Sailing Club of Washington
SCOW is a 501(c)(7) organization that was originally chartered on July 12, 1966 "to provide the membership thereof with the opportunity and instrumentalities to become expert in the art of sailing for their individual and mutual education, benefit and enjoyment." Over 50 years later, SCOW continues to adhere to its purpose, providing its 400+ members with an environment for fellowship and a never-ending education in the art of sailing. We offer classes, individual use of our boats, club sponsored activities and a place for our members to come together and enjoy the sport and recreation of sailing. Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in sailing and is willing to help out. Our club is staffed entirely with volunteers who manage the training, skipper certification, boat maintenance, and other activities that keep the club running. We rely on all members to contribute in some way to the club, from helping to keep the boats clean and in good repair to assisting with social events. Our fleet of keelboat "cruisers" and centerboard Flying Scots is maintained primarily by our members, our courses are taught by member volunteers, and all our business affairs are managed by the following volunteer Board of Directors.


Richad Kaiser
Richard started sailing on a Sunfish on Long Island Sound when he was 12 and now is the proud owner of Jeanette, his 2014 Flying Scot, named after his mom. He’s sailed more these past five sailing seasons, as a SCOW member, than all of his prior sailing experience combined. Richard is currently a Scot Skipper and hopes to be a cruiser skipper sometime in the future. Richard has chartered numerous times on the bay and has transited the east coast from/to Ft Lauderdale and Norwalk several times on his brother’s Grand Banks 54. In his tenure as a Social Director (2016) and Vice Commodore (2017 & 2018), he has been an active member and helped with social, membership, and training activities and also introduced some fun new traditions, like The Burning of the Socks and the Crockpot Regatta for and with Club members. He’s also been instrumental in bringing SCOW to a new level of automation with electronic Membership applications and agreements, Skipper forms, streamlining the training registration process and creating all new online digital cruiser and basic skipper tests with the amazing support and extensive contributions of the TSCC. He’s proud of his commitment to Special Olympics and recommends Special Olympics to all members as an easy and fun way to give back to the community (and enjoy a little more sailing). Richard is also a Leukemia Cup racer and a supporter of all racing activities to help bond the Club and improve all members’ sailing skills. In his off-the-water spare time Richard manages FYI-For Your Information, Inc., a 31-year young human capital, technology and management services consulting firm supporting the Federal government. 

Brian McPherson
Brian was away from sailing for a few years coaching his son’s baseball teams & following his children’s activities. His son stopped playing baseball a few years ago and noticed Brian was around the house a lot. One Saturday he told Brian – “Dad you need a hobby”! So Brian decided to get back to his love of sailing. After travelling to Annapolis for many years, Brian sought an active sailing club near Alexandria. Brian’s previous 30 years of sailing experience before joining SCOW was racing J-22’s, Laser 28’s, J-30’s & most recently J-105’s. He sailed in several East Coast, North American & World Championship Series. Along the way Brian did some blue water racing – three Newport-Bermuda Races along with a few Annapolis – Newport Races. Brian was also “watch captain” for some of these races. Brian found the Sailing Club of Washington and was intrigued by an active all-volunteer organization with the fleet of Flying Scots & a few larger cruising boats. As a member for the past 4 ½ years Brian has increased his involvement each year – became a certified FS Skipper, an active FS racer, Race Committee volunteer, helped out during the Thursday Social Sails, volunteered for Maintenance Days, attended Hail & Farewells and more recently Caroline’s Bosun the past 2 years Brian resides in Alexandria with his wife Missy and children Rob & Heather – all SCOW Members. When not sailing Brian is a CFP & Senior Vice President with Raymond James & Associates for the past 25 years. 

