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.


Brian McPherson
Brian was away from sailing for a few years coaching his son’s baseball teams & following his children’s activities. After a few years he decided to get back to sailing. Brian found the Sailing Club of Washington and was intrigued by an active all-volunteer organization with a fleet of Flying Scots & larger cruising boats. As a member for the past 6 ½ years Brian has increased his involvement each year – became a certified FS Skipper, an active FS racer, Caroline’s Bosun the past 4 years, Skipper Director,  Vice Commodore and recently Commodore. When not at the marina - Brian resides in Alexandria with his wife Missy. Their children Rob & Heather – both SCOW Members - live in Boston & LA. When not sailing Brian is a CFP & Senior Vice President with Raymond James & Associates for the past 28

Dave Beckett
Dave taught himself to sail on an old Sailfish on a lake in Upstate New York when he was fourteen years old and has loved being on boats of any type, especially sailboats, ever since. He spent 20 years on active duty in the Navy as a diver and occasionally got to sail in some cool places on a range of boats. His sailing consisted mostly of day sailing with family and a few offshore adventures. He crewed on a J-24 on Kaneohe Bay, HI during his last tour in the Navy. He joined SCOW late in 2013 and subsequently taught himself how to race and helped a few others learn along the way. He served on the SCOW Board of Directors as Training Director, Vice Commodore, and four years as Racing Director and five years as the Fleet Captain for Fleet 203, which he helped establish. He was recently designated by the Flying Scot Sailing Association (FSSA) as the District Governor for the FSSA Capital District.

Jenn Joint
Jenn developed a love of the water at an early age. Her father was an avid angler who took their family on several fishing excursions. He even owned a small fishing boat. Jenn found SCOW on Meetup, attended a Social Sail, and joined SCOW in 2017. Since joining SCOW, she has participated in and/or volunteered for SCOW’s Social Sails, Rub Off the Rust, Oktoberfest, After Glow, River Clean Up, WNR Race Committee, WNR Racing Seminars, SCOW Meetings, and Maintenance Days (her favorite). Jenn has also crewed on the SCOW flying scots and cruisers during raft-ups, destination sails, racing, and general sails on the Potomac. Jenn has additional sailing experience as crew on a 37-foot sailboat during weekend sails on the Chesapeake Bay and on a 45-foot catamaran in the Leeward Islands as part of a DC Sailing Community flotilla. As it relates to formal coursework, Jenn has completed the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department’s Special Operations Harbor Patrol Boating Safety Course and received its Boating Safety Education Certificate. She has also completed two sailing courses through NauticEd International Sailing Education, a USA Coast Guard-recognized sailing training company; and participated in an Annapolis Sailboat Show First Sail Workshop which was facilitated by SailTime, the largest fractional boat club in the world. Jenn looks forward to becoming a SCOW flying scot and cruiser skipper.

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. On his first outing the boat capsized under Kew Bridge, so it could only get better from then on. 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 (probably 35 feet or so). 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 through 2021. 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 paddle sports such as kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding. 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 and one grandchild. Mike is an instructor in SCOW’s sailing training program, a tutor and a checkout skipper, has filled in as Training Director, and has supported the Special Olympics and the Leukemia Cup.


Genevieve Lindsay
Genevieve started sailing at 18 months old on the Elizabeth River, Willoughby Spit, the Lower Bay, and then ICW to the Bahamas. My brother and I  built a mahogany sailing pram in our family’s dining room, I was the first girl sea scout on a boat of all boys, and sailed Flying Juniors at NYCC. My family sailed the ICW to the Bahamas to take our 40’ ketch, Nike, back to her Man O’ War birthplace.  I was a marina rat at Rebel Marine and a dockmaster for the city of Norfolk. I’ve crewed on bigger boats to include the Steel Rebel, Skipjack Norfolk, and a Hatteras yacht between 70-80’ and a Buddy Davis.  I was away from sailing after a lapse in judgement and am so glad I found my people through SCOW.

Professionally, I work for George Mason in Admissions but I taught elementary school for 15 years and I worked in Membership Marketing for BOAT/U.S. for 7 years (hello, boat shows and new retail openings). I foisted my sailing addiction onto my son, who is 14, owner of HayMaker FS 4354.

