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Cardwell new commodore

The Bermuda Power Boat Association has a new commodore (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Robert Cardwell is the new commodore of the Bermuda Power Boat Association.

The Bermuda Police inspector ran unopposed for the top post after predecessor Kim McCallan opted not to seek re-election during Thursday night’s Annual General Meeting at the Spanish Point Boat Club.

McCallan served as the association’s commodore for one year and is also a past vice-commodore.

Cardwell is one of two new faces on the association’s executive from the previous one as Andrew Cottingham, who also ran unopposed, was elected as Flag Officer for the first time.

Retaining their positions on the executive were incumbents David Selley, Paul Wellman, Janae Nesbitt, Jody Carreiro, Jordan Fletcher, Andrew Osbourne, Matthew Smith and Mark Selley who all ran unopposed.

David Selley is the vice-commodore, Wellman rear commodore and Nesbitt the secretary.

Mark Selley, Carreiro, Fletcher, Osbourne and Smith are the remaining Flag Officers.

Speaking on the new executive, outgoing commodore McCallan said: “It’s great to see a non-biased person in the position of commodore. In the past we’ve had somebody in that position who was also a racer and that makes it very difficult to try and run things.

“I think it’s a good team that will do very well and any assistance they require of me I am there to help them.

“I would like to wish them the best for the 2018 season and thank all that assisted me in the commodore position during 2017.

“This season should be interesting. We have some new boats and also I will be out there racing again.”

McCallan’s racing career was put on hold after she suffered serious injuries when the catamaran she was racing in as co-pilot barrel-rolled while rounding Five Star Island during the 2016 Rubis Around the Island Power Boat Race.

She was treated for a broken elbow, a concussion, a cut above her eye that required stitches as well as bruising, which she suffered after being thrown from the 21-foot boat.

McCallan completed a courageous comeback when she returned to the racing circuit a year later to compete in the Spanish Point National Grand Prix Race aboard Kenny Maybury’s 21-foot Skater.