Commodore: Dave Simonson
Vice Commodore: Frank Bocarde
Frank and his wife Lynne are Portland natives. Frank spent most of his professional life working for the Meier & Frank Company, starting with a part time job while in college and ending as Director of Logistics, with responsibility for the movement of merchandise from the time it left the manufacturer, through the distribution center, and until it was delivered to the stores. Frank and Lynne actually met at the Lloyds Center store in 1968 (Lynne also had a summer job there), and the rest was history. They have one daughter and two grandchildren. Lynne retired a couple years ago after a forty year career as a pediatric nurse at Emmanuel Hospital.
In the mid-seventies they decided to take up sailing as something the family could do together, and after several interesting learning experiences they began racing in a Ranger 20 and progressed through another four boats until they bought Bluefin in 2009, still racing to this day. They participated in many regattas (including some at PYC) in the 1970’s and in 1977 Frank decided that the river needed another sailing organization so he, along with a lot of help, founded SYSCO (the Small Yacht Sailing Club of Oregon). The club incorporated in 1978 and Frank served as Commodore for the first two years (Lynne was commodore in 1990). Today, SYSCO is still going strong with over a 120 members and puts on more races than any other club on the river. Frank also spent 6 years on a River Safety Committee, helping to coordinate the efforts of all the different government agencies that have vessels on the River (Coast Guard, Mult. Co. River Patrol, Portland Fire, etc.).
Over the years cruising also became a passion and they have cruised extensively in Puget Sound as well as chartering and enjoying sailing in the Caribbean, Southern California, and New Zealand. Frank and Lynne joined PYC in 1999 and Frank has served as a Trustee in 2011 and 2012, along with being co-chair of the Open Moorage Design Committee, co-chair of the Moorage Upgrade Committee and along with Lynne has served on the Cookout, Entertainment and House and Grounds Committees.
Secretary/Treasurer: Bob Morgan
At the age of fifteen his family relocated to Portland and he attended Grant High School. In his senior year (1969) a younger brother introduced him to Bonita, a junior at Franklin High School. They were married in 1973 and in 1977 welcomed their only child, Angela. Today they are the proud grandparents of two boys, Trent and Wade.
Bob’s work experience started after high school by going to the General Motors training school, then moving to fabricating large trucks, later moving to industrial manufacturing equipment. As he moved through job experiences he was always upgrading his electrical licenses and in 1985 he and a partner started a company called Electric Works Inc. This company continues today specializing in the installation, repair and rewiring of industrial manufacturing equipment. Bonita came to work in the office in 1988 and retired in 2016. Bob has come to an agreement with two long-time employees that has put into place an exit strategy.
Bob’s love of the water carried into their everyday life with the purchase of their first boat in 1978, and continued on with Bob building a floating home in 1991 that they still have today. In 2006 they purchased their first M/V and began cruising on the Columbia, meeting other boaters (most of them belonging to PYC). In 2007 Bob decided to purchase their present boat, My Outlet, and joined Portland Yacht Club that same year.
Over the years Bob has been involved with several committees such as House and Grounds and Technical. Bob has volunteered for the closed and open moorage upgrade work-parties and served as a Trustee in 2016.
Rear Commodore: John Colby
Janet and I met in college at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. We were both interested in one another’s roommates. Over time, when the roommates didn’t pan out we got together and got married. Good out-comes come to those who are patient.
Janet grew up in San Jose as the sixth child in an Italian American family. Her family vacationed by camping at Lake Tahoe. I grew up in Southern California in Claremont. My father, as his father had previously been, got interested in boating while I was young. He had both power and sailboats over the years. We sailed out of San Diego YC and later Newport Harbor YC, exploring nearly all the Channel Islands. Our longest trip was to British Columbia when I was 15. Back then there was plenty of room to dock in front of the Empress Hotel in Victoria and all the British Columbia docks were free.
With our first daughter, Janet and I moved to Lake Oswego in ‘73 so I could attend law school. During school we acquired another daughter and after school was finished we acquired our first boat. It was a trailerable 16’ sloop. We used it to camp and sail on Cultus Lake in Central Oregon and to explore the Columbia River.
After having a Ranger 20 for a year, we used my parent’s ketch in the Eastern Caribbean for seven weeks sailing 800 miles amongst the islands. Our third daughter, Carol, was not yet two years old and doesn’t remember the trip but her two older sisters, Sarah and Joanie, learned to snorkel in the clear Caribbean waters.
In 1982, I sailed our 27' Albin Vega to Hilo with friends. While there Janet and the girls met me and we sailed amongst the islands to Hanalei Bay on Kauai. Carol turned four there but there were no shops with birthday cakes in town but she was very happy with candles stuck in Twinkies.
After the Vega we acquired a 31' Swedish sloop and eventually learned about Barkley Sound. There, in the late ‘80s, we met Bill Stevens and Herb Cooper. Several years later, with the help of Bob Martin, we joined PYC. Out daughter, Carol, became the Daughter of Neptune in 1993. Janet and I have co-chaired the Entertainment Committee for two years and have chaired Mother’s Day Brunch for eight years. I have served on the Board of Trustees for five years prior to becoming Secretary/Treasurer.
In 2001 we purchased Iris , our current sailboat, in San Diego and brought her home to PYC by way of Hawaii. In June 2006 we departed PYC for an extended trip aboard Iris, not returning until after we had circled the globe. By the time we returned we had five grandchildren.
Board of Trustees
- Barbara Woodford
- Fred Hazard
- Ken Hunkins
- Stan Tonneson
- Xavier Le Hericy
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