Our Patrons

Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC, PSM, Governor of Queensland, and Professor Graeme Nimmo RFD.

Management Committee

Our Values

  • Integrity – we will conduct ourselves with honesty and honour for the benefit of the Club and Members.
  • Transparency – we will engage with Members freely and openly.
  • Communications – we will communicate our plans and actions inclusively and widely.
  • Professionalism – we will manage the Club’s affairs with competence, reliability and respect in a structured and formal setting.
  • Accountable – we will be responsible and answerable for our actions.

Commodore & Management Committee Member

Ian Gidlow

Ian has returned as Commodore and a member of the Management Committee after recently retiring from his role as Founder and Managing Director of a National workplace health and safety consultancy for in excess of 30 years.

Ian’s family owned a series of Moreton Bay cruisers from 1952 – 1980 and Ian was nominated for QCYC Membership by Clem Masters in 1972.

Ian was first elected to the Board of QCYC in 1973 and has been elected as Commodore on seven occasions prior to this occasion, during which he has overseen the conduct of the 50th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race and the 60th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.

Ian was awarded QCYC Life Membership in 2002, the highest Club Honour.

Ian brings back a wealth of knowledge related to the history and management of the Club and his connections will ensure the best interests of the Club and its Membership are served at all times.

Vice-Commodore & Management Committee Member

Harley Cowlishaw

Harley has returned to the management committee in November 2019 after spending many years previously on the club’s management committee including in the role of Vice-Commodore. He has recently retired from a long and celebrated career in the building industry as a licensed builder. Harley is passionate about ocean racing and all forms of Sailing racing and is keen to inject his valuable experience in these areas into QCYC. He has competed in virtually every blue water event in the Australian Calendar including 37 Brisbane to Gladstone races, 2 Sydney to Hobart races, 1 Brisbane to Noumea, 1 Taraunga to Brisbane. Included in this, Harley has been on the Line Honours Yacht 3 times and been a Courier-Mail Cup winner once. He is also a regular QCYC Club racer skippering his vessel “Hasta La Vista.” Harley serves on and leads the Sailing Committee of QCYC. 

Rear-Commodore & Management Committee Member

Rob Wasson

Rob’s working life commenced as a Carpenter and Joiner in the Shop fitting industry.  From this base he built a diverse and successful business.  Rob brings his passion and wide skills to the role of QCYC Treasurer.  Rob has a strong background in the area of Sailing administration having previously served for 14 years as President of the Australian 16ft Skiff Association.  He is also highly experienced in organising and leading sailing regattas both on a State and National level.  Rob manages the QCYC Assets sub-committee and assists on the Food and Beverage sub-committee.

Secretary & Management Committee Member

Paul McCowan

Paul is qualified as a lawyer and is semi-retired. He has a long standing career record in the areas of Administrative and Civil Law having acted for a wide range of medical and allied health regulators, public companies, private companies and businesses, associations and individuals alike.  He has over 28 years of experience in private practice as a solicitor and held positions as Partner and/or Principal in Queensland based and National law firms.  He continues to participate as a member (non-surgical) in Appeal committee hearings of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and brings diverse legal skills and expertise to the club.  Paul is a regular participant in the club’s Bay Racing series and has completed an offshore Surf to City race.  Paul serves on the QCYC Governance and Risk, Finance, and Marketing and Promotions sub-committees and is the club’s Honorary Lawyer.

Management Committee Member

David Hamilton

David has 20 years experience in the retail/wholesale hardware industry, including roles in purchasing, retail & wholesale sales, shipping, transport and distribution and marketing.  For 16 years he worked as a recreational diving instructor in QLD, NSW and Micronesia.  He has 18 years in the insurance industry, including roles such as Claims handling, Claims lodgement, Claims investigation, Repair management, Cost control and purchasing and Risk Assessment.  His Sailing interests have seen him participate in racing at local and club level since 2002, racing on vessels to 24m. He has competed in many signature ocean passage events including the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race (as Skipper), the Bribie Cup, Club Bay racing, Hamilton Island Race week, BMW Winter Classic – Sydney, Sailors with Disabilities volunteer.  He brings a wide breadth of experience to the QCYC Management Committee.  David serves on the QCYC Governance & Risk and Marketing and Promotions sub-committees.

Management Committee Member

Peter Harvey

Peter has served on the board for a number of IT companies for over 20 years and is currently CEO of an Australian IT company with an international presence and holds a number of patents in the area of data management.

Peter is also a musician, composer and producer with published works and has performed extensively both in Australia and internationally in the well known and well travelled musical band “Rough Red.”

He is a long time member of the QCYC and brings to the management committee a passion to establishing and maintaining a music venue at the club with diverse and emerging talent that will contribute to a vibrant Sandgate/Shorncliffe entertainment precinct, thus facilitating and augmenting the club greatly in its operations.  Peter serves on the QCYC Food and Beverage sub-committee.

Treasurer & Management Committee Member

Chris Noble

Chris came onto the management committee at our 2021 AGM and brings a diverse and high level range of financial and managerial skills to the QCYC management team. With a strong background in forensic accounting, Chris currently is the managing partner of Deloitte’s forensic practice in Australia, (including leader for the Asia Pacific region – encompassing China, Japan, and India among other countries) leading a team of over 200 staff, and 23 partners. He has been with Deloitte since 2004.

His membership with QCYC commenced in 2014 and importantly brings to management committee a dedicated focus to QCYC Sailing operations from his years as a committed and experienced sailor.   Chris is a regular Club racing participant in his trailer sailer “Ells Belles” which is known for its consistently successful and celebrated achievements amongst the fleet.


Management Committee Member

Andre Maestracci

Andre came onto the management committee in July 2022 after being appointed to fill a casual vacancy.  Having grown up on Hayman Island where his father was General Manager, Andre built up diverse experience in the marine and service sector over 25 years in the Whitsundays area.  While in the Whitsundays, Andre held positions such as Marine Operations Manager, Resort Engineer and a variety of Resort Operations Management roles. 

After relocating to South East Qld in early 2000, Andre’s career moved into the Education services sector holding roles of Director of Engineering and in the current role of managing Capital Projects Deliverables across 178 Schools within the Assets & Infrastructure division of Brisbane Catholic Education.  Andre has particular expertise with marinas, building and maintenance and serves on the Club’s Assets and the Workplace Health & Safety sub-committees.


Management Committee Member

James Pollock

James was appointed to the management committee in May 2022 to fill a casual vacancy. James is an engineer and a registered project manager at the level of Project Director. He is experienced in project management, from project initiation (business case modelling and feasibility studies) to execution (design management to commissioning) of complex infrastructure and processing facilities. He has a strong background in leading multidisciplinary design teams, planning, contracts & procurement, and onsite construction works.

Some of the larger projects James has managed include the recent Redcliffe sewage treatment plant upgrade, environmental water treatment projects and several major greenfield and brownfield polymetal mining projects throughout Australia and overseas. James brings a highly valuable skill set to QCYC. He has been a club member since 2014, is a yacht owner and thoroughly enjoys crewing in sailing races with other club members.  James serves on the Club’s Assets sub-committee and the Workplace Health & Safety sub-committee.

Committee and other office bearers

Sailing Committee

Harley Cowlishaw (Vice-Commodore;  Chair of Sailing Committee)
Herb Prendergast 
Scott Murphy (Honorary Rating Officer) 
Paul Vivian
Joshua Walker
Peter Hackett
John Farmer
John Hoysted
Jack Morrison
Allan Bolt
Phillipa Bolt
Chris Noble
Russell Menere