Trueman Sharp
Trueman grew up sailing on Lake Pontchartrain in his hometown of New Orleans, LA, as crew on his father’s Dragon class racing boat, “Reluctant,” and 36 foot cruising sloop, “Hornpipe.” He participated in a number of Southern Yacht Club sailing camps in the summers. Unfortunately, sailing opportunities were few and far between after he went away to college, medical school, and (somewhat ironically) a thirty year itinerant career in the Navy and serving with the Marine Corps, including four years at sea. Two notable exceptions to this long sailing drought were a three week very challenging Outward Bound sailing course based out of Hurricane Island, Maine after college and two years as a live aboard on a 36 foot Islander, the “Bello Mar,” in San Diego as a young officer. However, after finally retiring from the Navy and a quick five year stint at the Food and Drug Administration here in Silver Spring, MD, he has been able to get back into sailing through a series of American Sailing Association courses. These courses ultimately lead to the certifications necessary to bareboat charter and Trueman has chartered cruising sailboats in the Pacific Northwest and in the Chesapeake Bay. Trueman learned about SCOW at the Annapolis Boat Show in 2019, quickly joined up, and has been a regular ever since at Wednesday Night Racing, mainly as crew on Mike Hooban’s “Green Hornet.” He is certified as a Flying Scot skipper and working on becoming a Cruiser skipper. His sailing goals are to continue racing Flying Scots, achieve skipper certification for SCOW’s cruiser fleet, and continue bareboat chartering whenever possible. Trueman is married to Dr. Kim Kenney and has three young adult sons. In addition to sailing, Trueman is very much enjoying retirement and is an avid cycler and hiker.

Marie Brennan
Marie 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 is not playing on the water, she works as a mental health therapist to low income families and veterans in DC. She recently moved onto a houseboat and gets to enjoy the water 24/7. 

Dana Howe
Dana first started sailing Flying Scots while stationed at the Navy base in Pensacola. From there he began crewing and racing on a larger boat at the Navy Yacht Club. His next duty station had him ‘sailing’ around the Indian Ocean on the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV-41) 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 for many years, and it needed much work to restore it to sailing condition. Within a year he had restored the boat and began sailing around San Diego Bay.

For the past 15 years he has been crew aboard Too Many Cooks racing in the DISC PHRF spinnaker class fleet. In 2016 he became interested in sailing Flying Scots and became SCOW skipper qualified in 2017. He bought his own Flying Scot in the Fall of 2019, naming it "Double D" (for Dana and sailing partner Dick Kerr). He has been participating in the Flying Scot Wednesday Night Racing program as well as a few local regattas.

Wayne Williams, Jr.
With friends in a 30-foot wooden gaff-rigged sloop launched upon the Long Island Sound, Wayne K. Williams, Jr. experienced sailing for the first time many years ago. 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 began sailing Flying Scots, O’Days, and Lasers.

Wayne joined SCOW several years ago, and with each year, his presence, volunteerism, and sailing skills have grown. A Certified Flying Scot and a Cruiser Skipper, he sails often and year-round especially when the temperature drops. In particular, he enjoys sailing with new sailors, as well as with SCOW members on club sails and raft ups.

To date, he has enjoyed skippering and/or crewing 25-foot and 34-foot Catalinas, 27-foot Seafarers, J22’s, and 40-foot Fountaine Pajot Lucia catamarans. As Wayne believes racing sharpens sailing skills, he enjoys racing flying scots and has nearly completed SCOW’s Cruiser Racing Mentoring Program in order to better command larger vessels. In addition to racing on the Potomac River, he also races on the West River and Chesapeake Bay. Among those races has been the Race to Oxford on the Chesapeake Bay during which he served as crew on a Beneteau 36 S7.

This year, not only has Wayne sailed SCOW’s cruisers and Flying Scots, but also much larger vessels on the Chesapeake Bay and completed his longest sail as skipper of a 35’ Catalina when sailing from Galesville, MD to St. Michael’s and back. Best of all was sharing these experiences with other SCOW members. Each and every experience, he believes, increases his knowledge not only of sailing but of sailboats. Most fulfilling of all, Wayne sails with and is most proud of his son, Tripp, his first mate, who continues to grow as a sailor.

As much as he loves sailing, Wayne loves to help others in the club. He has served on River and Bay Clean-up Days, assisted on Flying Scot and cruiser maintenance, and skippered or otherwise volunteered at club events. Currently, Wayne is a Flying Scot tutor and an On-the-Water Basic Sailing Trainer. In his third year on the board, he now serves as the current Cruiser Maintenance Director.

