The Royal BVI Yacht Club

The home of sailing, in the sailing capital of the world

Meet The Team


There are three full time staff at the Royal BVI Yacht Club with a huge amount of work done by our volunteers from organizing regattas, social events, fundraising, maintenance and supporting our young sailors at international competitions.

Tamsin Rand - Club Manager

Tamsin joined the Royal BVI YC in November 2015. From the south coast of the UK, she was introduced to sailing at a young age by her family and has never looked back, choosing to make a career from her hobby.

Tamsin first found her way to the BVI in 1996 and was taken on by the club as the KATS instructor in 1997 so the opportunity to come back was just too much to resist. 

As well as being a qualified Instructor, she brings a wealth of experience across the sailing spectrum having worked for 13 years at the International Sailing Federation from 2002-2015. 

As well as hoping to make a difference to the sport of sailing in the BVI and increasing international recognition she is also relishing the chance to spend more time out on the water.

Taylor Penwell - Race Coach

Taylor Penwell joined the Royal BVI Yacht Club in September 2015 as the Race Coach.

From Maryland in the US, Taylor was brought up in a sailing family and introduced to racing by his father. 

Prior to moving to the BVI he spent five years running a race team in Maryland sailing Optimists and 420s before taking on the role of Head Instructor at St Michael's Yacht Club.

Taylor coaches the race team, advanced and intermediate classes.  He also travels with the race team to regattas away from the BVI and teaches advanced skills and intermediate classes.

His goal is to make the BVI the youth sailing programme the best in the Caribbean and to see the race team achieving top place finishes at major events.
James Gibson - Instructor

Originally from Queensland, Australia, James has a real passion for teaching. He has been working professionally as an instructor for over five years in roles that varied from beginner classes to advanced catamaran techniques.  

Growing up on a farm, he was introduced to sailing at the age of 11 and was instantly hooked.  He learned to sail on a Hobie 16 and raced competitively in Hobie 16, Taipan 4.9s and Hobie Tigers so brings a new multihull skill set to the team.

In recent years, he has worked in Greece, for the Royal Brunei Yacht Club in Borneo and in Melbourne, Australia.

James brings a really fun and positive approach to the program and is already teaching the kids some new sailing lingo...  Not only is he excited to be teaching sailing, his goal is also to enable the kids to gain confidence and essential experience in, on and around the water.  

He loves kitesurfing, AFL, roast pork and Vegemite but wouldn't be seen out with coriander! 

James will be the lead instructor for all beginner and intermediate classes, FunSail sessions, holiday camps and KATS