The current Commodore of the Universal Sailing Club (USC) for 2016-2017. Former USC Secretary and Treasurer. Proud Member of USC since 2007.
I began sailing 40 years ago in the Bahamas on a Sunfish. I realized it was fun and I truly liked it. Having lived a major part of my life on the Chesapeake Bay, I used to see the Navy Midshipmen sailing, but I was too busy waterskiing and enjoying fast powerboats to realize the pure fun and excitement sailing could be. The sailing bug bit me seriously when I crewed on a 42 foot cutter rigged ketch down the Pacific coast of Mexico from Puerto Vallarta into Acapulco. I returned home a few months later and I bought my first sailboat. Since that time I have owned at least six boats with the latest one, a Hunter Legend 35, being my favorite. The majority of my sailing has been done on the Chesapeake Bay. However, my wife Dolly and I have chartered all over the world in such exotic places as the Dodecanese Islands of Greece, the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean, Phuket, Thailand in the Andaman Sea and the Indian Ocean, Belize, in the western Caribbean, and many times in the British Virgin Islands. I have captained boats ranging from 40 foot monohulls, a 51 foot monohull and 45, 46 and 47 foot catamarans. Croatia is the next destination on our list as well as the Rio de la Plata between Argentina and Uruguay. Our goal is to sail the “Seven Seas”. Currently, we own a Hunter Legend 35, “Papillon” and I stand as a Past Commodore of USC (2010-2012).
In 1972 Dolly took a basic sailing class at New York Sailing School, City Island, New York, and logged 24 hours of hands-on sailing. Shortly after that she completed the Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Sailing and Seamanship Course. In 1998 Dolly crewed for two weeks aboard the S/V Mystic from Charleston, S.C., to Nassau, Bahamas, where she got to use her navigation skills. Jayne has been a first mate aboard a Moorings 38 catamaran, a Moorings 45 catamaran, a Moorings 505, and a Mooring 4700, all in Tortola, BVI. She has also crewed in Greece, in the Seychelles, and again in Tortola. She has operated Global Positioning System equipment, a RIB dinghy with outboard motor, radar, windless and autopilot. She is the club’s past treasurer.
2006 Jeanneau 40.3, length 40′
50T US Coast Guard Master
1st Mate: Michele Jones
Hailing Port: Deltaville, VA (Stingray Point Marina)
The current Fleet Captain of the Universal Sailing Club (USC) for 2016-2017.
SV Second Wind
Howard Kea was first introduced to sailing at an early age in the 1970s at summer camp in Northeastern Ohio on a Sunfish. In 1999 he took formal sailing lessons at the Bell Haven Marina in Alexandria, VA where Howard received his Beginning Sailing Certification on the Flying Scott 16’ day sailor. Cap’n Kea went on to receive certification on a C&C 36’ Sailing Yacht for Advanced Sailing/Cruising and Coast Guard Boating Safety. Howard’s first International experience came in 2005, where he served as First Mate to Capt. Robert Jordan, in Mallorca, Spain on a Fountaine Pajot, Bahia 46’ Catamaran. Cap’n Kea served on the Executive Board of the Universal Sailing Club (USC) as secretary 2006-2009 and Commodore in 2009. He is experienced on Tartans, C&C, Hunter’s, Columbia’s, and others from 12’ to 46’ both monohull and multihull vessels. Capt. Kea purchased his first boat in 2003, a Holder 12’ and recently acquired a 1978 Ranger 33, sailboat. Cap’n Kea’s racing experience includes the Watermelon regatta at Highland Beach 2003, 2005, 3rd Place and 1st place in 2006. Also the USC Paul Cuffee Regatta in 2010.
SV Leaning Out
2002 Passport 47′
Beneteau Oceanis 321
Hailing Port: Castle Harbor Marina, Chester, MD
I sailed Suniyani with my late husband, Thomas G. Lynch III throughout the Chesapeake and to Cape May, NJ for 17 years and have been mostly single-handing the last three seasons (before joining USC in the Spring of this year). I started sailing with the Vesey Sailing Club in Philadelphia in the early ’80s, taking an on-water course at Annapolis Sailing School, as well as Sailing and Seamanship and Coastal Piloting with the Coast Guard. I have bare-boated extensively as both first mate and captain in the Caribbean Windwards and Leewards, the Society Islands in the vicinity of Tahiti and in the northern Greek Isles. Suniyani and I are always looking for good crew!
1980 Paceship PY 26
Hailing Port: Pasadena, MD (Whiterocks Marina)
Derrick and Noemí are two of USC’s newest members. They have long dreamed of sailing and a life on the water. Their journey together started in Ann Arbor, Michigan where they took a trip in 2004 to the small town of Saugatuck-Douglas. They were both enamored with the marina there and walked up and down observing the boats and wondering what the cruising life would be like, including through the Great Lakes and Erie Canal. On that trip, they visited a used book store and Noemi bought Derrick his first Chapman.
While Derrick took several sailing lessons on small Sunfish and Hobicats in the Caribbean (Punta Cana and Puerto Rico), the first major step in their sailing journey started in Annapolis, Maryland. Noemí organized a cruise on the Schooner Woodwinds. For those who know the Woodwinds, they allow passengers to take on as many crew duties as they would like during the sail. Derrick took advantage of this opportunity, hoisting the massive mainsail, helping to trim the sails, and serving as much time on the helm as he could. He was hooked!
Their next step was to get more formal training. They studied at the Annapolis Sailing School and both completed the 102 Learn to Sail in a Weekend basic keelboat course on Rainbow 24 keelboats, including both classroom training and four on the water sails. Afterwards, they chartered 24’ Rainbow keelboats from the Annapolis Sailing School, and went out on short day sails with friends on a Seidelman 30, and a Morgan 36. While this gave them both more experience, especially Derrick, it wasn’t enough for either of them. Derrick wanted more exposure to auxiliary engines, roller furling sails, genoas, spinnakers, wheel steering, galleys, marine heads, berths, and to overnight coastal cruising. These desires led them to make their first boat purchase.
In August 2015, Derrick and Noemí purchased their first boat, and after proper decommissioning, commissioned her as sailing vessel Arcadia. Derrick worked with former USC Commodore and co-founder Marcus Asante for the shakedown and delivery sail from Chesapeake City to their slip at WhiteRocks Marina in Pasadena, Maryland. Since then, Captain Derrick has been getting as much experience as possible, single handing or going on short sails with friends and family.
SV Endless Summer
Home Port: Bayside Marina – Queens, New York
SV Sweet Water
Home Port: Bayside Marina – Queens, New York
MICHAEL J. WASHINGTON