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Bruce Harris, Commodore

Bruce Harris

Commodore


After a 30-year career in pharmaceutical and academic research, Bruce retired to Naples in 2016. He was previously in Annapolis where he acquired his Beneteau 37, “Dalliance” in 2012 and raced in the Friday races on the Chesapeake Bay with other cruising boats. Bruce was involved with the Race Committee and served as the club representative to the PHRF Committee of the Chesapeake. He has completed the initial Race Management course sponsored by US Sailing. One of his favorite sailing waters is the British Virgin Islands where he has chartered monohulls and catamarans on multiple occasions. Bruce joined the Gulf Coast Sailing Club in 2017 and has been active in the local regattas, cruising activities, and Sugden Sundays. He is a member of Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis and Naples Sailing and Yacht Club.

Bruce can be reached at commodore@gulfcoastsailingclub.org

Bruce Leng, Vice Commodore

Bruce Leng

Vice Commodore


Many sunsets ago, 10 empty “KOOL” cigarette packages plus $25 bought the first 8’ Styrofoam sailboat for Bruce Leng. With his father and best friend, they went to their lake cabin, simply rigged the Styro-sailboat and went for the first wild ride in 18 inch waves with 8 knots. Two waves later, the boat split in half. Eager to sail again, Bruce and crew repaired with ¼ inch plywood and glue, and the journey began. Since, he has owned several Johnson “X” boats, an O’Day 23, a Flying Scot and taken many charters: Caribbean, Croatia, Hawaii, Lake Superior, etc.

Growing up on the north shore of Lake Superior, Grand Marais, MN, led to sailing all over the “Big Lake,” which can quickly become very ugly. Tethered with jack lines was the norm. Bruce joined Northern Lights Sailing Club (happy boats), Wayzata Sailing Club (J22s, Sonars, Catalina 25s), Lake Calhoun Club (Melges/Johnson “C” Boats), and J World Annapolis (J-26s). Bruce raced in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta in a Moorings chartered 50’ Beneteau and said it was “8 days of pure sailing fun.”

Before retirement, Bruce’s career was with a corporation and the Air Force Reserves. He wants to listen, ask, and contribute at GCSC.

Jeff Gage, Rear Commodore

Jeff Gage

Rear Commodore


Jeff Gage has always been attracted to the water and has been a boating enthusiast since he captained the 13’ aluminum “Starcraft” rowboat powered by a 3 HP Johnson outboard at the age of 9 years. Sailing became Jeffs passion in 6th grade when he purchased an O’Day Kitten (Sunfish style) and completely renovated it including all new hardware and paint. At 14, he bought and renovated a wooden BlueJay and dry sailed it out of Compo Yacht Basin in Westport, CT. He also crewed on an O’Day Mariner which was his first keel boat. As a member of the Milford, CT Yacht Club Jeff pursued his love of the sport and sailed one design J-24 and PHRF “big boats.” Foredeck, Mast and Pitman were his crew positions. He has competed in everything from weekly “beer can” regattas, Long Island Sound PHRF Series, regional and national one design regattas and numerous Block Island Race Weeks. He and his wife Shelly enjoy bareboat cruising whenever they can. He is a standing member of www.ussailing.org, actively organizes regattas for both Naples Sailing and Yacht Club and Gulf Coast Sailing Club. At GCSC, Jeff and Sherry are well-loved for their fantastic ‘catering’ of many member meetings and activities at Sugden Sundays.

 Jeff can be reached at racing@gulfcoastsailingclub.org

Paul Carlson, Treasurer

Paul Carlson

Treasurer


Paul Carlson has been an active member of Gulf Coast Sailing Club since he and his wife Juanita moved to Naples in 2014 after living a wonderful 17 years in Lake Oswego, OR. Paul was the CFO of the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) while Juanita taught languages at many levels of public and private education.

Paul obtained his Coast Guard Captain’s license and delivered vessels along the West Coast from Los Angeles to British Columbia. He is also an American Sailing Association Instructor, teaching all mono-hull and catamaran proficiency levels.

As a retiree, Paul has participated at GCSC in racing, cruising and serving as Commodore in 2016 and Treasurer since 2017.



Roseann Smith, Secretary

Roseann Smith

Secretary


Roseann Smith has had a lifetime of experience around boats, starting at the tender age of 5, with her father and grandfather in the Miami area. Roseann lived in Marco Island for twenty years, sailing Hobie Cats by age 10, and then moved up to the Chicago-area where she worked as a nurse. She moved back to Naples 4 years ago, with two of her three children, and joined Gulf Coast Sailing Club to resume her love of sailing. Roseann started crewing on boats during our regattas and has become a permanent crew for Dragon Fly. Roseann has participated in the race series including the 2019 Fort Lauderdale to Key West Regatta and also races Mae Be, a 32’ Tartan. Roseann is an active volunteer at the Club, attends many events, oversees the Club’s Facebook page and serves as Secretary to the Board.




Board of Directors 2020-2021


Frank Brown
Bob Diamond
Tom Horner
Vicki Livingston
Terry Nauck
Rick Reed
Maurice Scully
Jerry Watkins
Susan Watkins
Jonnie Westerop

Committee Leaders


Membership, Terry Nauck
Nominations & Membership, Maurice Scully

Fleet Captain- Cruising, Rick Reed
Fleet Captain- Racing, Frank Brown
Fleet Captain- Small Boats, Vedran Vicevic
Landside Events

Public and Media Relations, Vicki Livingston
Member Communications, Jonnie Westerop
Facebook Communications, Roseann Smith
Meet Up Communications, Maurice Scully
Webmaster, Seaby Bess

Gulf Coast Sailing Club
P.O. Box 2121
Naples, FL 34106
United States of America
Gulf Coast Sailing Club