Bryan is one of the founding members of Queen Mary Sailing Club (Member 001) and one of the most experienced officials within the sailing community. Received the Beppe Croce Trophy for his outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of the sailing.
Since 1975, Willis has served the sport he loves, holding respected, senior positions within the Royal Yachting Association and at World Sailing.
Willis has served as an International Judge since 1981, when the scheme first started and in 1986 he became an International Umpire as the scheme also began.
He served on numerous committees within World Sailing and acted as Chairman of the Race Officials Committee as well as the Race Management Sub-committee. Furthermore he served as a member of the Racing Rules Committee and the Racing Rules Drafting Working Party.
Alongside this, he was author of more than 20 publications related to the sport of sailing. Willis was directly involved in no fewer than eight America’s Cups, three editions of the Whitbread / Volvo Ocean Race and numerous Class World Championships.