YQ Board


Ken Hurling OAM


Email: kenhurling@hotmail.com

Contact Phone: 0417 644 086

Background: Ken has been a board member for over 8 years.

Goal: Ken wishes to maintain the status quo and increase youth participation in Sailing



David Thomson


Email: d.thomson@certusgroup.com.au

Contact Phone: 0412 082 878 


  • Fellow the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
  • Managing partner, Certus Group Accountants
  • Commodore, Maroochy Sailing Club 2005-2008
  • Secretary, Maroochy Sailing Club 2009 - present

Year Elected to the Board: 2006

Sailing Achievements: Nothing that could actually be called an achievement. David sails a Laser weekly at the Maroochy Sailing Club. Tries hard, occasionally succeeds, always has fun.

Other: David enjoys contributing to the board of Yachting Queensland.



Greg Clarke


Email: gclarke@bne.mcgees.com.au

Contact Phone: 0418 731 824 

Year Elected to the Board: 2006 and 2014

Background: Greg started sailing Sabots at Oxley Sailing Club, then   Cherubs, before 470’s for 8 years, followed by Sharpies, Etchells and yachts. He competed in 2007 505 World Championships before campaign Farr 30’s and Farr 40’s, sports boats and classic timber boats.

 Qualifications and Experience:

  • Diploma Business (Real Estate Valuation)
  • Member – Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Chairman – Valuers Registration Board of Queensland
  • Adjunct Professor – The University of Queensland
  • Member – Brisbane Club and Tattersalls Club
  • Director – McGees Property
  • Immediate Past Commandor – Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (R.Q.Y.S)
  • Previous Yachting Queensland (Y.Q) Board member for 5 years (2006 – 2011)
  • Former R.Q.Y.S Delegate to Y.Q
  • Former R.Q.Y.S Sailing Committee member
  • Member R.Q.Y.S since 1978

Sailing Achievements:

  • 2nd Australian Sharpie Championships 2012
  • Current Farr 30 Australian
  • Several 470, 505 and Sharpie Australian and World Championships
  • Over a dozen Brisbane – Gladstone yacht races
  • Five R.Q.Y.S “Keppel” yacht races

Other: "I believe the greatest contribution I can make is to improve communication, governance and service to stakeholders, resulting in increased participation in the sport." - Greg



Mark Gallagher


Email: mark.gallagher1@hotmail.com

Contact Phone: 0418 180 097

Year elected to the Board:

Background: Active competitor since the late 1970’s in Sydney, Townsville, and Brisbane, and more recently as an Etchells class owner and skipper.

Qualifications and Experience: Graduate Diploma in Law, Bachelor of Professional Studies, Diploma of Fraud Investigation.

Mark is also a National Judge, Yachtmaster offshore, a Flag Officer and Director of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.



Lyn Hanlon


Year elected to the Board: 2013

Background: Lyn experienced her first sail in a Queensland Sabot, built by her father, in Waterloo Bay at the age of 18 months. Her father owned several types of sailing boats/yachts so Lyn spent her youth on the water. She has sailed in a range of dinghies including Sabots, Flying 11s, Moths, 16 foot skiffs, 470s at club, state and national levels. After living in North Queensland and overseas for many years, Lyn took up sailing again with her children and husband racing and cruising in their Noelex then their Ross 780. Lyn joined a group of passionate friends to reinstate Darling Point Sailing Squadron a number of years ago so most weekends are now spent at the club providing a venue for enthusiastic sailors of dinghies and skiffs.

Qualifications and Experience: 

Diploma of Teaching, Graduate Diploma in Teacher Librarianship, Graduate Research Diploma in Arts

YA Dinghy Instructor with Tackers Endorsement, Discover Sailing Centre Principal and Tackers Manager at DPSS, Race Officer

Currently Club Secretary of Darling Point Sailing Squadron, liaising with other like-minded clubs to share resources and ideas in relation to regattas and junior participation in the sport.

Sailing Achievements: Competed in several Flying 11 Nationals in the 1970-80s, crewed and skippered a 16 foot skiff, crewed in a 470 competing in Women’s Nationals; and skippered the family trailer sailers (Noelex then Ross 780) in a number of club events as well as several Bay to Bay races and St Helena Cup races. Currently sailing a Laser at Brisbane Sailing Squadron.

