Timothy Vick started sailing at the age of 5 on family holidays to the Norfolk Broads in the 1980s, where he developed a love of old wooden boats which remains his passion. After attending several Council-run summer water sports weeks at Ulley Activity Centre and at the now closed Thrybergh Water Sports Centre, Tim started to lose interest in sailing on the same stretches of water. Playing Rugby Union for Rotherham began to become more of an interest.
At around the age of 12, he rekindled his love of sailing, after attending an Ulley Sailing Club open day. He joined the club and got involved in racing by crewing for an existing member in a Merlin Rocket.
Once he had his own boat he began to compete in the Yorkshire and Humberside Schools Sailing Series, sailing at a variety of clubs across the region along with the other junior Ulley SC members of the time. This group of friends went on to represent both the club and county at a variety of events. These events included the NSSA’s Topper Team Racing and National Summer Regatta and their first foray into yachting and match racing.
The match racing saw Tim and 3 other Ulley youth sailors sailing in a J24 at Bridlington. Over the weekend the team began to learn to sail the new boat and the tactical elements of a match race. After the two days of sailing (and to the surprise of many spectators after they had not won a single race on the first day) Tim helmed the Ulley crew to the finals where they were narrowly beaten by 2 races to 1.
While still at school Tim gained work experience with the Ulley Activity Centre and qualified as a sailing instructor at Covenham Sailing Club. Once qualified as an instructor Tim began to work at Rother Valley Country Park, passing on his sailing brilliance and general enthusiasm for the sport to those who learnt to sail there. He has since gone on to achieve Senior Instructor status, which will allow the Club to become a recognised training centre.
Tim has reclaimed many old boats and regularly demonstrates that any boat, sailed well, can win club races and be well placed in Open meetings - even if it costs less than the price of an average bike.
Tim transferred his boat building skills into engineering, studying Civil Engineering at Loughborough University where he was selected for their sailing team and competed at team racing events throughout the country. He has also been a key player in the 24 hour race at Southport, both for Ulley and his University team which he led to win various University team trophies between 2003 and 2008.
He continues to sail regularly in a variety of different classes including Enterprise and Lark competitions, but over the last three years has also moved to yacht racing. He crewed a J109 to 5th in class at Cowes in 2008, came 2nd in the Nationals and successfully completed the Fastnet Race in 2009. In 2010 he intends to take his place aboard a 45 foot yacht competing in the round Britain and Ireland race at the end of August. Tim likes to encourage Ulley’s young sailors to crew for him and gain experience at all levels from sailing on the national circuit and aboard yachts, to helping train others at Ulley.
The club is now in a position to part sponsor its members to become sailing instructors and Tim Brownell, 18, who first sailed with Tim Vick at Rother Valley, has recently taken up the challenge to join the club's team of qualified instructors.