2021  Flag Officers

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Joe Pratt

Staff Commodre

I was born in Illinois and spent my childhood summers on Paw Paw lake at my Grandma's cottage. My father was a plant engineer for WestingHouse, which allowed us to live in many places all over the world: France, Turkey, and Brazil to name a few. Junior high through high school I lived in Indiana, on lake Michigan ( which I consider home!) I enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1977 and was stationed in California in 1978. I started my business  in 1988 (Pratt Security System) and I'm still at it! I bought my first big boat, Catalina 27 in 1990 and joined Coyote  Point Yacht club. I started crewing offshore with a friend and was hooked! I bought my 2nd boat in 1996 on which I met my wife Carrie at Coyote Point Beer Can races. We were married in the Caribbean on a bare boat charter. We bought  Ada Helen our current boat a  Catalina 42, in 2005. In 2008 I entered  Ada Helen in the Pacific Cup race to Hawaii, which we finished in 13 days 10 hours 42 minutes. Coyote Point roped me into being Commodore in 2014! Here I am again! 2020 has been an exceptional year. I really appreciate everyone's support and thank you all for hanging in there. I look forward to seeing you all out on the water again.

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Catherine Miskow

Commodore

I have been around Coyote Point Yacht Club for literally my entire life; my parents were members from 1973-2005, and I have fond memories of growing up sailing the Bay and Delta, and of going on numerous club cruises, the escapades on some of which are “legendary.”  (Does anyone still remember “The Great Rum Punch Incident of 1984” [which involved yours truly] or the infamous Delta party barge fire?) In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out in the Delta aboard my boat, or working with my husband to restore our “rescued boat,” a 1978 Grand Banks 36 Classic, that resides at  dock 25.  (Yes, we are a multi-vessel couple!)  I look forward to being a part of an organization that has been such an integral part of my life.

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Mark Neumann

President

Back in 1994, my girlfriend, now wife, Polly, made me go beer can sailing at CPYC.  I got hooked on racing and joined the club in 1996.  I ran the beer cans for my first two years.  I did a blue water cruise down the coast to Still Water Cove and back, and got the ocean bug.  I started doing the ocean race series in 2000, and have been up and down the coast ever since, completing about 10 Coastal Cups to Monterey, about 3 Coastal Cups to southern California and topped it off with the Pacific Cup to Hawaii in 2008, on Joe Pratt’s Catalina 42.  I’ve been director at large for 3 years, and this year as Rear Commodore.  I’ve owned many boats over 30 years including a Catalina 22, Ranger 26, Santana 30/30GP, Catalina 36 and now a Catalina 27.

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Mark Green

Rear Commodore

Mark Green has served on the board in the past and has been an active participant in races at both Coyote Point Yacht Club and the Stockton Sailing Club.

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Charlie Weidanz

Secretary

Charlie has been a board member since 2019, and previously served as regatta chair. He is an active participant in CPYC races

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Stephanie Anderson

Director of Communications

I'm Stephanie, treasurer for 2021. I look forward to being on the board after being a member for a couple of years. My family and I joined the club right after purchasing our boat and docking it at Coyote Point Marina. Shockingly, I only learned to sail 2 years ago! We plunged right in by buying a Fountain Pajot 44. We eventually plan to circumnavigate with our children. Currently we do around the Bay sailing, including some places such as Clipper Cove, Sausalito, China Camp, Pillar Point, and the Delta. Recently, We spent the entire summer in the Delta since everything being canceled due to COVID. We love being on our boat!

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Steve Swanson

Port Captain

Steve has served as port captain for several years and is also an avid racer with his wife, Jocelyn.

 

2021 Line Officers

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Ian Davison

House Chair

Ian grew up sailing Sunfish on the Great South Bay of Long Island. There he taught beginner through racing level dinghy sailing on Optimist, Sunfish, JY and 420's at Westhampton Yacht Club. He also raced Sunfish competitively (yes... he realizes this is the sailing equivalent of racing a camper van on the Nurburgring) with the Great South Bay Yacht Racing Association before graduating to racing 420s in College at RPI. In 2011 Ian moved to the SF Bay Area and realized he was going to need a bigger boat if he were to stay dry on the San Francisco Bay. You can find Ian sailing his Tartan 3700, Ventus at Beer Cans on Wednesday nights and the Weekend CPYC Series. Be sure to hunt him down on Wednesday nights in the Regatta Room to get on board for a fun race. Besides racing Ian loves to cruise out to Treasure Island or Angel Island with his fiancee Jessica for an overnight or two, and bobbing around the harbor in his dinghy soaking up the sun.

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Mark Shelley

Membership

Mark is in his second year as Membership Chair.

