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 Flag
COMMODORE  – LARRY MORAES
commodore@sausalitoyachtclub.org
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.
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Vice Commodore Flag
VICE COMMODORE – JOCK RYSTROM
vicecommodore@sausalitoyachtclub.org
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.
Chuck CihakRear Commodore Flag REAR COMMODORE – CHUCK CIHAK
rearcommodore@sausalitoyachtclub.org
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.
Bill Aubrey
Jr. Staff Commodore Flag
JUNIOR STAFF COMMODORE – BILL AUBREY

jrstaffcommodore@sausalitoyachtclub.org

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.

Kay Mitzel
Secretary Flag
SECRETARY – KAY MITZEL
secretary@sausalitoyachtclub.org
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.
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Treasurer Flag
TREASURER – John Wales
treasurer@sausalitoyachtclub.org

 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
portcaptain@sausalitoyachtclub.org
Renee Linde MEMBERSHIP CHAIR – RENEE LINDE
membership@sausalitoyachtclub.org
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 – DOUG FORD
race@sausalitoyachtclub.org
Doug moved to California in 1999 to work at George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound facility in Marin County. He learned to sail on Richardson Bay with a non-profit, SEA, and later gave back to the organization by teaching beginner classes. Doug races as crew on several boats inside and outside the Bay and volunteers for race committee also. Having retired from a 24/7 work regime in 2015 he now has ample time to devote to his passion for being on and around the water.
dsc_0589 SAILING INSTRUCTION CHAIR – TODD GATES
sailtraining@sausalitoyachtclub.org
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
cruise@sausalitoyachtclub.orgTodd 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
entertainment@sausalitoyachtclub.org
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 – PETER THORNE
sycapresident@sausalitoyachtclub.orgPeter has been a member of the SYC since 2002.  He is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology where he played college basketball for 4 years.  He was Chairman of the Board and President of a private golf club with annual revenues exceeding $4 million.  Before moving to California 22 years ago he was Senior Vice President of a 600 million dollar annual revenue Technology Company providing automated data collection services to a vast number of clients.   He has been active in volunteering and supporting Club activities and events.  He has served on the Finance Committee, the Entertainment Committee, the Race Committee, and the Membership Committee.  He Chaired the Committee to raise money for new flat screen TVs.  He is a past president of the SYC Auxiliary.  He has been a board member on the Auxiliary for the last eight years and assists with running all of their events.  In 2010 he received the Commodore’s Trophy for Distinguished Service on the board.  He is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology where he basketball for 4 years and he and his brother have both been elected  to the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of fame  He would welcome the opportunity to work to provide the best possible quality leadership for the club moving forward. 
COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR – CHERYL POPP
communications@sausalitoyachtclub.orgCheryl has been a member of the yacht club since 2009; she served for 2 years on the SYC board as Events Chair, was on the club’s AC34 Task Force and currently serves on the 75th Anniversary Committee. A long-time Sausalito resident, homeowner, and local business woman, 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 PR consultant for wide range of clients. She is also very active in the local community — as a former president of the chamber of commerce, and chair of the Sausalito Business Advisory Committee, an active member of the Sausalito Woman’s Club and chair of the Sausalito-Cascais Sister City Youth Sailing Exchange program. She was the 2011 recipient of the Spirit of Marin award.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. 
  HOUSE CHAIR – RICH VASQUEZ
house@sausalitoyachtclub.org
Rich was born and raised in San Francisco. Early in his career, he worked in real estate, sales, development and construction. In 1973, he moved his family to Belmont Ca. where he pursued a new career in insurance working for Metropolitan and  Aetna Ins. Co. in various management positions. In 1984, he moved to Sausalito and joined the Jarcik Ins. Agency. After the agency merged and sold in 2009, he retired and continues to hold professional designations in the Chartered Financial Consultant and in Certified Life Underwriter.Rich joined the SYC in 2000 and has been an active member.  Along with his best friend, he raced Jazzbeau, their Erickson 33, regularly and were even lucky enough to win a race once in awhile. They also raced in the Big Boat Series, Ocean Series and the beer can races on the Bay. He has sailed in Mexico, the California coast, Australia, Virgin Islands and the Bahamas.Rich currently lives in Sausalito with his wife Barbara. They have 6 children between them and are the proud Grandparents of 11 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. He enjoys playing Golf and visiting Lake Tahoe whenever he can.