Our Patron

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC Governor of Queensland.

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 (Designate) & 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. Harley has been appointed to serve as Race Director for the 2021 annual Surf to City Yacht Race.

Treasurer & 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 administration office and serves on the finance sub-committee and the assets 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.

Rear Commodore & Management Committee Member

Peter Watkins

Peter has served on the Management committee of QCYC for over 15 years. He gained broad maritime knowledge and experience employed in the Merchant Navy for 10 years followed by self employment in the automotive industry with panel beating and spray painting.  In 1986 he joined the Brisbane City Council and performed a variety of roles including in accredited HR-WHS-Welfare officer roles, and as Transport Assets & Facilities Support Officer. This included major project and maintenance undertakings until his retirement in 2017.  Peter has 16 years experience on the boards of Sandgate RSL and its Sub Branch and gained broad knowledge of regulatory compliance and Bar stock control in these areas.  Peter performs the role of QCYC Assets manager, and serves on the Food and Beverage, and OHS & HR sub-committees.

Management Committee member

Colin Elliott

Colin is an Electrical Engineer with significant experience in senior executive roles in global Engineering and Construction businesses. Now semi-retired, he was previously responsible for over 5000 staff operating in over 20 countries with annual revenues of up to $500M. He brings to the Club a strong background in strategic and organisational management, business development and corporate governance.  He has a passion for organisational strategic planning and organisational change.  Colin has a particular interest in power boating and recreational fishing. Colin serves on the QCYC Finance, Assets, and OHS & HR sub-committees.

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 Thompson

Peter completed an apprenticeship in his family’s Business as a Fitter and Turner, skills he has applied to the growth of the business.  The business has grown to over 40 employees over 3 divisions and conducts Lapidary Machinery manufacturing, an Aluminium Die Casting Foundry and Fabrication Workshop. These activities have seen the business venture into Marine manufacturing areas and Die Casting.  Proud achievements of this family business have seen the company supply all of the outdoor furniture and Park utilities for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. The design, manufacture and supply of the Communications required for the Dual Track Rail System from Singapore then across Malaysia and Thailand, as well as the design, manufacture and supply of the original Analogue Emergency Phone System along the east coast of Australia, followed by VoIP and now 3G/4G phones. Peter brings his vast experience of Work Health and Safety procedures and processes to QCYC and his customer focus into his sub-committee roles. Peter serves on the Food and Beverage and the OHS & HR sub-committees.

Management Committee Member

Col Graham

Col is a Retired Electrical Engineer.  Growing up in Townsville Far North Queensland he commenced electrical apprentice work and then worked across Queensland, involved in running and managing projects.  He later attended Queensland University of Technology where he Graduated as an Electrical Engineer.  He then Managed electrical engineering projects and businesses over diverse areas.  Some of his signature projects were the supervision of the Microwave Repeater Station maintenance in PNG, and in the mid 1970’s he joined the Australian National Antarctic Expedition to Mawson and Davis stations.  He started and ran Blackwood Electrical SA contracting.  He has served on committees and boards of the Electrical Development Association of Queensland, the Broadcasting Radio Electrical Industries Fellowship and various other community clubs. He brings vast organisational and technical skills to QCYC. Col owns and sails his 10 meter catamaran Colandi and has been a full member of QCYC for over 15 years.  Col serves on the QCYC OHS & HR sub-committee.

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.