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Quinn McKenna

Regatta Chair

I'm Quinn McKenna,  incoming Regatta Director. I look forward to getting to know you all better and aim to facilitate quality time on the water this year. I have been sailing nearly my whole life, my parents bought a small boat when I was a kid, and I began racing dinghies as a teenager--International Moths, 505s and Lasers. Somewhere in there I built a few boats. When I was in high school I sailed offshore for the first time, delivering a Valiant 40 from Portsmouth, VA to Newport RI. I sailed in college and after worked as a charter guide sailing boats from Florida to the Bahamas. I've owned my Ericson 35 for 25 years, long enough to break everything that was fixed, and fix everything that was broken--I'm onto the second cycle now. My wife, daughter and I family have been CPYC members for several years but work commitments have kept me from engaging as much as I'd like.  I guess one silver lining of COVID is more time to sail.

 

2021 Directors at Large

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Gokce Soydemir (Greg)

I got into boating when I was working as a crew member during the summer months of mu college years in Blue Voyage sailing tours of the famous south western coast of Turkey primarily catering to British tourists. When my older son was born I bought a small zodiac boat to engage him in boating. It was really fun in the sense that we would go fishing with him and two nearby islands which were only like couple of hundred feet away. When my son Emre began his high school years we had to find an activity for him outside of school and we came up with boating. That is when I so Coyote Point Marina visiting the museum there for my younger son. Immediately after I bought my first power boat and what an adventure it was afterwards. We also became a member of the Coyote Point Yacht Club (thanks to Jan Mendez). Later, I bought a sailboat which is berthed in Cesme, Turkey for us and to get more involved in sailing. Since then, we are enjoying both of our boats as a family.

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Craig Thorson

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Gary Edwards

I have been involved with boats most of my life.  Growing up, we had a series of small (14ft or so) rowboats to go fishing on Lake Champlain in Vermont.  In graduate school in Connecticut, I learned to sail on Long Island Sound from a friend and colleague.  But, I also discovered salt water fishing.  Consequently, when I finally settled in the Bay Area, I bought an ocean capable fishing boat.  And then another one.  My current boat is a 32ft Shamrock sport fisher called “Panda Angler,”  which is often used to fish throughout the SF Bay and offshore in coastal waters.  We also enjoy cruising with our club members and using the boat in service to the club.  I joined CPYC in 2008, nearly immediately after placing the boat in Coyote Point Marina.    I have been a board member for several years, working my way through the positions to becoming Commodore in 2016 and serving in various positions after the Commodore position.

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Jamie Lane

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2021 Committee Chairs

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Catherine Miskow

Coyote's Bay/ Historian

I have been around Coyote Point Yacht Club for literally my entire life; my parents were members from 1973-2005, and I have fond memories of growing up sailing the Bay and Delta, and of going on numerous club cruises, the escapades on some of which are “legendary.”  (Does anyone still remember “The Great Rum Punch Incident of 1984” [which involved yours truly] or the infamous Delta party barge fire?) In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out in the Delta aboard my boat, or working with my husband to restore our “rescued boat,” a 1978 Grand Banks 36 Classic, that resides at  dock 25.  (Yes, we are a multi-vessel couple!)  I look forward to being a part of an organization that has been such an integral part of my life.

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Cruise Director

We are constantly looking for new volunteers within our organization! Please consider joining the leadership team at CPYC. Your help could be an integral part of our institution.

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Sandy Lazzari

Social Chair

Sandy is a new member just this year, but she has been around boats all her life. She grew up sailing and racing with Saint Francis Yacht Club. Now she owns Happy Assassin which she cares for dearly. You can often see Sandy out in Bay enjoying the sunshine. You can also catch her and her two children paddleboarding around the marina.

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Publicity

We are constantly looking for new volunteers within our organization! Please consider joining the leadership team at CPYC. Your help could be an integral part of our institution.

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Program

We are constantly looking for new volunteers within our organization! Please consider joining the leadership team at CPYC. Your help could be an integral part of our institution.

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Kevin Kirberg

Youth Sailing Director

Hey there, Coyote Point Yacht Club family and friends! My name is Kevin Kirberg and I am excited to be returning to CPYC as the sailing program director for my 2020 summer. In the off-season, I work for a local construction company as a carpenter as well as a ski coach on the weekends at Squaw Valley. I fell in love with sailing when I was a young child living in Redwood Shores. I grew up sailing mostly for fun in Optis, Lasers, and Cal 20s . When I got to high school, I started crewing for my father on his Olson 25 competing all around the bay.  I have always found sailing to be a beautiful sport, one that I am extremely passionate about. I am looking forward to another fun-filled summer with all of you!

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Fundraising

We are constantly looking for new volunteers within our organization! Please consider joining the leadership team at CPYC. Your help could be an integral part of our institution.

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Owen Anderson

Web Master

Owen Anderson is currently the owner of a Foutaine Pajot 44 which he hopes to one circumnavigate with his kids!