigging and de-rigging and we are grateful to all those parents who week in week out lend a lend to enable swift start and end to sessions so that all juniors can get the most out the sessions we offer.
All our instructors our DBS checked and have undertaken training in safeguarding and our Designated Lead is Steve Bellamy.
I started sailing about 30 years ago at Rudyard Lake. I crewed for a chap on a Fireball which is a two man racing dinghy with a spinnaker.
After just one day being taught to helm by a club member I bought myself a Laser and quite simply learnt to sail by capsizing, crashing into things and racing.
The first proper sail training I had was my instructors course in 2009. I became a Senior Instructor in 2012. I am a Powerboat Instructor, Centre Principal and the Sailing Club's Welfare Officer.
I now sail a Comet at the club and like to compete in Open meetings and Championships.
Senior Instructor, club training officer
My name is Ian Foulkes and I've been sailing at Winsford Flash for nearly 20 years.
My reason for getting into sailing was to get my sons into the sport from an early age, but I fell in love with sailing myself and have gone on to race at National and World level in my GP14 with my eldest son Tom.
I am a RYA Dinghy Sailing and Powerboat Instructor and have been Training Officer at the Club for the last 4 years.
Please say hello if you see me around the Club or on the water.
Enjoy your sailing.
Instructor, Junior Section development officer
I have been in and around boats all my life as my parents met through sailing.
I sailed yachts around the south coast under the helm of my father until my teenage years when I then began dinghy sailing. I raced Toppers as a youngster and after a break to have my family I have now returned to sailing.
I have single handed a Byte and I sail National 12s with father and we take it in turns to helm or crew.
I am also a secondary school teacher and supporting and teaching young people is a life long vocation and I am delighted to run the Junior Section at Winsford Flash Sailing Club.
Instructor, Club Commodore
I have been sailing since about the age of four. My parents were originally members of Dovestone Sailing Club, near Greenfield. We were let lose at a young age and explored the whole area, from waterside to mountain top.
My first crewing experience was with my father in a Mirror. Moving on to helming, in a Mirror with my sister as a crew. The family had a number of boats, that were sailed by parents, myself and my sister.
Mirror, Miracle and Enterprise.
We took the Mirror and Miracle on many sailing expeditions, most in Cornwall and Devon with many other families from Dovestone SC and occasionally up to Coniston Water.
I took a break from sailing whilst I took my exams. I found a job and saved up my money and bought a Laser Dinghy, in approx. 1989. I became a member of Winsford Flash Sailing Club in about 1990, 1 year before the new club house was officially opened.
I have sailed Lasers to this day, having started and the back of the fleet and gradually improved by position, to on occasion win the odd race. I have sailed in the Abersoch Dinghy week many times and have actually won a race there!
I enjoy the May Bank Holiday weekend at Coniston. A great place to sail and the views and stunning. Post sailing activities normally involve a pint or two and a good pub meal.
I’ve been sailing for just over ten years, sailing a laser single handed dinghy and also a RS200 double handed boat with the family.
I like to have fun sailing and especially enjoy sailing the RS200 up and own Bala lake in Wales on a windy day!
I also race my laser dinghy at the WFSC having fun trying to win on most Wednesday evening pursuit races.
I became a Dinghy Instructor in 2015 and have enjoyed helping people to start to sail so that they are able to have fun and enjoy sailing.
I currently sail a GP14 and have been sailing since I was 8 years old, it was my life I lived and breathed it up till about 12 years ago where I took time out.
I got back into the sport back end of the 2019 season and sailed the 2020 season as much as I possibly could.
Instructor, Vice Commodore
My name is Steve Vandersteen and I’ve been sailing with my wife Jane and our Children (and now Grandchildren) for 25 years. Jane’s Mum gave us an old Mirror dinghy which we brought back to life, and that’s when we joined Winsford. Since then we have sailed GP14’s and RS 200’s. Two of our children sailed Toppers and then Lasers, and regularly competed on both the North West Junior Travellers circuit and Abersoch Dinghy Weeks.
Sailing has become a big part of our lives and other than being regulars at both Winsford Flash and Coniston, we also enjoy sailing bigger boats around the British Isles.
I am now in my third year as Vice Commodore Sailing and have been an RYA Dinghy Instructor for 2 years, albeit I have been helping out with Training for many years prior to that.
Sailing is a brilliant sport to be involved in, whether you are competing or just cruising around and enjoying the surroundings. I will always make myself available to help anyone who wants to give it a go.