Reggie Horseman, left, is pictured with commodore Jonathan Brewin outside the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
Reggie Horseman, left, is pictured with commodore Jonathan Brewin outside the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. *Photo by Kageaki Smith

Reggie Horseman, who became RBYC marina manager last October, talked with the Bermuda Sun about his new position.

Mr Horseman said: “I have been on the water for over 35 years and retired from the Marine Police in 2008 (after 25-years’ service).

“I wanted to continue to be involved in the marine environment and felt that this position would give me the opportunity.”

He performs daily inspections and oversees the operation and maintenance of marina and dock amenities and cleanliness of the clubhouse.

“All boats berthed in the marina are checked daily to ensure that their ropes are secure and bilges are dry. The position also involves preparing and upholding all agreements for vessels berthing at the club, inclusive of members and visitors, as well as assisting with special events held on the premises.”

He noted RBYC’s thriving sailing programme and sport fishing boats that dock at the club.

The Bermuda Race and Gold Cup also require the marina manager’s attention and might run beyond his normal weekdays of 8:30am to 4:30pm.

RBYC can accept 140 berth reservations. Each includes access to the club’s showers, laundry, food and beverage services.

An approaching yacht will contact Bermuda Radio as soon as it enters Bermuda waters. The boat then calls the marina from Hamilton Harbour, by telephone or VHF radio, for instructions regarding berthing allocations.

Yachts approach the dock in a Mediterranean-style berthing manoeuvre — ‘stern in/bow out’ — in order for the space to accommodate the maximum number of vessels.

The marina manager welcomes the arriving yachtsmen and women and makes them feel at home, directing them to attend the club’s Model Room. There they inform Customs of their arrival, any changes in crew and expected departure date.

Mr Horseman’s helpfulness and professionalism extends beyond greetings.

“The manager should be knowledgeable with regards to repair services and facilities available on the island. I… can use my local knowledge and contacts to assist with enquiries and/or problems the yacht owners or crew might have.”

He said that he was looking forward to his first Bermuda Race as RBYC marina manager.

“It’s still fairly new to me,” Mr Horseman admitted, “… [but] I’m enjoying working with the staff.”