Sailing Club of Washington

Below are the 2021 Board of directors elected at the 2020 Annual membership meeting


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 Brian 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 and recently Vice Commodore. 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 27 years.

Candidate Statement:
I hope to continue the excellent leadership of our current Commodore, Richard Kaiser, and meet the challenges in the coming year.

Chip Lubsen
When Chip was 12, he did not get that power boat that he had his heart set on. Two years later, Chip starting 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. He and his wife Laurie took Basic Sailing with SCOW in 2016 and started racing that fall. He qualified as a Scot skipper that year and as a cruiser skipper the following spring. Two years ago, Laurie and Chip purchased Flying Scot 5866 and named it Luna. The mystery of how to get Luna to go real fast persists and Chip thoroughly enjoys trying to solve that puzzle!

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 before forming a fund focused on clean technology start-ups. Chip changed course from IT to Finance when the fund started in 2007. He 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 substantially 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.

Candidate Statement:
It has been an honor to serve SCOW in 2019-2020 as Skipper Director. 2020 has obviously been challenging in so many ways. Though progress has been very slow, it has been gratifying to help get some new SCOW skippers certified. It is rewarding to witness the enthusiasm for sailing on display among the group of recently certified skippers. I sense that this enthusiasm, played out over future years, will help SCOW to thrive. Should I be elected to serve as Vice Commodore my focus would shift from facilitating skipper certifications to helping the Board ensure the well-being of all aspects of SCOW. I would look forward to hearing more membership perspectives on how best to grow the vitality of SCOW as it emerges from COVID-19-imposed constraints. I appreciate the diversity of interests that members have in SCOW activities and pledge to continue to work on behalf of all members to move our club forward as a thriving sailing community.

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.

Candidate Statement
It is an honor to be a member of SCOW. I have enjoyed interacting with various SCOW members and participating and volunteering at several SCOW activities and events. I am humbled by being nominated for SCOW Secretary. If elected, I would be honored to serve. I would work on behalf of all members to continue to help SCOW thrive. I would look forward to fulfilling the Secretary’s role with enthusiasm.

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 through 2020. 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. Mike is an instructor in SCOW’s sailing training program, has filled in as Training Director, and has supported the Special Olympics and the Leukemia Cup.

Candidate Statement:
I like to feel I’ve made a contribution as treasurer in each year since 2015 and hope to do the same in 2021. My goals are to keep the organization on its current firm financial footing and make sure that funds are used wisely and in accordance with SCOW policies. Specific goals are to maintain the records on a current basis, provide regular reports to the board to support decision making, make sure that bill payments and expense reimbursements are done on a very timely basis, and ensure that the budget process is followed, and that funds are managed in accordance with budget guidelines and SCOW by-laws.

I am hoping to see a team of mature, experienced, committed people, with demonstrated performance in SCOW and elsewhere, elected to the 2021 board. I’m very pleased with the people who have stepped forward and looking forward to working with them in the coming year. I believe the focus should be on key items such as accountability, opportunities for member participation, evaluating our fleet configuration, and achieving a balance among club activities. It will be my goal to provide support and insight into the financial aspects of each of these areas I think it will be especially important to have experienced leadership in this difficult and uncertain time.


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.

Candidate Statement:
Since 2020 was a wash for social events, I have all my fingers crossed to have a more social 2021! I have missed seeing everyone on Thursday evenings for social sails and I can't wait to get back to sailing as soon as possible. I hope to serve as your 2021 Social Director so that I have more chances to increase our social events and make them memorable!

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.

Candidate Statement:
I feel very fortunate to have learned of SCOW and be able to get involved quickly. Although I am still fairly new to SCOW, I would very much like the opportunity to continue to contribute to the organization. Having recently retired and living close-by in Arlington, VA, this is a good time for me to continue for another year as Training Director. As a senior medical officer in the Navy and with the FDA, I spent considerable time in senior management, including two tours as a Commanding Officer in the Navy and then as a Deputy Office director at the FDA, and thus am familiar with budgeting and other administration. My primary goals would be to promote and manage a vigorous, high quality training program that encourages those new to sailing (as well as those with experience who want to get better) to learn more about the sport, gain confidence and experience, and ultimately progress to skipper certification. Administering an effective training program will help keep the organization on firm financial footing, serve to develop current members, and attract new members. It will be essential to work closely with the board as well as SCOW membership to assure the training program meets club and member needs and that funds are used wisely and in accordance with SCOW policies. Some more specific goals would be to actively promote training opportunities, organize effective well-run training activities, assure training events are well staffed and attended, maintain records on a current basis, coordinate closely with the Board, provide regular updates and reports to the Board to support decision making, and assure funds are managed in accordance with budget guidelines and SCOW by-laws.

Carlie Smith
Carlie joined SCOW in 2016 having barely ever been on a boat before, and through SCOW's Basic Sailing and Cruising courses, has become a Flying Scot and Cruiser Skipper and now helps plan raft-ups and destination sails as SCOW's River and Bay Director. You can usually fund her cruising on the Potomac with her SCOW friends to eat dinner on the river or to explore a new location. Through SCOW's partnership with the DC Sailing Community, Carlie has crewed on international sailing charter trips to the Bahamas, St. Martin and Grenada, with plans to broaden her horizons to the Seychelles in 2021. She hopes to continue to grow as a sailor and someday skipper international charters herself. Carlie loves a good Dark & Stormy on the rocks.