Other: Married with three adult children, two of whom continue to race in skiffs and bigger boats. Lyn’s passion is encouraging young children to learn to sail and progress to become competent sailors. She also likes to support the small volunteer-run sailing clubs in and around Brisbane.



Matthew Johnson


Email: mjohnson_yq@hyc.net.au

Contact Phone: 0407 763 263 

Year elected to the Board: 2014

Background: After having learnt to sail at Humpybong Yacht Club as a kid and then leaving the sport as a teenager, Matthew returned to the club and sailing after having completed university and quickly rose to be the Vice-President and then President.  Matthew then set   about setting up Humpybong as a Discover Sailing Centre and Tackers Centre. Matthew’s passion for sailing comes from a long family involvement in the sport and the enjoyment of watching kids and adults discover the joy of sailing.

Qualifications and Experience:

Registered Architect with a background in Quality and Risk Management Systems, Project Management and Digital Communications.

  • State Level Race Officer (working on National Level)
  • Dinghy Racing Instructor with Tackers Endorsement
  • Discover Sailing Centre Principal and Tackers Coordinator for Humpybong Yacht Club
  • Other roles, either career or volunteer related to sailing:
  • Regatta Director and Race Officer Sail Brisbane 2014
  • Regatta Director and Race Officer Contender Australian Championship 2015
  • Regatta Director and Race Officer Formula 18 Catamaran Australian Championship 2015

Other: Matthew sails anything he can when he has spare time to do so, which is unfortunately not often enough. Currently that includes a Laser and a Cobra.



Peter Yeomans

South Queensland Representative

Email: yeomanspaa@gmail.com

Contact Phone: 0414 231 111 

Year elected to the Board: 2010

Background: Peter started sailing VJs and Moths at the age of 12 at Speers Point SC, Lake Macquarie.

Qualifications and Experience: Peter is a retired Banker who held very senior roles with a major Australian Bank both in Australia and Scotland that provided a diverse background in administration matters, people management and customer service experiences.

He has spent many years racing and relaxing on a number of his own boats. He currently races an Etchells with Southport Yacht Club.

Sailing Achievements: Several Australian Champs in RL24 class and winner of Marley Point overnight race on handicap and second across line in fleet of over 600 in 1982.

Other: 2 year term as President of Historic Racing Car Club Qld 2001-2.



Tim McCall

Central Queensland Representative

Email: tim@m-consulting.com.au

Contact Phone: 0417 639 538

Year elected to the Board: 2015



Scott Davis

North Queensland Representative

Email: scott.davis3@jcu.edu.au 

Contact Phone: 0410 477 166

Year elected to the Board: 2014


Qualifications: PhD - Public Health, Master of International Public Health, Diploma of Education, ADACHSM MAICD



Daniel Self

Youth Advisor

Email: daneilvmself@gmail.com 

Contact Phone: 0488 326 001

Year elected to the Board: 2015 

Background: Daniel started sailing at 13 years old with the Brisbane Boys’ College school sailing program. After two years of Fleet and Teams Racing, Daniel transitioned to the Laser 4.7 class. He has been campaigning in the Laser ever since with solid results at state and national level.

Sailing Achievements:

  • Barrenjoey Trophy -  2015 Queensland Youth Sailor of the Year
  • Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Youth Sailor of the Year
  • Queensland Sailing Team 2013 - Current
  • 2015 Queensland Laser Champion
  • 2015 Queensland Under-21 Laser Champion
  • 10th 2015 Australian Laser Radial Championships
  • 7th 2015 Australian Youth Championships – Laser Radial Class
  • 7th 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne – Laser Radial Men’s
  • 3rd 2014 New South Wales Youth Championships – Laser Radial Class
  • 2nd 2014 New South Wales Laser Radial Under 19 Championships
  • 3rd 2014 New South Wales Laser Radial Championships
  • 2014 RQYS Laser Radial Champion

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Reading a Bachelor of Actuarial Science at Bond University
  • Queensland Laser Association Youth Representative
  • Queensland Laser Association Social Media Liaison
  • Proprietor of sail27 – Queensland’s newest Laser dealership
  • Coach to some of Queensland’s top Laser 4.7 sailors

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