Yachting Victoria Staff Profiles

Yachting Victoria Staff


Steve Walker (CEO)


 Steve has been CEO of Yachting Victoria since August 2011. His role reports to the Board and is responsible for:

Assisting the Board in developing Yachting Victoria's Strategic Plan and its implementation.
Ensuring the effective governance and financial management of Yachting Victoria.
Managing relationships with the Victorian State Government, its agencies and major member clubs.
Leading the Yachting Victoria staff team.Recommending policies to the Board for their approval.


Office Phone: 03 9597 0066 Extension: 8 Email Address:CEO@yachtingvictoria.com.au

Club and Participation Development

Sam Watson (Club Services Manager)

 At Yachting Victoria, Sam is responsible for the development of the sport within clubs through projects and programs aimed at encouraging participation, improving program delivery within clubs, and increasing the involvement of women in sailing. His role sees him oversee grants from Sport and Recreation Victoria, the Commonwealth of Australia, and Vic Health.

He holds a Bachelor of Recreation Management and has been at Yachting Victoria since December 2004.

Office Phone: 03 9597 0066 Extension: 4
Email Address: 


Sarah Ogilvie (Sailability Co-ordinator)


 We are delighted that Sarah will be joining the Yachting Victoria/Sailability Victoria team. Working with the Sailability Committee, Sarah will focus on participation based initiatives across the network of Sailability centres, as well as on the true inclusion of Sailability programs and Sailability sailors into club activities.


Sarah brings to the role a wealth of sailing, coaching and education based experience. Most notably she has competed in two Olympic Games, has coached at international, state and club level, and recently completed a Diploma of Education. Sarah has fulfilled the role as an Olympic Education Ambassador for the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC). Sarah has also completed a Bachelor of Design degree at Swinburne University and was instrumental in the design and roll-out of recent YV sailing pathway collateral.


Office Phone: 03 9597 0066 Extension: 9

Email: sailability@yachtingvictoria.com.au


Discover Sailing

Gavin Wall (Discover Sailing Manager)


Gavin Wall has been with Yachting Victoria since January 2012. His role as Discover Sailing manager encompasses all aspects of on water participation and he oversees all training and development across the State. 

Gavin comes to Yachting Victoria from the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria where he spent two years as their Sail Training and Development Manager. In that time he developed their training department to where it won the Yachting Victoria Training Center of the year in 2011. He also won the Yachting Australia Sports Promotion award in the same year.


The Boatshed Number: 03 9686 2571

Email Address: gwall@yachtingvictoria.com.au


Ian Wall (Mobile Boatshed Manager)


Ian has been working at Yachting Victoria for more than 20 years. His role is to deliver sailing programs across Victoria through the Mobile Sailing School. Ian is a familiar face to all in the yachting world.


Office Phone: 03 9597 0066 Extension: 2

Email Address: Iwall@yachtingvictoria.com.au




Tom Cotter  (Boatshed Business Coordinator)


Chelsey Taylor (Discover Sailing Coordinator)

Chelsey is graduating from her Commerce Degree at Deakin Uni. She has had experience working with membership and volunteers at Melbourne Vicotry FC and Cricket Australia. She has also completed placement with North Melbourne Football Club in Finance and Admin.

Office Phone:  03 9597 0066 Extension: 1






Sailing Department 

Ben Fels (Sailing Department Manager)



Sean Bly  (Coaching Coordinator)

 Sean has enjoyed a distinguished sailing career as a member of Sandringham YC, Blairgowrie YS and Albert SC, as well as the Laser, Etchell and J24 Classes.

In recent years Sean has made his mark as a coach and instructor performing roles with the Tasmanian Optimist Association, VIODA, the Victorian Laser Association, the Boatyard, Black Rock YC, Ranelagh YS and the Boatshed.
The quality and quantity of our 14 Tackers Centres and 45 Yachting Australia Training Centres (YATCs) will be the focus of Sean’s role. Attracting people to Learn to Sail courses and offering people great opportunities and pathways into sailing are central to this role.
As well as his Bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Computing, Sean has qualifications as a Racing Skills Instructor, a Level 2 Club Coach,  TL3 Powerboat Handling, Safety Boat Handling and Marine Radio Operations.

Office Phone: 03 9597 0066 Extension: 2

Email Address: sbly@yachtingvictoria.com.au


Elisha Keating (Communications Officer)

Elisha has spent the past four months with YV as an intern, focussing mainly on ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne related communications, marketing and events. This has been as part of completing a Sports Management Degree through Ballarat University. 

Elisha's will play a support role in relation to ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne marketing, events and operations, whilst also dividing her energies across the areas of race officials administration, team sailing, and YV communications projects.

Email Address: ekeating@yachtingvictoria.com.au 





David Vickers (Accountant)

David is Yachting Victoria’s accountant, responsible for the day to day finances of the organisation. David is a point of contact for financial enquiries from current funding providers.

David spent thirty years as a competitive keel boat sailor. He now lists golf amongst his hobbies.


Office Phone: 03 9597 0066 Extension: 5

Email Address: Dvickers@yachtingvictoria.com.au








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