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Officers & Directors

Fred Bartrom

I began sailing on Priest lake in the mid 1980s in a small lateen rigged boat. Since I have owned a Catalina 25 and now I am sailing a Beneteau First 235 and a J/22.

  I am a LATH skipper and Basic Keelboat instructor and I enjoy participating in Wednesday night racing and club run regattas.

Kathy Ware

Vice Commodore

Kathy started learning to sail with her husband, Bob, in 1986 while they lived in New Jersey.  Bob started Kathy’s sailing education on their first sailboat, a 12’ AquaCat at their lake home on Cedar Lake, Denville.  Their 2nd sailboat was a 14’ Flying Junior where she continued learning on Spruce Run Reservoir until Bob’s new job moved him to Nashville in 1994, dragging their little sailboat behind his car and joined PPYC.  They became racing crew on a J-92 on Percy Priest Lake in 1994 until the owners sold their boat and purchased a hot air balloon, and Bob and Kathy became their crew for a year.  They have sailed on the Chesapeake Bay, Martha’s Vineyard, Abaco-Bahamas and Cancun-Mexico, as well as various keel boats at Percy Priest Lake.  They also were crew twice in 2009 on a Jenneau 39 mono hull charter in Tortola, BVIs and a Lagoon 41 catamaran.  Bob did his first charter as the captain of a Robertson Craine 444 catamaran in 2014 in Belize (Kathy as crew).  Kathy was one of the original 8 women to start in “Ladies at the Helm” in 1997 until 2006 when the program’s name was changed to “Learning at the Helm.  She served as its Program Manager until 2012 when promoted to Sailing Director and continued coordinating the LATH program totaling 14 years. With Bob’s death in November 2016, Kathy wanted to continue carrying on their legacy and passion of teaching sailing.  In 2017, she was elected as Vice Commodore, now in her 2nd term. 


Melinda McCreary

David Pilcher
David Pilcher has been your Treasurer since 2013. David and his wife, Martha Ann, have been members of PPYC since 1974, and this is David’s third time to serve the Club in the role of Treasurer. David is a Certified Public Accountant and has spent the majority of his career in public accounting and banking. 

Although a Nashville native, he attended college in Florida, earning his B.A. degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida after spending his first two years at what is now Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. David has the dubious distinction of earning college P.E. credit for learning how to sail, thanks to the school’s requirement at the time that all first and second year students take some P.E. class. Since the boat dock was right behind his dorm, it seemed logical, and he’s been bit by the sailing bug ever since.

After sailing a dinghy for 3 years, in 1977 David and his older brother, Matt, purchased a 1975 Catalina 22 and raced her in numerous club races at PPYC as well as the Governor’s Cup in KY. Some years later, David bought his brother’s interest in the boat and several years afteResource Center
A repository of class materials from our PPYC U classes for your reference.  Information made available at instructor's permission.

Bareboating: Fun Experiences & Practical Considerations, 03.02.2019
Kurt and Nancy Berger gave us the inside scoop on chartering a boat without a skipper or crew.  The link above is to the PowerPoint slide deck presented in the class.
r that named her “Shadowfax”. David and Martha Ann are still sailing “Shadowfax” to this day. About eight years ago, David found a 1984 Catalina 25 at HIYC on Old Hickory Lake, bought her, named her “Recess” and, resisting overtures to join HIYC, brought her to Hamilton Creek Marina, making “Shadowfax” a trailer-sailed boat.  They sailed “Recess” for 5 delightful years, reluctantly selling her last year to return to being a 1-boat family.

David and Martha Ann have one daughter, Laura, and a 3 year old granddaughter, Emma.

David has been active in the local Catalina 22 fleet, Fleet 52, serving twice as Fleet Captain and for the past 13 years as Treasurer. Currently, David is crewing on Don Berridge’s Catalina 22, “Plan=B”, and also racing with Sam Beckman on C22 “Danger Zone”. He has sailed in 2 recent C22 National Championships.

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Gary Pack
Sailing Director

Ever since being exposed to sailing as a teenager when his minister took the youth group sailing on Old Hickory Lake, Gary has been an avid sailor.  He was one of the founding members of the University of Tennessee Sailing Club, where he sailed Flying Juniors, Windmills and Thistles on Lake Loudon.  He previously owned a Thistle and a Catalina 22, and now sails a Capri 26 as well as a Force 5.  He has been active with PPYC for many years, most recently managing the LATH program for 2018 and 2019. As Sailing Director he is responsible for coordinating the various sailing education events offered through PPYC as well as the LATH program.  

Craig Dooley
Racing Director

Richard Lewis
Social Director
Hometown: Taylorville, MD
Place of Birth: Salisbury, MD
Favorite Sailing Water: Lake Michigan
Occupation: U.S Army - Retired; Self-Employed - Promoter

Richard has been a sailor for over 50 years, and has owned and sailed: 3 different San Juan 21's, an Irwin 10-4,an Irwin 25, O'Day 222, O'Day 25, Guppy 13, and presently owns a Catalina 18, Short-Handed.

Richard has sailed extensively on the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, sailed the length of Lake Michigan from Navy Pier in Chicago to around the Big Island. In 1993, he took a trip from Nashville down the Tenn-Tom to Panama City, FL. And yes, the vessel was the Guppy 13 - he's now completed 50% of the Great Loop.
Sheila Armstrong head shot 2018
Sheila Armstrong
Communications Director
Sheila started sailing in 2018 through the Learning at the Helm class.  She continued to take classes throughout 2018 ending with Basic Keelboat class.  She has attended just about every PPYC U class offered.

She wanted to get more involved in sailing and decided to run for an office on the PPYC Board.  

Sheila has been bitten by the sailing bug and hopes to have her very own sailboat within the next few years.