Officers

Mike Pantoja

Commodore

Mike grew up in Southwest Missouri and relocated to Houston in 1989 finishing his college education at The University of Houston. Working his way through school in a small wine shop, he has now spent the last 31 years in the wine and spirits industry.

Mike’s passion for sailing began in the early 90’s when he purchased his first Laser and began racing in local area regattas. After joining Waterford Yacht Club in 2001 he began acquiring ASA certifications to become a more competent sailor. With those certifications and the learnings of fellow WYC members, he and his wife, Tina, finally felt confident enough to bareboat in 2004. Since then, they have both vacationed between the The Abacos, British Virgin Islands, and United States Virgin Islands consecutively for the last 14 years. Along the way, they have introduced many people, young and “seasoned” to the joys of sailing. One of Mike’s greatest pleasures is seeing his friend’s children gain respect of the water and have the confidence to take the helm. On most weekends throughout the year you’ll see Mike, Tina, and friends sailing Galveston Bay in their 35’ Beneteau Oceanis “Cocamane”.

In addition for his love of Tina, wine, and sailing, Mike is also an avid runner. He has run over 50 marathons across the United States and is considered a Legacy runner in Houston completing 16 Houston marathons.

Ellen Van London

Vice Cmmodore

Bio to be submitted.

Jeff Peterson

Rear Commodore
Wave Dancer

My passion for sailing is a relatively new adventure for me.  Along with my wife Anne, we started sailing together in 2016 on several fun-filled Hobie Cat adventures.  Both of us are avid divers and enjoy the fun and beauty of water sports.  After a couple of day trips on larger sail boats, we were hooked.  We acquired our first sail boat the same year and christened her “Wind Dancer”, and our Sea Ray motor boat had to go.  The name is significant because I develop projects turning wind into electricity, through large scale wind farms.  My latest project also includes energy storage.  Anne enjoys dancing and we both love trips to the US, British, and Caribbean Island, and continue to earn ASA certificates.  Our first bare boat charter was in the US and BVI in June 2017.  It was the best, and won’t be our last.  We are enjoying spending time with, and meeting new Waterford friends.  I still like both 2 and 4 wheeled motorsports, card playing, and guitar jamming with anyone willing to strike up a chord.

 

Rafael Brom

Fleet Captain

My love for sea began as a Czech youth while visiting the beautiful coastline of Adriatic Sea in Dalmatia (Croatia). After I immigrated to the USA in 1979 I lived in Denver and did some sailing on nearby lake Dillon. After moving to California in1985 I became especially interested in sailing out of Marina Del Rey. There I fell in love with sailboats. After another relocation to Sugar Land in 1992 I continued sailing, and in 2004 upgraded to the 36 ft. C&C sailboat “Selah”. My next move was just across town to the Clear Lake area, so I’m now perfectly located near the water. My love of sailing further developed into racing and in 2009 Terry Pyncke and I began the now very popular weekend Peanut Regatta.

Now called the WYC Peanut Regatta it is open to all sailboats; and is truly a friendly club activity for both the beginner and experienced sailor. Points are awarded to the top ten finishers each day, I keep track so at the end of the year we have a great awards ceremony (trophies!).  The races are free and are held most every weekend, sometimes more than ten boats participate.  You should be one of them!  Look at the Regatta Info banner on the main WYC webpage, you can contact me at from you email account at ” fleetcaptain@waterfordyc.com “.

Vickie Voorhies

Treasurer
De Bonte Koe

I grew up in Los Angeles and always wanted to be near the water. My husband and I moved our young family to Houston in the early 80’s, and in 2013 were ready for boat ownership.  We bought the De Bonte Koe and have had lots of wonderful times out in the Galveston Bay and at the dock.  I earned my accounting degree while the children were growing up and have been an accountant/analyst in the oil and gas industry for more than 25 years.  I enjoy assisting with WYC’s many social activities and doing whatever it takes to keep the WYC fun. It has been my pleasure to serve as the Treasurer of WYC for the past two years.

John Winston

Secretary

Bio to be submitted

Michelle Weidner

Director / Social Media
Sea Your Future

Michelle grew up in the city of Chicago but started her love for the water at an early age spending weekends on powerboats on the lakes of Wisconsin. Married in 2003 to husband John Judas they travel as much as possible and especially love trips to the Caribbean. They began their sailing adventures on Lake Michigan in 2012 with a 101 class aboard a J/22 all the while dreaming of one day escaping the long and cold winters of the Windy City.

The winter of 2013 brought her and John to Texas via a job opportunity and they soon after bought their first boat, S/V Sea your Future. When not out on Galveston Bay sailing with John, she is usually found in the kitchen cooking up a storm or working to plan her next vacation destination.

 

Sarah Winston

Director / Newsletter

Bio to be submitted

Oliver Priest

Director / At Large

Bio to be submitted

Daven Voorhies

Director / Tech Support
De Bonte Koe

I’ve been near the ocean and on pleasure boats since childhood in Los Angeles. There I learned basic seamanship, topside maintenance, and pram sailing. While finishing college my young bride, Vickie, and I honeymooned on board the family twin diesel motor yacht for five months. Fast forward to 2013, past a move to Houston, various energy industry analytic jobs, two sons, and five grandsons, Vickie and I are back on the water in a 38′ Beneteau Oceanis. We enjoy weekend sailing with our extended family, activities with the busy and growing Waterford Yacht Club, and all our boat buddies on Pier 11. As a member of WYC Board of Directors, I’m pleased to assist club members with any and all activities as needed to help make the WYC your preferred yacht club.

Trisha Stetzel

Social Director / Past Commodore
M/V Big Booty Loch'R

Trisha’s love for the water began many years ago with jet boat/water skiing on the Brazos River and Cedar Creek Lake in northern Texas during the 80s and 90s.

In 1991 Trisha left Texas for the United States Navy and served until 1998 as a Cryptologic Technician.  She served in Florida, Okinawa Japan, and Hawaii with several other stops along the way.  Upon leaving the military life she and her family moved to the Chicagoland area where she joined the forces of IBM supporting client’s IT departments eventually becoming an IT Manager and moved to Seattle, WA in 2004.

Living in the Chicagoland area was not necessarily conducive to the type of boating that Trisha preferred, but the open waters in Seattle sparked an interest in a new type of boating.  She and her family spent every weekend on the water in their new 25’ Monterey cabin cruiser.  They explored Lake Washington and all it has to offer along with using the locks to enter the Puget Sound for even more adventures in the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest.  The last family trip they took before shipping the boat to Texas was from Lake Washington to Friday Harbor, passing through Deception Pass in the fog!

Trisha and her family arrived in League City to start the next chapter of their lives in the summer of 2007.  Boating in the Bays and the Gulf were certainly different than in the Pacific Northwest.  They had their share of getting used to the shallow depths and maybe running aground once or twice, but once they got comfortable with the waters the boats got bigger.

In her spare time Trisha has several businesses.  She is an animal advocate and lover, showing through all of the work she does in the pet care industry, pet education, helping humans and their canine companions stay healthy together, and volunteering as an animal assisted therapy pet handler.

Trisha’s favorite days are spent on the water with her husband, Dennis, and their fur-family Ruby, Galena, and KoKo.