John Riehl: President
I grew up in Venice, FL, but I’m a relative newcomer to the sport of sailing, having started on keelboats in 2008. When I retired from the Air Force and moved to SWFL, I was introduced to ESA by another member. I was taken right away with the spirit of generosity of our members, who give of their time, talent, and treasure to introduce sailing to the next generation. It’s been an honor to serve in a leadership position in ESA, and I hope that this coming year brings our family even greater successes.
C. H. Ritt: Treasurer
Born in Marblehead, ma 1955
Graduated from Marblehead High 1973
graduated from Univ. of Pennsylvania 1977
22 years in the operational side of Investment Management
13 years as a painting contractor
Competing at all levels since 1960
Past Commodore of the Boston Yacht Club 2005-2006
Sheila Wilson: Director at Large
Steve Rosen: Director at Large
Has been involved in sailing for over 30 years, logging many miles on a 32' Paceship on Lake Erie before moving to Florida. Owns a 26' Grampion which last year alone logged over 1500 miles daysailing in the Gulf. Joined ESA in 2009, became Safety Officer in 2012, became a US Sailing certified Level 1 Instructor and joined the Board as a Director at Large in 2018. Also devotes much time to maintaining the over 40 boats in the ESA fleet and the Warren Spear Sailing Center. "If the wind and weather are right and there are no scheduled ESA activities, I'm off to the Gulf."
Miriam Staveley: Director at Large
I moved to Florida in 2008, and was looking for a sailing venue when a friend introduced me to Englewood Sailing. I was a little nervous about getting back onto the water after being land locked for 45 years, but soon realized sailing was like ridding a bike....you don't forget everything! I learned to sail when I was a teenager in Chicago, thanks to a park district volunteer organization that taught teens to sail. My experience in Chicago was life altering, and when I learned about ESA, I felt compelled to "pay forward" and become a volunteer. Once established in the Florida West Coast sailing community, I began racing with a woman's sailing squadron and hope to bring some of that experience to Englewood Sailing. During my 45 years of being land locked, I worked as a registered nurse.
Leandra Allbrook: Student Advisor
Michael Basch: Vice President
I grew up in New Jersey, but my parents moved to Englewood in 1957 when I went to college. We live in their house now. As a teenager, I purchased a Sailfish kit and built the boat in my bedroom. Later, we've had Sunfish, Hobiecat and now a 25' Irwin. Karen and I have lived all over the country-22 states in all. We have three kids and seven grandkids. It's been fun working with our fellow volunteers and especially our youth students. One of the best organizations I have ever been part of. People give a lot and ask little.
Rob Naylor: Secretary
I grew up in Minnesota. As a youth I sailed small boats with my siblings on a lake in northern Wisconsin. My wife Loretta and I raised our two sons in Indiana where I worked as an engineer in the defense industry. My first exposure to ESA consisted of watching kids clean up and put boats away after a day of sailing. I was impressed by the teamwork exhibited and thought I would like to be involved in an organization that fostered such behavior. Since joining ESA I have been continually impressed by the attitudes, abilities, and commitment of my fellow ESA members.
Mark Bowen: Director at Large
I grew up in the greater Boston area and worked as an engineer in the medical device industry. I first sailed as a teenager and always wanted to build a boat of my own. When I retired we moved to Englewood, but there is no room in our new home for a boat, so I enrolled in the ESA Adult Learn to Sail program. Everyone was so welcoming, I joined and started volunteering. It was a perfect solution to my wish to sail without having a boat! That somewhat selfish motivation quickly changed as I became more involved with helping teach the kids. Watching a student develop from an anxious, uncertain beginner to a confident, capable young person is incredibly rewarding, and I learn something new every day.
Hugh Moore: Past President
Born in Mississippi. Served in U.S. Army, stationed in Germany (1960-63); College: LSU (Baton Rouge, LA) and Loyola University (New Orleans, LA); Career: Shell Oil Co. (New Orleans) and Bell System/A.T.&T. (MS, NY, GA), various management positions; retired and became a volunteer w/American Red Cross (First Responder), Seminole Co. Schools (Program Delivery), Mote Marine (marine research programs), FWC (FL Fish & Wildlife, marine research); and finally Englewood Sailing.
I experienced my first sail in my step-dad's cousin's boat in Toms River, NJ in 1982. That was it, I was hooked! I bought my first boat in Atlanta in 1985 and sailed on an inland lake there. Moved to FL in early 2004. With numerous tropical storms and hurricanes that year and the following year, I decided I no longer wanted to own a boat of any kind.....I wanted a friend with a boat. So, along came an ESA article in our local paper, and the next chapter began in 2007.
My first visit to Indian Mound Park and to meet the pioneers of ESA and I was hooked. I saw the dedication and commitment to our youth and to excellence in the manner of delivery of the service. In 2008 I became treasurer and in 2009, president. During the years from 2002 to the present, ESA has continued to grow and prosper. That is directly due to the continual presence of that commitment and dedication of those who have given of themselves and continue to do so. ESA has given me much more than I have given to it. I thank each and every person who has made my ESA experience one of the most meaningful of my life.