Albert Sailing Club is run on a volunteer basis.

The Committee consists of the Flag Officers (as defined in the Club Rules) and General Committee members.   The Committee is elected for a term of one year commencing from the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting.

The Committee for the 2020-2021 year is set out in the table below.   A brief profile of each committee member can be found below the table.

Position Person Contact
Commodore Cindy Tilbrook
Vice-Commodore Rod Thomas
Rear Commodore Steve Dunn  
Club Captain Paul Farrell  
Secretary Tim Falkiner  
Treasurer Hristina Burduja  
General Committee member Peter Bennell  
General Committee member Don McKenzie  
General Committee member Tony Schalken  
General Committee member John Whelan  

Committee Member Profiles

Cindy Tilbrook

  • Place of birth: Port Augusta, SA
  • First sail: As a young teenager staying at Lake Menindee, NSW First boat: SabreCindy.jpg
  • Current Boat:   Laser, though I don't sail it much.  Have done lots of Tall Ship sailing, crewed for a racing keelboat in Western Port, and owned a 29 foot keelboat for a few years.  Mainly do Race Management these days.
  • Joined ASC; March 1998
  • Work:   Now retired. Previously Senior Management in the NFP sector.  But still seem to work as hard --- I just don't get paid any longer.

Rod Thomas

  • Place of birth: AdelaideRod Thomas.jpg
  • First sail:  Holdfast Trainer junior class boat as a crew in Adelaide
  • First boat: Mirror "Bushfire", which I sailed with my wife Mandy
  • Now sailing: Laser Radial at ASC and in Laser Association events
  • Joined ASC: late 1978, when Mirrors were the Class on the Lake (and throughout Australia).
  • Work: Retired, after 30 years in Human Resources

Steve Dunn

  • Place of birth: Hindmarsh, Adelaide
  • First sail:  Crewing as an eight year old on the Port River Adelaide, SA. In the years since, Hartley TS16, Heron, and Impulse.Steve Dunn 1.jpg
  • First boat: Holdfast Trainer (basically a Sabot with a bowsprit, jib and thwart that could be sailed two up).
  • Now sailing: Impulse, “Grumpy Boy”
  • Joined ASC: 2000
  • Work:  Communications Technologist, now retired.

Paul Farrell 

  • Place of birth: Hospital, (No I'm not an illegal alien.)
  • First sail: Corsair, 1 time only as a 12yo.Paul.jpg
  • First boat: 125
  • Now sailing: Impulse. I also have a Furmula 15 Skiff but it very rarely gets wet. 
  • Joined ASC: 1988 as a winter member, never left but had a couple of breaks for a few years but maintained associate membership. Haven't had a break from the lake since 2003 when I sailed a Mosquito Cat at Altona after we had to stop sailing at the lake due to low water.
  • Work: Jack of all trades, Telecomunications Tech. by trade.

Tim Falkiner

  • Place of birth: Melbourne
  • First sail: about 1985Tim Falkiner photo compressed.jpg
  • First boat: Mirror
  • Now sailing: Sabre
  • Joined ASC: about 1985
  • Work: Hypnotherapist

Hristina Burduja

  • Place of birth: Sofia, Bulgaria
  • First sail: September 2013 on a small catamaran on the French coast of the English Channel (Le Havre). I was just a passenger and my expectation was for smooth sail and cocktails on the deck (no such thing). The weather there in September is quite rough, cold and windy. We broke a spinnaker and there was a lot of shouting in French, but we got back safe and very wet.
  •  My next sailing experience was on Albert Lake in Jan 2018 - Learn to Sail @The BoatshedHristina.jpg
  • First boat that I actually sailed: Pacer
  • Now sailing: Zest and/or Pacer
  • Joined ASC: 19 Aug 2018
  • Work: Solution Architect at Nokia Software (IT systems for telecoms)

Peter Bennell

  • Place of birth: Melbourne VictoriaPeter.png
  • First sail: 1979 Sorrento Sailing Club
  • First boat: Mirror
  • Joined ASC; October 2018
  • Background ; 
  • Career: Currently business consultant,  previously CEO of large retail group: furniture manufacturer
  • and management consultant US, Canada and Australia.
  • Qualifications: B Civil Eng. Prof Engineer Ohio (US)
  • Previously Board member public companies, Government agencies

Don McKenzieDon.jpg

  • Born: Bright Victoria
  • First Sailed:  1975
  • First Boat:  Red Witch
  • Current Boat:  Sabre, Impulse
  • Joined A S C 1993
  • Work history: Human Resources, Industrial Relations, director.

Tony Schalken

  • Name: Antonius (Tony)  J SchalkenTony.jpg
  • Place of birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
  • First sail: at the age of 16 in Guanabara bay in a bermuda rigged sloop on loan from the Brazilian Naval Academy (that is another story) 
  • First boat: Mirror 
  • Now sailing: Sabre 557 (in truth, in my mind only for far too long) 
  • Joined ASC: 2 4 1982 
  • Work: environmental monitoring of aquatic ecosystems (chemistry)

John Whelan

  • Place of birth: Born in Melbourne (Surrey Hills) in 1955.JW photo (2).jpg
  • First sail: First sailed in a mirror at Williamstown Sailing Club in 1983 and crewed on an Ultimate 18 trailer sailer and Hartley TS16. Only did this for a year and then did not sail again until I did a Beginning Sailing Course in Mooloolaba, QLD in late 2002.
  • First boat: Deja Vu, Impulse 131
  • Now sailing: Astro Boy, Impulse 594, a beautiful Steve Dunn built boat.
  • Joined ASC: January 2003. Joined the committee in, I think, 2008. Have been vice commodore and commodore.
  • Work: Solicitor.