Leo Quigley - Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club

Leo Quigley - Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club

November 2016 - Leo Quigley of Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club in Conception Bay South, NL

There are few times that a commodore has been so willing to disrupt status quo and make so many positive changes to a sailing club in a single season.

Since taking over as Commodore of the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club in the fall of 2015, Leo has made staffing changes, recruited new volunteers to the Executive and systematically sought to "open the club for business". Under his leadership the RNYC has started an inclusive Dinghy Race Team Program and opened up club keelboat racing to non-members which created a huge surge in participation of all types of organized sailing.


Leo is a true blue-collar Commodore who can often be found preparing coach boats, handling dock lines and fixing things around the club grounds. He treats the position as a full time job and is often the first to arrive to the club in the morning and is always among the last to leave at day’s end.

The impact of Commodore Quigley’s policy changes and openness for inclusiveness will be felt not only at the RNYC but by all of Newfoundland’s sailing community for years to come. Thanks Leo!

The Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club is a Member Club & Registered CANSail Training site with Sail NL & Sail Canada. RNYC delivers CANSail Dinghy programming and Sail Canada Keel Boat Sailing Training. RNYC runs a Race Team, Week Night Races, and each August they host Race Week - open to members and guests.

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