Wayne Williams
With friends in 30-foot wooden gaff-rigged sloop launched upon the Long Island Sound, Wayne K. Williams, Jr. experienced sailing for the first time. He recounted, “There are few experiences in life that measure up to all we have imagined them to be. That was one of them.” Subsequently, Wayne became US Sailing Certified in basic keel boating from Premier Sailing School where he learned on a Cal 9.1 racing cruiser. After which he sailed flying scots, O’Days, and lasers. Wayne joined SCOW three years ago and with each year, his presence, volunteerism, and sailing skills have grown. Often, he can be found sailing flying scots, crewing on cruisers, racing on Wednesday nights, and just helping others in the club. He has served on River and Bay Clean-up Days, assisted on maintenance days, and skippered during social sail. Eager to sail and learn, he has crewed and/or skippered on club cruisers and others, including a 27 foot seafarer, J22, and Lucia 40. Recently, Wayne completed the capsize and cruiser classes. His goal is to become a cruiser-certified skipper. Wayne was an educator for 18 years primarily at St. Albans School (’83) for boys where he was a teacher, coach, dormitory master, and governing board member. Later as a real estate broker and property manager, he worked with such companies as Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Weichert Realtors, and Haverford Homes. He is now with Bennett Realty Solutions, a full service brokerage which also specializes in real estate investment. Wayne earned his B.A. in English and Political Science at Bucknell University and did graduate work at Dartmouth College.

Mike Hooban
Mike began sailing with business associates in London, on the Thames River, in a type of dinghy called an Enterprise, in the mid 2000’s. He also had the opportunity to sail in the Solent (the channel between mainland England and the Isle of Wight) on a large keel-boat. He ultimately decided to take sailing lessons at Belle Haven Marina, and subsequently joined SCOW in 2011. After buying his own boat, an American 14.6, and sailing it from Washington Sailing Marina for a few years, Mike purchased a Flying Scot, the “Green Hornet” in 2014, and began racing it with SCOW at the urging of Julian Mallett, Dick Vida and Dave Beckett. Mike served as SCOW treasurer in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Mike is retired from 30+ years of business ownership, previously worked for 7 and a half years for Arthur Young & Company (now Ernst & Young) and is an Army veteran of the Vietnam conflict as well as service in Korea. He has an MBA degree, and has served as treasurer and general manager of other entities, including his son’s 1st division soccer team in the NCSL (National Capitol Soccer League), and Team River Runner, a 501c3 organization dedicated to helping injured veterans recover through paddlesports such as kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding. In addition to sailing, both competitive and recreational, Mike enjoys kayaking, cycling, and building model boats. Mike has enjoyed enormously his association with SCOW and the many good people in the club. Mike is married to Ok Sop (since 1971), lives in Arlington, and has four grown children. Mike is an instructor in SCOW’s sailing training program, and has supported the Special Olympics and the Leukemia Cup.


Marie Brennan
JMarie was first introduced to sailing on Martha’s Vineyard as a child and then had the opportunity to work on a 72’ schooner in Newport, RI while in college. She joined SCOW in 2013 and became a Scot Skipper in 2014 and is currently working on becoming a cruiser skipper. When she’s not playing on the water, she works to connect homeless Veterans to housing and mental health services.


Carlie Smith
Carlie joined SCOW in 2016 having barely ever been on a boat before and made it her mission to become a SCOW Skipper and join the Board. In just three short years, she has developed her sailing skills through the Club to become both a Flying Scot and Cruiser Skipper. She enjoys cruising on the Potomac with her SCOW friends for raft-ups or destination sails. Carlie has experience on chartered boats for weekend Chesapeake Bay sails out of Annapolis, and this past January, she crewed on a 45-foot catamaran as part of a DC Sailing Community flotilla in the Abacos, Bahamas. She is looking forward to her next DC Sailing Community trip to the Leeward Islands of St. Martin in February 2019. She hopes to continue to grow as a sailor to someday skipper international charters herself. Carlie loves a good Dark & Stormy on the rocks.

Dana Howe
Dana started sailing Sunfish while stationed at the Navy base in Pensacola. The on-base marina had four Flying Scots and he was soon qualified as a skipper. Eventually he found himself crewing on a keel boat at the yacht club where he discovered PHRF sailboat racing. From there he ‘sailed’ around the Indian Ocean on an aircraft carrier for three years. Later while stationed in San Diego he bought his first sailboat, a 25’ Cal. The previous owners hadn’t sailed the boat in several years and it needed much work to restore it to sailing condition. The boat was pulled out of the water and the restoration process started with a fresh coat of bottom paint after all the barnacles were stripped off. Back in the water some of the topside woodwork had to be replaced by fabricating replacements at the on-base wood hobby shop. Within a year he had restored the boat to sailing condition and began sailing around San Diego Bay. In the 2000’s he started sailing with DISC on a 26’ sailboat, Too Many Cooks, in the PHRF spinnaker class fleet. In 2016 he became interested in sailing the SCOW Flying Scots and became skipper qualified in 2017. He has been sailing in the SCOW Flying Scot regattas the past two seasons.

