Wednesday December 9, 2020 08:02AMon
Even though "real sailors" are still out on the Chesapeake's waters, many of us spend the winter to regroup, work on boats and plan for the next sailing season. So now's a good time to share some stories about your board of directors, especially for new members.
We start with our club historian, George Burke.
George, wisely, embraced his wife Lyon's, childhood love of sailing. Lyons had sailed at the Hampton Yacht Club as a junior, but George didn't step aboard a sailboat until he was 40 years old. Long-term FBYC member Tony Sakowski, invited him to crew on a one design boat and taught him the fundamentals of sailing. They soon became members, initially to teach their two children to sail and develop their sailing chops. Fast forward a few years and many nautical miles under the keel, from Maine to the Caribbean, George and Lyons now cruise aboard their Sabre 426, S/V Reveille.
A pulmonologist by training and graduate of Richmond's Medical College of Virginia, FBYC is grateful to count on George's medical advice--not to mention his ability to spin a great sailing yarn and whistle up a tune on the east dock!
They both value FBYC for many life-long friendships. And we value them for serving.