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Commodore: David Gunsul

David Gunsul is locally grown… born in Vancouver, WA and raised in Portland.  He graduated from Lincoln High School and then started his own business, West Hills Handyman until he was hired as a carpenter by a small construction company at the time called R & H Construction.  He was one of the first hired and was instrumental in its success and growth.  He became a vice president and subsequently an owner.

After 34 years with R&H, he left in 2014 and purchased TEAM Construction in Vancouver, WA. He is currently the president and runs the day-to-day operations of this growing commercial construction company.

David is the son of Brooks Gunsul, an architect and longtime member of PYC since 1974. Brooks still goes out on his boat SLA Rose, moored on C row. David raced with his father quite successfully all through the 70’s and early 80’s on boats Rosebud, The Point and SLA Rose.

In 1981, David met his wife Heidi (a critical care nurse) in the middle of the Columbia River. She was skippering a sailboat with some of her friends and he was skippering his parent’s boat with some of his friends when the wind suddenly stopped, and they found themselves motionless right next to each other’s boats.  Fast forward… less than a year later David and Heidi were married and had their wedding reception at PYC.
They are the very proud parents of 4 children…twin sons Matt and Tony, son Andrew, and daughter Lainie. They are blessed with nine wonderful grandchildren and spending family time together is most important to them.
 

David and Heidi love to travel, ski on Mt. Hood and sail on their Beneteau Oceanis 48 named GO TEAM! Throughout his lifetime, David has spent many years creating great memories around PYC and he is excited about finally being able to give back.

Vice Commodore: Tim Carman

Tim grew up in Michigan, learned to sail on the Lakes, and spent many winters deep-sea fishing off the Florida coast.  After moving to Portland in the early 1980’s, he began racing sailboats on the Columbia, and participated in several Oregon Offshore and other ocean races.  He met Vicky Jorgensen at the Lake Oswego Hunt Club and they were married in 1985.  Vicky’s main interests are equine, but her sailing bona-fides were earned racing dinghies while growing up in Maryland.  Vicky’s family eventually returned to their native Portland, and her father, Victor, was a close mentor of all things nautical to Tim. Tim and Vicky joined PYC in 1998 and Tim served on the board as a trustee in 2000-2002.  He is also a past Commodore of SYSCO.  They left the club in 2005 after selling their boat but rejoined in 2016.

Vicky and Tim owned a succession of sailboats including a Cal 25 (Vim), Cal 40 (Firebird), and Heritage 20 (Ellie) before purchasing Ibis, a Devlin trawler in 2015.  They have since cruised Ibis on the Columbia and in the San Juan Islands, as well as attending several Wooden Boat Festivals in Port Townsend.

Professionally, Tim has worked in the fire suppression industry since 1985 and is a Registered Fire Protection Engineer.  Vicky has had a long career in marketing, including over 20 years at Intel, followed by establishing her own business.

Returning to PYC after a long absence made Tim and Vicky appreciate the family of friends they have here and all that the club has to offer even more deeply.  They are both glad to have the opportunity to give back!

Secretary/Treasurer: Ronald Hodgson

Ron was born and raised in Seattle, and attended Washington State University in Pullman. After school, he moved to Southern California where he met his wife, Cathy, and started his career in software development. Together they have two boys, Wyatt and Morgan. 

His first experience sailing was as a young boy on his father’s 20’ Ranger on Lake Washington. At the time, all he could say about the experience was that it was not a ski boat. Later, when he was older and living in Southern California, memories of those days on his dad’s boat made him keen to try sailing as a grown up. He joined the Aventura Sailing Club in Dana Point and thoroughly enjoyed himself. Unfortunately, once he started his family, sailing in Southern California was no longer compatible with his budget. Just over six years ago, they moved back to the Pacific Northwest to be near extended family. Soon after, while attending a charity auction, his amazing wife bid on and won a sailboat charter to the San Juan Islands. It was that trip that rekindled his love for sailing. One year later Ron and his wife had completed a year of sailing with Island Sailing Club here in Portland. Soon after, they bought our first sailboat, a Catalina 30 with a huge graphic of Garfield the Cat painted on the side. They named her SweetPea and loved everything about her. They discovered the Portland Yacht Club during a visit to the boat show and it didn’t take long to realize they had found our second family. 

They are now on their second boat, Flo, a Catalina 310. Cathy and Ron have been involved with a number of committees here at the club, and are actively involved in local sailboat racing; Ron as crew and Cathy on Committee boat. Ron have crewed on various PYC member boats for regattas, weeknight racing and Sailing on Sundays. They feel very lucky to have found a second home here at PYC and look forward to the future with their second family.

Rear Commodore: Floyd Jones

Floyd was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.  He was always a "water person," and learned to fish in the rivers and streams of the Northwest at a young age with his boating family.  He joined the Navy in 1968 and became a Navy Diver.  After being stationed in Vietnam for one year, he married Lynn, and their daughter Molly was born in 1981.

He has a degree in Agricultural Education from Oregon State and was employed by Portland Public Schools to teach Vocational Horticulture.  While at OSU, he was on their sailing team and became Commodore.  He began crewing on PYC sailboats throughout the 80's and early 90's.  In 1994 he obtained a Coast Guard Skippers License and started Alaska Tropic Charters in 1995, a charter fishing business in Southeast Alaska.

In 2011 he joined PYC.  After 45 years of marriage, Lynn succumbed to early onset Alzheimer's.  When one shining light left his life, a new one entered when he met Barbara Thompson.  They have been together since. Barbara grew up boating on Lake Oswego and Sunday sailing on the Columbia.  Floyd bought True North, a 4788 Bayliner that they have cruised in the San Juan Islands and the Columbia River.  

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