Wayne educated boys for 18 years primarily at St. Albans School (’83) for boys where he was a teacher, coach, admissions officer, dormitory master, and governing board member. Now he helps people buy, sell, and rent real estate in Maryland and Washington, DC as an associate broker with Bennett Realty Solutions, a full-service brokerage which also specializes in real estate investing. Also, as the principal broker and owner of Wayne Williams Real Estate Co, LLC, likewise a full-service brokerage, he provides property management services in the area. Over the years, he has also worked in such companies as Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Weichert Realtors, and Haverford Homes. Wayne graduated from Bucknell University where he earned his B.A. in English and Political Science and attended Dartmouth College for graduate school.

Bonnie Sylwester
Bonnie started sailing in 2009 when she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii for graduate school. She stayed in Hawaii for eight years and raced as much as possible – participating in Friday and Wednesday night races, and weekend in-shore, off-shore, and inter-island races. Contrary to how many people learn to sail, she started on big boats, a Beneteau First 40.7, J-44, Humboldt 30, and worked her way down to smaller boats like Solings and I-14s. For five years, she owned a Cal 20 and skippered it in Wednesday night races. Since moving to Virginia four years ago, she’s been active in SCOW’s Wednesday night racing program and participated in local and regional Flying Scot regattas. When not sailing, she works at George Mason University and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Esther Petrilli-Massey
Esther began her sailing life on a friend’s Laser, then purchased her own Snark. This one had been purchased using coupons from Kool cigarettes, not hers, the cigarettes that is, so it had a Kool logo on the sail. She also sailed Hobie Cats in Delaware, Belize, and Australia with her late husband. As a member of SCOW since 2015, she has participated in many a Social Sail and loads of races, sailing mostly on Firth Lady with Joe Warren, another SCOW member. Her love of water sports includes swimming, kayaking, and scuba diving. She is a champion swimmer with medals from the Senior Olympics and Open Water II NAUI diver with experience diving in some exotic locales. This year she hopes to achieve her skipper certification and is diligently working to do so.

Eric Schmidt
Eric learned sailing as a teenager on Saranac Lake, NY with summer camp friends; next, a two-week Chesapeake Bay passage learning basic seamanship, navigation, mooring, and safety at sea. In recent years Eric has crewed 19-47' sailboats, raced 19-37.5' sailboats, and crewed passages in the Caribbean Sea, North Atlantic, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Chesapeake Bay. Eric joined SCOW in early 2019 the day after approaching SCOW Trainer Neil Shepherd at the WSM Cranes and requesting a sailing lesson; it was time to commit to the process of 'Becoming a Skipper.'  Having the good fortune of many SCOW Skipper lessons at events such as WNR, Thursday Social Sail, & River and Bay Activities; Eric passed his Flying Scot Check-out in 2020 and received access to "Sail according to SCOW Standards" and continue learning boat handling, boat management & self-reliance on the precarious tidal waters & phase shift- gusty winds of the Potomac River. This process continues, as a life-long challenge of continual learning, self-assessment, and improvement.  Eric became a Cruiser skipper in 2021.  He is an active SCOW FS Tutor, supporting members in their SCOW FS Skipper process. Eric has the following certifications: ASA101,110,103,104 [105-in progress].


Dick Kerr
Assistant Racing Director
Racing Program Weather Advisor

Tim Bliss
Assistant Racing Director

BOARD APPOINTEd committees

Training and Skipper Certification

Chair - Jay Weitzel

TSCC Members
Becky Cole, Bill Gillespie, Mike Hooban, Chip Lubsen, John Rogers and Dan Sandhaus

Ex Officio Members
Skipper Director Eric Schmidt, Training Director Trueman Sharp  and Vice Commodore Dave Beckett

Boat Assets

Chair - John Kauffman

BAC Members
Jay Weitzel, David Wilburn and Joe Leoncio

Ex Officio Members
Cruiser Maintenance Director  Wayne Williams, Flying Scot Maintenance Director Dana Howe  and Vice Commodore Dave Beckett


Chair - TBD

Audit Committee Members

Ex Officio Member
Vice Commodore Dave Beckett


Chair - Richard Kaiser

Nominations Committee Members
Chip Lubsen, George Lewis, Bonnie Sylwester and Bernie Vanderslice

Ex Officio Member
Vice Commodore Dave Beckett


Scott McConnell
Channels Editor

Chip Lubsen - Web Editor
Richard Kaiser - Assistant Web Editor

Jeff Teitel
Email Administrator

George Clark
SmugMug Pictures

Marie Brennan
Facebook Coordinator

Genevieve Lindsay
Meetup Coordinator

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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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