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 – 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.
|VICE 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.
|REAR COMMODORE – 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.
|JR. STAFF COMMODORE – DAVE 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.
|SECRETARY – ALAN SHIREK
Alan has been a member of Sausalito Yacht club since 2005. He was also a member “back in the ‘70’s” when he and his wife Kathy lived in Sausalito “before children.” They have two grown sons and they have been avid sailors for most of their lives. They own a Newport 30 sailboat, which they have had for seventeen years. They split their sailing time between San Francisco Bay, Santa Barbara and Maui. Alan is a semi-retired insurance broker who held management positions with a number of the largest global insurance brokerage firms. He currently helps one of his former clients with their risk management programs.
|TREASURER – 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 – BOB BRAID
|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 – 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, bare boat charter opportunities, and time spent on Kauai.
|SAILING INSTRUCTION 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 – 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 – 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.