Vincent Penoso
The cruiser fleet is best served by someone who remains over time to become familiar with the fleet and maintenance.

Dave Beckett
Dave’s love of sailing started at age 14 when he taught himself how to sail on an old Sailfish on a lake in upstate New York. His love of boats and the water inspired him to serve twenty years on active duty as a US Navy diver. Although the demands of the Navy often left little time for sailing, he occasionally had the opportunity to sail on boats of various sizes ranging from daysailers up to a 44 foot catamaran in some nice sailing locations like San Diego, Hawaii, and Guam. While most of his sailing time has been spent on the water with his family, during his last tour of duty in Hawaii he regularly crewed on a J-24 that raced on Kaneohe Bay. Dave joined SCOW in the summer of 2013. He served as the 2014 Training Director and 2015 Vice Commodore, and Racing Director in 2017 and 2018. He has actively supported Social Sail, Maintenance, Training, and Racing activities.

Barry Yatt /strong>
TWith a last name of Yatt (pronounced like “Yacht”), growing up in Baltimore (close but not close enough to the Chesapeake), and a lifelong interest from afar in sailboats and sailing (mostly reading and dreaming), it was just a matter of time (far too much of it) before Barry found SCOW. He started sailing five years ago, after a four-decade career as an architect (the building kind) and architectural educator. He gained his first experiences crewing for racers John and Elisabeth Graham and Bill Davenport, later becoming a Scot skipper, and buying and restoring "Anchovy", his 1967 O'Day Javelin. Barry took the cruiser class this past summer and looks forward to any time he can get on the water. He lives in Arlington with his wife, Sandy.

Chip Lubsen
When Chip was 12 he did not get that power boat that he had his heart set on. Two years later, he started with the sport of rowing and spent an enormous part of the next 15 years in those long skinny racing boats we see at WSM and on the river. Until 2016 Chip sailed a total of 4 times, more than 30 years ago, armed with only having read about how to sail. Chip and his wife Laurie took Basic Sailing with SCOW in 2016 and began racing that fall. Chip qualified as a Scot skipper that year and as a cruiser skipper the following spring. Laurie and Chip recently purchased FS5866 from a gentleman in Easton, MD and are excited to expand their sailing and racing horizons with their new (to them) blue boat. Chip had an 18-year career as an IT professional with SallieMae, before leaving to help form a small investment partnership in 1998. The partnership invested and managed in the travel industry (SatoTravel) before forming a fund focused on clean technology investing. He changed course from IT to Finance when the fund started in 2007. Chip and his partners also purchased a vegetable and garden seed packaging company in 2007 (long story) and continue to own the company and support the management team. Work at this juncture is far less than full time, affording Chip the time needed for sailing and contributing more substantively to SCOW. Chip and Laurie are passionate about healthy eating and exercise. Chip plays guitar and thoroughly enjoys backing up the beautiful voices of his 3 daughters – his own singing voice in unremarkable! He served on the Board of the Washington Bach Consort for 7 years back around the turn of the century and as its President for the final two.

BOARD APPOINTEd committees

John Rogers
Chair of Training and Skipper Certification Committee

TSCC Members
Jay Weitzel; Joe Depoorter; Barbara (Barby) Ullman; Dan Sandhaus; Steve Youngblood; Jyoti Wadhwa, Training Director; Brian McPherson, Skipper Director; Richard Kaiser, Vice Commodore

John Kauffman
Chair of Boat Assets Committee

BAC Members
Luis Rivas;   Chris McGraw;   Kevin Longenbach;   Steve Youngblood;  Vincent Penoso,  Cruiser Maintenance Director  &   Dick Vida, Flying Scot Maintenance Director

Luis Rivas
Chair of Audit Committee

Audit Committee Members
John Kauffman and Ben Kelley


Jan Rivas
Channels Editor

Luis Rivas
Web Editor

Jeff Teitel
Email Administrator

George Clark
SmugMug Pictures

Marie Brennan
Facebook Coordinator


Sailing Club of Washington  [SCOW]
PO Box 25884  •  Alexandria  •  VA  •  22313

We keep our boats at Washington Sailing Marina on Daingerfield Island
1 Marina Drive  •  Alexandria  •  VA  •  22314

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