SEA is a community boating organization. That means that the “community” of sailors and boaters that make up its membership participate in its activities, not only sailing, powering and rowing, but also in keeping up the boats owned by the organization.
But that takes some organization and leadership! The following members have stepped up to take responsibility for boats in the SEA fleet.
Keelboats: Sandor Schoichet came to SEA when his son enrolled in Sail Camp. He worked on the Sail Camp Support Committee for years. When his son grew older, Sandor came on the SEA board, and got involved becoming certified by American Sailing Association. He brings organization, knowledge and love of sailing to the role of Boatkeeper for the Santanas.
Dinghies: Gary Harbison started sailing with SEA in the 80’s. He was one of the first Dinghy instructors to be certified by US Sailing Association. He likewise has served on the SEA board in the past, and currently organizes and teaches the Introduction to Sailing classes on the SEA dinghies. He is the natural person to be the Dinghy Boatkeeper, as he is familiar with both the Catalinas and the Capri 14.2 in our fleet.
Trawler: Richard Hodges is our President. He also loves the Descalsa (Dezzie) our 34’ trawler. While Dezzie has served mainly as a clubhouse for SEA in the past 2 years or so, Richard is committed to having her earn her keep, and is working tirelessly to get her spiffed up and in good running order so we can use her for charters. As the Descalsa Boatkeeper, he has also proposed a group of “Friends of Dezzie” who might be as dedicated to her as he is. This involves contributions of time and money, learning about powerboats, and will lead to being able to charter the trawler as reduced rates. If you might be interested, you can contact Richard at
Rowing boats: SEA also owns a lovely rowing dory donated by Mo Witzel. Member Chris Zachrisson, who rowed crew when at Davis, has taken the role of Dory Master or Boatkeeper for the rowing boats. (Richard is involved with this as well). An 8’ pram will soon be added to the fleet for Chris to worry about. Chris came up thru SEA as first a camper in Sail Camp, then a counselor. He currently is our web master and serves on the Sail Camp Support Committee.
The safety boats are the most important boats in our fleet. They serve both the adult and camp programs. Gordon Drake, a new member, has become our Safety Boat Boatkeeper, adding attention to our docks and appointments. Gordon also built our new teaching float from scratch. He is a knowledgeable carpenter as well as a good seaman. He will be manning safety boat for Family Sailing and other Member Sail Day events.
That leaves the fleet of Picos and Lasers, the camp boats, without a Boatkeeper. Anyone out there interested in joining Sandor, Gary, Richard, Chris and Gordon in this endeavor? We also welcome SEA members to help out maintaining their favorite part of the fleet. How to get involved? Just send a mail to
. We’ll put you in touch with the appropriate Boatkeeper!