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.”

1978 William George Schwer, SYC
   
1979 Andrew M. Kennedy, Jr., MHYC
   
1980 Ernest B. Hammer, CYC
   
1981 Harlo McNally, PIBYC
   
1982 Helen Davis, CCYC
   
1983 Commodore Al Mastics, CYC
   
1984 Art Kreger, CCYC
   
1985 Commodore Art O'Hara, VBC
   
1986 John Borman, PIBYC
  Commodore Norm Winkel, SSC
   
1987 Joe Chase, WCYC
   
1988 Commodore John & Marilyn Bureau, PBC
   
1989 Stephen Strong, CYC
   
1990 David Walborn, JRSC
   
1991 Commodore Alfred Gebhardt, LCYC
   
1992 Commodore Don & Mary Emery, EWYC
   
1993 Commodore Fred & Nancy Weiss, WWYC
   
1994 Jim Crain, PIBYC
   
1995 Paul Pfeiffer, SYC
   
1996 Don Bartels, LYC
  Jim Mills, SYC
   
1997 John Dent, RVYC
   
1998 Richard "Moose" Avery, SBC
   
1999 Commodore Frank Olech, BPYC
   
2000 Commodore Harold Christenson, SSC
   
2001 Commodore Dave Shaffer, NCYC
   
2002 Don Bartels, VBC
   
2003 Edwin & Abigail Skoch, PIBYC
   
2004 Commodore Al & Marcia Ashley, DBBC
   
2005 John Thompson, TYC
   
2006 Commodore William A. Heider, Sr. & Lady Jan, CPYC
  Bryan Huntley, SYC
  Gail McKee, SSCC
   
2007 Ronald Spies, GIYC
   
2008 Kris Miller, PIBYC
   
2009 Commodore Henry Webber & Lady Peggy, VBC
  Commodore Clay Mock, EWYC
  Commodore Byron Kosino, RVYC
  Donna Payne, FYC
   
2010 Commodore Doug Hogan & Lady Pearl, SBC
   
2011 Bob Sheppard, ACSA/LYC/SSC
   
2012 Commodore John Onacila, BCBC
   
2013 Howard Pinkley, ORYC
   
2014 Tom Thanasiu, JRSC
   
2015 Ron & Kaye Soka, TYC/MBIYC/JRSC
   
2016 Bob Lang, WRYCC
   
2017 Commodore Steve Harris, BLYC
   
2018 Kay Drake, PIBYC

 

† = deceased 







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