Candidate Statement:
This has been a tough year for our River and Bay program, with COVID-19 safety guidelines prohibiting many of the gatherings that make cruising on the Potomac worthwhile. I am hoping to see the Club come back strong in 2021, with River and Bay programs at the forefront of reinvigorating members skills and love for exploring new places on the river. I'd like to focus our River and Bay events on rebuilding Skipper's confidence after a slower year on the water, and broadening our base of volunteers so that we can continue to fill boats with eager crew all summer long. River and Bay events are integral to inspiring brand new members to develop the skills and relationships needed to get them out on the water safely and with good company, and I look forward to being able to grow our program to make it one of SCOW's best features.

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 has been participating in the Flying Scot regattas the past three seasons and purchased his own Flying Scot late last year.

Candidate Statement:
From a Maintenance Director’s perspective this year has been easy to keep up with as the Scots have not seen much use. I am pleased that we got a chance to greatly improve the outhaul system on the boats and we plan to upgrade the jib sheeting system soon. The biggest project completed this year was the installation of new spinnaker halyard systems that make it much easier to hoist and douse the spinnakers. I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve as the Maintenance Director and would like the opportunity to continue.

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. Both 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 personally, 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 races flying scots and has nearly completed SCOW’s Cruiser Racing Mentoring Program in order to sharpen his ability to command larger vessels. In addition to having joined the Tuesday night cruiser races on the Potomac River last year, he participated in races on the West River and on the Chesapeake Bay. He is proud to have earned a third-place finish in last year’s spring Race to Oxford on the Chesapeake Bay while crewing on a Beneteau 36 S7. Most of all, he’s enjoyed a flying scot race or two with his son and first mate, Tripp.

As much as he loves sailing, Wayne loves to help others in the club. He serves on River and Bay Clean-up Days, assists on flying scot and cruiser maintenance days, and skippers or otherwise volunteers at club events. Currently, Wayne is a flying scot tutor and an On-the-Water Basic Sailing Trainer, as well as the bosun for Lion’s Paw. In his second year on the board, he 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 provides real estate broker and property manager services in Maryland and Washington, DC as an associate broker with Bennett Realty Solutions, a full-service brokerage which also specializes in real estate investing and as the principal broker and owner of Wayne Williams Real Estate Co, LLC, a full-service brokerage through which he provides property management services. 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.

Candidate Statement:
I just love SCOW and its community. SCOW continues to make my dreams come true, to become a skilled sailor and a bare boat charter master. With no shortage of enthusiasm and love for sailing, I desire to traverse the Atlantic Ocean on a sailboat one day. From all that I have learned from SCOW, I believe “It ought to be the goal of every skipper to be prepared for every eventuality.” Doubtless, I am prepared for every one, yet, but with the trainers, tutors, and friends within SCOW, I certainly believe every day with SCOW, I become a little more capable of taking care of my crew, my boat, and myself on the water. SCOW has given me so much that I look forward to continue serving the club that others may experience all that I have for years to come.

Bonnie Sylwester
I started sailing in 2009, when I moved to Honolulu Hawaii to do a PhD. Luckily the degree took longer than expected (8 years), which gave me plenty of time to build up my sailing experience. I raced as much as possible – Friday and Wednesday night races, and weekend buoy, off-shore, and inter-island races. Contrary to how many people learn, I started on big boats, a Beneteau First 40.7, J-44, Humboldt 30, and worked my way down to smaller boats like Solings and I-14s. For 5 years, I owned a Cal20 and skippered it in Wednesday night races. Since moving to Virginia three years ago, I’ve been active in Wednesday night racing with SCOW. For the past two summers, I’ve also participated in regional regattas together with Dave Calhoun on the Flying Scot Flight Risk. When not sailing, I work at George Mason University and live in Alexandria, Virginia.

Candidate Statement:
Having enjoyed and benefited so much from SCOW’s racing program for the past three years, it was with sadness that I heard about the upcoming departure of the Racing Director, Dave Beckett. Dave has built an amazing racing program, and as someone who loves racing, it is important to me that the program continue to thrive after his departure. I don’t think anyone can fill Dave’s shoes single handedly, so as racing director, my approach would be to build a team that can help with the numerous responsibilities and tasks involved in running the program. The racing program has a number of components – Wednesday night races, SCOW regattas, seminars, and coordination with other regional clubs and resources – all of which are important for the success of the program. My aim is to ensure all of these various components continue to develop to create a well-rounded and thriving program that provides great learning opportunities and fun for sailors of all skill levels.

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.

Candidate Statement:
As Membership Director, I hope to increase the membership and work with media outlets to publicize the club’s activities. By working with Board members, I hope to help organize activities to keep members coming back.

Becky Cole
Becky is a native Wyomingite, so water sports have always been kind of a novelty to her ever since moving to DC. She learned to sail in the SCOW basic class after seeing small boats on the river and deciding it “looks fun.” Now sailing is a regular part of her summer (and sometimes winter) weekends. She takes the cruisers out socially, occasionally races, and has chartered on larger vessels internationally. If you are interested in getting skipper certified, please reach out; SCOW wants our boats out on the water, where they can be enjoyed!

Candidate Statement:
As a member and active skipper in SCOW for the past 7 years, I am excited for the opportunity to serve as Skipper Director. I have previously volunteered as a tutor/trainer and as a cruiser bosun, as well as serving as a member of the Training and Skipper Certification Committee. This role is another way to encourage members to get skipper certified and get out on the water to enjoy our boats!


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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