Bob Greenhalgh began sailing “later” than most when he completed the Sail Canada Basic Keelboat Cruising course as a “mature adult” in 2008 at the Humber College Sailing and Powerboating Centre and joined Humber Sailing Club the same season. Joining HSC was a no-brainer as the club had a fleet of 24′ and 31′ keelboats that allowed non-boat owners to immediately and frequently get out on the water, always getting time on the tiller/wheel. An active mentoring and skills development program helped Bob to complete his HSC skipper checkout on the smaller boats the same season and on the bigger boats the next season.
Bob was a member of HSC’s Membership Committee in 2009 and became chair of that committee later the same season. Over the next few years he was active on the membership, maintenance, education and social committees. He continued his sailing education with the SC Intermediate and Advance Cruising courses, Coastal Nav, and eventually the Basic Cruising Instructor course. He was elected Commodore of HSC in 2012 and was re-elected for a third year in 2014.
Unfortunately, in fall 2015 Humber College shut down their sailing program so Bob and several other HSC members collaborated to incorporate the new Humber Bay Sailing Centre by December of that year. HBSC was successful in competing in early 2016 for the right to receive an assignment of Humber College’s lease on their sailing operations and by June 2016 HBSC had moved into the former Humber College Sailing and Powerboating Centre. New members and new “older” boats quickly followed and HBSC was operating by early July 2016. After four years as Commodore, three with HSC and one with HBSC, Bob was happy to become the PAST Commodore of HBSC in fall 2016. However, his involvement with HBSC continued, with regular board meetings and committee work with HBSC.
During the summer of 2015, with the end of his third year as Commodore approaching that fall, Bob answered the call for Directors at Large for Sail Canada and was elected to the Sail Canada board in the fall of 2015. With a career in banking behind him and experience as a board member and finance committee chair for a registered charity, plus other board experience, Bob was elected Treasurer of Sail Canada.
In 2014 Bob became a member of the Sport Organizing Committee for sailing at the Toronto Pan Am 2015 Games, helping to deliver a successful regatta. He has also volunteered with CORK in Kingston. He continues to sail, mentor, and teach at HBSC and has found time to complete two Atlantic crossings with friends on their boat.
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