My wife Diane and I have been Members of the CPBC since 2006 and from the outset, chose to participate and support the Club functions and activities. We believe being Members of this Club is a privilege and wish to share and enjoy the facilities and friendship offered.
With three adult children and five grandchildren (and another in the making), Cockburn Sound and the surrounding waters has been the boating playground of my family for as many years as I can remember. Treasured memories and family bonding sessions have been too numerous to count.
I nominated for election to the Management Committee of the Club in 2014 as I wanted the opportunity to further demonstrate my willingness to participate in and contribute to the ongoing success of the Club.
The many changes seen around the Club in the past few years have been significant and I have been fortunate to have been involved in the planning and decisions made to develop the facilities and assets now available to existing and new Club Members.
Having now been elected to the position of Commodore and, whilst easing into a life of retirement, I feel strongly about continuing this very rewarding “journey” and look forward to enjoying the positive and progressive atmosphere around the Club.
I joined CPBA in 2012 as the location was perfect for the ease of launching boats. After a while I thought that the Club had huge potential to offer members and thought it would be a great idea to join the committee. Joining the committee is the best way to meet members and also give something back to the Club.
I am the electronic sales manager for Taylor Marine and look after the Western region (WA,SA & NT). It’s great to work for a Company that also forms part of my passion, boating, fishing and diving. I am a member of Royal Perth Yacht Club where a few years ago held the position of Captain – Power section. I am heavily involved in game fishing and I am currently the President of the Perth Game Fishing Club and also on the committee for the West Australian Game Fishing Association. I have been participating on committees, voluntary for over 25 years and I hope I can provide some new ideas and plenty of enthusiasm to see CPBA continue to grow in the future.
I own a 27ft Wellcraft “Ashram” which my partner – Viv and I are really starting to enjoy using.
I am looking forward to meeting the members and having a yarn. So if you see Viv and I on our boat or down the Club give us a shout.
I joined the CPBA in 2007, I have over the years, taken full advantage of the club facilities and club activities, and attend, many of the Sports Fishing Group trips away, as well as participate in the Cruising Group which has been recently established. You will probably see me at a number of the club info exchange nights as well, I think it is important that all members support the club in one of the many aspects and groups that interest them, the CPBA has a lot to offer.
I enjoy time on the water, especially over the summer months, and generally enjoy taking my boat to Northern WA for fishing expeditions to some of my favourite locations in the Gascoyne and Pilbara. I’m a member of GIFAA and enjoy trips to Rotto.
Ive enjoyed boating from a young age, the family had an 13’ Quintrex , then a 21’ Fraser. I grew up in the northern suburbs, but spent plenty of time around Cockburn and Warnbro Sound’s in my younger years from Rockingham ramps.
I’ve been involved in representing the Rec Boat fraternity in many aspects, and have been a past President of Jet Sport West Boating Assoc (WA’s premier PWC Boating Assoc) I was appointed to the State Boating Council (WA’s peak body representing Rec Boating) by then Transport Minister, Murray Criddle, under the Court Government, I sat on Council along with the major boating groups for approx 10 years, I have also been on the Recreational Boating Facility Scheme (RBFS) for approx the last 14 years.
I am relatively new to boating and boat clubs, having only purchased my first boat in 2013. We purchased a 1970’s guardian and were pretty quickly hooked. A few years later we upgraded to a new 6.4m trailer boat and haven’t look back.
With my partner or with a group of mates, I take fairly regular trips away with the boat – as far south as Esperance and as far North as the Mackerel Islands. I’m a keen fisho but also love just pottering around Cockburn Sound.
I joined the Committee as a general member in 2016 and have enjoyed being involved in info night, open days, and particularly inducting new members to the club.
I was appointed as 2nd Rear Commodore in 2019, having indicated a desire to continue the clubs direction. I work full time, but manage to juggle work, boating and committee engagements.
Des Kelly has been a member at CPBC for over 20 years and has served on the Management Committee, as Flag officers and as Commodore for a good number of those years. He is a member of the Fishing and Cruising Groups and has served on the committee of the Fishing Group (previously Sport Fishing Group). He enjoys heading out “due west” for a day’s fishing and pulling his cray pots during the season. The club offers a safe harbour for boat, car and trailer when enjoying extended stays at Rottnest Island, Garden Island or Cockburn Sound.
Des has retired from many years experience in the mining and accounting professions including being a CPA accountant in public practice and holding various positions as a Director, Managing Director and Company Secretary with a number of public listed mining and industrial companies.
Now he is able to enjoy more quality time on the water aboard his boat “Bushranger”.
Des was Commodore of the Club from 2017 to 2019.