Flag Officers and Chairs
The Flag Officers and Chairs are responsible for conducting the member-oriented activities of the Club, including but not limited to, on-water programs including sail training, racing and cruising, social activities, recruiting new members and maintaining membership support activities, member communications, dock maintenance and cruise-ins.
|COMMODORE – MIKE FISKE
Mike has been a member of the Sausalito Yacht Club since 2002 and is a life long boater. He was born and raised in Mill Valley where he resides with his wife Patrice and their two children, Ian and Morgan. Mike graduated from the California Maritime Academy in 1976 and started his career with Chevron. He holds an unlimited USCG Chief Engineers License, Steam, Motor and Gas Turbine. Mike was Chief Engineer for Chevron USA, Marine Vessels, until he retired in 2002. You can now find him on the water around San Francisco Bay, Grindstone Joe’s or Lake Tahoe on one of his boats.
|VICE COMMODORE – DAVID BORTON
Dave’s love for sailing began with dinghies on the many beautiful lakes of Wisconsin and Minnesota. After a move to the Bay Area, he purchased an Islander 36 and campaigned in YRA races. He now owns French Kiss, a Beneteau 350, which he races in SYC races with his two accomplished sons. Dave and his wife Hanne participate in club cruises; both also enjoy sailboat charter vacations in various parts of the world. Dave retired – twice. His first career was in engineering and engineering management positions for computer manufacturers; his second career was with Hanne as they owned and managed a large preschool in Novato. Dave has been a member of SYC since 1982 and looks forward to helping the club maintain and improve its strong race program.
|REAR COMMODORE – BILL AUBREY
Bill resides in San Anselmo with his wife Jonea and their two children. He has been a member of SYC since 2009 and has been serving on the Race Committee since 2010. Bill currently owns a 40 foot Matthews as well as a Chris Craft runabout, both of which are moored in San Rafael. He has been an active member of the Antique and Classic Boat Society as well as the Classic Yacht Association. Professionally, Bill serves as the chief investment officer of a San Francisco based real estate investment trust.
|JR. STAFF COMMODORE – ROSS BLANCHARD
Ross has been an active member of the SYC since 2005 and was previously a member of the Santa Cruz Yacht Club. He was a member of the Finance Oversight Committee in 2010. He currently has a Tayana 48 and has owned various power and sail boats for the past 25 years. He is an active Divemaster and he and his wife Tammy have traveled the world diving remote coral reefs. After returning from Vietnam as a Marine Captain, Ross began his business career at Johnson & Johnson in the Human Resource function. Subsequently, he held a variety of progressively Senior Human Resource management positions at Frito-Lay and PepsiCo both domestically and internationally. He also served as Vice President of Administration at Atari Inc., a division of Warner Communications. He then transitioned to the Executive Search industry and for the past 20 years has managed or owned his own firm. He is currently Managing Director and equity partner of Boyden Global Executive Search in San Francisco. Past President of Scotts Valley Rotary Club.
|SECRETARY – LARRY MORAES
Larry is a California native residing in Marin for more than 20 years with wife Sharon. Larry is a business executive with 39 years of management experience in the wine industry. He has led sales and marketing teams, managed companies and developed vineyards and wineries. He also served on the board of several companies connected to the wine industry. Outside the industry he has served on committees, chaired committees and served as board president of non-profit organizations. A boat owner of more than 21 years and past PHRF Division Champion, Larry and Sharon have been members of the Sausalito Yacht Club since 2000 and look forward to many more great years at the club.
|TREASURER – JIM MERRILL
Jim, a C.P.A, is a principal of Merrill Accountancy Corporation. Jim has 40 years experience in both public and private accounting. He is a past senior V.P. in the banking industry and served as president of the S.F. chapter of the Financial Managers Society. He is active in the Auburn community, having served as president of the Rotary Club, president of the Chamber of Commerce and president of the Auburn Faith Hospital Foundation. He currently serves as chairman of the Auburn Rotary Club’s Investment Committee.Jim is a speaker to many groups on tax and business related topics. Jim and his wife Rosemary have lived in Auburn for 21 years.
|PORT CAPTAIN - BOB BRAID
|HOUSE CHAIR - MIKE McKINLEY
|MEMBERSHIP CHAIR – DANIEL GROAT
Daniel has been a member of SYC since 1999. Daniel led the Third Thursday learning series for 3 years and participated on the Long Range Planning Committee. Daniel and his wife, Laura, have also enjoyed participating on the luncheon cruises and joining club cruises . They have a Hunter 36, “Mistral”, based in Sausalito. After cooking his way through school, Daniel took a 20 year detour participating in many aspects of the restaurant industry, Daniel settled into a career in investments where he could exercise his love of numbers and insatiable curiosity. Daniel enjoys cooking, wine, travel, sports cars, motorcycles and reading to name a few interests. Daniel and Laura reside in Folsom, CA.
|RACE COMMITTEE CHAIR - NICK SANDS
Originally from England, Nick has lived in the Bay Area since 1985, moving to Sausalito with his wife Renee in 2010. Nick is an electrical engineer in the telecom industry. He has been a member of SYC since 2005 and races his Sabre 402 Escapade on the Bay and beyond.
|SAILING INSTRUCTION CHAIR -JOCK RYSTROM
|CRUISE CHAIR – ROGER MILLIGAN
|ENTERTAINMENT CHAIR – MIRIAM BROWNE
Miriam joined the SYC in 2006 with her husband Richard, a retired Golf Course Superintendent. She purchased the membership for her husband as a birthday gift. Richard Browne volunteered his time and organized the Buddy Cup tournament for 3 years. Miriam, born in New York, moved to Sausalito in 1980, where she raised her daughter Zamira. Miriam’s background is in Interior Architecture, Ceramics, Real Estate, and retail sales in fine jewelry/watches at Julianna’s Fine Jewelry. Miriam has been a Realtor since 1996 and joined Bradley Real Estate in 2006, and has teamed up with her daughter Zamira Solari, selling luxury properties in beautiful Marin. Miriam is a thriving member of our community, and has been an active member/volunteer for the SYC Youth Sailing, Sausalito Art Festival, various film festivals, Harbor Point Tennis and Swim Club, and recently the campaign project to save the Record Plant Studios in Sausalito, which is affiliated with Rock the Rebuild and Architecture for Humanity.
|AUXILIARY PRESIDENT – MARY SHERMAN
Mary Sherman & her husband Stan have been members of SYC since 2005. They live in Greenbrae and keep their motor/sailer in Loch Lomond. Mary learned to sail on the San Francisco Bay at Cass’s Marina in Sausalito and continued to sail for over 30 years. She has been a member of the Auxiliary for the past seven years. After practicing radiologic technology for 48 years, Mary has officially retired from UCSF and is enjoying the leisure time to travel, visit family, and participate in the activities of the yacht club.
|COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR – ROBERT STOEBER
Robert is a serial entrepreneur, having launched numerous successful technology businesses since the early 80′s. The common thread has been helping companies solve their problems, improve efficiency and save money by applying the right technologies. A new resident of Sausalito, Robert, his wife Jeri and three daughters moved to California in the summer of 2011 from Park City Utah. Youngest daughter Devon is also an SYC member and can be seen at the club most afternoons training as Captain of the Tam High Sailing Team. While growing up, Robert learned to sail Sunfish on the lakes and reservoirs around New Jersey. He now charters 40 foot boats on the Bay. Robert is also an avid motorcyclist, instrument-rated private pilot, scuba diver and part-time ski instructor.