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 – 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.
|VICE 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, Grind Stones Joe’s or Lake Tahoe on one of his boats.
|REAR 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.
|JR. STAFF COMMODORE – JERRY TARPIN
Jerry joined the Club in 1990. He retired from the shipping industry in 1996. Currently holds a Captains license and has worked as a delivery skipper.
Jerry has served on the Board for the last four years as Port Captain and Director at Large heading up the Business Advisory Committee, and this last year took over fleet management for SYC’s power boats. Two years prior, Jerry served as a member of the Finance Committee, and prior to that in 1996, he served on the Board as Bar & Galley Director.
|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 – 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.
|HOUSE CHAIR -MIKE McKINLEY
|MEMBERSHIP CHAIR – TIM PROUTY
|RACE COMMITTEE CHAIR - BOB BRAID
|SAILING INSTRUCTION CHAIR -JOCK RYSTROM
|CRUISE CHAIR – ROGER MILLIGAN
|ENTERTAINMENT CHAIR – CHERYL POPP
Cheryl has been a member of the yacht club since 2009 and a long-time resident, homeowner, and local businesswoman in Sausalito. A marketing communications consultant, she is very active in the local community — as a former president of the chamber of commerce and current member of that board, as well as an active member of the Sausalito Woman’s Club. Cheryl was instrumental in orchestrating events and PR for the Amgen Tour of California for 4 years and has successfully chaired innumerable events, fundraising drives and marketing campaigns for the city & chamber of Sausalito as well as the Woman’s Club or other organizations. She has done external PR for the yacht club working with the communications team and currently serves on the AC34 Committee. She is a native of the Bay Area, graduate of U.C. Berkeley and in a former life raced J-24s on Biscayne Bay out of the Coral Reef Yacht Club in Coconut Grove, Florida.
|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.