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First female RORC Commodore

The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) has elected Dr Deborah Fish, OBE, as the new Commodore of the London and Cowes based Club with effect from 1 January 2024.

She will take over the role from James Neville.

Richard Palmer will take up the role of Vice Commodore from Eric de Turckheim, and Andrew Tseng and Joe Lacey will become Rear Commodores.

Deb is the first woman to be elected Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, which will celebrate its centenary in 2025.

She was previously Rear Commodore, chairing the Membership Committee and championing youth sailing through her leadership of RORC’s Griffin initiative.

Deb also has a strong offshore racing background having raced with the RORC since 1999 and completed the Rolex Fastnet Yacht Race 11 times.

Under James and Eric’s leadership, RORC has strengthened its position in offshore racing, successfully introducing the RORC Nelson’s Cup series in Antigua and the new 635nm Roschier Baltic Sea Race.

The organisation has also set the foundations for the return of the Admiral’s Cup in 2025, as well as initiating the exciting redevelopment of its Cowes Clubhouse.


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