2020 BOARD MEMBERS
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LISA & JACK SCHOER

Commodore & Purser

Lisa and Jack met in 2003 and married the following May, 2004. They live in Cumming Georgia.

Lisa has been an avid sailor since her teens. She has crewed on dinghies; C-15’s, Lightning’s and MC Scows and cruisers; Capri 25’s, Catalina’s, J 24’s and Hunters.

Jack has been sailing since his early twenties. He is a certified ASA basic keel boat instructor. Jack enjoys cruising and racing.

Lisa and Jack also enjoy open and blue water sailing. Together they have sailed in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Chesapeake Bay, San Francisco Bay, the Grenadine’s and the BVI’s.

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TOM BEACHEM

Vice Commodore

Tom hails from Washington DC and back long ago in his late 20s, he first cut his teeth racing and cruising Flying Scots in the Sailing Club of Washington (SCOW). When he moved to Atlanta in 1995, he quickly found a home in the Barefoot Sailing community. 

In 2010 and 2011, he served as BFSC Commodore and has since managed to keep from getting reelected to the post.  He races on Taka and if asked will deny knowing anything about repairing marine bilges and heads.
 

He maintains dual BFSC/SCOW memberships and on trips back home, sails with old SCOW friends, coordinating their long-running "Iceberg Regatta" each March.

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PETER MAURER

Past Commodore

Pete Maurer, and his wife Ro, have been members of Barefoot Sailing Club for five years. Prior to being Commodore, Pete served as Cruising Captain (2014) and Vice Commodore (2017). Ro, who is a professional chef for Kroger, catered for the 2017 Barefoot Open. They are refitting a 1974 Westsail 32, which is docked at Sunrise Cove Marina.

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CHRIS MCBRIDE

Boatswain (Bo's'n)

Having barely sailed when I was a kid, I was a newcomer to sailing. I was lured to a sail race with drinks by a former Bosun, and instantly liked it. I've been a member of BFSC for 3 years now and enjoy any time I can spend on or near the water. There is a lot to like and a lot to learn about sailing.


The club Bo's'n is responsible for upkeep on the club boat, Favored End. This year we repainted the decks giving it a great new look. And, there is nothing quite like messing about with boats.

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KERRY MCGRATH

Membership

Kerry learned to sail as a teenager at her town's public sailing school in Connecticut, so she and her high school friends could cool off by capsizing countless times, all summer.  She first learned about Barefoot when she took a sailing class at Evening at Emory many years ago, hoping to meet single men.  The class was of course full of women, but the instructors were from Barefoot!  One of her  favorite memories of the club is when some members gifted her a boat "make-over", tightening the rigging, scrubbing the foredeck, cleaning the cabin.. and then having a party! 

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TEDD MEINERSMANN

Racing Captain

Sailing for Tedd started in high school in the late sixties.  Got into racing on a Mobjack dingy in the late seventies.  A move to the Clemson area introduced Tedd to lake sailing where he raced a Force 5 on Lake Hartwell. Racing on Lake Lanier has been mainly on keel boat, crewing on several boats and racing his own Lindenberg 22 and Tartan 28. 

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PAULA MOORE

Yeoman

Growing up in a suburb north of Buffalo, NY, my love of sailing began with a brand new orange 26 ft. O’Day day sailor on the glorious waters of Lake Ontario.  After a 30 year hiatus, sailing resumed in 2002 by joining BFSC, posting my offer to crew for anyone in need on the BFSC website, and eventually accepting an invitation from a guy who had just started sailing by buying a 31 ft. Hunter (Dream‘in), and definitely in need of crew. Since then, Fred and I have improved our skills, chartered boats in the British Virgin Islands, Florida, Grenada, Greece, and Croatia, and are always planning a new sailing adventure.  We left the lake for several years to try our hand at Blue water sailing on our currently owned 38 ft. Hunter (Saucy Wench), eventually deciding to return to the lake to rejoin old friends and meet new ones. No regrets and all blue skies ahead.

