The perfect team —
Seasoned sailors and Hunter sailboat owners...
Bob Rectanus, Commodore
Bob’s love for sailing began as a kid when his dad bought the family a 12-ft centerboard sailboat and was reawakened about 18 years ago when he and his wife Sharon stopped in Duxbury, MA to stay a few days with a friend of Sharon’s. Bob spent most of a week sanding and painting the bottom of their 35 ft Choy Lee ketch for a chance to go sailing in Cape Cod Bay. After spending the next 5 years sailing with Getaway Sailing Club out of Baltimore, they bought Unfurled, a Hunter 356 in 2007. Unfurled was sold in February and they took delivery of their new 2018 Marlow Hunter 40, Chasseur, in June. Bob & Sharon have been members of HSA1 for 10 years and Bob looks forward to serving as Commodore this year.
Laurie Underwood, Vice Commodore
Laurie Underwood grew up on Long Island fishing and water skilling, but did not take up sailing until she and her husband, Sean, took lessons in 2014.
After chartering for 2 years, they purchased s/v Bootlegger in 2016. Most weekends you will find Laurie, Sean, their teenager Sam and dog Trixie cruising around the Bay or working on the boat and enjoying the amenities at Herrington Harbour North.
Ed Oliver, Fleet Captain
Ed is an Ohio transplant who took up sailing with his wife Candy in 2005. After taking a sailing class in Annapolis they dipped their feet into sailing by being members in SailTime where they were introduced to Hunter sailboats. After a couple of years, they decided to expand their horizons by chartering around the bay and in Europe while they lived overseas. Upon returning to the USA they purchased Ruff’N It, a Hunter 41DS in 2015, and currently enjoy weekends and the occasional long week on the bay with their two Labrador Retrievers, Dexter and Thor, as boat mascots.
Tom Walton, Secretary
Tom learned to sail from his father, beginning at age 13, and spent eight of his boyhood summers racing 26-foot, gaff-rigged sloops, 1920s vintage, out of Bucks Harbor, Maine. Three years on a U.S. Navy destroyer added to his sea-going knowledge and skills. Other sailing adventures included a stint on the delivery crew of a 68-foot staysail schooner going from San Diego to the Chesapeake via Panama Canal, racing at the Mombasa Yacht Club in Kenya, and multiple trips moving sailboats between the Chesapeake and New England. He owned the 20-foot cutter Wee One for a few years in the ‘60s but did not own another boat until he and his wife Irene purchased their Hunter 356 Musetta in 2016, joining HSA1 in the same year. They keep Musetta at a private marina on Mill Creek, in Annapolis.
Mike Meegan, Treasurer
Mike Meegan brought his first sailboat, a 30 foot, 1985 S2, with two office co-workers, Tina and Marty, along with Marty's husband. Tina and Mike love sailing the Chesapeake, were married in 1989, and then outgrew the S2. They live in Great Falls, Virginia, but spent most of their summer weekends in Annapolis on the boat. In 1998 Mike and Tina bought their first Enavigare, a Hunter 410 and then in 2008 purchased their current boat, a Hunter45 DS. Enavigare is docked at their home slip on Saltworks Creek off of the Severn.
Greg Guthman, Past Commodore
Finishing his 3 year term of Commdoore in 2018 after another 2 year stint in 2007/2008, Greg is happy to see help the new leadership! Greg is a life-long boater from the midwest and one of those "Great" lakes, but has found his sailing home on the Chesapeake for the last 15 years. He has been a proud member of HSA1 for all those years. He is currently enjoying his 3rd Hunter sailboat and looks forward to working with the HSA1 team for another great year on and off the water
Sue & Carl Reitz, Membership & Newsletter chairs
Forty years ago Carl and Sue honeymooned in the Virgin Islands on a Pearson 26 and moved into the Bucks County Pennsylvania house that is still home. They sailed dinghys and chartered for 20 years, then bought the first Windrose, a 1987 Hunter 40 and joined HSA-1. They wintered in the Bahamas four times, three on the first Windrose and most recently on the new Windrose, a 2013 Marlow-Hunter 40 which they keep in the same slip at Zahnisers in Solomons that they have had for 20 years.