Our team

If you’d like to find out more about Capability Sailing, please feel free to contact us directly.

Wendy

Wendy Hopkins

Founding Director

I am a lawyer and one of the founding Directors. My son Thomas, was a professional sailor working on superyachts until he had an accident on 9 August 2016 when he was 29. He suffered a serious brain injury and is disabled, but he has recovered sufficiently both physically and mentally to want to again participate in sailing at his best level possible, notwithstanding his disabilities. I want to join with our team of directors, all of whom have serious experience in the sailing industry, to help my son and other younger people to enjoy sailing so that the quality of their lives can be enhanced.

David Jenkins

Chair of directors

David W Jenkins KStJ, DL, B.Eng, FCA
A former High Sheriff of South Glamorgan and currently one of Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenants.
David has sailed for over 50 years from Barry and became an RYA Yachtmaster in 2002.
He has recently stood down as Deputy Launching Authority for the RNLI.

Abigail Phillips

Director

I’ve always lived by the sea and loved the water.  My husband and three children learned to sail when they were young, but I only came to the sport in the last few years. My own disability means I know how restricting and frustrating it can be when people make assumptions about what I can and can’t do.  That’s why I’m so proud to be working with an organisation that exists to challenge those assumptions and create positive change.

Colin Lyons

Colin Lyons

Director/Trainer for Capability Sailing

Having been taught to sail in the 28th Cardiff Sea Scouts, I went on
to race dinghies and yachts for over 60 years.
As Royal Yachting Association Race Training Co-ordinator for South
Wales in the 1960’s I trained many youngsters in the skills of racing.
I taught my three daughters to swim and to sail well.
Now having more free time I would like to use it to help/teach/train
disadvantaged young people to enjoy the sport that I love.

1960 RYA Race Training Co-ordinator, 1979 Commodore of Barry Yacht Club, 2006 RNLI Sea Safety Officer, 2007 Sail Training School Principal of Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, 2010 President of Cardiff Bay Yacht Club

Samuel Learmonth

Director

I learnt to sail at a very young age and quickly progressed to racing dinghies at my local sailing club in Clevedon. As a teenager I was lucky enough to gain a place in the UK national squad; this has led to a
great passion for the sea and a successful career in the marine industry where I now serve as a Captain. It is a privilege to be involved in creating opportunities for people to get out and enjoy the water as I do.

Dave Phillips

Dave Phillips

Director

I learnt to sale as a child in Barry Sea cadets and experienced dinghy sailing & racing as well as off shore sailing on yachts and tall ships. I then served in the royal navy and since leaving the navy I have been a volunteer on the Barry Dock Lifeboat since 1997 and now hold the position of deputy coxswain. I have a passion for all water-based activities and want to pass on this passion and make it accessible for all.

Keith Lewis

Keith Lewis

Director / Sail Trainer

I learnt to sail while serving oversea with the RAF during the 1980s. Became an RYA senior Instructor while serving in the Shetland Isles and helped to establish a sailing school there on the isle of Unst in 1983. I have taught my 3 children (now grown up) to sail on Rutland Water and now sail from Barry Yacht Club where I am the current Commodore. I’m very proud to be a part of Capability Sailing and look forwards to helping people to exceed their expectations.