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NORMAN PLOTKIN

Cruising Captain

I am a lifetime sailor. I grew up in Miami Beach, Florida and started out at 8 years of age in Optimist Prams. At age 12, I moved up to racing in a Moth (a class similar in size to a Laser).  My parents owned a cruising yawl that we sailed as a family and I sailed in college with my friends all over South The Florida Keys and the Bahamas. I am ASA certified 101, 104 and 105. I am a member of the Atlanta Sail and Power Squadron and have taken several of their classes.  I hold a Coast Guard Captain’s license (OUPV). I have bareboat chartered in the Virgin Islands, the Windward Islands, Florida, Charleston, Hilton Head and Washington State (NW - San Juan Islands).  For 16 years, I belonged to the Passport Sailing Club out of Holiday Marina on Lake Lanier. I purchased my boat, Starcather, a Catalina 28 in February 2016 and soon after joined BSC.  

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EVELYN ROSIER

Social Captain

Though new to Barefoot Sailing Club, Evelyn enthusiastically jumped right into volunteering to serve on our board as Social Captain.  Retired, Evelyn enjoys sailing, traveling, photography and volunteering.  Welcome aboard, Evelyn, we're happy to have you.

RECENT PAST BOARD MEMBERS

BILL BOETTECHER

Racing Captain

Started sailing in high school. I have experience in everything from Sunfish/Laser to 36 foot keelboats. I still like dinghy sailing the best. If you don’t get wet, you’re not having fun. Looking forward to a great season of racing.

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JOYCE MCINTOSH

Past Commodore

I became a member of Barefoot in its early days, racing as crew on a C-15 dinghy with trapeze. We became fleet champions, district champs, and then moved to larger boats on the ocean, with my last boat being a Beneteau 57. I am certified through Lake Lanier Sailing Academy and enjoy racing, cruising, race committee, and social activities.  Currently “boatless”, I am available to crew.

 

2017 Commodore

2016 Vice Commodore

2015 Social Chair

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GAIL RODRIGUEZ

Vice Commodore

Originally from New York, Ms. Rodriguez has sailed the Long Island Sound in the 80’s and 90’s. One of her memorable trips was a month-long sailing trip to Mystic, CT, Block Island, RI, Newport, RI, and Martha’s Vineyard, MA. After an absence of over twenty years on the water, she decided to go back and rediscover her love for sailing. This is when she discovered Barefoot Sailing Club. Ms. Rodriguez brings to BFSC her skills in design, public relations, and branding. She currently leads the Public Relations and Marketing team for Georgia State University School of Music.

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CONNIE VOONG

Marketing and Membership

Fell in love with sailing when she was invited to crew along one day. Experienced on J24's, J22's, Pearson 32, Cal 31, Catalina 320, etc.
 

February 2017- Joined Barefoot as a Member

April 2017- Became Barefoot's WebMaster

December 2018- Joined the Social Committee

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DAVID BRYANT

Membership

I started sailing Tech Dingys and Hobie 14’s as a kid growing up on a lake in New Hampshire in the 1970’s. After taking about a 10-year break during college and early adulthood, my wife, Kit, and I moved to North Georgia in the early ‘90’s. Coming from an area where the sailing season is about 5 months at best, I was shocked to see sailboats on the water on January first. It was a no brainer at that point to get back into sailing and we have been sailing on Lake Lanier ever since, first on a Balboa 20 Then our current Hunter 25.

 

Our main interest is cruising, and we enjoy pulling up to the various beaches on the islands and spending the night on the hook whenever possible. We just had our first charter this summer (through the club) and we look forward to doing it again as soon as possible. It took us a while to find the club, but we have enjoyed it very much since joining in early 2017.

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RONALD SPIERS

Boatswain (Bo's'n)

The BFSC’s Bo’s’n is responsible for the clubs Race Committee / work boat – The Favored End. Ronald has been “messing about in boats” since he was 7 years old and has sailed for over 40 years. Anything from ocean races, deliveries, cruising, or sailing his boat, Top Sheila an old Hunter 25, just perfect for lake cruising, he is out sailing as often as possible.

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DAVID WRIGHT

Education Captain

Dave has been an active member of Barefoot Sailing Club for over ten years, serving as Commodore in 2013. He has sailed for twenty plus years and enjoys both racing and cruising venues, but gets the greatest satisfaction from introducing sailing basics to prospective sailors. 

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