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History of Bay Sailors


In 1993, Bay Sailors began with a tiny ad in the local newspaper and a big idea...

Bay Sailors, a Sailing Club for Singles.  Bay Sailors is the brainchild of Bill Butler.

Bill loved to sail and actively participated in the Chesapeake Bay club, Singles on Sailboats, while he worked in the Pentagon as an aide to General Schwarzkopf.  While in the Washington area, Bill built his own 30' sailboat...and sailed the bay.

Before long General Schwarzkopf took charge of Central Command (Cencom) so Bill sailed his boat to Florida and began working at Mc Dill AFB.  Bill wanted to share his love of sailing and was single. What better way to meet new people than to start a club?  So, in answer to the tiny ad, a half dozen multi- talented men and women met in a closet sized room in Tampa one evening. Bay Sailors was born and Bill served as the first Commodore June 1993 – January 1996. 

Through the club, Bill met and married the love of his life, Elaine (Baker). When Bill retired, he and Elaine sailed the little boat all up and down the East Coast and into the Bahamas until Bill's health issues amended their cruising plans.  Many miles passed under their keel. Years passed and Elaine Butler, Bill's widow, was asked to rejoin Bay Sailors where she has served as Cruising Coordinator.

Now Bay Sailors is a large, strong, vital organization that focuses on friendship, education, sailing and fun. It is entirely run by enthusiastic members who volunteer their skills, time and even their sailboats so that others can share their passion.  Bill's legacy is the hundreds of members, past and present, that found new friends, new interests and new passions thru Bay Sailors. 

Thank you, Bill Butler. (1939-2006).                                                Contributed by Lynn Miller, Member

Bill Butler, Bay Sailors Club Founder  
Bill Butler, Bay Sailors Club Founder

Original burgee was designed by Fred Stargardt (known as the Fredster).

Ad for first meeting in 1993.

Location of first meeting in 1993.

Bay Sailors Commodore Club

Commodores are usually, though not always, boat owners as well. They spend many hours each month keeping things running smoothly.
 June 1993-January 1996  Bill Butler
 January 1996-June 1997  Ron Selke
 July 1997-June 1998  Bob Flynn
 July 1998-June 1999  Tony Nawrocki
 July 1999-June 2000   Gini Duke
 July 2000-June 2001  Mary Stolz
 July 2001-June 2002  Tim Walsh
 July 2002-June 2003  Bob Hagemeyer
 July 2003-June 2004  Ed Talbot
 July 2004-June 2005  Bob Woodall
 July 2005-June 2006  Dallas Dawson
 July 2006-June 2007  Millie Nasta
 July 2007-June 2008  Mike Krassner
 July 2008-June 2009  Ed Talbot
 July 2009-June 2010  Allen Fiske
 July 2010-June 2013  Dick Blannin
 July 2013-June 2015  Dean Truesdell
 July 2015-June 2017  Bob Spana
 July 2017-June 2019  Jim Krause
 July 2019-June 2020
Michael Yonker 
 July 2020-June 2021
Terri Naylor