Executive Board

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, focusing on high-speed broadband access technology. He has been a member of SYC since 2007 and raced his Sabre 40 “Escapade” on the Bay and beyond. Nick served as Race Chair in 2014 and continues to serve on SYC’s Race Council.
Jerry Tarpin
After a spending a year in Vietnam in the Army as a Non-Commissioned Officer, Jerry was discharged in 1968 and started a career in ocean transportation in Los Angeles in 1969. He held various positions ending as President and CEO of a small multinational corporation headquartered in San Francisco. He holds a 100 ton USCG Master license. In 1980, Jerry was asked to go sailing which started numerous boating adventures! After years of racing extensively, he purchased his first power boat. He’s cruised the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South Pacific and Southeast Asia. Jerry moved to Sausalito in 1986 and joined the Sausalito Yacht Club in 1990. Although most of his colleagues were members of the St. Francis Yacht Club, he wanted a local club which he didn’t need to use for business. At the time he belonged to several “business” clubs in the city. Jerry first served on the Board in 1996 as Bar and Gallery Director.
Kay Mitzel
Kay has resided in Sausalito for more than 30 years. She recently retired from a career in the pharmaceutical industry working for Pfizer and Bayer. In her role as Director, Medical Relations, she traveled extensively interacting with top-tier specialists in Infectious Diseases in the US & Europe. After spending three years living in Germany, she is fluent in German and now working on learning Italian. Kay recently purchased a 21’ Duffy called “La Dolce Vita” and is very excited to spend more time on the water. She has been an active member since joining the club in 2011 volunteering on Entertainment and in the Ship’s Store. She served as communications chair and Secretary.
Jock Rystrom
Jock started sailing as a teenager on a Sunfish on Lake Michigan. He moved from Chicago to Sausalito in 1974 and has been racing on the Bay ever since. He joined the SYC in 1984. He and his wife, Linda, enrolled their son, Erik, in Junior Sailing, and Jock soon became a strong supporter and advocate for the program. In 2006 he was asked to be a director of the Sausalito Youth Sailing Foundation Board and three years later was elected an officer. Jock is a licensed electrical contractor and works for a manufacturing company in Benicia. He and Linda reside in Novato. When on land, Jock enjoys motorcycle riding with the Montgomery Street Motorcycle Club, golfing, and skiing at the family’s cabin near Bear Valley
Vice Commodore
Chuck Cihak
Chuck, an almost San Francisco “native” growing up in Noe Valley, minus his first five years in Perth Australia, has been an active member of the SYC since 1992. He has had a long-standing love of the water, sailing, in particular, starting with the Sunfish. His racing bug was developed on the Ranger 23 and IOR boats, but for the last 15 years, he has been campaigning his J105. He enjoys the concept of bringing nature and team work together. Married to Stephanie since 1979, they have two children. He made a career as a building contractor primarily in San Francisco while Stephanie was a banker. Now that both of them have successfully escaped work life, they enjoy the Bay, bareboat charter opportunities, and time spent on Kauai.
Rear Commodore
Tom Kowalski
Tom Kowalski is a Buffalo, New York Native. With four decades of practice in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, his work has been peer-reviewed published in numerous International Journals on Hand Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Microsurgery. Outside of his professional efforts, he has sailed and owned many boats on San Francisco Bay along with the Caribbean. Currently, he resides Part Time on a 44 Defever in Sausalito and on land in Mill Valley, California Condo. He is an avid rower / Sculler on San Francisco Bay. Tom is responsible for the SYC Wednesday Night Speaker series.
Cheryl Popp
Cheryl has been a member of the yacht club since 2009; she served for two years on the FOC as Events Chair, was on the club’s AC34 Task Force and in 2017, served on the FOC as Communications Chair. A long-time Sausalito resident, homeowner, and local businesswoman, Cheryl is a marketing communications specialist by trade. She was previously director of corporate communications for Credit Suisse First Boston and served in a similar capacity at PG&E. Cheryl now works as a marketing consultant for a wide range of clients and last year, orchestrated the opening of an independent bookstore on the waterfront, Book Passage By The Bay, where Cheryl remains involved and hosts author events. She is also very active in local community organizations as former president of the chamber of commerce and chair of the Sausalito Business Advisory Committee.
John Wales
John has been a CPA since 1972 having started his career with Price Waterhouse & Co. He moved to Sausalito in 1972 and raced a Ranger 26 for many years. He has been a member of the SYC for almost 40 years. With experience in public and private accounting, he started his CPA practice in 1981 in San Francisco. In 2015 he relocated his office to Sausalito. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPAs. John and his wife Diana reside in Sausalito.