Yachtsmen of the Year

1978 marked the beginning of a tradition that has been adopted by each administration since. Commodore Norm Winkel determined that recognition should be given to the many volunteers who freely donate their time, vacations, talents, expertise, and even boats and equipment to assure the continued success of yacht racing competition and the I-LYA organization. These special people have earned the honor of being “Yachtsman of the Year.”

William George Schwer, SYC
1978

Andrew M. Kennedy, Jr., MHYC
1979

Ernest B. Hammer, CYC
1980

Harlow McNally, PIBYC
1981

Helen Davis, CCYC
1982

Commodore Al Mastics, CYC
1983

Art Kreager, CCYC
1984

Commodore Art O’Hara, VBC
1985

John Borman, PIBYC
Commodore Norm Winkel, SYC
1986

Joe Chase, WCYC
1987

Commodore John & Marilyn Bureau, PBCCYC
1988

Stephen Strong, CYC
1989

David Walborn, JRSC
1990

Commodore Al Gebhardt, LCYC
1991

Commodore Don & Mary Emery, EWYC
1992

Commodore Fred & Nancy Weiss, WWYC
1993

Jim Crain, PIBYC
1994

Paul Pfeiffer, SYC
1995

Don Bartels, LYC
Jim Mills, SYC
1996

John Dent, RVYC
1997

Richard “Moose” Avery, SBC
1998

Commodore Frank Olech, BPYC
1999

Commodore Harold Christenson, SSC
2000

Commodore Dave Shaffer, NCYC
2001

Don Bartels, VBC
2002

Edwin & Abigail Skoch, PIBYC
2003

Commodore Allen & Marcia Ashley, DBBC
2004

John Thompson, TYC
2005

Commodore William & Jan Heider, CPYC
Brian Huntley, SYC
Gail McKee,SSCC
2006

Ronal Speis, GIYC
2007

Kris Miller, PIBYC
2008

Commodore Henry & Peggy Webber, VBC
Commodore Clay Mock, EWYC
Commodore Byron Kosino, RVYC
DonnaPayne,FYC
2009

Commodore Doug & Pearl Hogan, SBC
2010

Bob Sheppard, ACSA/LYC/SSC
2011

Commodore John Onacila, BCBC
2012

Howard Pinkley, ORYC
2013

Tom Thanasiu, JRSC
2014

Ron & Kaye Soka, TYC/MBIYC/JRSC
2015

Bob Lang, WRYCC
2016

Commodore Steve Harris, BLYC
2017

Kay Drake, PIBYC
2018

Commodore Dennis Mintus, AYC
2019

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