Flag Officers and Chairs

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 5 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 4 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 resposible for the SYC Wednesday Night Speaker series.
Junior Staff Commodore
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.
Cheryl Popp
Cheryl has been a member of the yacht club since 2009; she served for 2 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. She 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 she remains involved and hosts author events.
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.
Port Captain
Bill Gargan
Membership Chair
Renee Linde
Renee lives happily in Sausalito with her husband Nick. They joined Sausalito Yacht Club in 2007. In her professional life, she was a sales executive for several technology companies during her twenty-five years in Silicon Valley. She has happily left that behind and is now exploring her creative side. Renee has been in and on the water her whole life. Her first sailing experience was in summer camp. Unfortunately reading wind direction thwarted her and she had to be towed back to base each afternoon. Limited by the ability to sail in only one direction, she turned in her PFD and didn’t sail again until she turned 45. Enrolling in Modern Sailing, she learned to sail so she could serve as trusty crew for Nick once he began racing their Sabre 40 in SYC’s Tuesday Night and Twin Island races. She has sailed extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest and the Caribbean. Sailing the Dalmatian Coast is on the top of her bucket list.
Race Committee Chair
Mary Wand
Sailing Instructor Chair
Todd Gates
Todd became involved with the club in 2009 when his son became active in the high school sailing program at SYC which is similar to the racing competitions Todd sailed in college. He was excited that SYC was offering a similar experience for his son and has since been active in the Sausalito Youth Sailing Foundation helping to support Youth Sailing at SYC and throughout Southern Marin. Todd still finds time to crew on several boats racing on the Bay. He lives in Mill Valley with his wife and two sons. He works as the operations manager for a heavy engineering construction company building infrastructure projects throughout Northern California.
Cruise Chair
Todd Wheeler
Todd grew up boating on Iowa lakes but fell in love with cruising aboard a powerboat charter in the San Juan Islands in 2012. Less than a year later, he and his wife Cyndi found their Cruisers Yachts 41 Cantius, Osa, and joined SYC. Cruising at SYC has given Todd and Cyndi the opportunity to meet and get to know many fellow club members. Since joining SYC, Todd has attended as many cruises as possible each year and has even been known to single-hand the boat on cruises when his first mate is out of town. Todd works at Stanford University School of Medicine as the Associate Director of IT Support Operations and has worked in customer and technical support management roles for most of his career. Todd and Cyndi reside in Belmont but can be found in the club or at Sausalito Yacht Harbor aboard Osa most weekends.
Entertainment Chair
Philippe Lannes
Philippe’s origins are from Brittany in France, as a kid, he never missed a race of Eric Tabarly and went to school with Bernard Moitessier’s grandson. When he moved to Sausalito, in 2001, he bought his first boat, a Coronado 30ft and joined the Club in 2007. 10 years after Philippe is now bringing to the club entertaining events with a French touch and a simple motto: “let’s all have fun together!”
Auxiliary President
Heidi Engelbrechten
Communications Chair
Tammy Blanchard
Tammy has been boating since her dad bought a 24' Skipjack when she was sixteen. She grew up in Santa Cruz where she spent a lot of time in and on the ocean, diving, surfing and sailing. Tammy has been a member of the Sausalito Yacht club since 2005. She and her husband Ross have six children four grandchildren, they live in Sausalito on their motor yacht, Nomata.
House Chair
Cortney Goff