Officers

Sean McDaniel

While I’ve sailed off and on my whole life, it wasn’t until 2020 that I owned a boat of my own. My love of sailing came at an early age, spending my childhood summers at a tiny yacht club along the shores of Glen Lake, in Northern Michigan, where my mother would manage the yacht club and teach people to sail. The first lesson I remember was to never sit on the floor of a much-used dinghy while wearing a speedo – let’s just say that my bum itched a lot that summer.
After spending hundreds of hours working on Happy Life and getting her/us ready for our upcoming life on the water I came up to her one day, looking up at her on the stands, and gently rubbed her bow. An awkward moment between a boat and the person who has now devoted their life to her, and let her know that I was doing my best to get her back into shape and all I asked was for her to take care of me. We continue to maintain each other – she teaches me more about her every day and I happily try and take it all in. She is probably one of the slower boats, but I know she is comfortable and safe and can take more abuse on the open ocean than I can – and that is comforting to me.
Once back on the water she became my home and we have been together ever since. In 2021 we sailed from NC to TX where “we” asked Pilar if she would devote herself to the two of us – she said YES!
We continue to take in all that life has to offer, choosing to go in the direction of “working to live” instead of “living to work”. We hope to cast off from Kemah in late 2023 and head south to explore Mexico and South America or wherever the wind will take our family.

 

Daven Voorhies

Vice Commodore
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 in a 38′ Beneteau Oceanis. We’re retired now and still enjoy weekend boating and growing Waterford Yacht Club.

Russell Parrish

Fleet Captain

Ever since I first saw a sailboat in person I have wanted to learn to sail and eventually cruise to new and exciting places. I eventually found a friend that had a boat “the best kind of boat” and started sailing on Galveston Bay six years ago. Since then, I have taken ASA 101, 103 and 104 in the British Virgin Islands and fell hard for the boating lifestyle and sailboats in general. In the last three years, I have captained or crewed sailboats in France, The Grenadines, Belize and the USVIs.
In 2020 I purchased my fist boat, a 2006 Beneteau 423 and quickly fell in love with sleek lines and shortly christened her “tKila”. With planned upgrades in solar, power distribution and water, the plan is to sail to parts unknown to seek fortune and adventure. While waiting on finishing those upgrades, it gives me time to hone my sailing skills here on the Gulf Coast.
I was not always born to water. Where I grew up, the Oklahoma Panhandle, water is scarce and non-one has sailboats. But you do have lots of time to read. Treasure Island, Huckleberry Finn and Swiss Family Robinson indoctrinated me into seeking adventure and being self-reliant. Also, most of my younger life kept me on a dairy farm, which I am very thankful for when doing boat projects today.
When I am not sailing or working on the boat, I enjoy cooking and talking with friends. Waterford Yacht Club has allowed me to meet some incredible people who will be lifelong friends. I honored to be named Fleet Captain for 2022

Vickie Voorhies

Treasurer
De Bonte Koe

I grew up in Los Angeles and always wanted to be near the water. My husband Daven 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 three years.

Pilar Giron

Social Director
Happy Life

 

I was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico. I settled in this marvelous country in 1993. Coming from an arid region, I never imagined that I would be trapped and enjoying this lifestyle.  My first-time sailing was in a Sunfish in November 2007.  It was pretty windy, the water was choppy, cold and I was soaked. I was smitten by this new world!

After that, I immersed myself in learning as much as I could about sailing. Took some sailing lessons and participated in multiple events such the Rum Races, Icicle Races, the Elissa Regatta, and the Harvest Moon Regatta. I live with my soul mate, Sean McDaniel, and I enjoy every bit of it aboard Happy Life.

This community is very close to my heart. I will do my best to serve as a bridge to connect our members with each other in order to create stronger and significant ties through the social activities that WYC has to offer this year.

 

Chet Jachimiec

Secretary
L'Attitude

Chet and Laurie Jachimiec, WYC members since 2018, have been sailing since 1979, gradually moving up from a 16ft Prindle Cat to their current Jeanneau Sun Oddessey 37 (“L’Attitude Adjustment”). Chet serves as 2022 Club Secretary, and previously served as Commodore in 2019 and Club Secretary in 2020 and 2021. Laurie serves as 2022 Director-at-Large and previously served as Vice Commodore in 2020 and 2021. Mainly day sailors, they enjoy Club events, evening sails in the heat of the Summer and the chance to anchor and watch the sunset (or the fireworks go off). Chet competed in the 2020 Harvest Moon Regatta and did pretty well for an offshore newbie. When they are not sailing, Chet runs an energy services company and Laurie works in the Clear Creek Independent School District.

Evan Bauman

Tech Director
Fifty Fifty II

I recently retired from the Shell Oil Company after a 30 year career as a chemical engineer with various roles in chemical technology and information technology.  For the last nine years, I was the application development manager for a Shell subsidiary leading a team of people developing and supporting customized applications for the catalyst business.  I also served as CIO for my wife’s intellectual property law firm, The Buskop Law Group, for 20 years.  Now that Wendy and I are both retired, we enjoy cruising our Bayliner 4788 pilothouse to destinations near and far to our base on Clear Lake.  We both hold 50 ton Masters licenses.

Daniel Knierien

Director
The Gail Mary

I first got the sailing bug back in 1999 on a friend’s 1982 Hunter 33 in Galveston Bay. By 2003 I was helming my own 32’ vessel with a local timeshare fleet and often sailing several times per week.  The organization needed a maintenance person and instructor so in 2005 I filled that void.  This began a new life path for me which now includes pleasure boat upgrades and services, teaching, captaining, and many other responsibilities.  I met my life partner, Laurie, while teaching a sailing class.  We love spending time together with our passions for sailing, scuba diving and just being around the water.  Starting in 2013 I have owned and operated a small business working on pleasure boats and have done several deliveries along the way (www.optimamarine.net).  My thirst for knowledge is strong and love sharing it with others.

Laurie Jachimiec

Director
L'Attitude

Chet and Laurie Jachimiec, WYC members since 2018, have been sailing since 1979, gradually moving up from a 16ft Prindle Cat to their current Jeanneau Sun Oddessey 37 (“L’Attitude Adjustment”). Chet serves as 2022 Club Secretary, and previously served as Commodore in 2019 and Club Secretary in 2020 and 2021. Laurie serves as 2022 Director-at-Large and previously served as Vice Commodore in 2020 and 2021. Mainly day sailors, they enjoy Club events, evening sails in the heat of the Summer and the chance to anchor and watch the sunset (or the fireworks go off). Chet competed in the 2020 Harvest Moon Regatta and did pretty well for an offshore newbie. When they are not sailing, Chet runs an energy services company and Laurie works in the Clear Creek Independent School District.